REBIRTH International Ambassador Program

As a main goal the REBIRTH International Ambassadors Program aims at building solid international bridges between the research groups of the Cluster of Excellence REBIRTH and top scientific institutions abroad. The REBIRTH International Ambassadors Program was initiated by Professor Renata Stripecke.

Most of the faculty members of this program were born and obtained undergraduate training in BRIC countries (Brasil, Russia, India and China) or other European countries and moved to Germany to obtain further graduate or post-graduate education. Therefore, as native speakers, they have a relevant cross-cultural advantage in bridging Germany with their countries of origin. Some of these faculty members speak additional languages or have relevant additional international experience. Many of them obtained fellowships from German funding agencies (such as DAAD, DFG) and know inherently the process of application and selection for fellowships. They have experienced the difficulties of adapting to a new language and culture. The Ambassadors in the  Cluster of Excellence REBIRTH and in the PhD program Regenerative Sciences want to foster internationalization and international collaborations.

If you are interested in studying or working within REBIRTH please do not hesitate to contact our international Ambassadors.

International Ambassadors

Professor Dr. Falk Büttner – Russia

  • Ph.D. supervisor
  • Ph.D. co-supervisor

Institute of Cellular Chemistry, Hannover Medical School - Junior Professor

REBIRTH Unit “Stem Cell Glycomics and Proteomics

Research Interests

  • glycobiology
  • glycomics and proteomics
  • stem cell biology
  • mass spectrometry


International collaborative institutions


Russia

  • Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • molecular-diagnostics company, LLC Semiotik, Moscow

E-Mail: buettner.falk[at]mh-hannover.de

PD Dr. Serghei Cebotari - Republic of Moldova and Russia

  • Ph.D. lecturer

Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG), Hannover Medical School - Chief Physician (leitender Oberarzt)

REBIRTH Unit “Large Animal Models for Myocardial Repair

International Collaborative Institutions

Republic of Moldova

  • Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chisinau

Russia

  • Pathology Department, Medical Faculty, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg

 

 

Professor Boris Chichkov, PhD - Russia

  • Ph.D. Committee member
  • Ph.D. lecturer

Institute of Quantum Optics, Leibniz Universität Hannover – Professor
and
Department of Nanotechnology, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. - Head of Department

REBIRTH Unit "Laser Biofabrication"

Research Interests

  • laser physics and laser applications
  • quantum and nonlinear optics
  • nano- and biophotonics
  • nanoengineering
  • biomedical implants and devices
  • tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

International Collaborative Institutions

  • Institute of Laser and Information Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Neurodynamics and Neurobiology Department, Lobachevsky State University, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Scientific Research Institute of Biomedical Technologies, Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Nizhny Novgorod

E-Mail: b.chichchov(at)lzh.de

Dr. Gerald Dräger - Russia

  • Ph.D. Committee member
  • Ph.D. supervisor
  • Ph.D. co-supervisor

Institute of Organic Chemistry, Leibniz Universität Hannover – Akademischer Direktor (roughly equivalent to assistant professor)

REBIRTH Unit "Functionalized Polymers and Regenerative Agents"

Research Interests

  • polymer chemistry
  • surface chemistry
  • small molecules for stem cell culture
  • drugs for stem cell culture
  • mass spectrometry

    International Collaborative Institutions

    • Department of Technology of Organic Substances and Polymer Materials, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

    E-Mail: draeger [at] oci.uni-hannover.de

    PD Dr. Constanca Figueiredo - Portugal, Spain, Sudan

    • Ph.D. supervisor
    • Ph.D. co-supervisor
    • Ph.D. lecturer

    Head of Cellular Therapy Group
    Institute of Transfusion Medicine
    Hannover Medical School

    REBIRTH Unit "Tolerogenic Cell Therapy"

    Research Interests

    • Tolerance
    • Cell therapy
    • Immunomodulation
    • Hematopoiesis
    • Stem Cell Biology

    International Collaborative Institutions

    • University of Coimbra, Portugal
    • University of Oviedo, Spain
    • University of Khartoum, Sudan

    E-Mail: Figueiredo.Constanca(at)mh-hannover.de

    Sotirios Korossis, PhD - Greece and Italy

    • Ph.D. supervisor
    • Ph.D. co-supervisor

    Head of Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering - CrossBIT
    Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG)

    Head of Bioartificial Lung Group
    Leibniz Research Laboratories for Artificial Organs (LEBAO)

    both Hannover Medical School

    REBIRTH Unit Biohybrid Lung

    Research Interests

    • cardiovascular tissue engineering
    • biohybrid lung

    International Collaborative Institutions

    • University of Patras, Greece
    • University of Padova, Italy

    E-Mail: Korossis.Sotirios(at)mh-hannover.de

    Olga Kustikova, PhD - Russia

    • PhD supervisor

    Institute of Experimental Hematology, Hannover Medical School - Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

    REBIRTH unit "Enhanced and synthetic cells for regeneration"

    Research Interests

    • genetic modification of haematopoietic stem cells
    • mechanisms of insertional mutagenesis related to semi-random retroviral vector integration
    • discovery of genes and pathways that improve the competitive fitness of normal and malignant haematopoietic stem cells

    International Collaborative Institutions

    Russia

    • School of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, Dmitry Rogachev Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow
      Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

    E-Mail: kustikova.olga[at]mh-hannover.de

     

     

    Professor Zhixiong Li, MD - China

    Head of Leukemogenesis and Molecular Therapy Group
    Department of Hematology, Hemostasis, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation
    Hannover Medical School

