Prof. Dr. Henning Wackerhage


Exercise Biology

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Wackerhage (*1967) is a Molecular Exercise Physiologist and has published several textbooks in this field. He is head of the Exercise Biology group which is generally interested in the molecular mechanisms by which exercise improves our performance, fitness and health. Specific research projects are effect of exercise on thermogenic adipose tissue and on the blood metabolome and proteome, the role of Hippo proteins in adaptation to exercise and aerosol emission and infection risk. Furthermore, the exercise biology research group investigates how muscle hypertrophy reprograms metabolism and how this affects metabolic health.

Prof. Wackerhage studied and obtained his doctorate at the German Sport University in Cologne investigating muscle metabolism with 31P-NMR. He then became a lecturer in sports physiology at the University of Central Lancashire before moving to the University of Dundee and then as senior lecturer and reader to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Since 2016 he is Associate Professor of Exercise Biology at the TUM.

Verbrugge SAJ, Schonfelder M, Becker L, Yaghoob Nezhad F, Hrabe de Angelis M, Wackerhage H: "Genes Whose Gain or Loss-Of-Function Increases Skeletal Muscle Mass in Mice: A Systematic Literature Review". Frontiers in Physiology. 2018; 9: 553.


Tremblay AM, Missiaglia E, Galli GG, Hettmer S, Urcia R, Carrara M, Judson RN, Thway K, Nadal G, Selfe JL et al: “The Hippo Transducer YAP1 Transforms Activated Satellite Cells and Is a Potent Effector of Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Formation”. Cancer Cell. 2014; 26(2): 273-287.


Judson RN, Tremblay AM, Knopp P, White RB, Urcia R, De Bari C, Zammit PS, Camargo FD, Wackerhage H: “The Hippo pathway member Yap plays a key role in influencing fate decisions in muscle satellite cells”. Journal of Cell Science. 2012; 125: 6009-6019.


Mutsch B, Heiber M, Grätz F, Hain R, Schönfelder M, Kaps S, Schranner D, Kähler CJ, Wackerhage H. „Aerosol particle emission increases exponentially above moderate exercise intensity resulting in superemission during maximal exercise” PNAS. 2022; 119: e2202521119.