Research Groups

More than 80 research group leaders form the DIPP faculty. Faculty members are affiliated to the participating institutions, and entitled to recruit, host and supervise PhD students in our program. They are also eligible hosts for our graduates participating in the Springboard-to-Postdoc program.

Group Leader Research Focus Research Fields Track Location
Marius Ader Development of cell-based therapies for the treatment of retinopathies Neurobiology, Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Marius Ader
Simon Alberti Organization of cytoplasm across space and time Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Simon Alberti
Michael Bachmann Tumorimmunology Immunology RegMed HZDR more information on Michael Bachmann
Olaf Bergmann Dynamics and Mechanisms of Cell Renewal Cell Biology, Developmental Biology CellDevo, RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Olaf Bergmann
Andreas Birkenfeld Regulation of Energy Homeostasis RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Andreas Birkenfeld
Christian Bökel Imaging niche signals in the Drosophila germ line Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Germ Cell Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Christian Bökel
Ezio Bonifacio Regenerative Therapies for Diabetes Diabetology, Immunology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Ezio Bonifacio
Martin Bornhäuser Biology of adult stem cells: clinical relevance for leukemia and stem cell transplantation Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Martin Bornhäuser
Stefan R. Bornstein Intercellular crosstalk in the endocrine system Diabetology, Endocrinology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Stefan R. Bornstein
Michael Brand Development and Regeneration of the Vertebrate Brain Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Neurobiology RegMed, CellDevo TUD CRTD more information on Michael Brand
Georg Breier Angiogenesis and its regulation by hypoxia Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Cardiovascular Research RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Georg Breier
Jan Brugués Self-organization of biological structures Biophysics, Cell Biology, Systems Biology, Theoretical Biophysics BioPhysEng, CellDevo MPI-CBG, MPI-PKS more information on Jan Brugués
Lutz Brusch Spatio-temporal pattern formation in cells and tissues Developmental Biology, Systems Biology, Theoretical Biophysics, Mathematics CompBio TUD ZIH more information on Lutz Brusch
Frank Buchholz Functional genomics in mammalian cells: applications to cancer- and stem cell- biology Systems Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Genomics RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Frank Buchholz
Volker Busskamp Engineering synthetic human neuronal circuits Neurobiology, Stem Cell Biology, Bioengineering RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Volker Busskamp
Federico Calegari Proliferation and Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells Stem Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Developmental Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Federico Calegari
Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci Machine learning and complex-network science for personalized and systems biomedicine. Computational Biology, Systems Biology, Bioengineering, Computer Science CompBio TUD BIOTEC more information on Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci
Triantafyllos Chavakis Regulation of vascular inflammation in immunity and metabolic disease Immunology, Cardiovascular Research, Diabetology, Cell Biology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Triantafyllos Chavakis
Ünal Coskun Membrane Biochemistry of Cell Signaling Biochemistry, Diabetology RegMed TUD PLID more information on Ünal Coskun
Christian Dahmann Signals and mechanics in epithelial morphogenesis Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics CellDevo TUD Biology more information on Christian Dahmann
Stefan Diez Molecular transport in cell biology and nanotechnology Biophysics, Nanotechnology BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on Stefan Diez
Suzanne Eaton Cellular mechanisms of epithelial patterning and morphogenesis Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Biophysics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Suzanne Eaton
Gerhard Ehninger Bone marrow transplantation Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Gerhard Ehninger
Ali El-Armouche Novel therapeutic approaches for the prevention of lethal arrhythmias and heart failure progression Cell Biology, Genetics, Vascular Biology, Endocrinology TUD MTZ more information on Ali El-Armouche
Karim Fahmy Structural basis of biological switches and biomolecular recognition Biophysics BioPhysEng HZDR more information on Karim Fahmy
Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich Active rheology of the cytoskeleton Biomaterials, Biophysics, Theoretical Biophysics BioPhysEng TUD BIOTEC more information on Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich
Richard Funk Stress symptoms in cells and tissues Cell Biology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Richard Funk
Anthony Gavalas Cell fate decisions of pancreas progenitor and stem cells Stem Cell Biology, Developmental Biology RegMed TUD PLID more information on Anthony Gavalas
Stephan Grill Motor Systems Biophysics, Cell Biology, Theoretical Biophysics BioPhysEng TUD BIOTEC more information on Stephan Grill
Kaomei Guan Application of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells in disease modelling Stem Cell Biology, Cardiovascular Research, Diabetology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Kaomei Guan
Jochen Guck Cell biophysics in physiology and pathology Biophysics, Neurobiology, Immunology BioPhysEng TUD BIOTEC more information on Jochen Guck
Andreas Hermann How human neurons get sick: Disease modeling of neurodegenerative diseases using hIPSCs Stem Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Cell Biology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Andreas Hermann
