Glasmacher, Birgit

Glasmacher, Birgit, Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Institute for Multiphase Processes/Biomedical Engineering

Leibniz University of Hannover
Callinstraße 36
Hannover 30167


Biography / About

Date of Birth:February, 1958
Function:Director of the Institute for Multiphase Processes, Leibniz Universität Hannover


1982Diploma in Mechanical / Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen
1984M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Dundee, UK
1991Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen

Academic appointments and Research posts:

1984 - 2001 Research Assistant and Post-Doc at Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen
2001 - 2005 Head of the Department “Cryobiology & Biomaterials" at Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen
Since 2006 Director of the Institute for Multiphase Processes, Professor and Chair of Multiphase Processes at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)

Other professional activities:

2006 - 2013 Member of the Board of Trustees of German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK), Hannover
2007 - 2009Secretary General of the International Society for Cryobiology (SFC)
2008 - 2011Secretary General of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO)
Since 2008Chair of Gender Commison of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
2010 - 2015Board of the International Faculty for Artificial Organs (INFA)
2012 - 2015Europe-Africa Regional Group Representative of IFBME
Since 2012Member of VDI-Richtlinienausschuss “Biomaterials”
2013 - 2015President of European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science (EAMBES)
Since 2013Board Member of the International Federation for Artificial Organs (IFAO)
Since 2013Board Member Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) Comitee
Since 2015Chair of WiBME (Women in Biomedical Engineering) of IFBME (International Federation of Biomedical Engineering)
Since 2015Appointed member of GDK (Association of German Cryobanks)
Since 2015Chair of the German Association of Engineers (VDI) Lower Saxony
Since 2017Appointed member of the research council of BfArM (Federal Institute for Drug), Bonn

Awards and Prizes:

1982Fritz ter Meer Foundation scholarship
1983Dr. Carl Duisberg scholarship
1983DAAD scholarship
1996ESAO Poster-First Prize for DFG Study “Heart valve calcification”
2002Poster Award of Working Group at “Cells at Work”; Maastricht
2003Frauenförderpreis RWTH Aachen University for Working Group 2002 Gender & Science for the Symposiums Gender & Science, Aachen
2007First prize HAZ-REBIRTH-Series, Hannover 2007
2011Ilse ter Meer prize for our female student networking project FeminING

Major research interests:

  • Cryotechnology, Cryobiology, Cryoprotective Agents, Epigenetics
  • Biomedical Process Engineering, Functional Tissue Engineering, Mechanotransduction, Drug Delivery Systems (DDS), Biomaterials (PVDF, Hydrogels)
  • Multiphase Flow, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Implant Development, Implant Damage & Failure Mechanisms

Selected Publications:

  1. L. Lauterboeck, W.F. Wolkers, B. Glasmacher. Cryobiological parameters of multipotent stromal cells obtained from different sources. Cryobiology 2017;74: 93-102
  2. A. Chatterjee, D. Saha, H. Niemann, O. Gryshkov, B. Glasmacher, N. Hofmann. Effects of cryopreservation on the epigenetic profile of cells. Cryobiology 2017;74: 1-7
  3. D. Pogozhykh, Yu. Pakhomova, O. Pervushina, N. Hofmann, B. Glasmacher, G. Zhegunov. Exploring the Possibility of Cryopreservation of Feline and Canine Erythrocytes by Rapid Freezing with Penetrating and Non-Penetrating Cryoprotectants. PLoS ONE 2017;12(1): e0169689, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169689
  4. A. Repanas, A, Bader, A. Klett, A. Ngezahayo, B. Glasmacher. The effect of dipyridamole embedded in a drug delivery system made by electrospun nanofibers on aortic endothelial cells. J Drug Delivery Sci Tech 2016;35: 343–352
  5. L. Lauterboeck, D. Saha, A. Chatterjee, N. Hofmann, B. Glasmacher. Xeno-Free Cryopreservation of Bone Marrow-Derived Multipotent Stromal Cells from Callithrix jacchus. Biopreserv Biobank. 2016;14(6): 530-538
  6. A. Chatterjee, D. Saha, B. Glasmacher, N. Hofmann. Chilling without regrets: Deciphering the effects of cryopreservation on the epigenetic properties of frozen cells will benefit the applications of cryo-technology. EMBO Rep. 2016;17(3): 292-295
  7. L. Lauterboeck, N. Hofmann, T. Mueller, B. Glasmacher. Active control of the nucleation temperature enhances freezing survival of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells. Cryobiology 2015;71(3): 384-390
  8. N. Hofmann, H. Sun, A. Chatterjee, D. Saha, B. Glasmacher. Thermal Pretreatment Improves Viability of Cryopreserved Human Endothelial Cells. Biopreservation Biobanking. 2015;13(5): 348-355
  9. O. Gryshkov, N. Hofmann, L. Lauterboeck, D. Pogozhykh, T. Mueller, B. Glasmacher. Multipotent stromal cells derived from common marmoset Callithrix jacchus within alginate 3D environment: Effect of cryopreservation procedures. Cryobiology. 2015 Aug;71(1):103–11
  10. O. Gryshkov, D. Pogozhykh, N. Hofmann, O. Pogozhykh, T. Mueller, B. Glasmacher. Encapsulating Non-Human Primate Multipotent Stromal Cells in Alginate via High Voltage for Cell-Based Therapies and Cryopreservation. PLOS ONE September 2014;9(9): e107911, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107911

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