Dr. rer. tech. Pål Westermark

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Head of Working group Chronobiology & Computational Biology
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Circadian rhythms in animals
  • Regulation of gene expression, metabolic and signal transduction pathways
  • Mechanisms governing tissue homeostasis
  • Senescence and aging
  • Time series analysis
  • Control theory
  • Biostatistics
  • more on:  orcid.org/0000-0002-6637-2566

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2016 – present: Head of Unit, Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, FBN Dummerstorf
  • 2011 – 2016: Group leader, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 2005 – 2011: Postdoctoral researcher, Hanspeter Herzel lab, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 2005: PhD Thesis "Models of the Metabolism of the Pancreatic β-Cell", Royal Inst. of Technology Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1999: MSc Molecular Biotechnology, Uppsala University, Sweden


Spalding, K. L.; Arner, E.; Westermark, P. O.; Bernard, S.; Buchholz, B. A.; Bergmann, O.; Blomqvist, L.; Hoffstedt, J.; Naslund, E.; Britton, T.; Concha, H.; Hassan, M.; Ryden, M.; Frisen, J.; Arner, P. (2008):
Dynamics of fat cell turnover in humans. Nature 453: 783-787
Locke, J.; Westermark, P.; Kramer, A.; Herzel, H. (2008):
Global parameter search reveals design principles of the mammalian circadian clock. BMC Systems Biology 2: 22
Chauhan, A.; Legewie, S.; Westermark, P. O.; Lorenzen, S.; Herzel, H. (2008):
A mesoscale model of G1/S phase transition in liver regeneration. J. Theor. Biol. 252: 465-473
Brown, S. A.; Kunz, D.; Dumas, A.; Westermark, P. O.; Vanselow, K.; Tilmann-Wahnschaffe, A.; Herzel, H.; Kramer, A. (2008):
Molecular insights into human daily behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 1602-1607
Westermark, P. O.; Kotaleski, J. H.; Björklund, A.; Grill, V.; Lansner, A. (2007):
A mathematical model of the mitochondrial NADH shuttles and anaplerosis in the pancreatic β-cell. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology And Metabolism 292: E373 -E393
Reischl, S.; Vanselow, K.; Westermark, P. O.; Thierfelder, N.; Maier, B.; Herzel, H.; Kramer, A. (2007):
β-TrCP1-mediated degradation of PERIOD2 is essential for circadian dynamics. J. Biol. Rhythms 22: 375-386
Vanselow, K.; Vanselow, J. T.; Westermark, P. O.; Reischl, S.; Maier, B.; Korte, T.; Herrmann, A.; Herzel, H.; Schlosser, A.; Kramer, A. (2006):
Differential effects of Per2 phosphorylation: molecular basis for the human familial advanced sleep phase syndrome (FASPS). Genes Dev. 20: 2660-2672
Svantesson, A.; Westermark, P. O.; Kotaleski, J. H.; Gharizadeh, B.; Lansner, A.; Nyrén, P. (2004):
A mathematical model of the Pyrosequencing reaction system. Biophys. Chem. 110: 129-145
Westermark, P. O.; Lansner, A. (2003):
A model of phosphofructokinase and glycolytic oscillations in the pancreatic β-cell. Biophys. J. 85: 126-139