Staff members

PD Dr. Felicia Gerst
Senior scientist

Phone: +49 7071 29-86002

Further positions: 

Deputy Head of the Islet Facility

Research interests:

  • Cellular mechanisms underlying pancreatic beta cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes linked to obesity.
  • Signaling pathways altered by glucolipotoxicity in beta cells
  • Mechanisms of the crosstalk between beta cells and liver and/or pancreatic adipocytes 

Education and career: 

2019             Habilitation at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen

Since 2014   Researcher at the IDM of the Helmholtz

                    Center Munich at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen,

                    University Hospital Tübingen

2008-2013    Postdoctoral Fellow at Internal Medicine IV, University Hospital Tübingen

2004-2007    Doctoral fellow of the Graduate School Tübingen at the

                    Institute of Physiology, University of Tübingen

2003-2004    Marie Currie Fellowship at the Institute of Physiology,

                    University of Tübingen   

1995-2001   Bachelor and Master in Biology at the

                   Babes-Bolyai University, Romania        

Current projects:

  • Role of fatty acids for functional maturation of beta-cells
  • Islets adipocytes crosstalk: impact of human pancreatic adipose tissue on islet function