Prof. Dr. habil. Parvana Hajieva

Prof. Dr. habil. Parvana Hajieva

Professor for Biochemistry / Chemistry

Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg

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Parvana Hajieva studied biochemistry at the State University of Baku in Azerbaijan and obtained her doctorate from the Center for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Florence in Italy. After completing her doctorate, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurodegeneration Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich and then continued her research in Mainz at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University. In 2006, she became head of a working group at the same institute, which dealt with the topic »Oxidative Stress, Antioxidants and Mitophagia«. In 2016 she habilitated in the field of biochemistry on the subject of »Oxidative Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection« at the Mainz University Medical Center. In the same year, she received a call to the Endowed Professorship for Pathobiochemical Adaptation of the Corona Foundation at the Institute for Pathobiochemistry of the Mainz University Medical Center. Since then she has headed the research group »Cellular Adaptation and Metabolism«. Since October 2019 she is professor of biochemistry / chemistry in the Department of Preclinical Medicine at the Medical School Hamburg.

Teaching activities

As a lecturer at the Institute of Pathobiochemistry of the Mainz University Medical Center, Parvana Hajieva has extensive experience in preclinical curricular teaching for students of human medicine. In addition, she was a member of numerous examination committees in the first section of the medical examination (»Physikum«), supervised medical doctoral theses and was an ad hoc reviewer in habilitation procedures at the Mainz University Medical Center. In the biomedical field she has supervised Bachelor's and Master's theses in classical and modular courses in the subjects of biology, chemistry and pharmacy and supervised dissertations to the acquisition of the title Dr. Ing. rer. nat.. She is Principal Investigator in the PhD program TransMed of the Mainz University Medical Center. With a professorship for Biochemistry, she continues her teaching career at the Department of Preclinical Medicine at the Medical School Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. Parvana Hajieva has been appointed as a member of the medical expert committees at the IMPP (examination area "Chemistry for Physicians" and "Biochemistry and Molecular Biology") as of July 2022. The tasks of the experts are, on the one hand, the preparation of the examination questions for the 1st section of the medical examination (M1) and, on the other hand, the ongoing development of the IMPP subject catalogs.

Research interest

The research focus of Parvana Hajieva are the adaptive biochemical abilities of the brain. This is exposed in acute and degenerative diseases, but also during the normal aging process various types of molecular stress such as oxidative stress, proteotoxic stress or stress by deficiency of oxygen and glucose. Such types of stress lead to different responses in neurons and glial cells, which are ideally adaptive, thus minimizing the causative stress. However, on the one hand, adaptive responses require time that is often unavailable, and on the other hand, primary adaptive responses tend to overshoot or chronify, which may contribute to long-term disease progression. A better understanding of these processes and the regulatory mechanisms involved could be of great therapeutic value in diseases such as Parkinson's disease and age-associated dementia. Parvana Hajieva is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and international research sponsors. She is a member of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), the Neuroscience Society (NWG) and the Mitochondrial Disease Network (MitoNet).


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