Marielise Achmakidou
Dr. Ayla Aksoy Aksel
Julia Alber
Philipp Albrecht
Nicole Anderle

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
Dr. Monika Bach

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

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
Dr.-Ing. Meike Beer

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

2007 - Present 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
Anastasia Binder
Dr. Eduardo Bras
Monika Braun
Franziska Braun
Lisa Brauns
Eileen Marie Breunig
Dr. Sandra Burgstaller
Dr. Claus J. Burkhardt

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 - Present 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
Dr. Paolo Cesare
Dr. Philipp Constantinidis
Wissenschaftler Biophotonik & Spektroskopie
Ayla Cözel
Auszubildende Assistenz
Dr. Timm Danker
Oliver Davidovic
Hortense Decool
Ira Digel
Haris Dindic
Melina Dobruca
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

Areas of activity

Development, validation and screening of multiplex serological immunoassays for the detection of pathogen infection

Implementation of multiplex serological immunoassays in epidemiological cohorts

Automation of multiplex immunoassay screening

Development of multiplex immunoassays in proteome research for pharmaceutical and clinical applications


Stages of career

Since 2022 – today Deputy Group Leader Multiplex Immunoassays

2020 – 2022 – Postdoc and Project Manager, Multiplex Immunoassays at the NMI

2020 – Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Biology, Tübingen

2015 – 2019 – Dr.rer.nat, Max Planck Institute for Biology, Tübingen, supervised by Apl Prof. Adrian Streit

2013 – 2014 – MSc in Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology at Newcastle University, UK

2010 – 2013 – BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK


Lu Fan
Madeleine Fandrich
Lisa Fetter
Simon Fink

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
Mona Fischer
Wissenschaftlerin Organ-on-Chip
Desiree Frecot
Christian Freudigmann

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

2008 - Present   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

Areas of activity

Surface modification and electrochemistry for sensor applications

Stages of career

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 

1995 - 1996    Studied Mathematics, University of Augsburg


Dr. rer. nat. Ellena Fuhrmann
Martin Gaier
Karin Gebhardt
Karin Gerlach
Dr. Jens Göpfert
Hannah Graf
Johanna Griesbaum
Anna Günther
Britta Hagmeyer

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

Stages of career

2018 - Present   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
Ursula Härle
Dr. Hanna Hartmann

Areas of activity

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

Stages of career

2017 - Present  Head of Department Biomedicine and Materials Sciences, NMI, Reutlingen

2016 - Present  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
Johanna Heider
Anne Heine
Stefanie Heinlin
Willy Herb
Markus Herrmann

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

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

1999 - Present       Scientific assistant at the NMI Reutlingen

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

Dr. Tobias Hokamp
Elvina Houas
Michael Huang
Dr. Peter D. Jones

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
Stages of career

2013 - Present  Deputy 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.

Daniel Junker
Dr. Philipp Kaiser
Dr. Silke Keller
Stefan Klaus
Dr. Fabian Körte
Prof. Dr. Rumen Krastev

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

Dr. Udo Kraushaar

Ares of activity

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. 

Stages of career

2007 - 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

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

2008 - Present 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
Regina Lipp
Darya Löffler
Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill

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

Stages of career

since 2012 NMI, Project leader Nano analytics, Head of NMI Nano analytic laboratory, Physicist2007 - 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

Sandra Maier
Elke Mammel-Haisch
Linda Marks
Patrick Marsall
Dr. Dagmar Martin

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

Stages of career

since 2022  Group Leader Biophotonics & Spectroscopy, NMI, Reutlingen

since 2020 Scientist, Department for Medical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, University of Tübingen

2019 – 2021 Scientist, Regenerative Biomaterials Group, NMI, Reutlingen

2015 – 2019 Dissertation, Research Institute for Women’s Health, University Hospital Tübingen

2014 Approbation as Pharmacist

2013 – 2014  Diploma Thesis, Pharmaceutical Technology, Teva GmbH, Ulm

2009 – 2013  Studies of Pharmacy, University of Freiburg

Ute Metzger
Prof. Dr. Jannik C. Meyer
Dr. Tanja Michel


Entwicklung, Validierung und Automatisierung sowie Screening multiplexer Immunoassays

  • - für die Infektionsdiagnostik
  • - für epidemiologische Studien
  • - für die klinische Forschung
  • - für pharmazeutische und klinische Anwendungen
  • - für die Vakzinentwicklung


