Karsten Suhre, PhD

Karsten Suhre, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Bioinformatics Core

 (+974) 4492 8482


University of Toulouse III, France 1994

Marie-Curie Fellow
Laboratoire d’Aérologie, CNRS, Toulouse, France 1993-1994

Habilitation (Qualification to teach, conduct research programs and supervise Ph.D. students and research personnel)
Université Aix-Marseille II, France 2002-2004


Dr. Karsten Suhre joined Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) in March 2011 as Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the Bioinformatics Core.

From 2006 until joining WCM-Q, Dr. Suhre served as Professor in the Department of Biology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (LMU), Germany. During that time, he also served as Group Leader for Metabolomics Research at the Institute for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Centre for Environmental Health. Before 2006, Dr. Suhre worked at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a Director of Research.

Dr. Suhre's research interests focus on metabolomics and genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, functional and structural biology. On these subjects, Dr. Suhre has taught multiple courses, published over seventy articles in peer-reviewed journals, and delivered numerous international presentations. 

Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Suhre established the field of genome-wide association study of human metabolism, which is reflected in several high-impact publications in the field of which he is the senior author.

As a faculty member of WCM-Q since March 2011, Dr. Suhre’s now studies how genetic variation in human metabolism interacts with environmental challenges and lifestyle factors in the development of complex diseases, including diabetes, heart and kidney diseases. Knowledge of the genetic basis of metabolic individuality in humans generates many new hypotheses for biomedical and pharmaceutical research, and potentially informs individualized therapy. 

He is currently involved in setting up clinical studies in cooperation with different health organizations in Qatar, including diabetes and ovarian cancer, which centrally involve his specific knowledge in the field of metabolomics.

Selected Publications

  • Suhre K, Gieger C, Genetic variation in metabolic phenotypes: study designs and applications. Nature Reviews Genetics, 13:759-769, 2012.

  • Suhre K (editor), Genetics meets metabolomics – from experiment to systems biology, ISBN 978-1-4614-1688-3, Springer, 2012.

  • Suhre K, Shin SY, Petersen AK, Mohney R, Meredith D, Wagele B, Altmaier E, CARDIoGRAM, Deloukas P, Erdmann J, Grundberg E, Hammond CJ, de Angelis MH, Kastenmüller G, Kottgen A, Kronenberg F, Mangino M, Meisinger C, Meitinger T, Mewes HW, Milburn MV, Prehn C, Raffler J, Ried JS, Romisch-Margl W, Samani NJ, Small KS, Wichmann HE, Zhai G, Illig T, Spector TD, Adamski J, Soranzo N, Gieger C. Human metabolic individuality in biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Nature. 2011 August 31;477(7362):54-60.

  • Suhre K, Wallaschofski H, Raffler J, Friedrich N, Haring R, Michael K, Wasner C, Krebs A, Kronenberg F, Chang D, Meisinger C, Wichmann HE, Hoffmann W, Volzke H, Volker U, Teumer A, Biffar R, Kocher T, Felix SB, Illig T, Kroemer HK, Gieger C, Römisch-Margl W, Nauck M. A genome-wide association study of metabolic traits in human urine. Nature Genetics. 2011 Jun;43(6):565-9.

  • Suhre K, Schwartz JE, Sharma VK, Chen Q, Lee JR, Muthukumar T, Dadhania DM, Ding R, Ikle DN, Bridges ND, Williams NM, Kastenmüller G, Karoly ED, Mohney RP, Abecassis M, Friedewald J, Knechtle SJ, Becker YT, Samstein B, Shaked A, Gross SS, Suthanthiran M. Urine Metabolite Profiles Predictive of Human Kidney Allograft Status. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016; 27(2):626-36.

  • Suhre K, Cammas JP, Nedelec P, Rosset R, Marenco A, Smit HGJ. Ozone-rich transients in the upper equatorial Atlantic troposphere. Nature. 1997; 388(6643):661-3.