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Lars French

Chairman and Professor

Prof. Dr. med. Lars E French MD is a clinician-scientist and the current professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Zürich University Hospital in Switzerland.
Professor French graduated from the University of Geneva and trained in internal medicine, basic research, and dermatology at the University of Geneva. He rapidly established his own research group in investigative dermatology alongside clinical activities at the Department of Dermatology of the University of Geneva under the direction of Professor Saurat with the support of a career development award from the Swiss National Science Foundation, before spending a year as visiting …


Date of birth:            March 8th, 1963
Place of Birth:          Geneva/Switzerland


Professor and chairman of dermatology clinic at zurich university hospital

Gloriastrasse 31
CH-8091 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 255 2550
Fax: +41 44 255 44 03

Honors & Awards

  1. 2017

    Honorary Member Societe Francaise de Dermatologie, Paris

  2. 2015

    35th Alfred-Marchionini Lecture, Hamburg, Germany

  3. 2013

    René Touraine Lecture, International Investigative Dermatology Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland

  4. 2012

    Kung-Sun Oh Memorial Lecture and Medal, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea


  • Responsibility
  • Professor and Chairman

    From November 2018

    Department of Dermatology and Allergology

    Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich
  • Professor and Chairman

    October 2006 -November 2018

    Dermatology Department

    Zürich University Hospital
  • Louis Jeantet Professor of Medicine

    May 2003 - September 2006

    Associate Professor of Dermatology

    Dermatology Department

  • Médecin-Adjoint

    October 2002 - April 2003

    Assistant Professor of Dermatology

    Dermatology Department

  • “SCORE A” career development award

    October 2000 - October 2002

    Continuation Swiss Clinicians Opting for research/Swiss national science foundation Department of Dermatology

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Visiting Clinical and Research Fellow

    October 1999 - October 2000

    Department of Dermatology (Prof. J. Stanley, Prof. A. H. Rook)

    University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • “SCORE A” career development award (5 years)

    January 1997 - October 1999

    Swiss Clinicians Opting for research/Swiss national science foundation “Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche suppléant”, Department of Dermatology

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Clinical Practice in Internal Medicine

    April 1988 - March 1990

    Resident, Department of Medicine (Prof. A. F. MULLER)

    Geneva University Hospital
  • Research Fellow on Cell and Molecular Biology

    April 1990 - October 1993

    Thesis work on the role of clusterin in tissue remodeling. Laboratory of Immuno-Nephrology (Dr. J. SCHIFFERLI)

    Geneva University Medical Center
  • Clinical Practice in Dermatology

    October 1993 - December 1996

    Resident and Fellow, Dermatology Department (Prof. J.-H. SAURAT) and Research on clusterin and Fas-mediated apoptosis. Laboratory of Dermatology 5-222 (Dr. L. E. FRENCH)

    Geneva University Hospital and Geneva University Medical Center
  • Affiliations
  • Co-founding Shareholder of Adipogen

    (www.adipogen.com) 2009 - ongoing

  • Former founding shareholder of

    - EpiTech SA (Epidex technology licensed to Modex/Isotis in 2000)

    - Apotech Corporation (Part of Alexis Corp. Now part of Enzo Life Sciences (Trade-Sale))

    -Apoxis SA (Sold to Topotarget A/S in June 2007)

  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of

    - Sold to Topotarget A/S in June 2007

    - Apoxis SA (Between 2001 and June 2007)