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Peter Kohl, Prof. Dr. med.

Scientific Director, UHZ
Director, IEKM
  • Mechano-electric coupling in the cardio-vascular system
  • Hetero-cellular cross-talk and roles of non-excitable cells in cardiac biophysics
  • Integrated wet-and-dry studies of cardio-vascular structure and function
  • Method development, imaging, auto-regulation 

Peter Kohl studied Medicine and Biophysics at the Moscow Pirogov Institute (1981-1987) and, after post-graduate training and research at the Berlin Charité (PhD 1990, Facharzt 1991), he joined the Cardiac Electrophysiology Chair of Professor Denis Noble at Oxford (1992). In 1998, Peter set up the Oxford Cardiac Mechano-Electric Feedback lab, initially as a Royal Society Research Fellow, and subsequently as a Senior Fellow of the British Heart Foundation. While at Oxford, he held a Research Fellowship at Keble College (2002-2004) and was the Tutorial Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at Balliol (2004-2010). In 2010, he took up the Chair in Cardiac Biophysics and Systems Biology at the Imperial College London. Since 2015, he directs the IEKM at Freiburg. Peter directs a significant portfolio of externally-funded research (supported, among others, by European Research Council, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and British Heart Foundation). He has been a driver of international collaboration actions, such as the Network of Excellence for the EU Virtual Physiological Human Initiative whose founding director he was. He serves on editorial boards and as a reviewer for international journals and funding bodies. Peter is the coordinating editor of the primary textbook on Cardiac Mechano-Electric Coupling and Arrhythmias, and chairman of the leading international workshop series on the same topic.