Einführung neuer Screening-Technologien, z. B. der Transfer von Serum- zu DBS-Screenings


Werdegang mit den wichtigsten Stationen

seit 2021  Post-Doc Wissenschaftlerin und Projektleiterin am NMI Reutlingen

2016-2021  Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.), Graduiertenschule Chemische Biologie „Fast-Track-Programm“
(KoRS-CB) mit Stipendium und Wissenschaftliche Angestellte, Exzellenzinitiative Universität Konstanz, Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Dr. Christof R. Hauck (Zellbiologie, Infektionskrankheiten)

2015  Forschungsaufenthalt am Pathologischen Institut Bern, Schweiz

2014-2016  MSc in Life Sciences an der Universität Konstanz

2011-2014  Bsc in Life Sciences an der Universität Konstanz

Michael Mierzejewski
Alessia Moruzzi
Kristina Neumann
Dr. Wilfried Nisch

Areas of activity

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

Stages of career

2013 - present  Senior Scientist, Nanoanalytics, Retirement, NMI Reutlingen

1987 - 2013  Group Leader and Project Leader Technical Physics, NMI Reutlingen

1985 - 1978  Scientist Materials Analysis, Electron Microscopy, MPA University Stuttgart

1980 - 1985  Scientific employee and PhD student, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tübingen

1987  Doctorate Dr. rer. nat. , University of Tübingen Studies of Physics, University of Munich and University of Tübingen

Matthias Nützel
Emilio Pardo-González
Domenic Pascual
Dr. Michael Pawlak

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
Bettina Pfister
Valentin Pinheiro
Auszubildender IT
Sarah Plöger
Annelie Pohle
Dr. Oliver Pötz

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
Benedikt Reichel
Karl Reuter
Frank Roloff
Julia Roosz
Katja Rösslein

Stages of career

since Oct. 2018 Head of Administration of the NMI

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

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

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

Thomas Rühle
Jasmin Schäfer
Dr. Felix Schäfer-Ruoff
Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland

Stages of career

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), Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medical Technology and Regenerative Medicine, Tübingen, Germany

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

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
Edlyn Pearl Schiemann
Dr. Christian Schmees

Areas of activity

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

Stages of 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
Christine Schmitt
Theresa Schmitt
Dr. Nicole Schneiderhan-Marra

Areas of activity

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

Stages of career

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
Dr. Birgit Schröppel

Areas of activity

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

Andrea Schumann
Thomas Schweikert
Ulrike Schwenkler
Susann Seitz
Verena Singer
Aaron Stahl
Ramona Stiel
Prof. Dr. Dieter Stoll
Simon Straß
Wissenschaftler Bioanalytik
Angelika Stumpf
Tom Stumpp
Teresa Tang
Wissenschaftlerin Advanced Materials
Dr. Markus Templin

Areas of activity

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

Claudia Teufel
Dr. Björn Tränkle

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
Sabrina Vogel

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

Areas of activity

Molecular mechanisms of neuronal plasticity

Stages of career

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
Clementine Warres
Sonja Weckerle
Kai Wehrstein
Dr. Frank Weise

Areas 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.

Stages of career

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
Simon Werner

Areas of activity

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


Sally Williamson
Heidi Wohnus
Lisa-Sophie Wüstner
Dr. Xin Xiong

Areas of activity

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.

Stages of career

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

Dr. Anne Zeck

Areas of activity

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


Stages of career

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

Areas of activity

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


Stages of career

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

Jochen Zeller
Lisa Ziegler

Student Assistants

Luca Brösamle
Hae In Chang
Student Assistant Elektrophysiology
Sema Demir
Studentischer Mitarbeiter Biophotonik & Spektroskopie
Chris Georgas
Student Assistant Regenerative Biomaterials
Günsu Cicek Karaagac
Dominik Kurth
Studentischer Mitarbeiter Organ-on-Chip
Jyothi Kumari Mariyanna
Manuel Münch
Studentischer Mitarbeiter Organ-on-Chip
Lena Pfeiffer
Studentische Mitarbeiterin Tumorbiologie
Florian Schaible
Studentischer Mitarbeiter Organ-on-Chip
Jana Schneider
Studentische Mitarbeiterin Elektrophysiologie
Thea Sorg
Studentische Mitarbeiterin Bioanalytik
Irina Waiblinger
Studentische Mitarbeiterin Multiplexe Immunoassays