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

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

  • former 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

    Dr. Laszlo Sajti – Republic of Armenia, Hungary and Russia

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

    Department of Nanotechnology, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. - Head of Nanomaterials Group

    REBIRTH Unit “Nanoparticles

    Research Interests

    • the generation of multifunctional nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquids
    • controlled drug release
    • cellular targeting and cell therapy
    • cyto- and reprotoxicity of nanomaterials
    • polymeric-based nanocomposites for implantology
    • non-conventional laser ablation for unique nanoparticles

    International collaborative institutions

    Republic of Armenia

    • Institute of Physical Research, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan

    Hungary

    • Department of Physics, University of Szeged, Szeged

    Russia

    • Institute of Laser and Information Technologies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

    E-Mail: l.sajti[at]lzh.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 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