Dr. H.U. Scherer


Area(s) of interest

  • Translational research on rheumatoid arthritis
  • Immunology of (auto-reactive) B cells
  • Glycobiology of (auto-)antibodies


Hans Ulrich Scherer studied medicine at the Free University Berlin, the Humboldt University Berlin and at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany (1994-2002). He has been a doctoral student at the Department of Immunology, Institute for Cell Biology, at Tübingen University, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. H.G. Rammensee (1999 - 2001). He has been a PhD student at the Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands under supervision of Prof. R.E.M. Toes and Prof. T.W.J. Huizinga. In 2013, he defended his PhD thesis entitled: Basic disease mechanisms in Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was trained in internal medicine and rheumatology by Prof. G.R. Burmester (Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany) and Prof. T.W.J. Huizinga (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands).

Since 2010, he is working at the Department of Rheumatology at Leiden University Medical Center and joined the medical staff in 2014. His research interests are the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis, in particular autoantibodies and the autoreactive B cell response, as well as the glycobiology of (auto-)antibodies. His work is supported by the Dutch Organization for Health Research and Development and he received the Young Investigator Award of the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) in 2010. He is active in international scientific consortia and supervises PhD students. His clinical tasks include the care for patients with rheumatic diseases with a specific interest in the treatment of systemic sclerosis with autologous stem cell transplantation.


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