Stem Cell Engineering for Neural Disease Modeling and Tissue Repair Scholarship provided by DAAD/FW Hempel Family-Foundation

The Department of Preclinical Research at the Clinic for Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf core vision is to facilitate bench-to bedside, clinical translational research in the context of brain diseases. Several subgroups asking questions in the fields of biomarker discovery, onco disease modeling and regenerative disease questions interact and work together in a team-work manner. The research team consists of MD-students, PhD- students, PostDocs and a technician and various state of the art molecular and cell biological tools are established. For more information please visit:  and

The application documents (as one PDF) include:
1. Application form (to be requested from Dr. Gellert, see below)
2. Curriculum vitae in English
3. Exposé of the research project in English (not more than 1 A4 page)
4. At least one scientific reference

Ihre Aufgaben

Cardinal characteristics of stem cells are the ability to i) differentiate into specific cell types as well as ii) the ability to self-renew by asymmetric cell division. Those features are scientific fundaments of i) using stem cells in tissue repair but also ii) to be the cause of malignant cancer development (transformed stem cells, so called cancer stem cells as cell of origin of tumors).
The transcriptional activator ZEB1 promotes tumor forming capacities in context of many tissues, including the brain. Also the migratory capacity non-transformed of glial and neural progenitors seems to be promoted by ZEB1. The tight control of intrinsic ZEB1 activation may therefore be a key determiner whether neural stem cells can successfully be used in neural repair or may cause tumorigenic risk. In the project we want to genetically engineer neural stem cells from different sources (fetal-derived, iPSC-derived) and synthetically develop in vitro models with applicability in neural tissue repair (particularly for combating Multiple Sclerosis) or as IVD tool facilitating anti-cancer treatment discoveries.

More scientific information on the topic can be found under and

Ihr Qualifikationsprofil

Students/Graduates with a foreign higher education entrance qualification. Self-motivation to independently develop the scientific and technological status of the project.

Wir bieten

Interdisciplinary team work, academic supervision, state of the art research infrastructure, financial support for travels to academic conferences, financial support for relocation to Dusseldorf, support in finding housing, monthly stipend rate on DAAD level (approx. 1250 EUR), enrollment in official PhD program of the HHU. The position is to be filled as soon as possible. Applications are welcome as of now, no deadline.

Kontakt für Bewerbungen

The applications are handeld through the International Office of the HHU:

Dr. Anne Gellert, HHU International Office; ++49 (0)211 81 14107

Candidate Selection:
Dr. Ulf Kahlert
Preclinical Research
Neurosurgical Clinic
Medical Faculty
Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf

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