Axel Haase

Prof. Dr. rer. nat

Former research professorship for medical engineering
Former director of the Central Institute of Medical Enigeering
Former director of the Munich School of Bionengineering
TUM School of Medicine

born 1952



From 1989 to 2009 Axel Haase held the Chair of Experimental Physics 5 (Biophysics) at the University of Würzburg. His area of research is biomedicine with a focus on medical nuclear magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. In 1983 he succeeded, together with co-workers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, in developing a fast MR imaging method (FLASH MRI) that could accelerate patient examinations by a factor of about 1000. This is nowadays used for several 10 million applications in clinical diagnostics worldwide every year. The method has been internationally patented by the Max Planck Society. In addition to MRI methods and instrumental developments for nuclear magnetic resonance, Axel Haase focuses on biomedical applications of MRI, including in cardiology, neurology, oncology, but also on the examination of biological samples or the non-destructive detection of the sex of embryos in eggs.

Axel Haase was president of the University of Würzburg (from 2003 to 2009), president of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), president of the German Society for Biophysics, board member of the German Physical Society (DPG) and member of many other international scientific societies. He was spokesperson for a DFG Research Training Group and on the board of two Collaborative Research Centres at the University of Würzburg. Since 2009, he has been research professor at the Technical University of Munich, where he initially headed the Institute of Medical Engineering (IMETUM) and founded the Munich School of Bioengineering, which he represented as spokesperson at TUM and externally. He retired in 2019, but continues to be active in many research projects.


Short biography

1972 - 1977 Study of Physics at the Universities of Erlangen and Gießen
1980 Doctorate, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
1980 - 1982 Postdoc at the Institut of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
1987 Habilitation, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfort
1989 - 2009 Professor for Experimental Physics, University of Würzburg
1999 Founder and co-partner of two medical technology companies
(Rapid Biomedical GmbH) in Germany and the USA
2003 - 2009 President of the University of Würzburg
2007 - 2008 Managing Director of the company "Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH"
2008 - 2012 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company "Bayerische Patentallianz GmbH"
2010 - 2019 Technical University of Munich (TUM):
Carl von Linde Senior Fellow at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study,
Director of the Central Institute of Medical Engineering (until 2019),
Director of the Graduate School of Bioengineering (until 2019)


Memberships and honors

Liebig Fellow of the „Fonds der Chemischen Industrie“ (1982)

Heisenberg Fellow, German Research Foundation DFG (1987)

European Magnet Resonanz Tomographie Prize (1989)

Annual Award of the “European Workshop on Magnetic Resonance in Medicine” (1990)

Goldmedal of the “International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)”, San Francisco, USA (1991)

Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (since 2001)


Key Publications

Griswold, MA; Jakob, PM; Heidemann, RM; Nittka, M; Jellus, V; Wang, JM; Kiefer, B; Haase, A
Generalized Autocalibrating Partially Parallel Acquisitions (GRAPPA)
Magnetic Resonance In Medicine, Volume: 47, Issue: 6, Pages: 1202-1210, published: JUN 2002

Haase, A; Frahm, J; Matthaei, D; Hanicke, W; Merboldt, KD
Flash Imaging - Rapid NMR Imaging Using Low Flip-Angle Pulses
Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume: 67, Issue: 2, Pages: 258-266, published: APR 1986

Haase, A; Snapshot Flash MRI - Applications to T1, T2 an Chemical-Shift Imaging
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Volume: 13, Issue: 1, Pages: 77-89, published: JAN 1990

Ruff, J; Wiesmann, F; Hiller, KH; Voll, S; von Kienlin, M; Bauer, WR; Rommel, E; Neubauer, S; Haase, A
Magnetic resonance microimaging for noninvasive quantification of myocardial function and mass in the mouse
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Volume: 40, Issue: 1, Pages: 43-48, published: JUL 1998

Wiesinger, F; Weidl, E; Menzel, MI; Janich, MA; Khegai, O; Glaser, SJ; Haase, A; Schwaiger, M; Schulte, RF
IDEAL spiral CSI for dynamic metabolic MR imaging of hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Volume: 68, Issue: 1, Pages: 8-16, published: JUL 2012

Rumenapp, C; Gleich, B; Haase, A
Magnetic Nanoparticles in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diagnostics
Pharmaceutical Research, Volume: 29, Issue: 5, Pages: 1165-1179, published: MAY 2012

Haase, A; Odoj, F; Von Kienlin, M; Fidler, F; Weisser, A; Nittka, M; Rommel, E; Lanz, T; Kalusche, B
NMR probeheads for in vivo applications
Concepts in Magnetic Resonance, Volume: 12, Issue: 6, Pages: 361-388, published: 2000

Haase, A; Malloy, C; Radda, GK
Spatial Localization of High-Resolution P-31 Spectra with a Surface Coil
Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume: 55, Issue: 1, Pages: 164-169, published: 1983



Founder and Co-editor of the scientific journal "Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine", the offical journal of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB).