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Precision Regenerative Medicine

Chronic disease is most prevalent in the elderly and ultimately stems from a multifactorial combination of aging, genetic predisposition, and lifelong epigenetic priming that together can limit the regenerative capacity of our organs. We focus our work on the mechanistic dissection of human lung biology and aim at pioneering regenerative reprogramming therapy in chronic lung disease patients that will increase the healthspan and resilience of aged and diseased lungs.  

Chronic disease is most prevalent in the elderly and ultimately stems from a multifactorial combination of aging, genetic predisposition, and lifelong epigenetic priming that together can limit the regenerative capacity of our organs. We focus our work on the mechanistic dissection of human lung biology and aim at pioneering regenerative reprogramming therapy in chronic lung disease patients that will increase the healthspan and resilience of aged and diseased lungs.  

Our Research in a nutshell

Modern single-cell analysis technologies rapidly generate a growing number of cell type and cell state atlases in the healthy and diseased lung. Emerging spatial methods further position the associated gene programs in the context of tissue architecture and enable the systematic deciphering of local cell communication programs. Under disease conditions, ectopic or aberrant cell types or -states regularly emerge, but their significance is often unknown. An outstanding challenge for medical research is 1) to define early deviation points of the lifelong cellular state trajectories from normal to early disease, 2) to explain causative cellular and molecular aberrations driving the disease, 3) to identify suitable intervention junctions to reprogram altered tissue states back to homeostasis and 4) to analyze cellular modes of responsiveness to therapeutic intervention.  

Lung disease is the second most common cause of death globally. Even though the lungs' regenerative capacity, which is mediated through different stem cell populations, is very high, the ability for organ regeneration is often lost in the aging process and various chronic lung diseases. We aim to advance experimental systems medicine by analyzing lifelong trajectories spanning pediatric lung health all the way to lung aging to identify individuals at respiratory risk and early stages of disease.  

Together with our network of clinical collaborators we leverage single cell multi-omics technologies for observations of cellular and molecular events in different patient cohorts and aim at linking these observations to electronic health records and patient (epi-)genetics. We also work on reverse translation of these ground truths observed in patient samples to human organotypic models as well as mouse models of disease. Using functional single cell genomics and proteomics coupled with generative AI, we interrogate cellular circuit mechanisms in the pre-clinical model systems and going forward aim to translate these insights into preventative and regenerative therapy regimes.  

 

People at PRM

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Dr. Martin Mück-Häusl

Deputy Director
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Dr. Lin Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow
Rizqah Kamies PostDoc PRM

Dr. Rizqah Kamies

Postdoctoral Fellow
Misako Nakayama PostDoc PRM

Dr. Misako Nakayama

Postdoctoral Fellow
Lena Cords PostDoc PRM

Dr. Lena Cords

Postdoctoral Fellow
Safouane Kadri PostDoc PRM

Dr. Safouane Kadri

Postdoctoral Fellow
Yuexin Chen PhD PRM

Yuexin Chen

PhD student
Ahmed Agami PhD PRM

Ahmed Agami

PhD student
Prerna Karthaka PhD PRM

Prerna Karthaka

PhD student
Sri Rama Sridatta Prakki PhD PRM

Sai Rama Sridatta Prakki

PhD student co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis, ICB
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Zhenda Wang

PhD student
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Lukas Heumos

PhD student co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis, ICB
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Lea Zimmermann

PhD student co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis, ICB

Valentina Beliaeva

PhD student co-supervised with Dr. Malte Lücken, ICB
Niklas

Niklas Jonathan Lang

MD student
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Daniela Haas

Project Assistant
Niyeti Qazi PRM

Niyeti Qazi

Science Operations Manager
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Anastasia van den Berg

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Contact

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Dr. Martin Mück-Häusl

Deputy Director

Funders and Consortia

  1. German Center for Lung Research (DZL) - Deutsches Zentrum für Lungenforschung (dzl.de)
  2. Single Cell Omics Germany - Single Cell Omics Germany
  3. Human Cell Atlas consortium - Home (humancellatlas.org)
  4. DiscovAIR consortium funded by the European Commission - DiscovAIR
  5. SkinTerm consortium funded by the European Commission - Home - SkinTERM
  6. TRR 359 PILOT funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) - TRR 359 PILOT | perinatal immunity immunology TRR 359 PILOT (perinatal-immunity.de)
  7. GRK 2338 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) - RTG 2338 Targets in Toxicology - LMU Munich (uni-muenchen.de)
  8. Human Lung Cell Atlas 1.0 consortium funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - Human Lung Cell Atlas 1.0 - Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  9. MPII consortium funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - Mapping the Pediatric Inhalation Interface: Nose, Mouth, and Airways, - Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  10. COVIPA consortium funded by the Helmholtz Association and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research - Virological and immunological determinants of COVID-19 pathogenesis - lessons to get prepared for future pandemics (dkfz.de)
  11. Postdoctoral Fellowships funded by the European Respiratory Society - ERS (ersnet.org)EMBO – Excellence in life sciences and Home - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (europa.eu).

Research Collaborators

  1. Prof. Fabian J Theis – Helmholtz Munich, Germany
  2. Prof. Matthias Mann – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
  3. Prof. Richard Scheltema – University of Liverpool, UK
  4. Prof. Purushothama Rao Tata – Duke University, USA
  5. Prof. Wim Wuyts & Dr. Laurens De Sadeleer – KU Leuven, Belgium
  6. Prof. Scott Budinger & Prof. Alexander Misharin – Northwestern University Chicago, USA
  7. Prof. Melanie Königshoff – University of Pittsburgh, USA
  8. Prof. Christos Samakovlis – SciLife Lab, Sweden
  9. Prof. Martijn Nawijn – University of Groningen, Netherlands
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