Marielise Achmakidou
Office / Reception
Philipp Albrecht
Technical Employee Interfaces and Nanoanalytics
Nicole Anderle
Scientist Tumor Biology

Areas of activity

Development of patient-derived preclinical tumor models, immuno-oncology with focus on autologous T cells, macrophages and dendritic cells

Stages of career

09/2018 - present  Doktorandin, Tumorbiologie, NMI

08/2017 - 10/2017  Research Scholar, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, San Francisco

05/2016 - 09/2016  Research Intern, Tumorbiologie, NMI

2014 - 2018  Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (Master of Science), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

2012 - 2014  Biology (Bachelor of Science), Universität Hohenheim

Elsa Arefaine
Technical Assistant Regenerative Biomaterials
Dr. Monika Bach
Head of Dept. Biomedicine and Material Sciences

Stages of career

Since 2022  Head of Department Biomedicine and Material Sciences, NMI, Reutlingen

2017 - 2021  Head of Department, Analytical Chemistry, Core Facility University of Hohenheim, Germany

2010 - 2017  Group Leader, Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Plasma Technology, University of Stuttgart

2010 - 2017  Project Manager, Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (part-time position)

2001 - 2010  Team leader in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart

1998 - 2001   Postdoc, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart

1990 - 1993  PhD, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, on homogeneously catalytically relevant rhodium and iridium complexes for hydride transfer reactions

11/1988 - 12/1989  Research Assistant, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, TU Munich

10/1982 - 10/1988  Study of Chemistry, TU Munich

Steffen Baier
Ina Beck
Technical Assistant Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Matthias Becker
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays

Areas of activity

Assay development, multiplex immunoassays, bioinformatics, data analysis and visualization

Stages of career

2019 - present  Scientist / Ph.D. student, NMI Reutlingen, Germany

2015 - 2018  M.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Tuebingen, Germany

2012 - 2015  B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Tuebingen

Dr.-Ing. Meike Beer
Scientist BioMEMS and Sensors

Areas of activity

Microfluidics for applications as Lab on a Chip, for separation of biological particles, sample preparation in microfluidics systems, joining technologies for microfluidics, integration of electrodes in microfluidics.

Stages of career

Since 2007 Research associate in the group BioMEMS and Sensor Technology

2007 PhD in microsystems technology on immobilization of proteins in hydrogel microarrays on polymer substrates

2003-2007 Scientific assistant at the Chair of Chemistry and Physics of Interfaces, Institute for Microsystems Technology, University of Freiburg

1998-2003 Studied microsystems technology at the University of Freiburg.


Dr. Yvonne Beiter
Scientist Assay Development
Florian Billing
Scientist Regenerative Biomaterials
Anastasia Binder
Technical Employee Biofunctionalized Surfaces
Anna Binner
Technical Employee Biology
Dr. Eduardo Bras
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Theresa Braun
Scientist Assay Development
Monika Braun
Franziska Braun
Trainee Office Management Assistant
Lisa Brauns
Scientist Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Ewa Breitinger
Technical Assistant Assay Development

Areas of activity

Application of miniaturized parallel immunoassays and reverse-phase protein arrays (RPA). Characterization and validation of antibodies. Studies for development and service projects with customers and partners from the pharmaceutical industry and clinical research.

Stages of career

since 2009 Employee at the NMI, Reutlingen, Germany

2004 - 2009 Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH & Co. KG, Biberach a.d.R.

2000 - 2004 Study of chemistry, Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences


Dr. Ricarda Breitmeyer
Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology

Areas of activity

Molecular neurobiology, neuroinflammation in psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, development of human 2D and 3D in vitro models using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)

Stages of career

2021 - Present  Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology

2018 - 2020  PhD on aberrant neuroimmunological communication in patients with schizophrenia

2015 - 2017  Master of Science in molecular cell biology and immunology, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen

2011 - 2015  Bachelor of Science in biology, University of Cologne

Eileen Marie Breunig
Technical Employee Tumor Biology
Sandra Buckenmaier
Technical Assistant Electrophysiology
Dr. Sandra Burgstaller
Scientist Recombinant Antibody Technology
Dr. Claus J. Burkhardt
Group Leader Nanoanalytics

Areas of activity
Nanotechnology, nanolithography with electron and ion beams, electron beam and ion beam induced material deposition (additive nanolithography), electron microscopy, development of preparation methods, thin film technology, microsystems technology

Stages of career
2018 - today Group Leader Applied Materials Science and Electron Microscopy

2008 - 2017 Group Leader Microsystems and Nanotechnology 

1998 - 2007 Research Associate at the NMI, Project Manager

1995 - 1997 Research assistant at the Hearing Research Centre Tübingen

1997   Doctorate at the University of Tübingen

1986 - 1992 Research Assistant, PhD Student, University of Tübingen, Institute of Applied Physics

1979 - 1986 Physics studies, University of Tübingen

Dr. Viviana Carcamo Yañez
Scientist Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Dr. Paolo Cesare
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Paula Cottrell
Technical Assistant Assay Development
Dr. Timm Danker
Scientist Electrophysiology
Oliver Davidovic
Dr. Ulf Dettinger
Scientist Interface Analytics in Production Processes


liegen im Bereich der Oberflächenanalytik (HRXPS, auch in Kombination mit Gas Cluster Ion Beams (GCIB) sowie FTIR-Mikroskopie) und hierbei im Besonderen in der Reinigungsvalidierung, der Untersuchung von Passivierungsschichten, sowie der Prozessanalytik

Werdegang mit den wichtigsten Stationen

Seit 2019  Wissenschaftler in der Arbeitsgruppe Grenzflächenanalytik im Produktionsprozess

2017-2018  Wissenschaftler in der Arbeitsgruppe Grenzflächen- und Mikrostrukturanalytik

2010-2017  Promotion in der Physikalischen Chemie über organische Solarzellen

2004-2010  Studium der Chemie an der Universität Tübingen


Publikationen, die nicht am NMI entstanden sind:

Aygül, U.; Batchelor, D.; Dettinger, U.; Yilmaz, S.; Allard, S.; Scherf, U.; Peisert, H.; Chassé, T., Molecular Orientation in Polymer Films for Organic Solar Cells Studied by NEXAFS, J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 4870-4874.

Zorn, S.; Dettinger, U.; Skoda, M. W. A.; Jacobs, R. M. J.; Peisert, H.; Gerlach, A.; Chassé, T.; Schreiber, F., Stability of hexa(ethylene glycol) SAMs towards the exposure to natural light and repeated reimmersion, Appl. Surf. Sci. 2012, 258, 7882-7888.

Aygül, U.; Peisert, H.; Batchelor, D.; Dettinger, U.; Ivanovic, M.; Tournebize, A.; Mangold, S.; Forster, M.; Dumsch, I.; Kowalski, S.; Allard, S.; Scherf, U.; Chasse, T., Molecular orientation in polymer/fullerene blend films and the influence of annealing, Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 2014, 128, 119-125.

