In 2017, Dr. Gutmann was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s highest academic award for researchers outside the country, as well as been named an Einstein Visiting Fellow by the Berlin Institute of Health.

While continuing to lead his laboratory and the NF Center at the School of Medicine, Gutmann has established a research team within the laboratory of Professor Helmut Kettenmann, PhD, at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

Drs. Gutmann and Kettenmann will co-lead a team investigating the relationship between a type of brain cell, known as microglia, and neurological diseases, including brain tumors and autism. For these studies, they will leverage Kettenmann’s expertise in microglia and Gutmann’s clinical and research experience with the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) genetic disorder.