Dr. Christoph Schlapbach is Assistant-Professor at the Department of Dermatology at the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital. He received his MD and his MD-PhD from the University of Bern before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Dermatology, BWH/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Then, he finished his clinical training as dermatologist in Bern where he is currently working as head of his research group and as senior physician.
Dr. Schlapbach’s research has focused on the role of T helper cells in human inflammatory and malignant skin disease. In particular, he has studied the role of Th17 cells in hidradenitis suppurativa, the role of skin-resident T cells in health and disease, and the function and identity of interleukin-9-producing “Th9” cells. More recently, his team has focused on the investigation of the role of the transcription factor PPARγ in human Th2 cells. PPARγ is closely linked to the subpopulation of “pathogenic” Th2 cells which are thought to drive allergic inflammation.