Dettinger, U.; Egelhaaf, H.-J.; Brabec, C. J.; Latteyer, F.; Peisert, H.; Chassé, T., FTIR Study of the Impact of PC[60]BM on the Photodegradation of the Low Band Gap Polymer PCPDTBT under O2 Environment, Chem. Mater. 2015, 27, 2299-2308.

Degler, D.; Barz, N.; Dettinger, U.; Peisert, H.; Chasse, T.; Weimar, U.; Barsan, N., Extending the toolbox for gas sensor research: Operando UV/vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy on SnO2-based gas sensors, Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2016, 224, 256-259.

Ivanovic, M.; Aygül, U.; Dettinger, U.; Tournebize, A.; Polek, M.; Batchelor, D.; Mangold, S.; Forster, M.; Scherf, U.; Peisert, H.; Chasse, T., Electronic structure and self-organization properties of low band gap polymers: The effect of the introduction of additional thiophene moieties, Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 2016, 157, 286-294.

Batchelor, D. R.; Aygül, U.; Dettinger, U.; Ivanovic, M.; Tournebize, A.; Mangold, S.; Forster, M.; Scherf, U.; Peisert, H.; Chassé, T., Insight into the orientation of LBG polymer films by XANES experiment and calculation, Eur. Polym. J. 2016, 81, 686-693.

Dettinger, U. , Stabilität der aktiven Schicht organischer Solarzellen anhand des Modellsystems PCPDTBT:PC(60)BM, Dissertation

Ira Digel
Management Assistance
Melina Dobruca
Trainee Office Management Assistant
Anette Döttinger
Technical Assistant Assay Development

Areas of activity

assay development (miniaturized, parallelized assay systems and convetional sandwich-ELISA's), anitbody characterisation and validation, contract research measurements, DigiWest

Stages of career

2001 - Present  Technical assistant assay development

1990 - 2001  Staff Member ("Kreiskliniken Reutlingen, Institut für Labordiagnostik")

1988 - 1990  Education: technical assistant ("Staatlich anerkannte Lehranstalt für Technische Assistenten in der Medizin am Hygieneinstitut der Universität Tuebingen")

Dr. Alex Dulovic
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Christine Dürr
Technical Assistant Tumor Biology
Guliano Duva
Scientist Interface Characerization in the Production Process
Fulya Ersoy
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Lu Fan
Scientist Biofunctionalized Surfaces
Madeleine Fandrich
Technical Employee Multiplex Immunoassays
Nora Feuerer
Scientist Regenerative Biomaterials
Simon Fink
Scientist Assay Development

Areas of Activity

DigiWest, cellular signaling, protein profiling

Stages of career

2018 - present  Scientist / Ph.D. student (Assay Development) at the NMI

2017 - 2018  Scientist, Cellendes GmbH, Reutlingen

2016 - 2017  Certified food chemist, CVUA Sigmaringen

2009 - 2015  Food chemistry studies (diploma), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Roswitha Fischer
Technical Assistant Molecular neurobiology
Desiree Frecot
Scientist Recombinant Antibody Technologies
Christian Freudigmann
Technical Employee Regenerative biomaterials

Areas of activity

- primary cell cultures (musculoskeletal cell types)
- Adhesion / Vitality Experiments
- assay-based characterization of the performance of cell biomaterial cultures 
- Identification of prognostic markers for autologous chondrocyte transplants

Stages of carees

Since 2008 Research Associate, Department of Regenerative Medicine II, NMI

2006 - 2007 Studies Biomedical Engineering (Master of Science) at the Albstadt-    Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences

2002 - 2006 Study of Biotechnology (Bachelor of Engineering) at the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences


Kai Fuchsberger
Scientist BioMEMS and sensors

Areas of activity

Surface modification and electrochemistry for sensor applications

Research interests

Surface Modifications, Electrochemical Sensors Detection Systems


2006 - 2009]   Further education in mathematics and physics and studies of nanobiotechnology, TU Kaiserslautern (DISC)

2006 - 2009    Further education in mathematics and physics and studies of nanobiotechnology, TU Kaiserslautern (DISC)

1999 - 2006 Dipl. Biologist, University of Bayreuth, Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck, Plant Physiology

on effects of artificial auxins on cell division and elongation growth of tobacco cell cultures

1999 Process control, Hoechst Trevira GmbH & Co KG in Bobingen

1996 - 1999   Apprenticeship as chemical laboratory assistant, Hoechst Trevira GmbH & Co KG, Bobingen , Germany

1995 - 1996    Studied Mathematics, University of Augsburg


Martin Gaier
Karin Gebhardt
Technical Assistant Electrophysiology
Karin Gerlach
Technical Assistant Interface Characerization in the Production Process
Dr. Jens Göpfert
Group Leader Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Marius Gramlich
Scientist Bioanalytics
Dr. Tanja Grimm
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Jens Gruber
Technical Assistant Multiplex Immunoassays
Anna Günther
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Britta Hagmeyer
Group Leader IT

Areas of activity

- Optimization during the development of microfluidic systems using numerical simulations

- Development of LabVIEW-based software, e.g. for the control of microfluidic components

Research interests

- Numerical simulations of physical phenomena in microfluidic systems, LabVIEW programming

Stages of career

Since 2018   Groupleader IT

2008-2018   Research associate in the group BioMEMS and Sensor Technology

2007 / 2008  Diploma thesis at the NMI in the group BioMEMS and Sensor Technology, implementation and simulation of physical models in FlexPDE® for the description of particle transport in liquids according to local application

1999 - 2008  Studied Bioinformatics at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Julia Häring
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Ursula Härle
Technical Assistant Recombinant Antibody Technologies
Eberhard Harm
Dr. Hanna Hartmann
Head of Dept. Biomedicine and Material Sciences

Research focus

- Characterization of surface properties (physicochemical, biological)

- Coating / modification of surfaces: Regulation of the adhesion of proteins, bacteria, cells

- Analysis and functionalization of biodegradable materials  

- Immobilization and controlled release of active substances  

- Biomaterial processing: bioprinting, electrospinning

- Services and R&D for Medical device companies

Curriculum vitae

since 2017 Head of Department Biomedicine and Materials Sciences, NMI, Reutlingen

since 2016 Group leader Regenerative Biomaterials, NMI, Reutlingen

2015-2016 Deputy Group Leader Biomaterials, NMI, Reutlingen

2013-2015 Project leader, Group Biomaterials NMI, Reutlingen

2008-2013 Scientist, Group Regenerative Medicine I, NMI, Reutlingen

2007-2008 Post-Doc, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, University of Tübingen,

2003-2006 PhD, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, University of Tübingen, on host cell response after bacterial infection: apoptosis inhibition, HIF-1 activation

2002-2003 Diploma thesis, Chair of Biotechnology, University of Würzburg, on biocompatibility and functionality of biomaterials for immunoisolated transplantation of mammalian cells

1998-2002 Biology studies, University of Würzburg, Germany

Sophia-Marie Hartmann
Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Johanna Heider
Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Anne Heine
Scientist Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Stefanie Heinlin
Office / Reception
Willy Herb
Markus Herrmann
Technical Assistant Biofunctionalized surfaces

Areas of activity

HPLC, Size exclusion chromatography, MALDI-TOF, polymer analytics, polyelectrolyte multilayers, degradation of polyesters, peptides

Stages of career

2018 - Present  Laboratory Assistant NMI, Group Biofuncationalized Surfaces

2008 - 2018  Laboratory Assistant NMI, Group Biomaterials

1993 - 2008  Laboratory Assistant Group NMI Peptides (Peptide synthesis and analytics)

1990 - 1993  Training Laboratory Assistant, University of Tuebingen (Institute for Biochemistry)

Thoralf Herrmann
Scientist Micro and Nano Engineering

Areas of activity

Electrical stimulation and derivation of nerve cells in tissue sections and cell culture. Analysis of activity patterns of neuronal networks in vitro. Characterization of microelectrode arrays. Development, support and application of MEA technology.

