Jürgen Gailer was born in Geislingen and der Steige/Germany in 1967. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Graz/Austria in 1997, he was awarded an Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship and moved to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the University of Arizona (Tucson/United States) and subsequently transferred to the Department of Nutritional Sciences as a research associate. As a PDF he joined the GSF National Research Center for Environment and Health in Munich/Germany in 2001. After 1.5 years as the Team Leader in Biopharmaceutical Production at Boehringer Ingelheim Austria/Vienna he joined the University of Calgary in 2004, where he was co-appointed in the Department of Chemistry and the Environmental Science Program. He currently is a professor and his research aims to develop and apply novel instrumental analytical methods to better understand the role that non-essential metals, such as cadmium and mercury play in human health and disease. He also has an interest in establishing the biomolecular basis of the severe side effects of metal-based drugs, such as cisplatin in cancer patients.
Keynote Lecture: Unravelling of the degradation pathway of a bimetallic anticancer complex in human plasma