Research Groups

There are seven regular research groups (projects) in research unit FOR 2240 led by one or two principal investigators. The projects of first-time applicants also have one or two non-funded co-applicants with status as senior researchers as part of the leadership team. Working in the groups at the post-doc level are several clinician-scientists, many on research rotation posts (“Gerok”). Other group members are funded in a variety of ways, including DFG-financed positions. There is a growing number of PhD students, the majority of them female, guest scientists, and interns that the research unit has attracted. The laboratory work of the entire research unit FOR 2240 is considerably aided by teams of medical technical assistants, some DFG-funded as well. Most members of the research groups are located in Cologne, with two teams in Erlangen-Nürnberg and now in the second funding period, also support from Co-Applicants in Lübeck and Berlin.

Project P1 Lymph-Transplant

Induction of corneal transplant tolerance by anti(lymph)angiogenic therapy

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Clinician-Scientist

PhD student (China Research Council)

PhD student (DAAD)

PhD student

Clinician-Scientist

Clinician-Scientist

Clinician-Scientist

Associated scientist

Project P2 Modulators of LA

Identification of novel endogenous modulators of developmental and inflammatory lymphangiogenesis by analyzing mouse strain-specific differences

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Co-Applicant

Clinician-Scientist

PhD student (DFG)

PhD student (DFG)

PhD student, DFG associated project

Project N1 Ocular GvHD

Lymph- and hemangiogenesis in ocular graft-versus-host disease

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Co-Applicant

PhD student (DFG)

Project N2 ABCB5 & Pterygium

The role of ABCB5-expressing limbal epithelial stem cells in corneal lymphangiogenic privilege and pterygium pathogenesis

Principal Investigator

Co-Applicant

Co-Applicant

PhD student (DFG)

Project P4 Ocular Melanoma

The role of midkine in tumor-associated lymphangiogenesis and metastasis of ocular malignant melanoma

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Clinician-Scientist

PhD student

PhD student (DFG)

PhD student (DFG)

Clinician-Scientist

Project P5 Myeloid Cells

Myeloid cell function in corneal hem- and lymphangiogenesis

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator (DFG)

PhD student (DFG)

Intern

Project P6 Microglia in AMD

Role of complement receptors and microglia in age-related macular degeneration

Principal Investigator

Affiliated PhD student

Clinician-Scientist

PhD student

PhD student (DFG)

Project P8 Uveitis (2015-2018)

The role of interleukin (IL)-10 in the pathogenesis of autoimmune uveitis in mice and man