Stages of career

Since 1999    Scientific assistant at the NMI Reutlingen

1988-1998     Study of Physics at the University of Tübingen, Diploma Thesis at the NMI Reutlingen

Dr. Gerhard Heusel
Scientist Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Dr. Ellena Hönig
Scientist Regenerative biomaterials
Elvina Houas
Technical Assistant Interfaces and Nanoanalytics
Michael Huang
Scientist Interfaces and Nanoanalytics
Dragana Ivančić
Meike Jakobi
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Dr. Pauline Jeckel
Public Relations

Areas of activity

Internal and external communication (including managing website and social media channels), advertising campaigns, event organisation, public relations

Stages of career

2021/05 - present  Press and public relations

2018 - 2021  Research assistant and PhD at the NMI with focus on inhibitory synapses in the context of autism and anxiety disorders

2018 - 2021  Master of Science in neurobiology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

2012 - 2015  Bachelor of Science Life science, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Dr. Peter D. Jones
Group Leader Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering

Areas of activity

nanotechnology, neurotechnology, microfluidics, microsensors, elektrochemical sensors, nanopores, nanofluidics, electrophysiology, neuro implants, microelectrode arrays

Stages of career

01/2012 - present  NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen

01/2018 - present  Group Leader, Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering

07/2015 - 12/2017  Scientist, Microsystems and Nanotechnology

01/2012 - 06/2015  Scientist, BioMEMS and Sensors

Dr. Thomas Joos
Deputy Director
Qualifications and history:

Since 2013: Deputy Managing Director, NMI

2008 - 2014 Director Strategic Alliances, EDI GmbH, Reutlingen (part time)
2000 - 2017 Head of Biochemistry Department, NMI
1998 - 2000 Research Assistant, NMI
1994 – 1998: Postdoctoral research, Dept. of Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
1994: Ph.D. degree (Dr. rer. nat), Dept. of Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen (under Prof. P. Hausen; Topic: "Integrin-α5 during early embroygenesis of Xenopus laevis"
04–08 1988: Molecular biology practical, Biochemistry Dept., the Brandeis University“(under Prof. Andrew Szent-Györgyi), Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
1984 – 1990: Study of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen

Dr. Joos is a member of the editorial board of "Drug Discovery Today", "Proteomics" and "Expert Review of Proteomics".
He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Plasma Proteomics Institute in Washington, DC, USA and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Myriad RBM Inc. in Austin, Texas, USA.

Dr. Joos is the author of >100 scientific papers. He is recognized worldwide as an expert and opinion leader in the technology field of biomarkers and their clinical applications and basic research.

Dr. Joos is co-founder of SIGNATOPE GmbH, Reutlingen. SIGNATOPE develops innovative protein tests with which biomarkers for organ damage and drug interactions can be detected in all pharma-relevant species.

Jennifer Jüngling-Özsoy
Technical Assistant Multiplex Immunoassays
Daniel Junker
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Dr. Philipp Kaiser
Scientist Recombinant Antibody Technologies
Dr. Stefanie Karnebeck
Dr. Silke Keller
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Anna-Lena Keller
Scientist Tumor Biology

Areas of activity

stem cell research and oncology, Biochemistry

Stages of career

07/19 - Present  PhD student in tumor biology, NMI

08/18 - 10/18  UMBC University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD, USA

07/17 - 09/17  IMBA Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria

10/16 - 06/19  Biochemistry (Master of Science), Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany

10/13 - 06/16  Biochemistry (Bachelor of Science), Eberhard Karl University Tuebingen, Germany

Dr. Fabian Körte
Scientist Biofunctionalized surfaces


Prof. Dr. Rumen Krastev
Scientist Biofunctionalized surfaces

Areas of activity

polymer / polyelectrolyte thin films, nano technology, biomaterials, solid / liquid surfaces, foams

Stages of career

2011 - 2018 Head of Bioorganic Chemistry and Bioanalytics Division

2008 - 2018 Head of Biomaterials working group at the NMI

2005 - 2008 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (MPI KG), Group Leader - Soft Thin Films

2002 - 2005 Scientific research (neutron reflectometry) Hahn-Meitner Institut, Berlin

1996 - 2002 PostDoc / Scientific employee at MPI KG, Dept. Interfaces, Golm/Potsdam

1996 Doctorate at the University of Sofia

1993-1998 Research stay at Bristol University, GB

1986 - 1995 Junior Professor of Physical Chemistry and Surface Chemistry (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)

1985 Diploma, Chemistry - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Ulrich Kratzer
Technical Assistant Bioanalytics
Dr. Udo Kraushaar
Group Leader Electrophysiology

Research interests

Function and dynamics of ion channels at the cellular level and in organo-near systems (acute and organotypic tissue preparations, cell clusters). Special emphasis is put on the clarification of neurobiological and cardiorelevant questions. 

Curriculum vitae

Since 2007 deputy group leader electrophysiology

2004-2007 Research associate at Saarland University Hospital, Molecular Cell Biology Prof. Lipp

2002-2004 Postdoctoral Associate Yale University, USA, Neurobiology Prof. McCormick

2000-2002 Scientific assistant at the University of Freiburg, Physiology I  Prof. Jonas

1995-2000 PhD on synaptic transmission in the hippocampus

1995 Diploma in Biology University of Kaiserslautern, Zoology Prof. Deitmer

Dr. Martin Kriebel
Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology

Areas of activity

- Light microscopic methods (confocal, wide field microscopy; high content analysis)
- Neuronal model systems in vitro and in vivo
- Drug testing in neuronal culture systems
- Molecular genetic knockdown methods (shRNA, miRNA, siRNA) in vitro and in vivo
- Individualized lentiviral transduction systems
- Immunocyto-, histochemistry; 3D-reconstruction of biological sample material
- Non-marking detection method

Stages of career

Since 2008 project manager, Department of Molecular Neurobiology, NMI

2005 - 2008 Research associate at the Department of Molecular Biology, NMI

2005 Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute for Developmental Biochemistry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 

2005 PhD in Developmental Biology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen on morphogenetic factors of head development in vertebrates

1996 - 2001 Study of Biology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

1995 - 1996 Study of Social Sciences with focus on Economics, Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany

