16.09.20

Our newest doctor: Lisa Kalfhues!

Lisa has been an active member of the IRTG 1902 over the last 4 years, who has won prizes, supervised graduate students, and represented the IRTG 1902 doctoral students as PhD speaker on the path to her doctoral degree. 

On September 8, 2020 Lisa cleared the last hurdle of her PhD studies and successfully defended her thesis "p38 MAPKa is a Key Regulator of Cardiac Metabolism". Her doctoral work was completed in the laboratory of Prof. Axel Gödecke in the Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology.  The welcome she received in the laboratory of Prof. Thurl Harris, Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia, USA in her 6 month exchange was instrumental in enabling Lisa's personal and professional development.

Thankfully we do not have to say goodbye straight away as Lisa will continue on at the Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology as a Postdoctoral researcher.  Congratulations Dr. Kalfhues!


10.09.20

Drum roll... Congratulations Dr. Owenier!

Christoph Owenier was awarded his doctoral degree for his thesis "Characterization of cardiac fibroblasts and epicardial stromal cells following myocardial infarction" on 7 September, 2020. 

His doctoral work was undertaken in Prof. Jürgen Schrader`s laboratory in the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, with a 3 month exchange in the laboratory of Prof. Brant Isakson, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia, USA. During his time with the IRTG 1902 he has developed into an expert in the area of cell lineage tracing and single cell sequencing with collaborations within the HHU, other German institutions and internationally. 

He has also achieved his first publication as first author: "Novel technique for the simultaneous isolation of cardiac fibroblasts and epicardial stromal cell from the infarcted murine heart." Owenier et. al, Cardiovasc Res. 2020 Apr 1;116(5):1047-1058. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvz193. PMID: 31504244. Congratulations Dr. Owenier and all the best for the future!


11.08.20

The next doctor title goes to… Marcel Buchholzer!

On August 6, 2020, Marcel Buchholzer successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Molecular Mechanisms of RASopathy-associated Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy”.  Marcel has been with the IRTG since 2016 completing his doctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Reza Ahmadian, Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology II. 

During his time with the IRTG 1902 he also spent 4 months on exchange in the collaborating laboratory of Prof. Matthew Wolf, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA).

Marcel has been an active member of the IRTG 1902 taking on the role of Doctoral Student Speaker and leading the Content Group for the PhD student organized Cardiovascular Disease Symposium of the IRTG 1902 and SFB 1116  in 2018. 

Congratulations Marcel and all the best for the future!


27.07.20

Congratulations Dr. Kirsten Jander!

Kirsten Jander successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled  "Regulation of vascular functions by the transcription factor Grainyhead-like 3" on July 23, 2020. Kirsten has been a member of the IRTG 1902 since October 2016 and completed her doctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Joachim Altschmied, Molecular Cell & Aging Research - IUF - Leibniz Research Institut of Environmental Medicine.  In 2018 she spent 6 months in the USA on an exchange in the collaborating laboratory of Professor Swapnil Sonkusare at the University of Virginia. Kirsten will be staying in the Lab of Prof. Altschmied, at least for the next 6 months, in her new role as a postdoctoral researcher. Congratulations Kirsten and all the best for the future!


25.06.20

Sofia Urner (IRTG 1902 - Alumni) wins Edens Price 2020

The winner of this year’s Eden’s Prize is Dr. rer. nat. Sofia Urner.  Sofia was awarded this prize in recognition for her exceptional scientific work in the field of circulation research.  She investigated how lymphatic vessel growth is regulated. The lymphatic vasculature is an import part of the circulatory system responsible for establishment of the body’s fluid homeostasis, immune response and uptake of lipids. Her work contributes to a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms that are involved in limiting an uncontrolled, excessive growth of lymphatic vessels, which is often associated with pathological developments and diseases. Her work “Identification of ILK as a critical regulator of VEGFR3 signaling and lymphatic vascular growth” was published in “The EMBO Journal” in 2019.

Sofia completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. E. Lammert (Institute of Metabolic Physiology) within the International Research Training Group 1902 (IRTG 1902) in 2018.  She is now working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ).  The Eden’s Prize has been set up to support young scientists at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. It carries a...


22.06.20

Jana Nemmer and Mark Zurek successfully defended their theses!!!

On June 11th, 2020 our graduate students Jana Nemmer (Goedecke Lab) and Mark Zurek (Haendeler Lab) both successfully defended their doctoral theses at the Heinrich Heine University.

Jana’s thesis is entitled „Alterations in liver metabolism and inflammation due to heart failure in cardiac p38 MAP Kinase KO mice“ and Mark’s „Regulation der kardialen Myofibroblastendifferenzierung - Rolle von Thioredoxin-1“.

Congratulations on the successful conclusion of your doctoral research!


06.05.20

Mina Yakoub awarded “Start Up” funding grant from IRTG 1902

Mina Yakoub has two good reasons to celebrate.  He submitted his PhD Thesis in April and has been awarded an IRTG 1902 Postdoc Start Up Funding grant, which he started at the beginning of May.  His PhD research investigating the effect of different diet components on the cardiovascular health was supervised by Dr. Johannes Stegbauer, Department of Experimental Nephrology, University Hospital of Düsseldorf. Short chain fatty acids, table salt (sodium intake) and dietary potassium were among the dietary components investigated in relation to their beneficial or detrimental effect on the cardiovascular system. Furthermore, new potential immune cell candidates, which take part in the salt mediated pathogenesis of aortic abdominal aneurysm, were identified.

The exchange phase of his IRTG 1902 doctoral research was spent in the Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Institute, University of Virginia, USA. This exchange enabled Mina to determine differences in the extent of the development of aortic aneurysms between different mouse strains.

In the next year Mina aims to confirm the pro-inflammatory effect of salt pretreatment on immune cell phenotype and vascular...


05.02.20

Congrats to Dr. Vici Oenarto!

Vici Oenarto has sucessfully defended her thesis entitled "Interorgan Crosstalk between the heart and adipose tissue during heart failure establishment" on February, 4th 2020! Vici has been a member of the Goedecke Lab since January 2016. We congratulate her on completion of her doctoral studies. We wish her the very best for the future as Dr. Oenarto!


20.12.19

Who is new (12/2019)

A new IRTG 1902 cohort of doctoral researchers has begun. Christoph Wittich started in October in the Ahmadian lab (P6). Olesia Omelchenko started in November in the Gödecke lab (P8). We also have three new medical doctoral researchers: Julia Rosen (P2), Nils Rollersbroich (P8) and Alexandra Zimmerhofer (P8). Welcome!


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