BSRT Graduate School

Kirsten Legerlotz

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Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institute for Sport Science

Charité Campus Mitte

Philippstraße 13, Haus 11

10115 Berlin


Since October 2014

W1 Professorship Movement Biomechanics, Institute for Sport Science, Humboldt University Berlin


April 2013 – August 2014

Scientific Technical Leader; Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Novartis Pharma AG, Basle, Switzerland


Aug. 2010 – March 2013

Senior Research Associate; Biomedical Research Centre, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

Research Interests: 

The main focus of my current research is on tendon adaptation in general. In the past I have been studying the initiation and progression of tendinopathies and was looking into the effects of fatigue loading on changes in structure, mechanical properties and gene expression in tendon. My aim is to link the knowledge gained from basic science with the applied side of sport science research. The areas I would like to explore reach from understanding, preventing and treating injuries of the muscle-tendon complex to changing the properties of the muscle-tendon complex for the improvement of sporting performance – a continuum of research questions that are likely to have relevance for numerous sports, both from a mass participation as well as an elite sport perspective. One specific question in this context would be to investigate the effects of fluctuating hormone levels, for example during menstrual cycle or pregnancy, on matrix turnover and muscle-tendon-properties and, thus, injury risk and mechanism.


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