Lothar Hennighausen is a geneticist whose career includes contributions in academia and government. A native of Germany, he performed
undergraduate work in Germany and Scotland, and earned his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1982. Lothar
immigrated in the United States in 1983 to join the research group of Dr. Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School.
In 1985 Lothar joined the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and established a
research group that explores genetic circuitry in organ development and disease using experimental mouse genetics. His research focuses on
the mechanisms used by cytokines to control the physiology and patho-physiology of cells. Lothar addresses questions related to mammary
development and cancer, hematopoietic stem cells and leukemias as well as the physiology of muscle and liver.
Lothar takes the same enthusiastic approach to activities outside the laboratory as he does inside. He is an avid cross country skier and long
distance cyclist (Randonneur) and finisher of the 1200 kilometer event Paris-Brest-Paris. He is married to Dr. Priscilla Furth, a cancer researcher
and Professor at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University.