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Rolf Konig

   MERLOT Contributor  Peer Reviewer
University of Texas Medical Branch
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Primary Discipline: Science and Technology / Health Sciences / Genetics and Infectious Disease
Member Type: Faculty
Last Login: Mar 16, 2014
Member Since: Jun 05, 2011

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University of Texas System - Medical Branch (Education, 4 Year/4 Year + Grad, TX, United States) - Primary Affiliation

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Address: University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston , TX 77555-1019 United States


German - speaking level (Superior) , reading level (Superior)
French - speaking level (Intermediate) , reading level (Intermediate)
English - speaking level (Superior) , reading level (Superior)

Skills and Interests

Immunology; Evidence-based medicine
Functional genomics and epigenetics of autoimmunity and inflammation; molecular and cellular mechanisms of T-cell activation and differentiation; cellular signaling; antitumor and biodefense vaccinology

Education History

M.S. Zoology (06/1980)
University of Bern, Switzerland
Ph.D. Biology (11/1984)
University of Bern, Switzerland


Vice Chair for Graduate and Medical Education (09/2009 - Current) University of Texas Medical Branch/Dep. of Microbiology & Immunology
Professor (09/2009 - Current) University of Texas Medical Branch/Dep. of Microbiology & Immunology
Senior Scientist (09/2006 - Current) University of Texas Medical Branch/Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine
Director, Graduate Program in Microbiology & Immunology (07/2008 - Current) University of Texas Medical Branch/Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Longitudinal Theme on Evidence-based Medicine (06/2007 - Current) University of Texas Medical Branch/School of Medicine
Associate Editor, The Journal of Immunology (07/1999 - 07/2003) American Association of Immunologists


König, Rolf. (2011). Signal transduction in T lymphocytes in Intercellular Signaling in Development and Disease. Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
König, Rolf. (2011). Mechanisms of immune modulation by xenobiotics in Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, Burlington, MA.


American Chemical Society
Member 01/2008 - Current

Honors and Awards

University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor (05/2012)
Honorific title to recognize faculty members who have made significant contributions to education awarded on approval by the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, or the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Teaching Excellence Award in Microbiology & Immunology (11/2011)
This award is conferred by the Graduate Student Organization at UTMB.
UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (10/2011)
Induction in the Academy is based on demonstrated excellence in teaching and educational leadership.
Faculty Marshall, UTMB SOM Commencement (05/2010)

Teaching Experience

Scientific Writing & Grant Proposal Preparation (Fall Current)
UTMB - Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences - Forming a scientific hypothesis; testing a scientific hypothesis
The course introduces the principles of scientific writing and grant proposal preparation in the NIH format. Students will analyze NIH grant applications, formulate a scientific hypothesis based on an assigned publication, and write a research plan to rigorously test the hypothesis.
Evidence-Based Medicine (Fall Current)
UTMB - School of Medicine - Evidence-based medicine
This is a longitudinal theme implemented in several courses and clinical rotations in every year of the four-year medical school curriculum. Students are exposed to concepts and principles of evidence-based medicine, and tasked with formulating clinical questions, finding best current evidence using library resources, and evaluating this evidence.
Introduction to Immune Mechanisms (Spring Current)
UTMB - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Hematopoiesis; Antigens & antibodies; Immunoglobulin gene recombination; B cell development; B cell activation; Tumor immunology
An introductory course for graduate students. Emphasis is on analyzing mechanisms of immune cell development and functions, and on interactions between various effector cells in the immune system. Students are tasked with evaluating and presenting current articles on the topics.
Dermatology, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Hematology (Spring Current)
UTMB - School of Medicine - Hematopoiesis; Hematopoietic system; Hypersensitivity; Transplant immunology
A course for 2nd-year medical students that uses small group problem-based learning, online pathology labs, and lectures on special topics to illustrate physiology and pathophysiology in three organ systems.