Dr. Rupert Gerzer is a medical doctor by education, whose scientific interests lie in health telematics, medicine and astronautics. Prior to joining Skoltech in 2015, he was Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (Aachen University) and Director of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center DLR (Cologne) – Western Europe’s largest civil institute of aerospace medicine.
Prof. Gerzer studied medicine at the University of Munich. After that, he was postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Pharmacology, University of Heidelberg (1977-1981), and then at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA (1981-1983). Before obtaining a Heisenberg professorship at the University of Munich in 1988, Prof. Gerzer was also a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Munich. In 1992, he was appointed Director of Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center DLR. Otherwise, he held or continues to hold various senior positions in professional organizations in the fields of medicine and space, including German Society of Health Telematics, Global Space Forum, Medical Advisory Committee to the German Minister of Defense, German Academy of Aerospace Medicine, Advisory Committee of the European Astronaut Center, and the Acta Astronautica journal. His professional affiliations extend far beyond this list. Prof. Gerzer published more than 250 scientific papers with h-Index 35 (Web of Science) and received the Life Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2003.
Prof. Gerzer has co-founded two commercial companies: TEMOS International GmbH (global hospital evaluations) and S2E GmbH (Space to Earth technology transfer; commercial human spaceflight activities).