Vice-President for Research

Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Hassan Y. Naim

Professor Dr. Hassan Y. Naim is Vice-President for Research at TiHo since July 2017. He came to TiHo already in 1997 and since then he is director of the Institute of Biochemie.

Naim studied biochemistry at the Faculty of Science of the Lebanese University in Beirut and earned his PhD at the Theodor Kocher Institute of the University of Bern. After receiving his PhD there, he first worked at the Institute of Biochemistry at the University of Lausanne, where he studied membrane transport in T-lymphocytes. He then returned to the University of Bern: In the Department of Gastroenterology at the Children's Hospital, he researched the structure and function of intestinal membrane proteins in genetic diseases of the small intestine before moving to the USA in 1989 to continue this work at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 1991 he moved to Germany - until 1997 he was a junior research group leader with a research focus on protein secretion in mammalian cells at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. There he habilitated and obtained the Venia Legendi for the subject Cell Biology. Naim's research interests include the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of protein transport in healthy and pathological conditions - especially in the gastrointestinal tract and in lysosomal storage diseases.

In addition to his research and teaching activities, Naim has organized several symposia, is a member of the Editorial Boards of biochemical and molecular biology journals, and is working as a reviewer for national and international research institutions.