Prof. Christian Netzer, MD, has been Manager of Clinical Human Genetics since 2019. Previously, he served as a Senior Physician at the Institute of Human Genetics and since 2009 was Head of Human Genetics at the Medical Health Center (Medizinische Versorgungszentrum, MVZ) at the University Hospital Cologne. Prof. Netzer completed his post-doctoral professorship and research qualification at the University of Cologne in 2009 with his work on the molecular pathogenesis of monogenic diseases and since then his research has focussed on the genetic causes of hereditary skeletal diseases and syndromes. For his research, in 2012 he received the Eva Luise Köhler Research Award for Rare Diseases. Following further training at the Institutes for Human Genetics at the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn, in 2005 he became a specialist in Human Genetics. Prof. Netzer studied medicine and philosophy in Göttingen and Hamburg. He completed his doctorate at the University of Göttingen; he also received an MA in philosophy there, completing his work on the moral issue pre-implantation diagnostics.
In 2018, Prof. Netzer was appointed to the Gene Diagnostics Committee of the RKI by the Federal Health Ministry. He is the deputy spokesperson of the committee for Fundamental Positions and Ethics Issues of the Germany Society for Human Genetics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humangenetik, GfH).