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Daniel Sedding

vascular biology, signal transduction in endothelial and smooth muscle cells, ncRNAs, atheosclerosis and restenosis, pulmonary hypertension

Vascular remodeling

Cardiopulmonary Molecular Medicine

Georg Hansmann

molecular mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, ncRNA, glucose and lipid metabolism, EPC/CEC/MSC/iPS, genetic rat and mouse models

Cardiopulmonary Molecular Medicine

Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG)

Ulrike Böer/
Matthias Wilhelmi

vascular tissue engineering, bioreactor technology, fibrin-based implants, pre-vascularization, decellularized arteries

Vascular Tissue Engineering

Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG)

Axel Haverich

regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, biohybrid organs, biocompatibility, ex vivo organ perfusion/therapy


Cell Biochemistry

Matthias Gaestel

Signal transduction, posttranskriptional regulation of genes expression, MAPKAP kinases, regulation of RNA-binding proteins, role of septin7 in cytokinesis

Cell Biochemistry


Thomas A. Werfel

immunodermatology, allergy research, atopic dermatitis, virus infection, autoimmunity


Experimental Cardiology

Jörg Heineke

molecular mechanisms of heart failure, transcription factors, intercellular communication, cardiac hypertrophy, (genetic) mouse models

Experimental Cardiology

Experimental Hematology

Nico Lachmann

hematopoiesis, induced pluripotent stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, gene and cell therapy, macrophages

Translational Hematology

Experimental Hematology

Thomas Moritz

iPSCs, designer nucleases, hematopoietic stem cells, macrophages, cell and gene therapy

Reprogramming and Gene Therapy

Experimental Hematology

Axel Schambach

gene therapy, vector development, disease modeling with iPS cells, CRISPR-Cas9, stem cell biology

Experimental Hematology

Gynaecology Research Unit

Thilo Dörk  

molecular gynaecology, chromosomal instability, radiosensitivity, breast-cancer

Molecular Gynaecology  

Infection Immunology                        

Tim Sparwasser

immunology, infection biology, vaccination, metabolism, T cells                

Infection Immunology

Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnolgy and Artificial Organs (LEBAO)

Ulrich Martin

induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), differentiation of iPSCs into cardiovascular & respiratory cell types, regenerative cell therapy, genome engineering, cardiovascular tissue engineering


Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnolgy and Artificial Organs (LEBAO)

Ruth Olmer

induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), differentiation of iPSCs into endothelial & respiratory cell types, regenerative cell therapy, genome engineering, disease modelling


Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnolgy and Artificial Organs (LEBAO)                          

Robert Zweigerdt      

human pluripotent stem cells, bioreactor, cardiomyocytes, translation, disease modeling          

LEBAO-Zweigerdt, REBIRTH-U10, TECHNOBEAT                 

Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies                                

Thomas Thum                             

noncoding RNAs, cardiovascular disease, translational science, therapeutic strategies, high-troughput screening



Hermann Haller

endothelial cells in kidney diseases, regeneration of blood vessels in kidneys, glycocalyx, animal models for kidney diseases, chip technology and bioprinting


Otolaryngology, Pharmacology of the Inner Ear

Verena Scheper

auditory implants, in vitro & in vivo models, drug delivery and therapy, cell based therapy, imaging

Pharmacology of the Inner Ear

Paediatric Kidney, Liver and Metabolic Disease

Maren Leifheit-Nestler

cardiovascular research, cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease, mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD), animal and disease models, clinical studies 

Cardiovascular Diseases in Chronic Kidney Disease

Paediatric Kidney, Liver and Metabolic Disease

Wolfgang Ziegler / Dieter Haffner

inherited cystic kindey disease, quantitative multidemensional image analysis, cell adhesion and epithelial morphogenesis, urine-derived primary epithelial cells, epithelial cell models

Cystic Kidney Disease

Paediatric Pneumology and Neonatology

Burkhard Tümmler / Antje Munder

cystic fibrosis, neo-epithelial cells, therapeutic approaches with hemapoietic stem cells, macrophages

Pseudomonas genomics

Somatosensory and Autonomic Therapy

Florian Beissner

underlying mechanisms of acupuncture, autonomic neuroscience, functional MRI of the brainstem, segmental diagostics, electronic symptom drawings

Somatosensory Therapies

Structural Biochemistry              

Dietmar J. Manstein

protein structure and dynamics, reaction mechanisms, cell motility, myopathies, sepsis

Structural Biochemistry

Transplant Immunology

Christine Falk

transplant immunology, tumor immunology, innate immunity, infection of immunocompromised individuals, immunity and end organ failure

Transplant Immunology


Abel Viejo-Borbolla

herpesviruses, viral immune and neuromodulation, pathogenesis, neuronal activity, pain

Institute of Virology,

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