Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Michael John Atkinson

Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

The primary focus of the research of Professor Atkinson (b. 1955) is on understanding the biological consequences of radiation with low doses of ionizing radiation and the improvement of the efficacy of radiation therapy in cancer.

After studying life sciences, Professor Atkinson completed his PhD at the University of Aston in Birmingham (UK). This then led to postdoctoral positions at Hanover Medical School (MHH), Harvard Medical School, Max-Planck-Institute in Hanover and GSF (now Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Centre for Environmental Health). He acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 1999 at the TUM School of Medicine. Since 2007 he has been director of the Institute for Radiation Biology at Helmholtz Zentrum München.


  • Mitglied der Strahlenschutzkommission (2007-2012)
  • Von-Recklinghausen Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Endokrinologie (1989)
  • Stipendium Boehringer Ingelheim Fond (1984)

Key Publications

Mullenders L, Sabatier L, Atkinson M.J, Paretzke H, Boufler S: ”Assessing cancer risks of low dose radiation”. Nature Reviews Cancer. 2009; 9: 596-604.


Pellegata NS, Quintanilla-Martinez L, Siggelkow H, Samson E, Bink K, Hofler H, Fend F, Graw J, Atkinson MJ: ”Germ-line mutations in p27Kip1 cause a multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome in rats and humans”. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2006; 103: 15558-63.


Rosemann M, Kuosaite V, Quintanilla-Martinez L, Richter T, Atkinson M.J: ”Multilocus inheritance determines predisposition to alpha-radiation induced bone tumourigenesis in mice”.  Int. J. Cancer. 2006; 118: 2132-8.

Atkinson M.J, Spanner M, Rosemann M, Linzner U, Müller W.A, Gössner W: ”Intracellular Sequestration of 223Ra by the Iron-storage Protein Ferrtin”. Radiation Research. 2005; 164: 230-233.


Nathrath M, Kuosaite V, Rosemann M, Kremer M, Poremba C, Wakana S, Yanagi M, Nathrath W.B.J, Höfler H, Imai K, Atkinson M.J: ”Two novel tumour suppressor gene loci on chromosome 6p and 15q in human osteosarcoma identified through comparative study of allelic imbalances in mouse and man”. Oncogene. 2002; 21: 5975-5980.