Dr Hans Michael Haitchi


Hans Michael joined the Board of the Medical Research Foundation in January 2020.

He is an Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine and Clinician Scientist at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Physician at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

After completing his extensive clinical training in Austria (MD) and South Africa (MMed (INT)) he completed his PhD in molecular biology in the UK. A Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship took Hans Michael for further training to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the USA.

Now based in the UK, he leads a research group that investigates the pathogenesis of asthma and other chronic lung diseases. His particular interest is in the role of the asthma susceptibility gene 'ADAM33' and influence of the maternal environment on the early origin of lung disease using in vivo and in vitro asthma and allergic airway inflammation research models.

He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in London, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK and ‘Privatdozent (PD, Priv. Doz.) for Pneumology’ at the Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) in Salzburg Austria.

Hans Michael has served as a Trustee/Director and now as a volunteer at Above Bar Church in Southampton. He is also a fully qualified joiner, who from early childhood was trained by his parents in their small joinery business in Austria. Outside of his research and clinical work he enjoys working with wood in his small workshop, recreational running, spending time and sharing good food with friends and family, enjoying his Judeo-Christian faith and most of all doing most of these things together with his wife Gerhild.

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