REBIRTH Mitglieder

Martin, Ulrich

Martin, Ulrich, Prof. Dr. rer. nat.


REBIRTH Unit iPSCs for disease modelling, drug screening and cell therapy Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO) Hannover Medical School

Hannover Medical School
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover



U. Martin (*1967), PhD, W3 professor for ‘Cardiorespiratory Tissue Engineering’ and head of the Leibniz Research Laboratories for Biotechnology and Artificial Organs (LEBAO) at MHH is vice coordinator of REBIRTH, dean of the PhD program ‘Regenerative Sciences’ and current senior president of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN). His research focuses on induced pluripotent stem cells, the genetic engineering of pluripotent stem cells and their differentiation into cardiovascular and respiratory lineages, the development of iPSC-based cellular therapies, as well as disease modelling of and drug development for respiratory disorders.

Biography / About

Date of Birth:August, 1967
Function:Full (W3) Professor, Head of the LEBAO, Hannover Medical School (MHH) and director of research of the HTTG, MHH


1988 - 1994Leibniz Universität Hannover, BA, MA (Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Immunology)
1994 - 1997Institute of Medical Microbiology, MHH, Dr. rer. nat.
2001Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) and Venia legendi for Molecular biology

Academic appointments and Research posts:

Since 1997Postdoctoral position at the LEBAO, MHH
Since 2001 Head of the research area research ‘Molecular Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research’
Since 2003Assistant Professor for ‘Experimental Transplantation’ at MHH
Since 2005Associate Professor for ‘Experimental Lung Transplantation’ at MHH
Since 2007Head of LEBAO, MHH
Since 2008Full Professor for ‘Cardiorespiratory Tissue Engineering’ and Director of research of the HTTG
Since 2013Dean of the PhD program Regenerative Sciences

Other professional activities:

2004 - 2012Head of the DFG Clinical Research Unit ‘KFO 123: Lung Transplantation’
Since 2006Vice Coordinator REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence
Since 2009Member Editorial Board ‘World Journal of Stem Cells’
2011 - 2015Vice Chair of the working group on Regenerative Medicine of the European Technology Platform Nanomedicine (ETPN)
Since 2013Member of the extended board and founding member of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN)
Since 2014Topical Editor of the international journal ‘Primate Biology’
Since 2015Member of the Editorial Board of the ‘International Journal of Stem cell Research & Therapy’ (IJSCRT)
2015 - 2016Active President of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN)
Since 2016Senior President of the GSCN
Since 2016Member of the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal of Biological Chemistry’ and of ‘Frontiers in Translational Medicine’

Awards and Prizes:

2008Travel Award of the International Stem Cell Society
2008Ernst Eickhoff Award for Cardiac Surgery
2010Science Prize of the German Technion Society
2010Sir Hans Krebs Award

Major research interests:

  • Induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into cardiovascular and respiratory cell types
  • Regenerative cell therapy
  • Genome engineering
  • Cardiovascular tissue engineering

Selected Publications:

  1. Kempf H, Olmer R, Haase A, Franke A, Bolesani E, Schwanke K, Robles-Diaz D, Coffee M, Gohring G, Drager G, Potz O, Joos T, Martinez-Hackert E, Haverich A, Buettner FF, Martin U, Zweigerdt R. Bulk cell density and Wnt/TGFbeta signalling regulate mesendodermal patterning of human pluripotent stem cells. Nat Commun. 2016. 7:13602.
  2. Klawitter S, Fuchs NV, Upton KR, Munoz-Lopez M, Shukla R, Wang J, Garcia-Canadas M, Lopez-Ruiz C, Gerhardt DJ, Sebe A, Grabundzija I, Merkert S, Gerdes P, Pulgarin JA, Bock A, Held U, Witthuhn A, Haase A, Sarkadi B, Lower J, Wolvetang EJ, Martin U, Ivics Z, Izsvak Z, Garcia-Perez JL, Faulkner GJ, Schumann GG. Reprogramming triggers endogenous L1 and Alu retrotransposition in human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nat Commun. 2016. 7:10286.
  3. Kempf H, Kropp C, Olmer R, Martin U, Zweigerdt R. Cardiac differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells in scalable suspension culture. Nature Protocols. 2015. 10(9):1345-61.
  4. Zweigerdt R, Gruh I, Martin U. Your Heart on a Chip: iPSC-Based Modeling of Barth-Syndrome-Associated Cardiomyopathy. Cell Stem Cell. 2014. 15(1):9-11.
  5. Kensah G, Roa Lara A, Dahlmann J, Zweigerdt R, Schwanke K, Hegermann J, Skvorc D, Gawol A, Azizian A, Wagner S, Maier LS, Krause A, Dräger G, Ochs M, Haverich A, Gruh I, Martin U. Murine and human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac bodies form contractile myocardial tissue in vitro. Eur Heart J. 2013. 34(15):1134-46.
  6. Templin C, Zweigerdt R, Schwanke K, Olmer R, Ghadri JR, Emmert MY, Muller E, Kuest SM, Cohrs S, Schibli R, Kronen P, Hilbe M, Reinisch A, Strunk D, Haverich A, Hoerstrup S, Luscher TF, Kaufmann PA, Landmesser U, Martin U. Transplantation and tracking of human-induced pluripotent stem cells in a pig model of myocardial infarction: assessment of cell survival, engraftment, and distribution by hybrid single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography of sodium iodide symporter transgene expression. Circulation. 2012. 126(4):430-9.
  7. Zweigerdt R, Olmer R, Singh H, Haverich A, Martin U. Scalable expansion of human pluripotent stem cells in suspension culture. Nat Protoc. 2011. 6(5):689-700.
  8. Mauritz C, Martens A, Rojas SV, Schnick T, Rathert C, Schecker N, Menke S, Glage S, Zweigerdt R, Haverich A, Martin U, Kutschka I. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived Flk-1 progenitor cells engraft, differentiate, and improve heart function in a mouse model of acute myocardial infarction. Eur Heart J. 2011. 32(21):2634-41.
  9. Haase A, Olmer R, Schwanke K, Wunderlich S, Merkert S, Hess C, Zweigerdt R, Gruh I, Meyer J, Wagner S, Maier LS, Han DW, Glage S, Miller K, Fischer P, Scholer HR, Martin U. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from human cord blood. Cell Stem Cell. 2009. 5(4):434-41.
  10. Mauritz C, Schwanke K, Reppel M, Neef S, Katsirntaki K, Maier LS, Nguemo F, Menke S, Haustein M, Hescheler J, Hasenfuss G, Martin U. Generation of functional murine cardiac myocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells. Circulation. 2008. 118(5):507-17.

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