Staff Spotlight – Christoph Randak, MD

Dr. Randak is Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.

I work as an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. I work as a physician-scientist. Most of my time I do research on CFTR (the protein that is affected in cystic fibrosis), which brought me originally from Munich, Germany, to Iowa City about 18 years ago. I am exploring how this protein functions in the cell, how mutations reduce this function and whether new research findings can be used to treat cystic fibrosis. In addition, I see children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases in our pediatric specialty clinic and on the inpatient service. I have joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in 2009. Before that I did my fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology in this Department.

I am married to my wife, Leigh Ann, for 13 years. We have a son, Daniel (6), who is now a first grader. Most of Leigh Ann’s extended family lives in Iowa while all my extended family lives in Germany where I come from.

I don’t really have a hobby. I spend my free time with my family, going to the playground, swimming or playing at home with my son. Both, Leigh Ann and I like hiking and enjoy the outdoors. We also spend time visiting my family in Bavaria, Germany, about once a year. I don’t read very much for fun but if I do I enjoy books about foreign cultures and countries like those written by the late German journalist Peter Scholl-Latour.

When people ask me about my dream job I tell them: This is it! I always wanted to be a physician-scientist and do both basic research and caring for patients.

I like fruits a lot, like strawberries and pineapple. I am fortunate to say that I love whatever Leigh Ann cooks!

I like old movies, some favorites are “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and “The Little World of Don Camillo”.

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