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Helmholtz Diabetes Center Institute for Diabetes and Cancer

Here at the IDC, we conduct research on the molecular basis of severe metabolic disorders, including the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, as well as their roles in cancer initiation and progression.

Here at the IDC, we conduct research on the molecular basis of severe metabolic disorders, including the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, as well as their roles in cancer initiation and progression.

Our Research Groups

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Herzig Lab

Diabetic Complications

The Diabetic Complications division at the IDC explores transcriptional, epigenetic and signalling components controlling systemic and tissue-specific insulin sensitivity, and tests their potential to serve as novel therapeutic platforms in diabetes prevention approaches.

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Berriel Diaz Lab

Metabolism & Cancer

By using in-vivo models of metabolic dysfunction and cancer, as well as complementary in vitro approaches, our aim is to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying these diseases and their complex interactions to better understand and ultimately treat them.

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Zeigerer Lab

Endocytosis & Metabolism

The major goal of our lab is to understand how endosomal trafficking and metabolism influence and regulate each other. We want to unravel the cellular mechanism how external cues induce changes in cellular metabolism by altering endosomal functions and to provide new cellular tools for treatment of metabolic diseases.

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Vogt Lab

Metabolic Programming across Generations

We aim to identify conserved signaling molecules and metabolites that are altered as a result of such metabolic programming, which can serve as a starting point to develop efficient therapeutic or preventative strategies to counteract the ongoing epidemic of metabolic disorder development.

Pellegata Lab

Neuroendocrinology

In the Neuroendocrinology Division at IDC we investigate the interplay between tumors and both local and organismal metabolism by employing various relevant experimental models and imaging methods.

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Rohm Lab

Tissue Crosstalk in Cancer Metabolism

Our aim for the future is to strengthen the idea that obesity/diabetes and cachexia are two sides of the same coin. Studying these metabolic diseases in the context of each other will lead to conceptual advances in both fields.

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Dyar Lab

Metabolic Physiology

We aim to comprehensively identify the range of underlying metabolic causes and consequences that distinguish healthy from unhealthy ageing - ultimately seeking to harness this information to develop novel personalized therapeutics to mitigate unhealthy ageing trajectories, and to recover and maintain health status.

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Georgiadi Lab

Endocrine Pharmacology

We study novel ligand-receptor pairs, which control key adipocyte functions involved in adipocyte size, energy storage, energy expenditure, ageing dependent malfunction as well as the communication of the adipose tissue with other metabolic organs, such as liver and muscle.

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Supporting Science

Research Management

We contribute to shaping the research profile and strategy of the IDC

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Scientists at IDC

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig

Director & Head of Division Diabetic Complications View profile

Dr. Mauricio Berriel Diaz

Deputy Director & Head of Division Metabolism & Cancer View profile

Dr. Anja Zeigerer

Head of Division Endocytosis & Metabolism View profile

Dr. Maria Rohm

Head of Division Tissue Crosstalk in Cancer Metabolism View profile

Dr. Natalia Pellegata

Head of Division Neuroendocrinology View profile

Dr. Anastasia Georgiadi

Group Leader Endocrine Pharmacology View profile

Dr. Merly Vogt

Group Leader Metabolic Programming across Generations View profile

Prof. Dr. med. univ. Julia Szendrödi

Medical Director of the Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetology, Metabolic Diseases and Clinical Chemistry at Heidelberg University Hospital

Dr. Bilgen Ekim Üstünel

Junior Group Leader Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bartelt

Head of Division Cardiovascular Immunometabolism

Miriam Guhl

Administration and Coordination

Annika Wieder

Technische Assistentin

Dr. Manuel Gil Lozano

Postdoc

Dr. Adriano Maida

Scientific Laboratory Director

Elke Pulz

Senior Technician

Dr. Hermine Mohr

Postdoc

Dr. Anja Krones-Herzig

Affiliated HDC Coordinator

Dr. Celine Jouffe

Postdoc

Dr. Ana Alfaro

Coordinator Drug Develompent & Industrial Collaborations

Jeanette Biebl

Technical Assistant

Dr. Minako Sakurai

Postdoc

Dr. Peter Weber

Postdoc

Dr. Pauline Morigny

Postdoc

Dr. Sofia Kappel

Coordinator International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes (maternal leave)

Dr. Gretchen Wolff

Postdoc

Dr. Doris Kaltenecker

Postdoc

Alina Walth

PhD Student

Dr. Juliano Machado

Postdoc

Julia Geppert

PhD student

Dr. Yun Kwon

Postdoc

Lisa Mehr

Technician

Dr. Kerstin Lohr

Coordinator Pre-Clinical Development

Hülya Akdag

Lab Assistant

Susanne Drogoin

Admin Assistant Research School for Diabetes

Vignesh Karthikaisamy

PhD student

Rhoda Anane Karikari

PhD student

Sevgican Demir

PhD student

Dr. Anne Caniard

HDC Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Luke Harrison

Science Manager

Daniela Haß

Technician

Karsten Motzler

PhD student

Dr. Isabel Valenca

Postdoc

Surui Wang

PhD Student

Dr. Pia Benedikt-Kühnast

Postdoc

Dr. Rabih El-Merahbi

Postdoc

Thainá Magalhães

PhD student

Dr. Anja Marschner

Head of Unit Research Management

Katyayni Ganesan

Master Student

Dr. Honglei Ji

Postdoc

Amy Fumo

PhD Student

Raúl Terrón Expósito

Technician

Dr. Hande Kocak

Postdoc

Nesrin Koccayir

Lab Assistant

Dr. Gabriele Möller

Postdoc

Gabriele Zieglmeier

Technician

Dr. Janina Tokarz

Postdoc

Marion Schieweg

Technician

Dr. Estefania Simoes Fernandez

Postdoc

Dr. Amit Mhamane

Postdoc

Carmen Paredes Yubero

PhD student

Dr. Kalina Draganova

Coordinator Research School for Diabetes

Joel Tissink

PhD Student

Judith Hobner

Master Student

Dr. Sahika Cingir Köker

Postdoc

Jintian Wang

PhD student

Dr. Qaaifah Gillani Syed

Postdoc

Hiba Makkieh

Master Student

Dr. Joel Guerra

Postdoc

Sina Dräger

Master Student

Lucia Köberlein

Bachelor Student

Habiba Hayat

Master Student

Bhargavi Karna

PhD student

Alessandro Marangelo

Master Student

Dr. Leonardo Matta

Postdoc

Vasiliki Karagiannakou

PhD student

Tuna Felix Samanci

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