    Research Interests

    • understanding how receptor protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs) contribute to leukemia development
    • neurotrophin receptors and FLT3 signaling pathways
    • development of retroviral vector systems for gene transfer into hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs)
    • preclinical gene therapy trials

    International Collaborative Institutions

    • Sun-Yat-Sen University, Guangdong, China
    • Fudan University, Shanghai, China
    • Medical School of the Tongji University, Shanghai, China

    E-Mail: Li.Zhixiong(at)mh-hannover.de

    Professor Dr. Ulrich Martin - Georgia and Russia

    • Chair, Ph.D. programme
    • Ph.D. supervisor
    • Ph.D. co-supervisor
    • Ph.D. lecturer

    Leibniz Research Laboratories for Artificial Organs (LEBAO), Hannover Medical School - Head of Department

    REBIRTH Units "iPSC for Disease Modelling, Drug Screening and Cell Therapy" and "Lung Regeneration and Repair"

    Research Interest

    • stem cell biology
    • regenerative cell therapy
    • genetic engineering
    • cardiomyogenic and respiratory cell differentiation
    • cardiorespiratory tissue engineering

    International Collaborative Institutions

    Georgia

    • International Affairs Department, Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi
    • Clinical Research Program and Cell Processing and Transplantation Unit, Central University Clinic, Ilia State University, Tbilisi
    • Georgian National Institute of Medical Research, Tbilisi
    • Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Biotechnology, Sokhumi State University, Tbilisi
    • Georgian National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Tbilisi

    Russia

    • Astrakhan State Medical University, Astrakhan
    • Krasnodar Medical University, Krasnodar
    • Research Institute of Medical Primatology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Sochi-Adler

      E-Mail: Martin.Ulrich(at)mh-hannover.de

      Professor Dr. Axel Schambach, PhD - Poland and Russia

      • Ph.D. Committee member
      • Ph.D. supervisor
      • Ph.D. co-supervisor
      • Ph.D. lecturer

      Experimental Hematology, Hannover Medical School - Head of Department

      REBIRTH Units “Enhanced and synthetic cells for regeneration” and “Regenerative Gene Therapy

      Research Interests

      • the process leading from identification of genetic defects to molecular therapy
      • gene and cell therapy of acquired and inherited diseases
      • reprogramming and transdifferentiation
      • stem cell biology
      • (retro)virology

      International Collaborative Institutions

      Poland

      • Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

      Russia

      • Gorbacheva Memorial Institute of Children Oncology, Hematology and Transplantation, Laboratory of Transplantation and Molecular Hematology, First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg
      • School of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, Dmitry Rogachev Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Immunology, Moscow
      • Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

      E-Mail: schambach.axel[at]mh-hannover.de

        Amar Sharma, PhD - India

        • Ph.D. supervisor
        • Ph.D. co-supervisor
        • Ph.D. lecturer

        Junior Research Group Leader
        Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology
        Hannover Medical School

        REBIRTH Unit "miRNA in Liver Regeneration"

        Research Interests

        • Hepatic stem cell Biology
        • Liver regeneration
        • MicroRNA mediated Post-transcriptional regulation
        • Liver diseases
        • Hepatic differentiation

        International Collaborative Institutions

        • Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, India
        • National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune, India
        • Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Delhi, India

        E-Mail: Sharma.Amar(at)mh-hannover.de

        Professor Renata Stripecke, PhD - Brazil and USA

        • vice-chair, Ph.D. programme
        • Ph.D. supervisor
        • Ph.D. co-supervisor
        • Ph.D. lecturer

        Department of Hematology, Hemostasis, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Hannover Medical School - Head of Regenerative Immune Therapies Applied

        REBIRTH Unit Regenerative Immune Therapies

        Research Interests

        • Gene Therapy and Lentiviral Vector Systems
        • Immune Therapy of Cancer and Chronic Infections
        • Dendritic Cell Development and Re-programming
        • Immune Regeneration after Pathologies or Transplantation
        • Preclinical and Clinical Studies of Engineered Cell Products

        International Collaborative Institutions

        • University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
        • University of Campinas, Brazil
        • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande (PUC-RS), Brazil
        • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

        E-Mail: stripecke.renata[at]mh-hannover.de

        Professor Dr. Doris Steinemann - Republic of Moldova

        • PhD co-supervisor

        Department of Human Genetics, Hannover Medical School - Associate Professor

        REBIRTH unit "Genomic Profiling"

        Research Interests

        • next-generation sequencing
        • mapping technologies
        • predisposing genomic alterations promoting cancer development and progression
        • safety aspects of applied genetically engineered cells

          International Collaborative Institutions

          • Phthisiopneumology Institute Chiril Draganiuc in Kishinev, Moldova

          E-Mail: steinemann.doris [at] mh-hannover.de

           

           

          Professor Thomas Thum, MD, PhD – Hungary and Poland

          • Ph.D. supervisor
          • Ph.D. co-supervisor
          • Ph.D. lecturer

          Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies (IMTTS), Hannover Medical School -Head of Department

          REBIRTH Unit “miRNAs in Myocardial Regeneration

          Research Interests

          • genetic control by transcription factors and microRNAs
          • non-coding RNAs
          • treatment of heart failure
          • translational medicine

          International collaborative institutions

          Hungary

          • Department of Biochemistry, University of Szeged, Szeged


          Poland

          • Department of Heart Diseases, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław

           E-Mail: thum.thomas[at]mh-hannover.de