Head of Research

Prof. Dr. Rolf Graf graduated in Biology and a PhD from the University of Zurich. After a three year stay as a postdoc in Houston, Texas (USA) and three years as a group leader at the Zoological Institute of the University of Zurich, he became assistant professor in the pancreas laboratory at the University Hospital Zurich.
His research focused mainly on the biochemistry and physiology of digestion,
first in invertebrates, then in humans and rodents. In 2002 he became head of research in Surgery and Transplantation and habilitated in the field of experimental surgery. In his Pancreas Laboratory he examined pancreatic inflammation,
pancreas regeneration and the regulation of acute phase proteins.


Prof. Dr. Rolf Graf
Head of Research
Department of Surgery and Transplantation
University Hospital Zürich
Tel. +41 44 255 17 49


Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Transplantation

Prof. Dr. Pierre-Alain Clavien has run since 1994 an active basic science laboratory
funded through NIH and Swiss National Grants and other private and non-private
sources. His areas of research include organ preservation, liver ischemia-reperfusion
injury and liver regeneration, and pathogenesis of cancer. In addition he has a
longstanding interest in outcome research. He has published in Science, PNAS,
Gastroenterology, Lancet, and NEJM. His laboratory made the discovery of serotonin
as a key mediator of liver regeneration and pathogenesis of cancer (Science 2008).
In outcome research, Dr. Clavien has also developed a simple and widely used
system to evaluate complications after surgery, which hold his name.


Prof. Dr. med. Pierre-Alain Clavien, PhD
Department of Surgery and Transplantation
University Hospital Zürich
Tel. +41 44 255 33 00




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