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Division - Diabetic Complications

Herzig Lab

Herzig Lab

About our research

Our metabolism is a complex system which is carefully regulated in order to keep our body's energy supply and demand in balance. In diabetes, the balance of glucose and lipids is lost, which can ultimately lead to long-term diabetic complications, including micro- and macro-vascular damage.

Today’s challenges in diabetes research are focused on identifying novel molecular metabolic targets which can prevent and also treat the long-term consequences of the disease.

When we lose the capability of properly regulating our metabolism, we often refer to this disease state as “the metabolic syndrome”. Insulin resistance is not only a core component of the metabolic syndrome and an early feature of pre-diabetic conditions, but also triggers the development and progression of the disease to end-stage type 2 diabetes. The diabetic complications division explores transcriptional, epigenetic and signaling components controlling systemic and tissue-specific insulin sensitivity, and tests their potential to serve as novel therapeutic platforms in diabetes prevention approaches.

Recent experimental and clinical studies show that whilst high blood sugar levels are fundamental to diabetes, the abnormal production or defective clearance of reactive metabolite species critically contribute to long-term complications in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. To support in defining and functionally characterizing pathways in abnormal diabetic metabolite generation and their impact on the development of diabetic long-term complications, the IDC has established a joint Translational Diabetes Program with the University Hospital Heidelberg, and the Collaborative Research Center 1118.

We anticipate that reactive metabolites will provide promising new targets in type 1 and type 2 diabetes therapies.

Our Team

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig New

Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig

Director & Head of Division Diabetic Complications View profile
Portrait von Bilgen Ekim

Dr. Bilgen Ekim

Junior Group Leader Heidelberg

Dr. Ana Alfaro

Coordinator Drug Develompent & Industrial Collaborations
Porträt Köker Sahika

Dr. Sahika Cingir Köker


Sevgican Demir

Porträt Gil Lozano Manuel

Dr. Manuel Gil Lozano

Porträt Guerra Joel

Dr. Joel Guerra

Porträt Harrison Luke

Dr. Luke Harrison

Science Manager
Porträt Hass Daniela

Daniela Haß

Senior Technician
Porträt Ji Honglei

Dr. Honglei Ji


Dr. Adriano Maida

Scientific Laboratory Director
Porträt Magalhaes Thaina

Dr. Thainá Magalhães

Porträt Matta Leonardo

Dr. Leonardo Matta

Porträt Mhamane Amit

Dr. Amit Mhamane

Porträt Simoes Fernandez Estefania

Dr. Estefania Simoes Fernandez

Wolff Gretchen Porträt IDC

Dr. Gretchen Wolff


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Miriam Guhl

Coordination and Administration

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