Christoph Pittius : NIDDK

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Christoph Pittius

Dr. Christoph Pittius joined our laboratory in 1986 to study the hormonal regulation of mammary-specific genes using transgenic mice. Christoph came from the Max-Planck-Institute in Munich where he earned his Ph.D. in neurobiology.  While in our laboratory Christoph was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). I n 1989 Christoph accepted a position at the American Red Cross in Rockville/Maryland where he worked on the production of human proteins (mainly proteinC) in milk of transgenic farm animals.  In 1992 Dr. Pittius went to Germany to work at Hoechst AG and a few years later returned to the US to become Partner at Ferghana Partners in New York City.  In 2002 Christoph accepted a position at Boehringer Ingelheim as Head of Pharma Discovery.  Subsequently Christoph was holding the position of Executive Director, Discovery Alliances at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where he was heading the Discovery Alliances program.  In 2008 Christoph joined Jubilant Biosys & Chemsys, where he is Vice President Global Business Development. He can be reached at
Publications while at LGP

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1. Wall, R.J., Pursel, V.G., Shamay, A., McKnight, R.A., Pittius, C.W., and Hennighausen, L. (1991). High-level synthesis of a heterologous milk protein in the mammary glands of transgenic swine. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88, 1696-1700.

2. Hennighausen, L., Furth, P.A., and Pittius, C.W. (1989). KappaB elements strongly activate gene expression in non-lymphoid cells and function synergistically with NF1 elements. Nucleic Acids Res. 17, 8197-8206.

3. Lubon, H., Pittius, C.W., and Hennighausen, L. (1989). In vitro transcription of the mouse whey acidic protein promoter is affected by upstream sequences. FEBS Letters 251, 173-176.

4. Pittius, C.W., Sankaran, L., Topper, Y.J. and Hennighausen. (1988). Comparison of the regulation of the whey acidic protein gene to a hybrid gene containing the whey acidic protein gene promoter in transgenic mice. Mol. Endocrinology 2, 1027-1032.

5. Pittius, C.W., Hennighausen, L., Lee, E., Westphal, H., Nicols, E., Vitale, J. and Gordon, K. (1988). A milk protein gene promoter directs the expression of human tissue plasminogen activator cDNA to the mammary gland in transgenic mice. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 85, 5874-5878.

6. Pittius, C.W., Sankaran, L., and Hennighausen, L. (1990). Hormonal regulation of the whey acidic protein gene promoter in transgenic mice. Transgenic Models in Medicine and Agriculture, Wiley-Liss, Inc., 47-54.

7. Hennighausen, L., Westphal, C., Sankaran, L., and Pittius, C.W. (1988). Regulation of expression of milk protein genes. In First and Haseltine (eds.), Transgenic Technology in Medicine and Agriculture, Butterworth, 61-70.

Christoph's papers were cited over 350 times.

updated on Nov, 6, 2008

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