Prof. Dr. Gesine Hansen is co-speaker of RESIST and participates in research projects A1 and B1.

My Research Interest in RESIST

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children and a major cause of hospital admissions and health-care expenditures globally. One of our major scientific interests in RESIST is to identify susceptibility factors for severe RSV infections in infants and to find biomarkers that predict the course of the disease. The long-term goal is to develop preventive and therapeutic strategies for protection of infants and elderly people from severe RSV infections. Another major research focus is the identification of environmental factors that favour the development of a protective immunity in premature and mature babies with long term effects on a healthy life. 

Prof. Hansen about her scientific work

Prof. Dr. Gesine Hansen – Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

  • Since 2005¬†Professor of Pediatrics (W3) and Chair, Department of Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover, Germany¬†

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training

  • 1985 – 1992 Medical School, Bochum University & Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, London, UK¬†

  • 1992 Medical Doctorate (Dr. med.), Dep. of Microbiology & Virology, Bochum University¬†

  • 1992 License as MD

  • 1993 – 1997 Resident and Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, D√ľsseldorf University¬†

  • 1997 – 1999 Research Associate, Dept. of Immunology & Transplantation Biology, Stanford University, CA, USA¬†

  • 1999 – 2003 Fellow and Senior Consultant (Ober√§rztin), Pediatrics, Halle University¬†

  • 2001 Habilitation and venia legendi in Pediatrics, Halle University¬†

Academic and Research Posts

  • 2001 – 2006 Head Research Group ‚ÄúImmune regulatory mechanisms in allergic asthma‚ÄĚ, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • 2003 – 2005 Professor of Pediatrics (C3 professorship), Dep. of Pediatrics, Halle

  • Since 2005¬†Professor of Pediatrics (W3 professorship), Chair Center of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology, MHH¬†

  • 2009 – 2014 Speaker, Collaborative Research Center 587 ‚ÄúImmune regulation of the lung in infection and allergy‚ÄĚ, German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Since 2013¬†Member, management board, German Center for Lung Research- BREATH (BMBF)¬†

  • Since 2019¬†Speaker, Else Kr√∂ner Forschungskolleg for Physicians TITUS- The First Thousand Days of Life ‚Äď Early Priming and Prevention

  • Since 2019 Deputy Speaker, Cluster of Excellence 2155 ‚ÄúRESIST‚ÄĚ – Resolving Infection Susceptibility

Other Scientific Roles

  • Since 2006¬†Commission for Drugs in Children&Adolescents, Member, Federal Ministry of Health¬†

  • 2004 – 2008 Executive Committee Member, International Society of Pediatric Pneumology¬†

  • 2008 – 2015 President, International Society of Pediatric Pneumology (GPP)¬†

  • 2008 – 2015 Executive Committee Member, Society of Pediatric Allergology¬†

  • 2008 – 2013 Advisory Board Member, Program of Medical Genome Research (BMBF)¬†

  • Since 2016¬†Member, Review Board Commission, Germany Research Foundation (DFG)¬†

Awards and Prizes

  • 2000 International Young Investigator Award, Munich, Germany

  • 2001 Johannes Wenner Award, Int. Society of Pediatric Pneumology, Bern, Switzerland

  • 2001 Arthur Schlossmann Award, Society of Pediatrics, Germany

  • 2002 Wilhelm-Roux-Research Award, Martin-Luther-University, Halle, Germany

  • 2002 Adalbert-Czerny-Award, German Society of Pediatrics, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2003 International Pharmacia Allergy Research Award, Vancouver, Canada

  • 2007 Karl Hansen Award, German Society for Allergy & Clin Immunology, L√ľbeck, Germany¬†

  • 2013 Eva Luise K√∂hler Research Award for Rare Diseases, Berlin, Germany

  • 2013 Member, Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences¬†

Recommended Links

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10 Selected Publications (of > 102 original publications)

Happle C, Lachmann N, Ackermann M, Mirenska A, Göhring G, Thomay K, Mucci A, Glomb T, Suzuki T, Chalk C, Glage S, Dittrich-Breiholz O, Trapnell B, Moritz T, Hansen G. Pulmonary Transplantation of human iPSC-derived Macrophages ameliorates Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis, Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 198:350-360 

Happle C, Jirmo A, Meyer-Bahlburg A, Habener A, Hoymann H.G, Hennig C, Skuljec J, Hansen G, B cells control maternofetal priming of allergy and tolerance in a murine model of allergic airway inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2018. 141: 685-696 e686 

Happle, C., Lachmann, N., Skuljec, J., Wetzke, M., Ackermann, M., Brennig, S., Mucci, A., Jirmo, A. C., Groos, S., Mirenska, A., Hennig, C., Rodt, T., Bankstahl, J. P., Schwerk, N., Moritz, T. and Hansen, G., Pulmonary transplantation of macrophage progenitors as effective and long-lasting therapy for hereditary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Science Transl Med 2014. 6: 250ra113. 

Lachmann, N., Happle, C., Ackermann, M., Luttge, D., Wetzke, M., Merkert, S., Hetzel, M., Kensah, G., Jara- Avaca, M., Mucci, A., Skuljec, J., Dittrich, A. M., Pfaff, N., Brennig, S., Schambach, A., Steinemann, D., Gohring, G., Cantz, T., Martin, U., Schwerk, N., Hansen, G.* and Moritz, T*., Gene correction of human induced pluripotent stem cells repairs the cellular phenotype in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2014. 189: 167-182.* Equal contribution. 

Hennig, C., Ilginus, C., Boztug, K., Skokowa, J., Marodi, L., Szaflarska, A., Sass, M., Pignata, C., Kilic, S. S., Caragol, I., Baumann, U., Klein, C., Welte, K. and Hansen, G., High-content cytometry and transcriptomic biomarker profiling of human B-cell activation. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2014. 133: 172-180 e171-110. 

Dijkstra, D., Hennig, C., Witte, T. and Hansen, G., Basophils from humans with systemic lupus erythematosus do not express MHC-II. Nature Medicine 2012.18: 488-489;489-490. 

Polte, T., Hennig, C. and Hansen, G., Allergy prevention starts before conception: maternofetal transfer of tolerance protects against the development of asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2008. 122: 1022-1030 e1025. 

Polte, T., Foell, J., Werner, C., Hoymann, H. G., Braun, A., Burdach, S., Mittler, R. S. and Hansen, G., CD137- mediated immunotherapy for allergic asthma. J Clin Invest 2006. 116: 1025-1036. 

Polte, T., Behrendt, A. K. and Hansen, G., Direct evidence for a critical role of CD30 in the development of allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2006. 118: 942-948. 

Hansen, G., Berry, G., DeKruyff, R. H. and Umetsu, D. T., Allergen-specific Th1 cells fail to counterbalance Th2 cell-induced airway hyperreactivity but cause severe airway inflammation. J Clin Invest 1999. 103: 175-183. 


  Prof. Dr. Gesine Hansen
¬† Klinik f√ľr P√§diatrische Pneumologie, Allergologie und Neonatologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover
  +49 511 532-9138