Shannon Lee Layland
Scientist Incubator


Regina Lipp
Darya Löffler
Technical Assistant Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Dominik Loser
Scientist Electrophysiology
Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill
Group Leader Organ-on-Chip

Areas of activity

Organ-on-Chip Systems, Cell and Tissue Technologies, Experimental Regenerative Medicine, Biomechanics

Stages of career

05/2021 - present  Full Professor for Organ-on-Chip Systems, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

05/2021 - present  Head of Organ-on-Chip Group Department of Biomedicine and Materials Sciences, NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, Reutlingen, Germany

11/2018 - present  Coordinator of the EUROoC PhD training program

03/2016 - present  Advisor for PhD students and (under)graduate researchers, NMI, Fraunhofer IGB & University of Tübingen

06/2019 – 04/2021  Head of Innovation Field Cell and Tissue Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Stuttgart, Germany

01/2018 – 04/2021  Assistant Professor for Experimental Regenerative Medicine, Department of Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

03/2016 – 05/2019  Fraunhofer Attract Group Leader Department of Cell and Tissue Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Tarek Lutz
Group Leader Interfaces and Nanoanalytics

Stages of career

since 2012 NMI, Project leader Nano analytics, Head of NMI Nano analytic laboratory, Physicist
2007-2012 Senior experimental Officer, Marie-Curie senior research fellow (EU/FP7), CRANN/Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
2005-2007 Staff engineer, Physicis, Qimonda, Dresden, Germany
2004-2005  Senior researcher, Physicist, Infineon, Cooperate Research (CPR) Munich, Germany
1999-2004  Senior engineer, Physicist, Infineon, Mask House, Munich, Germany
1997-1999  Physicist; Masterstudent, NMI Reutlingen,Germany
1997-1998  Kleindiek Nanotechnik, Reutlingen, Germany

2007-2012 Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
- Contact interface studies of metal and carbon electrodes to germanium nanowires, carbon nanotubes and thin carbon films in associated devices”
- PHD Thesis conducted at the School of Physics at the Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland)
1997-1998 University of Tübingen, Tuebingen, Germany
- “Target preparation strategies using focused Ion beam technique (FIB) to investigate internal interfaces in Transmission Electron Microscopy”
-  Master Thesis conducted at the Bosch Research Center and the Natural and Medical Science Institute (NMI)
1998-1997 University of Tübingen, Tuebingen, Germany

Publications outside the NMI

Contact resistivity and suppression of Fermi level pinning in side-contacted germanium nanowires; MM Koleśnik-Gray, T Lutz, G Collins, S Biswas, JD Holmes, V Krstić; Applied Physics Letters 103 (15), 153101    9    2013

Fabrication of a sub-10 nm silicon nanowire based ethanol sensor using block copolymer lithography;
S Rasappa, D Borah, CC Faulkner, T Lutz, MT Shaw, JD Holmes, ...; Nanotechnology 24 (6), 065503    22    2013

Contact Interface Studies of Metal and Carbon Electrodes to Germanium Nanowires, Carbon Nanotubes and Thin Carbon Films in Associated Devices; T Lutz; Trinity College Dublin        2013

Free-Standing, Single-Crystal Cu3Si Nanowires; SJ Jung, T Lutz, AP Bell, EK McCarthy, JJ Boland; Crystal Growth & Design 12 (6), 3076-3081    22    2012

Large-scale parallel arrays of silicon nanowires via block copolymer directed self-assembly; RA Farrell, NT Kinahan, S Hansel, KO Stuen, N Petkov, MT Shaw, ...; Nanoscale 4 (10), 3228-3236    51    2012

Resolving In Situ Specific‐Contact, Current‐Crowding, and Channel Resistivity in Nanowire Devices: A Case Study with Silver Nanowires; MM Koleśnik, S Hansel, T Lutz, N Kinahan, M Boese, V Krstić; Small 7 (20), 2873-2877    11    2011

Anisotropic etching induced by surface energy driven agglomeration; S Jung Jung, T Lutz, JJ Boland; Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 29 (5 …    7    2011

Surface energy driven agglomeration and growth of single crystal metal wires; SJ Jung, T Lutz, M Boese, JD Holmes, JJ Boland; letters 11 (3), 1294-1299    13    2011

Nanoscale mapping of electrical resistivity and connectivity in graphene strips and networks; PN Nirmalraj, T Lutz, S Kumar, GS Duesberg, JJ Boland; Nano letters 11 (1), 16-22    91    2010

Transparent ultrathin conducting carbon films; M Schreiber, T Lutz, GP Keeley, S Kumar, M Boese, S Krishnamurthy, ...; Applied Surface Science 256 (21), 6186-6190    30    2010

An investigation of the electrical properties of pyrolytic carbon in reduced dimensions: Vias and wires; AP Graham, G Schindler, GS Duesberg, T Lutz, W Weber; Journal of Applied Physics 107 (11), 114316    22    2010

Transparent ultrathin conducting carbon films; M BOESE, GS DUESBERG, T LUTZ, S KUMAR; Applied Surface Science;        2010

Gas phase controlled deposition of high quality large-area graphene films; S Kumar, N McEvoy, T Lutz, GP Keeley, V Nicolosi, CP Murray, WJ Blau, ...; Chemical communications 46 (9), 1422-1424    44    2010

CVD Growth of Nanocarbons for Device Applications; N Mc Evoy, S Kumar, T Lutz, G Keeley, W Blau, G Duesberg; Meeting Abstracts, 2213-2213        2009

Low temperature graphene growth; S Kumar, N McEvoy, T Lutz, G Keeley, N Whiteside, W Blau, GS Duesberg; ECS Transactions 19 (5), 175-181    7    2009

One-and Two-Dimensional Carbon Nanostructures for applications in Microelectronic Devices and Electrochemical Sensors; G Keeley, T Lutz, N McEvoy, S Kumar, M Schreiber, N Whiteside, ...; Meeting Abstracts, 1313-1313        2009

Fabrication of all-Carbon Nanodevices; T Lutz, S Krishnamurthy, M Schreiber, G Keeley, GS Duesberg; Meeting Abstracts, 2135-2135        2008

Process for producing a mask; T Lutz, J Schneider; US Patent 7,410,732        2008

Integration of EBDW of one entire metal layer as substitution for optical lithography in 220 nm node microcontrollers; J Kretz, H Roeper, C Arndt, T Bischoff, KH Choi, G Goldbeck, M Gunia, ...; Microelectronic Engineering 85 (5-6), 792-795    9    2008

Determination of best focus and optimum dose for variable shaped e-beam systems by applying the isofocal dose method; K Keil, KH Choi, C Hohle, J Kretz, T Lutz, L Bettin, M Boettcher, ...; Microelectronic Engineering 85 (5-6), 778-781    6    2008

Evaluation of hybrid lithography and mix and match scenarios for electron beam direct write applications; C Hohle, C Arndt, KH Choi, J Kretz, T Lutz, F Thrum, K Keil; Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer …    8    2007

Apparatus and method for determining physical properties of a mask blank; T Lutz, M Menath; US Patent 7,289,231        2007

