Regina Ensenauer

Short CV

Professor Ensenauer studied medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, where she received her doctoral degree in Clinical Chemistry/Pathobiochemistry. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics including subspecialty training in Metabolic Disease & Nutrition at the University Children‘s Hospital, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. From 2001-2004, she was a Post-Doc Research Fellow in Molecular Biology & Biochemical Genetics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN (USA). She then joined the Research Center of the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Germany, where she established an experimental research group with a focus on early-life origins and primary prevention of childhood obesity and associated metabolic diseases. She initiated a large prospective mother-child cohort to study the long-term effects of maternal obesity in pregnancy on the development of overweight in the offspring (PEACHES cohort, Since 2014, Prof. Ensenauer is University Professor for Experimental Pediatrics and Metabolism at the University Children’s Hospital, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. She is also still affiliated with the LMU München.


2012 Friedrich-Linneweh Award for Pediatric Research of the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ)

2004-2006 Scholarship of the LMU München (Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsprogramm)

2005 Scientific Award of the Mayo Alumni German Speaking Chapter e.V.

2002-2004 Scholarship of the Mayo Clinic Stiftung Kellen Fellow

2004 Travel Scholarship, Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (SSIEM)

2004 Travel Award Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD)

2003 Travel Award Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD)

1998 Scholarship of the „Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft - Beringer-Stiftung“ Freiburg, Germany

Research Interests

Early origins of childhood obesity, fetal programming, nutrient-sensing mechanisms, metabolism, metabolite profiling, metabolic & nutritional medicine, obesity prevention.

Professor Ensenauer’s main research interests are the study of early-life origins and risks of obesity/metabolic disease, nutritionally induced perinatal programming and involved nutrient-sensing mechanisms, aiming at developing obesity-protective strategies.

Selected Publications

  • Ensenauer, R.; Brandlhuber, L.; Burgmann, M.; Sobotzki, C.; Zwafink, C.; Anzill, S.; Holdt, L.; Teupser, D.; Hasbargen, U.; Netz, H.; Roscher, A. A.; von Kries, R.: Obese Nondiabetic Pregnancies and High Maternal Glycated Hemoglobin at Delivery as an Indicator of Offspring and Maternal Postpartum Risks: The Prospective PEACHES Mother-Child Cohort. Clinical Chemistry 61 (11), 2015, 1381-1390 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Krinninger, P.; Ensenauer, R.; Ehlers, K.; Rauh, K.; Stoll, J.; Krauss-Etschmann, S.; Hauner, H.; Laumen, H.: Peripheral Monocytes of Obese Women Display Increased Chemokine Receptor Expression and Migration Capacity. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 99 (7), 2014, 2500-2509 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Segref, Alexandra; Kevei, Éva; Pokrzywa, Wojciech; Schmeisser, Kathrin; Mansfeld, Johannes; Livnat-Levanon, Nurit; Ensenauer, Regina; Glickman, Michael H.; Ristow, Michael; Hoppe, Thorsten: Pathogenesis of Human Mitochondrial Diseases Is Modulated by Reduced Activity of the Ubiquitin/Proteasome System. Cell Metabolism 19 (4), 2014, 642-652 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Dahlhoff, M.; Pfister, S.; Blutke, A.; Rozman, J.; Klingenspor, M.; Deutsch, M.J.; Rathkolb, B.; Fink, B.; Gimpfl, M.; Hrabě de Angelis, M.; Roscher, A.A.; Wolf, E.; Ensenauer, R.: Peri-conceptional obesogenic exposure induces sex-specific programming of disease susceptibilities in adult mouse offspring. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of Disease 1842 (2), 2014, 304-317 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Schriever, Sonja C.; Deutsch, Manuel J.; Adamski, Jerzy; Roscher, Adelbert A.; Ensenauer, Regina: Cellular signaling of amino acids towards mTORC1 activation in impaired human leucine catabolism. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 24 (5), 2013, 824-831 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Ensenauer, R; Chmitorz, A; Riedel, C; Fenske, N; Hauner, H; Nennstiel-Ratzel, U; von Kries, R: Effects of suboptimal or excessive gestational weight gain on childhood overweight and abdominal adiposity: results from a retrospective cohort study. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord 37 (4), 2013, 505-512 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Chmitorz, A.; von Kries, R.; Rasmussen, K. M.; Nehring, I.; Ensenauer, R.: Do trimester-specific cutoffs predict whether women ultimately stay within the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council guidelines for gestational weight gain? Findings of a retrospective cohort study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 95 (6), 2012, 1432-1437 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Ensenauer, R.; Gmach, J.; Nehring, I.; von Kries, R.: Increased Hemoglobin A1c in Obese Pregnant Women after Exclusion of Gestational Diabetes. Clinical Chemistry 58 (7), 2012, 1152-1154 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Ensenauer, R.; Fingerhut, R.; Schriever, S. C.; Fink, B.; Becker, M.; Sellerer, N. C.; Pagel, P.; Kirschner, A.; Dame, T.; Olgemoller, B.; Roschinger, W.; Roscher, A. A.: In situ assay of fatty acid  -oxidation by metabolite profiling following permeabilization of cell membranes. The Journal of Lipid Research 53 (5), 2012, 1012-1020 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Ensenauer, R.; Fingerhut, R.; Maier, E. M.; Polanetz, R.; Olgemoller, B.; Roschinger, W.; Muntau, A. C.: Newborn Screening for Isovaleric Acidemia Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry: Data from 1.6 Million Newborns. Clinical Chemistry 57 (4), 2011, 623-626 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )