Christiane Albrecht

Gaining deeper insight into the physiological mechanisms and regulation of nutrient and xenobiotic transport across the placenta is the main objective of Christiane Albrecht’s current research. She is particularly interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of iron, amino acid and cholesterol transport across the human placenta.

Her team collaborates among others with clinicians at the University Hospital (Inselspital) and Lindenhof Hospital, Bern, Switzerland and the University of Cambridge and Nottingham (UK) to study the involvement of membrane transporters in placental pathology.

Albrecht has been studying physiological transport mechanisms mediated by ABC transporters since 2000. During her post-doctoral studies at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London (UK), she carried out molecular biological and genetic studies with patients suffering from various disorders, such as HDL deficiency, bleeding disorders and atherosclerotic disease. Herein she has mainly focused on ABCA1-mediated transport of lipids and cholesterol, both in rare hereditary diseases and in disorders of the general population, such as atherosclerosis and diabetes. Her recent scientific projects examined both physiological and pathophysiological conditions during pregnancy, and included functional studies to investigate the cause and consequences of aberrant membrane transporter function in gestational diseases.

Albrecht’s scientific career has led her from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre to the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München (Germany), and, in 2006, to the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Bern (Switzerland).

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Function in NCCR

  • Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Management Comm. Member

Intern/Extern: Intern


Associate professor at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Bern


  • PD (Habilitation) in Physiology/Molecular Medicine at the Technische Universität München/ University of Bern
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Bern
  • M.Sc. in Pharmacy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany

Selected memberships

  • Biochemical Society, Switzerland
  • American Physiological Society

Selected awards

  • Bürgi Prize, Bern: Award for best Ph.D. thesis in Pharmacology at the University of Bern (1998)