CD control of direct versus complementary exposure for shaped beam writers and its correlation to the local registration error; F Thrum, KH Choi, T Lutz, C Hohle, C Arndt, M Tesauro, MT Bootsmann, ...; Microelectronic engineering 84 (5-8), 1033-1036    3    2007

Fabrication of a nano-scale NAND memory array based on a SONOS Fin-FET cell using e-beam lithography and hydrogen-silsesquioxane resist; T Lutz, M Specht, L Risch, C Friederich, L Dreeskornfeld, J Kretz, ...; Microelectronic engineering 84 (5-8), 1578-1580    7    2007

Defect inspection of positive and negative sub-60nm resist pattern printed with variable shaped E-Beam direct write lithography; C Arndt, C Hohle, J Kretz, T Lutz, M Richter, K Keil, M Lapidot, D Zemach, ...; Emerging Lithographic Technologies XI 6517, 651711        2007

Data preparation for EBDW; F Thrum, J Kretz, T Lutz, K Keil, C Arndt, KH Choi, U Baetz, N Belic, ...; Mask and Lithography Conference (EMLC), 2007 23rd European, 1-8    3    2007

Multi-level p+ tri-gate SONOS NAND string arrays; C Friederich, M Specht, T Lutz, F Hofmann, L Dreeskornfeld, W Weber, ...; Electron Devices Meeting, 2006. IEDM'06. International, 1-4    17    2006

Method for detecting and compensating for positional displacements in photolithographic mask units and apparatus for carrying out the method; J Schneider, T Lutz; US Patent 7,087,910    5    2006

Comparison of trimming techniques for sub-lithographic silicon structures; L Dreeskornfeld, AP Graham, J Hartwich, J Kretz, E Landgraf, T Lutz, ...; Japanese journal of applied physics 45 (6S), 5552    5    2006

Influence of crystal orientation and body doping on trigate transistor performance; E Landgraf, W Rösner, M Städele, L Dreeskornfeld, J Hartwich, ...; Solid-state electronics 50 (1), 38-43    46    2006

Comparison of trimming techniques for sub-lithographic silicon structures; L Dreeskornfeld, AP Graham, J Hartwich, E Landgraf, T Lutz, W Rosner, ...; Microprocesses and Nanotechnology Conference, 2005 International, 152-153        2005

Method for compensating for scatter/reflection effects in particle beam lithography; C Ebi, F Erber, T Franke, F Gans, T Lutz, G Ruhl, B Schönherr; US Patent 6,953,644    1    2005

Planar double gate transistors with asymmetric independent gates; G Ilicali, W Weber, W Rosner, L Dreeskornfeld, J Hartwich, J Kretz, T Lutz, ...; SOI Conference, 2005. Proceedings. 2005 IEEE International, 126-127    10    2005

Comparative study of calixarene and HSQ resist systems for the fabrication of sub-20 nm MOSFET device demonstrators; J Kretz, L Dreeskornfeld, G Ilicali, T Lutz, W Weber; Microelectronic engineering 78, 479-483    19    2005

Investigation of Low Damage Mask Repair by Combination of Electron Beam and Scanning Force Technology; C Burkhardt, S Bauerdick, V Bucher, W Barth, A Ehrmann, T Lutz, J Rau, ...; Micro and Nano Engineering    1    2002

FOx-12 flowable oxide ; L Dreeskornfeld, AP Graham, J Hartwich, J Kretz, E Landgraf, T Lutz, ...;

Proc. Micro-and Nano Engineering 2005 Proc. Micro-and Nano Engineering 2005, 2005; L Dreeskornfeld, AP Graham, J Hartwich, J Kretz, E Landgraf, T Lutz, ...

IEDM Tech. Dig., 2004 IEDM Tech. Dig., 2004, 2004; L Dreeskornfeld, AP Graham, J Hartwich, J Kretz, E Landgraf, T Lutz, ...

Sandra Maier
Technical Assistant Bioanalytics
Elke Mammel-Haisch
Linda Marks
Technical Employee Interface Characterization in the Production Process
Patrick Marsall
Scientist Multiplex Immunoassays
Dr. Dagmar Martin
Group Leader Interface Characterization in the Production Process

Research interests

  • cleaning validation
  • corrosion investigations
  • process analytics


Curriculum vitae

Since January 2019 Group Leader "Interface Characterization in the Production Process" at the NMI Reutlingen

2012 - 2018 Project Manager Medical Technology at the NMI Reutlingen

2007 - 2012 Product Manager at ancosys GmbH

2004 - 2007 Technical Editor at ancosys GmbH

2002 - 2004 Technical editor with focus on multimedia at Tanner Documents in Reutlingen, Germany

1999 - 2002 Programming of multimedia lecture contents as scientific employee at the University of Tübingen

1995 - 1999 Parental leave

1992 - 1995 PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Tübingen

1984 - 1991 Study of Chemistry at the University of Tübingen

Dr. Julia Marzi
Groupleader Regenerative Biomaterialien
Prof. Dr. Jannik C. Meyer
Group Leader Advanced Materials
Michael Mierzejewski
Scientist Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Alessia Moruzzi
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Theresa Mühlbauer
Technical Assistant Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Dr. Wilfried Nisch
Scientist Nanoanalytics

Areas of activity

  •     Micro- and Nanotechnology
  •     thin film technology
  •     Electron and ion beam technology
  •     Electron microscopy and microanalysis
  •     Vacuum and cryo technology


Matthias Nützel
Head of financal accounting
Emilio Pardo-González
Scientist Electrophysiology
Dr. Michael Pawlak
Scientist Protein Profiling

Areas of activity

  • Development and application of protein microarrays and miniaturized multiplex immunoassays for proteome research
  • Research, development and service projects with partners in the pharmaceutical industry and clinical research
  • Reverse-phase protein arrays (RPA) for the analysis of protein signal transduction in treated cell systems and tissues (tumors)
  • Investigations into the  elucidation of disease mechanisms
  • Mechanisms of action of drug candidates
  • Search for early diagnostic, pharmacodynamic and predictive biomarkers for use in individual medicine

Stages of career

since 04/2005 Group leader Protein Profiling at the NMI

1999 - 2005 Co-founder of Zeptosens in Witterswil, Switzerland (SpinOff Novartis, now Bayer Technology Services) and Director Protein Microarrays; responsible for the development and commercialization of microarray solutions for proteomics; (co-)inventor of numerous patents

1994 - 1999 Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland
Laboratory Manager In Vitro Metabolism, ADME, Preclinical Drug Development
Head of Bioanalytical Research Laboratory (formerly Ciba-Geigy AG), significantly involved in the development of optical planar waveguide technology, basic patents.

1991 - 1994 Postdoctoral student at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Membranes, Working Group for Biomembranes (Prof. Horst Vogel), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; development of electrical and optical biosensors, membrane receptor assays.