Michael Hiller Computational Biology and Evolutionary Genomics: Discovering phenotype-genotype associations Bioinformatics, Genomics, Systems Biology CompBio MPI-CBG, MPI-PKS, CSBD more information on Michael Hiller
Lorenz Hofbauer Translational Bone Biology Research Oncology, Endocrinology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Lorenz Hofbauer
Alf Honigmann Bio-membrane organization and function Biophysics, Cell Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Alf Honigmann
Jan Huisken Quantitative microscopy of zebrafish organogenesis Developmental Biology, Optical Engineering, Systems Biology BioPhysEng MPI-CBG more information on Jan Huisken
Wieland Huttner Neurogenesis in the mammalian central nervous system Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Wieland Huttner
Tony Hyman Organization of cytoplasm Cell Biology, Genomics, Biophysics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Tony Hyman
Rolf Jessberger Chromosome Dynamics and Hematopoietic Cell Biology Biochemistry, Immunology, Germ Cell Biology, Hematology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Rolf Jessberger
Florian Jug Quantitative Bioimage Computation – Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Facilitate Biological Research Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology CompBio CSBD more information on Florian Jug
Frank Jülicher Dynamic processes in cells and tissues Biophysics CellDevo, CompBio MPI-PKS more information on Frank Jülicher
Mike Karl Unraveling mechanisms of neuronal degeneration and regeneration in the retina Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Mike Karl
Gerd Kempermann Adult neurogenesis Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Gerd Kempermann
Caghan Kizil Molecular mechanisms of stem cell plasticity and regenerative neurogenesis in adult zebrafish brain Stem Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Developmental Biology RegMed DZNE more information on Caghan Kizil
Elisabeth Knust Cell Polarity – Pattern formation at the single cell level Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Elisabeth Knust
Karsten Kretschmer Molecular and Cellular Immunology/Focus Immune Regulation Immunology, Hematology, Diabetology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Karsten Kretschmer
Moritz Kreysing Biophotonics and self-organization Biophysics, Cell Biology, Neurobiology BioPhysEng, CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Moritz Kreysing
Nils Kröger From Molecular Mechanisms of Biomineralization and Bioadhesion to Applications in Nanobiotechnology Biochemistry, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on Nils Kröger
Teymuras Kurzchalia Caveolae and protein sorting in epithelia cells Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Lipidomics, Biochemistry CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Teymuras Kurzchalia
Min Ae Lee-Kirsch Molecular genetics of autoimmune diseases Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Min Ae Lee-Kirsch
Dirk Lindemann Molecular and cell biology of retrovirus-host cell interactions – Development and application of retroviral gene transfer and drug screening systems Cell Biology, Virology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Dirk Lindemann
Barbara Ludwig Development of novel therapeutic options for diabetes mellitus type 1 Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Diabetology, Materials Science RegMed TUD Medical Campus, TUD PLID more information on Barbara Ludwig
Jörg Mansfeld Proteolysis in Cell Cycle and Cell Fate Decisions: How Ubiquitylation Coordinates Proliferation and Differentiation Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Oncology CellDevo TUD BIOTEC more information on Jörg Mansfeld
Ivan Minev Electronic Tissue Technologies for Repair of the Nervous System Bioengineering, Biophysics, Materials Science BioPhysEng TUD BIOTEC more information on Ivan Minev
Carl Modes Network Complexity and Systems Biophysics Biophysics, Systems Biology, Computational Biology CompBio CSBD more information on Carl Modes
Henning Morawietz Endothelium and cardiovascular diseases Vascular Biology, Diabetology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Henning Morawietz
Gene Myers Exploring Cells & Systems via Image Analysis and Customized Microscopy Computational Biology, Optical Engineering, Systems Biology, Computer Science CompBio MPI-CBG, CSBD more information on Gene Myers
André Nadler Membrane Chemical Biology – Spotlight on lipids Cell Biology, Biochemistry CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on André Nadler
Christoph Neinhuis Biologically inspired materials research, especially plant based fiber reinforced materials and their application in engineering Bioengineering, Material Science BioPhysEng TUD Biology more information on Christoph Neinhuis
Nikolay Ninov From pancreatic β-cell biology to drug discovery for Diabetes Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Diabetology RegMed TUD CRTD, TUD PLID more information on Nikolay Ninov
Caren Norden The retina as a model to explore the cell biology of morphogenesis – from pseudostratification to neuronal arrangements Cell Biology, Developmental Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Caren Norden
Gaia Pigino Structural and functional studies of cilia and Intraflagellar Transport by 3D cryo-EM Cell Biology, Biophysics, Computational Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Gaia Pigino
M. Teresa Pisabarro Computational approaches to functional genomics and rational engineering for target/drug discovery and biotechnology innovation Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering CompBio TUD BIOTEC more information on M. Teresa Pisabarro
Heinz Reichmann Neuroprotection, etiology and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial cytopathies, abnormalities of the mitochondrial genome Neurobiology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Heinz Reichmann
