Hanns-Christian Gunga

Institute of Physiology, Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments Berlin • Deputy Director

Prof. Hanns-Christian Gunga has been the head of the work group space medicine and extreme environments since 2003. He studied geology, palaeontology and human medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and Berlin. Finishing medical school, he wrote his doctoral thesis about the famous German physiologist Nathan Zuntz (1847-1920). In 1997 he wrote his habilitation thesis about the regulation of erythropotein in humans in extreme environments. From 2004-2009 Prof. Gunga was the holder of the Nathan Zuntz Professorship.

As a student of Prof. Karl Kirsch at the Free University Berlin, Department of Physiology, he first encountered the topic of human adaption to extreme environments. Karl Kirsch initiated this research field in the late 1970’s, as a student of Prof. Otto Gauer.

Prof. Gunga’s main interests are evolutionary physiology, thermo-physiology, gravitational physiology, cardio-vascular physiology, high altitude and polar medicine as well as the history of sciences.


The Global Space Exploration Conference 2021

14-18 June 2021

St. Petersburg, Russia


International Astronautical Congress 2018

1–5 October 2018

Bremen, Germany