1988 - 1991 Doctoral thesis at the Biocenter of the University of Basel, Institute for Biophysical Chemistry; electrical single channel measurements, peptide-based pore forming toxins

1982 - 1988 University of Würzburg; studies of physics, subsidiary subject Biotechnology 


Jessica Pfannstiel
Technical Assistant Regenerative biomaterials
Bettina Pfister
Sarah Plöger
Scientist Tumorbiologie
Annelie Pohle
Technical Assistant Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Dr. Oliver Pötz
Scientist Protein Analytics

Areas of activity

Biochemistry, development of mass spectrometry-based immunoassays, drug-drug interactions, molecular responses of cells and tissues to xenobiotics, validation of safety biomarkers.

Stages of career

2016 - present  Managing Director of SIGNATOPE GmbH.

2010 - 2016  Group leader protein analytics, NMI

2014 - present  Chair of the GBM Working Group Bioanalytics

Dr. Stefan Raible
Deputy Director
Natascha Rathje
Justine Rehbronn
Scientist Nanoanalytics
Benedikt Reichel
Technical Assistant Interfaces and nanoanalytics
Karl Reuter
Katharina Rogg
Scientist Regenerative Biomaterials
Frank Roloff
Julia Roosz
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Katja Rösslein
Head of Administration

Curriculum vitae

Head of Administration of the NMI
since October 2018

Head of Administration of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
Nov. 2015-Sep. 2018

Head of Human Resources, Deputy Head of Administration
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
Apr. 2009-Oct. 2015

Human Resources, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
Sep. 1999-March 2009

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rothbauer
Groupleader Recombinant Antibody Technology

Curriculum vitae

01/2018 - 12/2021 Head of Department PharmaBiotech at with the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen, NMI)
Since 11/2011 Professor for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Tuebingen
(Joint Professorship with the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tuebingen, NMI)
2008 – 2011                 
CEO of the Biotech company ChromoTek GmbH (Martinsried)
2008 – 2010 Junior Group leader, GO-Bio, Biocenter, LMU
2006 – 2007 Project leader „Chromobodies“ Exist Seed Group, Biocenter, LMU
2004 – 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Prof. Dr Heinrich Leonhardt, Biocenter, LMU,
2003 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of PD Dr. Mathias Bauer, Institute of Diabetic Research Academic Hospital, Munich


1999 – 2003                 
Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.; PhD) at the Institute of physiological Chemistry, LMU in the lab of Prof. Dr. Dr. Walter Neupert:
Functional characterization of a mitochondrial mediate disease: The role of DDP1 and Tim13 for mitochondrial biogenesis
1992 – 1998                 
Studies in biology at the Ludwig Maximillians University Munich (LMU)
Diploma degree in biology in the lab of Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo: In vitro processing of overlapping tRNA transcripts in human mitochondria


2007 Publication Award (Center for NanoScience, LMU)

2007 GO-Bio Award I of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

2008 Binder Innovation-Award (German Society of Cell Biology, DGZ)

2010 Publication Award (Center for NanoScience, LMU)

2010 GO-Bio Award II of the BMBF

2012 Award of the Innovation-Academy (BMBF)



Since 2001       Society for Biochemistry and Molecularbiology (GBM)

Since 2009       Center for NanoScience (CeNS)

Since 2010       Society for Biomolecular Screening (SBS)

Since 2012       Dechema, Chemical Biology (Frankfurt)



Reviewer for Proteomics, BMC, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nature Communication, Analytical Chemistry, eLife, Mol.Cell Proteomics, Scientific Reports, Biotechnology, Journal of Advanced Research, Nature Methods, Jury Member of Exist Forschungstransfer (BMWi) and GO-Bio initial (BMBF)


Tina Rudolf
Technical Assistant Interface Characterization in the Production Processes

Research interests

  • electron microscopy
  • FIB/SEM Crossbeam
  • nanohardness
  • preparation methods

Stages of career

Since 2008 Engineer in the group Interfacial and Microstructure Analysis

2002-2007 Study of Geosciences with specialization in Mineralogy

Thomas Rühle
Felix Ruoff
Scientist Assay Development
Jasmin Schäfer
Technical Assistant Electro­physio­logy
Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland

since 2018 Director, NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, Reutlingen, Germany

since 2018 Co-Editor-in-Chief, Tissue Engineering, Part B (Mary Ann Liebert)

since 2011 Full Professor (W3), Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (EKUT), Dept. of Women’s Health, Research Institute for Women’s Health, Tübingen, Germany

since 2012 Executive Editor, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (ADDR) (Elsevier)

since 2018 Project Scientist, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Dept. of Medicine/ Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research Laboratories (CVRL), Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013-2018 Adjunct Associate Professor, UCLA, Dept. of Medicine/ Cardiology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016-2017 Director (interim, executive), Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Stuttgart, Germany

2013-2017 Department Head, Fraunhofer IGB, Dept. of Cell and Tissue Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

2010-2013 Visiting Associate Professor, UCLA, Dept. of Medicine/ Cardiology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2010-2014 ATTRACT-Group Leader, Fraunhofer IGB, Stuttgart, Germany

2010-2013 Deputy Department Head, Fraunhofer IGB, Dept. of Cell and Tissue Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

2008-2009 Assistant Research Professor, UCLA, Dept. of Medicine/ Cardiology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2005-2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA, Cardiovascular Research Laboratories, Los Angeles/CA, USA

2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Saban Research Institute, Los Angeles/CA, USA

2001-2004 PhD in Biology/ Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena, Germany

1995-2000 M.Sc. in Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena, Germany


Further Information: Schenke-Layland Lab

Lena Scheying
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Katharina Schlünder
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Dr. Christian Schmees
Group Leader Tumor biology

Research interests

  • Patient-derived ex-vivo tumor models and their application in preclinical compound efficacy testing
  • Tumor-Immune cell interactions with a focus on T lymphocytes and macrophages
  • Optogenetic modulation of cell-cell communication and cell signalling
  • CRISPR-based genome editing for target validation and cell engineering


Academic career

since 2014
Head of Tumor Biology, NMI

2011 - 2014
Senior Scientist, Tumor Biology Group, NMI

2010 - 2011
Senior Scientist at the Department of Systemic Cell Biology (Prof. Philippe Bastiaens), Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany

2006 – 2010
Research Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR; Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin) Uppsala, Sweden (Scholarships from LICR and DFG (German Research Foundation) “Investigation of Differences in Regulation of intracellular trafficking of PDGF α- and β-receptors”

2002 – 2006
PhD in Tumor Immunology at the Department of Medicine II, Technical University of Munich, Germany

1996 – 2002
Biochemistry studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and University of Tübingen, Germany;
Degree: Diploma


Schmees C, Villaseñor R, Zheng W, Ma H, Zerial M, Heldin CH, Hellberg C. Macropinocytosis of the PDGF β-receptor promotes fibroblast transformation by H-RasG12V. Mol Biol Cell. 2012 Jul;23(13):2571-82.

Hellberg C, Schmees C, Karlsson S, Ahgren A, Heldin CH. Activation of protein kinase C alpha is necessary for sorting the PDGF beta-receptor to Rab4a-dependent recycling. Mol Biol Cell. 2009 Jun;20(12):2856-63.

