Rafael Kramann, MD
I received my M.D. degree in cardiology from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2007.
I completed internal medicine training and Nephrology training at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen in Germany and started as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin
Humphreys in January 2012. I am physician scientist and have a broad background in basic and translational research. I gathered first insights into basic research as a research technician in pharmaceutical and academic research.
I carried out clinical imaging studies using speckle tracking echocardiography during my MD-Thesis in Cardiology and expanded this research to study uremic cardiomyopathy and myocardial fibrosis in end-stage renal disease patients. In the renal division of the RWTH Aachen University, I studied the role of mesenchymal stem cells in their in vivo pericyte niche during vascular pathologies in chronic and end stage renal disease as a PI/co-Investigator. My current focus is to understand the role of resident or circulating mesenchymal progenitor cells in heart and kidney fibrosis, vascular homeostasis and disease.