Research Group Leader Recruitment Symposium 2024

Welcome to the webpage about the upcoming Research Group Leader Recruitment Symposium 2024!
This page includes all the important information about the symposium.


  • Christopher Carnie   (University of Cambridge)
  • Mauro Corrado     (University of Cologne)
  • Soni Deshwal   (Max-Planck Institute for biology of Ageing)
  • Christina Ising   (University Hospital of Cologne)
  • Abdelghani Mazouzi   (The Netherlands Cancer Institute - Thijn Brummelkamp lab)
  • Hirotsugu Oda   (University of Köln Medical Faculty, CRC1403)
  • Georgia Rapti   (EMBL Heidelberg)
  • Kishor Kumar Sivaraj   (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Muenster)
  • Reymond Sutandy   (Institute of Biochemistry II, Uniklinik Goethe University)
  • Gabriele Zaffagnini   (Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain)
  • Maya Spichal     (Univ. of Massachusetts, Chan Medical School, Worcester, USA)
  • Alessandra Stangherlin  (University Hospital Cologne)
  • Peter Zeller    (Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands)


The symposium is open and requires no registration.


The program might slightly change.
Thursday, February 15th
8:00 Coffee  
8:30 – 9:00 Carien Niessen Welcome & Introduction of CECAD
SESSION I CHAIR: Thorsten Hoppe  
09:00 – 09:25 Christopher Carnie Metabolic determinants and molecular mechanisms of DNA damage and repair (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
09:25 – 09:50 Soni Deshwal Mitochondrial strategies in ferroptosis (Max-Planck-Institute of Aging, Cologne, Germany)
09:50 – 10:15 Christina Ising Live and let die – microglia senescence and cell death in Alzheimer’s disease (University Hospital Cologne, Germany)
10:15 – 10:40 Abdelghani Mazouzi Mapping Genotype-to-Phenotype Landscapes in Human Cells (The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
10:40 – 11:15 Coffee Break  
Session II CHAIR: David Vilchez  
11:15 – 11:40 Hirotsugo Oda Elucidate the Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammation and Fibrosis through the Lens of Human Genetics (University Hospital Cologne, Germany)
11:40 – 12:05 Georgia Rapti Glial cells weaving the brain circuit architecture from birth throughout life (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany)
12:05 – 12:30 Kishor Kumar Sivaraj Fate specification of mesenchymal cells in bone marrow homeostasis and regeneration (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Muenster, Germany)
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break  
13:45 – 16:30 Candidate Interviews (In parallel to interviews, informal meetings with PIs)  
16:45 – 17:30 Guided Tours to CECAD facilities  
From 17:30 Get-Together at CECAD Lecture hall  
Friday, February 16th
8:30 Coffee  
SESSION I CHAIR: Andreas Beyer  
09:00 – 09:25 Mauro Corrado Trick or treat: twisting immunity with metabolism (University of Cologne, Germany)
09:25 – 09:50 Maya Spichal Small RNAs in genome protection (Univ. of Massachusetts, Chan Medical School, Worcester, USA)
09:50 – 10:15 Alessandra Stangherlin Circadian regulation of cell physiology and ageing (University Hospital Cologne, Germany)
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break  
SESSION II CHAIR: Mirka Uhlirova  
10:45 – 11:10 Gabriele Zaffagnini How endolysosomal super-organelles manage protein aggregates in mammalian oocytes (Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain)
11:10 – 11:35 Peter Zeller Understanding chromatin regulation during organism development using single-cell multi-omics (Hubrecht institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands)
11:35 – 12:00 Reymond Sutandy Mitochondrial-mediated regulation of cell resilience (University Hospital Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch  
13:15 – 14:50 Candidate Interviews (In parallel to interviews, informal meetings with PIs)  
15:00 – 15:10 Good-bye (CECAD Lecture Hall)  


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