This Fellowship is awarded for a period of 12 months to support medical students with ambitions in particular in molecular medicine. Integrated into one of the eight MMPU groups, selected fellows will have the opportunity to conduct a challenging project for their MD thesis and to start networking with internationally renowned scientists and physicians.
Open MD positions in MMPU labs can be found on this page: Calls
Our successful JCF awardees 2014/2015 are:
Nikolai is a MD student at Heidelberg University working on Hereditary Hemochromatosis in the group of Martina Muckenthaler (Children´s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology).
The aim of his project is to reveal novel components of the hepatocytic iron-sensing complex scaffolded by the hemochromatosis-associated proteins HFE, TfR2 and HJV, upstream activators of the master iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin. This may shed light on new signaling pathways and molecular mechanisms involved in the control of systemic iron homeostasis.
Andreas is a MD student at Heidelberg University working on Iron Metabolism in the group of Martina Muckenthaler (Children´s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology).
The aim of his project is to reveal novel pathways in the treatment of malaria and atherosclerosis by understanding the complex key role of iron metabolism during these pathological occurrences.
Andreas is an MD student at the University of Heidelberg and works in the groups of John Briggs (EMBL) and Hans-Georg Kräusslich (University Hospital Heidelberg) applying cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-tomography to study membrane proteins and protein/membrane interactions.
The aim of his project is to determine the structure of mechanosensitive channels and of other medically relevant membrane proteins.
Our successful JCF awardees 2014 are:
David is a MD student at the University of Heidelberg and works on pediatric T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) in the group of Andreas Kulozik (Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Immunology and Pulmonology.)
The aim of his project is to find characteristic genetic lesions that contribute to leukemogenesis and to investigate the influence of their pathways on the development of malignancy.
Stephan Stephan is a MD student at Heidelberg University and works on cystic fibrosis in the group of Marcus Mall (Translational Lung Research Center Heidelberg / Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Immunology and Pulmonology). The aim of his project is to a elucidate the molecular pathways involved in the activation and pharmacological regulation of SLC26A9, a recently identified epithelial chloride channel in the lung that might serve as a novel molecular target in cystic fibrosis and other chronic obstructive lung diseases.
Maximilian is a MD student at Heidelberg University and works on cancer epigenetics in the group of Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz (Department of Applied Tumor Biology, Institute of Pathology).
The aim of his project is to reverse specific methylation patterns in HPV-triggered carcinoma cells that are linked to tumor initiation, progression and immune evasion.
Our successful JCF awardees 2013:
Juliane is an MD student at Heidelberg University and works on pediatric T-ALL ( T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia) in the group of Andreas Kulozik (Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Immunology and Pulmonology). The aim of her project is to understand the pathways involved in leukemogenesis and to find prognostic markers for childhood T-ALL.
Aenne Solvejg Thormählen
Aenne is an MD student at Heidelberg University and works on myocardial infarction. She joined the group of Heiko Runz (Institute of Human Genetics) in spring 2013 for her MD-thesis and uses cell-based assays to characterize rare coding genetic variants for their possible influence on blood lipid levels and the risk of cholesterol-associated cardiovascular diseases.
Varun is an MD student at Heidelberg University in the group of Rohini Kuner (Institute of Pharmacology) and the aim of his project is to find new mechanisms of cancer-nerve-interaction in the context of perineural invasion in pain associated with pancreatic cancer.
He wants to elucidate these mechanisms with the help of in-vitro and in-vivo models of perineural invasion as well as human biopsies from pancreatic cancer. To investigate the ultrastructure of perineural invasion he makes use of correlative light- and electron- microscopy (3D-SEM, confocal microscopy and 3D-STORM).