Lung Microenvironmental Niche in Cancerogenesis
Rajkumar Savai is a professor at the Institute for Lung Health (ILH) of Justus Liebig University (JLU) in Giessen, Germany, where he leads the research group “Lung Microenvironmental Niche in Cancerogenesis.” He is also heading the Oncology Basic Research Unit at Medical Clinic V of the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg in Giessen. In addition, he is jointly appointed as a group leader at the Department of Lung Development and Remodeling at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
Rajkumar Savai was born in Warangal, Telangana, India. After receiving his Masters (MSc) in Biochemistry from Kakatiya University, Warangal, India, he moved to Germany and finished his PhD and postdoctoral training at the Pneumology/Oncology Department of the JLU. In 2010, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim to run an independent junior research group. In 2020, he was appointed chair of Lung Microenvironmental Niche in Cancerogenesis professorship at the ILH, Giessen. He is selected as Prof. in the Heisenberg-program, German Research Foundation (DFG). He also serves as Scientific Coordinator at the German Center for Lung Research (DZL); Executive Committee Member of the Thoracic Oncology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Task Force Member of Lung Cancer–Translational Research for the national Network Genomic Medicine (nNGM) Lung Cancer, and Co-speaker of the LOEWE consortium iCANx (Cancer–Lung [Disease] Crosstalk: Tumor and Organ Microenvironment). Moreover, Dr. Savai is faculty member of the excellence cluster at Cardio-Pulmonary Institute (CPI) and also a faculty member of the Frankfurt Cancer Institute (FCI). In 2018, he served as a Visiting Professor at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute of Robert W. Franz Cancer Center at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Savai has received several national and international awards for his scientific accomplishments. He has published 85 research articles (Date: 15th Jan 2021) in well-renowned scientific journals, including Nature Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, Science Advances, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Circulation, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Cancer Research, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and EMBO Molecular Medicine