Christian Haass, Ph.D.

Head of the Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease Research; Member, Center for Integrated Protein Science; Speaker, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE),  Munich


Dr. Haass graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He was a postdoc and assistant professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School in the institute of Dr. Dennis Selkoe. Since 1999 he is the head of the division of Biochemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians University and since 2009 he is also the speaker of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Munich. Dr. Haass received a number of prestigious awards, among them, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Potamkin Award of the American Academy of Neurology, the Sheik Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences and most recently the ERC advanced grant.

Funded Research

These projects were made possible from Cure Alzheimer's Fund support.

Selected Publications

These published papers resulted from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund support.

Kai Schlepckow, Gernot Kleinberger, Akio Fukumori, Regina Feederle, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Harald Steiner, Christian Haass An Alzheimer-associated TREM2 variant occurs at the ADAM cleavage site and affects shedding and phagocytic function, EMBO Molecular Medicine, 9(10), Oct 2017, 1356-1365, Read More

Susanne Krasemann, Charlotte Madore, Ron Cialic, Caroline Baufeld, Narghes Calcagno, Rachid El Fatimy, Lien Beckers, Elaine O’Loughlin, Yang Xu, Zain Fanek, David J. Greco, Scott T. Smith, George Tweet, Zachary Humulock, Tobias Zrzavy, Patricia Conde-Sanroman, Mar Gacias, Zhiping Weng, Hao Chen, Emily Tjon, Fargol Mazaheri, Kristin Hartmann, Asaf Madi, Jason D. Ulrich, Markus Glatzel, Anna Worthmann, Joerg Heeren, Bogdan Budnik, Cynthia Lemere, Tsuneya Ikezu, Frank L. Heppner, Vladimir Litvak, David M. Holtzman, Hans Lassmann, Howard L. Weiner, Jordi Ochando, Christian Haass, Oleg Butovsky The TREM2-APOE Pathway Drives the Transcriptional Phenotype of Dysfunctional Microglia in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Immunity, 47(3), 19 Sep 2017, 566-581, Read More

Gernot Kleinberger, Matthias Brendel, Eva Mracsko, Benedikt Wefers, Linda Groeneweg, Xianyuan Xiang, Carola Focke, Maximilian Deußing, Marc Suárez‐Calvet, Fargol Mazaheri, Samira Parhizkar, Nadine Pettkus, Wolfgang Wurst, Regina Feederle, Peter Bartenstein, Thomas Mueggler, Thomas Arzberger, Irene Knuesel, Axel Rominger, Christian Haass The FTD-like syndrome causing TREM2 T66M mutation impairs microglia function, brain perfusion, and glucose metabolism, Embo Journal, 36(13), 3 Jul 2017, 1837-1853, Read More

Fargol Mazaheri, Nicolas Snaidero, Gernot Kleinberger, Charlotte Madore, Anna Daria, Georg Werner, Susanne Krasemann, Anja Capell, Dietrich Trümbach, Wolfgang Wurst, Bettina Brunner, Sebastian Bultmann, Sabina Tahirovic, Martin Kerschensteiner, Thomas Misgeld, Oleg Butovsky, Christian Haass TREM2 deficiency impairs chemotaxis and microglial responses to neuronal injury, EMBO Reports, 8 May 2017, Read More

Juan Domingo Gispert, Gemma C. Monté, Marc Suárez-Calvet, Carles Falcon, Alan Tucholka, Santiago Rojas, Lorena Rami, Raquel Sánchez-Valle, Albert Lladó, Gernot Kleinberger, Christian Haass, José Luis Molinuevo The APOE ε4 genotype modulates CSF YKL-40 levels and their structural brain correlates in the continuum of Alzheimer’s disease but not those of sTREM2, Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 6, 12/22/2016, 50-59, Read More

Juan Domingo Gispert, Marc Suárez-Calvet, Gemma C. Monté, Alan Tucholka, Carles Falcon, Santiago Rojas, Lorena Rami, Raquel Sánchez-Valle, Albert Lladó, Gernot Kleinberger, Christian Haass, José Luis Molinuevo Cerebrospinal fluid sTREM2 levels are associated with gray matter volume increases and reduced diffusivity in early Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer's & Dementia, 12(12), Dec 2016, 1259–1272, Read More

Xianyuan Xiang, Georg Werner, Bernd Bohrmann, Arthur Liesz, Fargol Mazaheri, Anja Capell, Regina Feederle, Irene Knuesel, Gernot Kleinberger, Christian Haass TREM2 deficiency reduces the efficacy of immunotherapeutic amyloid clearance, EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8(9), 1 Sep 2016, 987-1113, Read More

Marc Suárez‐Calvet, Gernot Kleinberger, Miguel Ángel Araque Caballero, Matthias Brendel, Axel Rominger, Daniel Alcolea, Juan Fortea, Alberto Lleó, Rafael Blesa, Juan Domingo Gispert, Raquel Sánchez‐Valle, Anna Antonell, Lorena Rami, José L Molinuevo, Frederic Brosseron, Andreas Traschütz, Michael T Heneka, Hanne Struyfs, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Kristel Sleegers, Christine Van Broeckhoven, Henrik Zetterberg, Bengt Nellgård, Kaj Blennow, Alexander Crispin, Michael Ewers, Christian Haass sTREM2 cerebrospinal fluid levels are a potential biomarker for microglia activity in early‐stage Alzheimer’s disease and associate with neuronal injury markers, EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8(3), March 2016, 173-303, Read More