Schmees C, Gerhard M, Treptau T, Voland P, Schwendy S, Rad R, Prinz C. VacA-associated inhibition of T-cell function: reviewed and reconsidered. Helicobacter. 2006 Jun;11(3):144-6.

Schmees C, Prinz C, Treptau T, Rad R, Hengst L, Voland P, Bauer S, Brenner L, Schmid RM, Gerhard M. Inhibition of T-cell proliferation by Helicobacter pylori gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase. Gastroenterology. 2007 May;132(5):1820-33.

Gerhard M, Schmees C, Voland P, Endres N, Sander M, Reindl W, Rad R, Oelsner M, Decker T, Mempel M, Hengst L, Prinz C. A secreted low-molecular-weight protein from Helicobacter pylori induces cell-cycle arrest of T cells. Gastroenterology. 2005 May;128(5):1327-39.

Isabelle Schmidt
Scientist Regenerative Biomaterials
Christine Schmitt
Dr. Nicole Schneiderhan-Marra
Head of Dept. Pharma and Biotech, Group Leader Multiplex Immunoassays

Research interests   

- Development, validation and screening with antigen arrays and multiplex serological immunoassays for the detection of pathogen infection

- Development and application of miniaturized multiplexed immunoassays in proteome research for pharmaceutical and clinical applications


Curriculum vitae

Since 2020 Head of Department Pharma and Biotech

11/2019 - 2020   Deputy Head of Department Pharma and Biotech

since 01/2018  Head of Biochemistry

06/2007 – 12/2017 Deputy Head of Department Biochemistry

05/2005 Project manager and laboratory manager at the NMI Reutlingen

2003-2005 Scientific employee at the University of Ulm, University Women's Hospital, Endocrinological and Oncological Laboratory, working group Prof. Helmut Deißler

2002 External PhD thesis (Dr. rer. nat) at the University of Tübingen, supervised by Prof. Bernhard Brüne (Medical Clinic IV, Nephrological Research Laboratories, University of Erlangen) and Prof. Dieter Mecke (University of Tübingen), Title: Molecular Mechanism of Nitric Oxide Mediated Accumulation of Tumor Suppressor p53

2011 Internship at "MD Anderson" in the group of Assistant Professor Yanping Zhang, Houston, Texas, USA

1992 - 1998 Study of Biochemistry at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

Monika Schrenk
Technical Assistant Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Dr. Birgit Schröppel
Scientist Nanoanalytics

Areas of interest   

  • FIB/SEM Crossbeam
  • cryomicroscopy
  • preparation methods
  • Analytics of biological-technical interfaces
  • electron microscopy

Stages of career

Since 2009 research associate in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Group at the NMI

2011 PhD in Applied Physics on the development of an ion optical transfer system for a mass spectrometer

2004-2009 Research Assistant at the Institute of Applied Physics, Working Group Electron and Ion Optics

1997-2004 Study of physics at the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen



Thomas Schweikert
Head of Administration
Ulrike Schwenkler
Susann Seitz
Technical Employee Multiplex Immunoassays
Marina Shirokikh
Scientist Biofunctionalized Surfaces
Tanvi Shroff
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Christian Simo
Technical Employee Nanoanalytics
Cornelia Speidel
Scientist BioMEMS and Sensors
Aaron Stahl
Scientist Assay Development


Eva-Maria Staufenberg
Technical Assistant Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Helen Steins
Scientist Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Dr. Martin Stelzle
Group Leader BioMEMS and sensors

since Jan 2000   Head of BioMEMS & Sensors group

1996 - 2000  Senior Scientist, NMI, Dept. Applied Physics

1995 - 1996   Postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Colloid and Interface Sciences, Berlin

1992-1994   Postdoc, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, USA,
Polymer Science & Technology Department

1992   Ph.D. thesis, Technical University of Munich, Biophysics Institute, Prof. E. Sackmann;

1982-1988   Physics study at the University of Erlangen and the Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Dieter Stoll
Scientist Bioanalytics
Kevin Strobel
Scientist Advanced Materials
Angelika Stumpf
Technical Assistant Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Dr. Markus Templin
Group Leader Assay Development


  • Cellular signalling pathways
  • tumor biology
  • Biomarker identification and validation
  • assay development
  • miniaturized assay systems

Stages of career

since 2003  group leader assay development

2000 - today  NMI

1996 - 2000  Research associate, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen 

1994 - 1995  Postdoc, ICMB, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Stefan Thiele
Scientist BioMEMS and sensors
Dr. Björn Tränkle
Scientist Recombinant Antibody Technologies

Areas of activity

Preclinical development of biologics, Discovery, production, functionalization and cellular testing of remobinant binding molecules (anitbodies, anitbody-derivatives, nanobodies) for diagnostics molecular imaging (PET imaging) and therapeutic immunomodulation

Stages of career

2020 - present  Scientist at Recombinant Antibody Technologies Group with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rothbauer

2013 - 2020  Postdoc at University of Tuebingen, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Group with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rothbauer

2010 -2013  Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.; PhD) at NMI / Universtiy of Tuebingen with Prof. Dr. Michael Schwarz and Prof. Dr. Stefan Laufer: "The Role of PLexin A4 in the regulation of proliferation and apoptosis of Prostate Cancer Cells".

2009  Diploma Thesis in Biochemistry at NMI, Molecular Biology Groupd with Frank Weise: "Suitability analysis of the proteins G2E3, CCAR1, GREB1 and Nur77 as biomarker or therapeutic target for oncotherapy"

2002 - 2009  Study of Biochemistry at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen and Montana State University in Bozeman, USA (2005 - 2006)

Heiko van Beek
Technical Employee Applied Biomarkers and Immunoassays
Matthijs van der Moolen
Scientist Organ-on-Chip
Dmitri Visser
Scientist Regenerative Biomaterialien
Sabrina Vogel
Technical Employee Molecular Biology and Neurobiology

Areas of activity

Molecular neurobiology, Development of patient-derived iPSC-based in vitro cell culture systems in 2D and 3D for the research of neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases

Stages of career

2020 - Present  Research Assistant in Molecular Biology and Neurobiology, NMI

2017 - 2019  Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences in Sigmaringen

2013- 2017  Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Technical Medicine in Villingen-Schwenningen


Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Volkmer
Head of Dept. Pharma and Biotech, Head of Neurobiology

Research interests

  • Molecular mechanisms of neuronal plasticity

Curriculum vitae

Since 1998 Head of the Molecular Biology Department

1994 - 1998 Postdoc at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin-Buch, Germany

1989 - 1994 Postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology, Hamburg

1989 PhD in Genetics, University of Tübingen, Germany

1979 - 1984 Study of Biology, University of Tübingen


Teresa Wagner
Scientist Recombinant Antibody Technologies
Larissa Walter
Scientist Bioanalytics
Clementine Warres
Scientist Interfaces and nanoanalytics
Sonja Weckerle
Kai Wehrstein
Dr. Frank Weise
Group Leader Molecular Biology and Neurobiology

Research interests

Development of improved cell culture models and methods for gene transfer

Fields of activity

We focus on the analysis of cellular responses to gene expression in order to validate target genes for the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, we aim at developing improved cell culture models (co-culture, inflammatory response to exposure to hazardous substances), which, due to their more physiological nature, allow higher predictivity.

