Prof. Dr. Sørge Kelm

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Street address:

Leobener Str. 5
NW2, Room B2235
28359 Bremen

Office hours

each Monday from 12:00 to 12:45 pm


Prof. Sørge Kelm from University of Bremen has a long standing experience in co-ordinating collaborative research projects with partners in Sub-Sahara Africa, both in research as in capacity building. Since he joined this university in 2000 he has actively pursued the internationalisation of the Department for Biology and Chemistry. His activities include the initiation of an international master program, and several international research programs, with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa since 2010. Currently his main projects are addressing African Trypanosomiasis, one of the major neglected tropical diseases (NTD) listed by the WHO, and the role of nutrition in non-communicable diseases (NCD) on the continent. Concerning his actual research you find here more>

Since October 2000

Full professor for biochemistry, Department of Biology and Chemistry, University Bremen, Germany

Since October 2002

Co-ordinator of the M.Sc. course “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology”

April 2006 through March 2012:

Dean of the Faculty for Biology and Chemistry, University Bremen, Germany

January 1998 to October 2000

Assistant professor (Oberassistent) at the Biochemical Institute, University at Kiel, Germany

April 1991 to December 1997

Scientific assistant (C1) in the group of Prof. Dr. R. Schauer at the Biochemical Institute, University at Kiel, Germany

March 1988 to March 1991

Postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. J. C. Paulson at the Department for Biological Chemistry, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

October 1983 to February 1988

Scientific assistant in the group of Prof. Dr. R. Schauer at the Biochemical Institute, University at Kiel, Germany



December 1997, venia legendi for biochemistry, University at Kiel, Germany

Title of habilitation thesis: "The sialoadhesin family - Sialic acid-recognising cell adhesion proteins"


December 1987, Dr. rer. nat., University at Kiel, Germany

Title of thesis: "The galactose-recognising system of peritoneal rat macrophages"


May 1983: University Tübingen, Germany

Title of diploma thesis: "Comparison of insulin receptors from different tissues: Binding of mono-125I-(TyrA14)-insulin and SDS-gel electrophoresis"


April 1977 to September 1983: University Tübingen, Germany, Biochemistry.

October 1976 to March 1977: Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, Engineering;




Current grants:

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft:

"The role of African trypanosomal trans-sialidases in the transmission of Trypanosoma congolense between the fly vector and life stock host suffering Nagana disease"; April 2010 to January 2018; continuation as project “Animal African Trypanosomiasis in humans: An emerging zoonosis?” January 2018 through June 2021.


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD):

„MENTION – Increased Competencies for Nutrition in Zanzibari Healthcare“; January 2018 through December 2021


Previous grants:

International Atomic Energy Agency:

Project “Exploring sialidases as tools against trypanosomiasis” within the Concerted Research Program “Enhancing vector refractoriness in trypanosome infection”, 2013 through 2017, only co-ordination funded;Leibniz Gemeinschaft:

Project “Access to food and nutrition status of Zanzibari people” within the Leibniz Graduate School SUTAS (Sustainable Use of Tropical Aquatic Systems), coordinated by Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen January 2013 through December 2016;

BMBF: 2005-2008, total ca 135,000 €

Tönjes-Vagt-Foundation, 2005-2008, total ca 100,000 €

Zentrum für Biotechnologie und Ernährung: November 2002 to September 2004, total 50,000 €

Volkswagen Foundation: July 2003 to June 2005, total ca 90,000 €

FNK University Bremen: October 2001 to September 2004, total ca 90,000 €

Volkswagen Foundation: October 2000 to October 2003, total ca 160,000 €

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: October 1999 to June 2003, total ca 160,000 €

BMBF: 1999-2001, total ca 180,000 €

Human Frontier Science Program: July 1998 to December 2001, Coordinator of a project with 7 laboratories from Germany, United Kingdom and USA, total ca 900,000 €

Technologiestiftung Schleswig-Holstein: 1998, total 60,000 €

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: September 1997 to September1999, total ca 120,000 €

Mizutani Foundation, Tokyo, Japan: Research grant from October 1993 to March 1995, total ca 45,000 €

NATO: Collaborative research grant from March 1989 to December 1995, total ca 20,000 €, together with Dr. P. R. Crocker, University of Oxford, England



Peer-reviewed publications: 90

Reviews: 19

Patent applications: 9

h-index 36, total citations 5238 (17.03.2018; ResearcherID: C-5403-2013)