Michell Reimer Regulation of developmental and regenerative processes in the spinal cord Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Michell Reimer
Klaus Reinhardt Biology of Sperm and Mitochondrial-Nuclear Interactions Germ Cell Biology, Material Science CellDevo TUD Biology more information on Klaus Reinhardt
Jochen Rink Shape and proportion regulation during regeneration Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Jochen Rink
Gerhard Rödel Mitochondrial biogenesis Genetics, Bioengineering CellDevo TUD Biology more information on Gerhard Rödel
Ingo Roeder Systems biology with applications in medicine, (stem) cell and developmental biology Systems Biology, Computational Biology, Stem Cell Biology CompBio TUD Medical Campus more information on Ingo Roeder
Axel Roers Mechanisms controlling immune responses Immunology, Hematology, Oncology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Axel Roers
Carsten Rother Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Discrete Optimization for Bioinformatics Bioinformatics, Computational Biology CompBio TUD Computer Science more information on Carsten Rother
James Sáenz Synthetic Membrane Biology Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on James Sáenz
Ivo Sbalzarini Scientific Computing for Systems Biology Computational Biology, Computer Science, Systems Biology CompBio MPI-CBG, CSBD more information on Ivo Sbalzarini
Michael Schlierf Conformational changes in biomolecules and enzymes Biophysics, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on Michael Schlierf
Thorsten-Lars Schmidt DNA Nanotechnology: Enabling technologies and applications Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry BioPhysEng TUD cfaed more information on Thorsten-Lars Schmidt
Michael Schroeder Computational Drug Repositioning with Networks, Structures, Text & Ontologies Computational Biology, Computer Science, Systems Biology CompBio TUD BIOTEC more information on Michael Schroeder
Andrej Shevchenko Mass spectrometry in functional characterization of biological molecules Proteomics, Lipidomics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Andrej Shevchenko
Michele Solimena Cell Biology of Pancreatic Beta Cells Cell Biology, Diabetology RegMed TUD PLID more information on Michele Solimena
Stephan Speier Islet Cell Physiology Cell Biology, Diabetology, Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD PLID more information on Stephan Speier
Jared Sterneckert iPS Cells and Neurodegenerative Disease Stem Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Developmental Biology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Jared Sterneckert
Francis Stewart Epigenetic regulation and genomic engineering Genomics, Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Systems Biology CellDevo TUD BIOTEC more information on Francis Stewart
Jacqueline Tabler Cell biology and dynamics of skull growth Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Jacqueline Tabler
Elly Tanaka Molecular Mechanisms of Limb and Spinal Cord Regeneration Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Elly Tanaka
Dora Tang Dynamic protocellular systems Synthetic Biology, Biophysics, Materials Science CellDevo, BioPhysEng MPI-CBG more information on Dora Tang
Achim Temme Experimental Neurosurgery Cell Biology, Oncology, Immunology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Achim Temme
Pavel Tomancak Patterns of gene expression in animal development Developmental Biology, Bioinformatics CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Pavel Tomancak
Attila Tóth Genome integrity in the mammalian germline: recombination and checkpoints during gametogenesis Cell Biology, Genetics, Germ Cell Biology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Attila Tóth
Nadine Vastenhouw Gene regulation during developmental transitions; from fertilization to genome activation to cell fate specification Developmental Biology, Genetics, Systems Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Nadine Vastenhouw
Axel Voigt Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Cells and Systems Computational Biology, Theoretical Biophysics, Systems Biology, Mathematics CompBio TUD Mathematics more information on Axel Voigt
Brigitte Voit Synthesis and characterization of functionalized polymers Nanotechnology, Polymer Science, Material Science, Bioengineering BioPhysEng IPF more information on Brigitte Voit
Claudia Waskow Regeneration in Hematopoiesis Hematology, Immunology, Stem Cell Biology RegMed TUD MTZ more information on Claudia Waskow
Carsten Werner Biofunctional polymer materials Polymer Science, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology BioPhysEng IPF more information on Carsten Werner
Ben Wielockx The role of oxygen sensors during physiological and pathological processes in mice Immunology, Oncology, Hematology RegMed TUD Medical Campus more information on Ben Wielockx
Vasily Zaburdaev Collective dynamics of cells Systems Biology, Theoretical Biophysics BioPhysEng MPI-PKS more information on Vasily Zaburdaev
Christoph Zechner Adaptive Biosystems Computational Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology CompBio CSBD more information on Christoph Zechner
Sebastian Zeißig Mucosal Immunology Immunology, Oncology RegMed TUD CRTD more information on Sebastian Zeißig
Marino Zerial Principles of cell and tissue organization: from endocytosis to a systems understanding of liver structure and function Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Systems Biology CellDevo MPI-CBG more information on Marino Zerial
Yixin Zhang Drug design and screening: from biochemical methods to 3D model system Bioengineering, Immunology, Biophysics BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on Yixin Zhang
Igor Zlotnikov Thermodynamic and Nanomechanical aspects of Biomineralized Tissue Formation Material Science, Nanotechnology BioPhysEng TUD B CUBE more information on Igor Zlotnikov
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