Curriculum vitae

since 2009 Group leader of Target Expressions Systems
2002-2009 Head of laboratory in the Dept. of Molecular Biology
1998-2002 Post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Biology, Tübingen
1997 Doctoral degree at the Free University of Berlin (bacteriophage DNA replication)
1994-1996 Doctoral fellow at the National Centre of Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain
1987-1993 Student of biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin


Jun. Prof. Dr. med. Martin Weiss
Assistent Professor for Molecular Gynecology, Department of Women's Health Faculty of Medicine - University Tübingen
Simon Werner
Scientist BioMEMS and Sensors


  • System integration of electronics and microfluidics for biological applications in 
  • Lab on a Chip Systems, Microfluidics - Design,
  • Peripheral systems for dielectrophoresis and fluidic control,
  • rapid prototyping: 3D CAD (SolidWorks®), CAM/CAE, micro milling, AVT
  • opt. Sensors/ Measurement technology

Stages of career

since 2009  Part-time Master's degree in Electrical Engineering/ Information Technology, Open University in Hagen, Germany

since 2007  Scientific employee/engineer at the AG BioMEMS und Sensorik

2003 - 2007  Studied Mechatronics at the FH Reutlingen

2001 - 2006  Scintec AG, Atmospheric Measurement Technology


Heidi Wohnus
Office / Reception
Lisa-Sophie Wüstner
Scientist Molecular Biology and Neurobiology
Dr. Xin Xiong
Group Leader Biofunctionalized Surfaces

Research interests   

  • Biomaterials for medical and biotechnological approaches, in particular collagen-based biomaterials for regenerative medicine and enzyme immobilization
  • Functional characterization using physical-chemical and biological methods
  • Practical experience in molecular biology with cloning, expression in bacteria, fungi and mammalian cells, PCR, RT-PCR.
  • Physical methods: AFM, Raman spectroscopy, DSC, IR.

Curriculum vitae

Since 2017 group leader biofunctionalized surfaces

Since Oct. 2014 Deputy Group Leader, Group Biomaterials, NMI; Focus: Biotechnology and Surface Characterization:

Since Sept. 2012 Project leader Biomaterials Group

Since April 2011 Scientist Biomaterials Group at the NMI

2009 - 2011 Scientist at the Institute for Experimental Internal Medicine, University Hospital Magdeburg, focus NF-kB signaling

2008 - 2009 Scientist at the Institute of Technical Biochemistry (Group Biocatalysis), University of Stuttgart, focus on mutagenesis and enzyme expression.

2005 - 2008 PhD at the Fraunhofer IGB & Biological Institute of the University of Stuttgart: New insights into Structure and Function of Type I Collagen

2004 - 2004 Diploma thesis at Fraunhofer IGB: Functional characterization of Tsa1p in Candida albicans

2002 - 2004 Studied technical biology at the University of Stuttgart

1996 - 2000 Study of Bioprocess Engineering at Huaqiao University, China

Prices. 10.2005 First Hugo violinist Prize

10.2005 First Hugo Violinist Prize

01.2005-07.2008 Scholarship of Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation

10.2008 BP-Young Scientists & Students Award at the 13th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition


Dr. Anne Zeck
Group Leader Bioanalytics

Research interests

Analytical chemistry with focus on chromatography and mass spectrometry of peptides and proteins

  • Detailed characterization of recombinant proteins and protein conjugates
  • Determination of identity / investigation of polyclonality
  • Determination of the coupling density of protein conjugates
  • High sensitivity sequence variant analysis
  • Determination of correct disulfide bridging
  • GlycosylationDetermination of N- and C-terminal modifications
  • Oxidation, deamidation, succinimide formation, glycation, etc.
  • Epitope mapping using H/D exchange and top down mass spectrometry
  • Immunoanalytical methods for the production and characterization of antibodies

Analytical Techniques

  • mass spectrometry
  • LTQ Orbitrap & LTQ-FT-ICR (ThermoScientific)
  • ESI-ToF and ESI-Q-ToF (MAXIS, Bruker)
  • chromatography
  • HPLC, (Ultimate 3000, Agilent 1100, nanoAcquity)
  • UPLC, RSLC (nanoAcquity, Ultimate 3000)
  • On-line enrichment
  • immunonalytics
  • ELISA, immunoprecipitation, immunaffinity enrichment
  • Immunoanalytical detection of chromatographic separations

other protein analytical techniques

  • ion scarf chromatography
  • SDS-PAGE, Western Blot


Curriculum vitae

2007 - 2011 Group leader, Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Penzberg

2006 - 2007 Postdoc at Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Penzberg

2004 Postdoc at Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis Northeastern University, Boston, USA

2001 Dr. rer. nat. in Analytical Chemistry, Technical University Munich (TUM)

1992 - 1998 Chemistry studies and Dipl. Chem. at the TU Karlsruhe and TUM


Dr. Günther Zeck
Associate Scientist at the Univ. Prof. an der TU Wien Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering

Research interests  

Neurotechnologies and applications

  • CMOS - based neurochips
            Parallel detection of neuronal activity with 16000 sensors
            Capacitive stimulation of neuronal activity with capacitor arrays
            Tissue analysis - chip coupling
  • multi-electrode arrays
            Neuronal cell cultures (rat)
            Electrical stimulation
  • retina
            Detection/analysis of extracellular activity in rabbit, rat and mouse retinas
            Detection/analysis of single cell activity and field potentials in blind retinas
            Electrical stimulation of healthy and blind retinas

Curriculum vitae

Since 2020 Univ.Prof. TU Wien Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering

2010 -2020 Group leader at the NMI

2006 - 2010 Senior Postdoc, Max Planck Inst. Neurobiology, Martinsried

2003 - 2005 Postdoctoral researcher at Mass. General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

1998-2002 Dr. rer. nat., Biophysics, TU Munich & Max Planck Inst. Biochemistry

1992 - 1998 Physics studies at the TU Munich


Graduate School of Neural Information Processing, Bernstein Centre Tübingen

Jochen Zeller
Lisa Ziegler
Technical Assistant Multiplexe Immunoassays

Student Assistants

Sarah Bückle
Student Assistant Recombinant Antibody Technology
Joanna Fischer
Student Assistant Organ-on-Chip
Deborah Greis
Student Assistant Tumorbiology
Lena Hippmair
Student Assistant Bio­func­tiona­lized Sur­faces
Sandra Jerbi
Student Assistant Assay Development


Fenja Kirchner
Student Assistant BioMEMS und Sensorik
Inga Leske
Student Assistant Recombinant Antibody Technology
Dominick Ndjanjdjo Ntamag
Student Assistant Organ-on-Chip
Domenic Pascual
Student Assistant Biomedical Micro and Nano Engineering
Stefanie Sträßle
Student Assistant Regenerative Biomaterials
Svenja Wingerter
Student Assistant Organ-on-Chip