Our laboratory aims to advance our knowledge of determinants of maternal and fetal immunity during pregnancy. We utilize pre-clinical models and seeks to translate emerging insights into the comprehensive evaluation of large human data sets with known outcomes and corresponding bio samples.
Professor of Feto-Maternal Medicine, Head of Laboratory
Petra studied Medicine at the University of Tübingen, followed by post-doctoral trainings at McMaster University and University of Toronto in Canada. She completed her residency at the University Women’s Hospital in Würzburg and then became a senior researcher at the Charité, University Medicine Berlin, followed by a faculty position in Psycho-Neuro-Immunology. She was awarded with a Canada Research Chair in 2006 and accepted a position as Full Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Department of Medicine, Brain Body Institute, McMaster University in Canada. She returned to Germany in 2010 to accept a position as a Professor for Feto-Maternal Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Her main research interest over the last 2 decades addressed how the maternal immune adaptation during pregnancy is operational and vulnerable to challenges. She here aims to understand how health and disease in children are programmed during pregnancy. Petra supervised numerous emerging medical and basic science researcher, many of which continue to work in academia. To date, four of her former trainees have become faculty members as various universities. She also serves as Dean of Research of the Medical Faculty since 2018 and is a member on various executive and advisory boards of scientific societies, scientific journals, funding agencies and institutions.
WET LAB TEAM
CLINICAL STUDY TEAM – PRINCE-Study
Amy Padula, Ph.D. is currently a Research Fellow with the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in environmental exposures, social disparities and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Her research in California focuses on wildfire smoke and perinatal health. In Hamburg, she plans to examine how levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) affect vaccine effectiveness in the PRINCE cohort.
We are very proud that the following Alumni has been part of ARCK LAB and our team and wish them the best of luck for their future.
From Frickestraße, on the opposite side of Schedestraße is the best way to reach Campus Research N27. Go straight past the Medical History Museum, keep left and you will come directly to building N27. The entrance is on the back side from your location.
Adresse: Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg
Gebäude: Gebäude N27