Julius Wolff Institute

As a research institute we run applications and basic research in the fields of orthopedics and trauma surgery. Our main research field is the regeneration and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system as well as the improvement of joint replacement.

The JWI is located in Cranach House, named after Lucas Cranac the Elder who created the masterpiece the Fountain of Youth, an ambitious vision of regeneration, which is often symbolically connected with regenerative medicine. Thus, it idealy represent regenerative therapy research that takes place in this research building.


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Team A-L

Dr.-Ing. Alison Agres

Principal Investigator - Functional Movement Analysis

Sónia Alves

PhD Student

Dr.-Ing. Heide Boeth

Principal Investigator

Dr. Erik Brauer

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christian Bucher

PhD Student

Univ.- Prof. Dr. Sara Checa Esteban

Principal Investigator - Computational Mechanobiology

Simone Cho

Technician (currently on maternal leave)

Dr. Amaia Cipitria

Emmy Noether Research Fellow at the MPIKG & Guest Researcher at the JWI
At the JWI: Since 2009

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Damm

Principal Investigator - Joint Loading

Dr.-Ing. Sven Geißler

Principal Investigator - Cell Biology

Dr. Ing. Sophie Görlitz

Postdoc (in Parantal leave)

Dr. med. Frank Graef

Junior Clinician Scientist

Johanna Heinz

Finance Management

Dorit Jacobi


PD Johannes Keller

Clinical Scientist

Parisa Khalaghi

PhD student

Dr. rer. medic. Franka Klatte-Schulz

Principal Investigator - Tendon Regeneration

Raphael Knecht

PhD Student

Matthias Kollert

PhD student

Gabriela Korus


Leonie Krahl


Dipl.-Volksw. Sybille-Andrea Lorenz

Managing Director of the JWI