Guenter Daum received his PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with Edmond Fischer at the University of Washington and a brief appointment at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, he returned to the University of Washington. He is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and holds an adjunct position in the Department of Biochemistry.
The main focus of his research is to investigate the effects of sphingosine-1-phosphate on intimal hyperplasia, a major process contributing to the occlusion of arteries following surgical repair to restore blood flow. A second area of research utilizes various mouse models that respond very differently to arterial injury to identify genes responsible for neointimal lesion growth. Major collaborators in the Center for Cardiovascular Biology are Drs. Clowes, Leboeuf and Mahoney, Jr.