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    International Symposium organized by the Students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences

    Confirmed Speakers

    Karin Hoffmeister
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States of America

    The research group of Karin Hoffmeister studies the role of glycans in hematopoiesis. In detail, their aim is to better understand the role of carbohydrates in platelet production, function and survival and interaction between platelets and/or with other blood cells. During maturation, differentiation and inflammation programmed remodeling of cell surface glycans takes place by the regulated expression of specific glycosyltransferases. The Hoffmeister group characterizes these Golgi glycosyltransferase enzymes expressed in platelets, their possible extracellular targets and their delivery mechanism(s) from megakaryocytes to platelets.


    Jan-Willem Veening
    University of Groningen, Netherlands

    The research group of Prof. Dr. J.W. Veening focuses on the gram positive bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. Up to 80 % of young children are carrying the bacteria but do not show any disease symptoms. However Streptococcus pneumoniae  can cause several serious diseases such as meningitis, septicemia and pneumonia and each year, more than 2 million people die because of pneumococcal infections. With his research Prof. Dr. J.W. Veening addresses the question how and why the pneumococcus switches from benign to pathogen. Apart from that his group is also  interested in how the pathogen deals with antibiotic resistance and in the coordination of the cell cycle.


    Andreas Johann Müller
    University Magdeburg, Germany

    Dr. Müller and his research team focus on the interaction of pathogens with the host immune system. Their higher aim is to understand how an immune response is built up, sustained and controlled, and more specifically, which role the pathogen plays in this process.  He utilizes advanced microscopy techniques to unravel how pathogen physiology and the behavior of the immune system influence each other. Using cutaneous infection models such as S. aureus and L. major, he and his team visualize the beautiful dynamics of these interactions.

    Lars Nitschke
    University Erlangen, Germany

    B lymphocytes (or B cells) are cells of the adaptive immune system, which generate an antibodydependent humoral immune response. The group of Prof. Nitschke is interested in the signals which regulate the maturation and function of B cells. To study their function in vivo they make use of genetically-modified mouse lines with deletions or mutations in different proteins of B cells (e.g. CD22), which serve as model systems to study the both the normal function of the immune system, as well as pathological changes of the immune system.

    Marek Basler

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a widespread export system that can be found in soil and marine bacteria as well as in pathogens, such as the bacterium which causes pneumonia, Pseudomonas. Marek Baslers group studies the structure, assembly and dismantling of this extraordinarily large nanomachine employing the newest microscopy techniques combined with biochemical approaches and computer analyses.

    Karl-Peter Hopfner

    Gene Center Munich, Germany

    Prof. Hopfner's group wants to understand the molecular and structural mechanisms how the cellular DNA repair and antiviral RNA sensing protein machineries detect, signal and repair or remove malignant nucleic acids such as damaged DNA and viral RNA. They use a variety of techniques such as X-ray crystallography, Cryo-EM, SAXS, CX-MS and biophysical/biochemical methods.