Center of Medical Biotechnology (ZMB)

The Center of Medical Biotechnology (ZMB) is an interdisciplinary scientific center of the University of Duisburg-Essen and provides the framework for research in the field of biomedical science. The ZMB integrates basic scientific research on the UDE campus with application-oriented medical research at the University Hospital Essen. The mission of the ZMB is to elucidate molecular mechanisms of disease and to turn this knowledge into medical progress. To this end, the ZMB is active in key areas of basic biomedical research, and the translation of scientific knowledge into novel drugs and diagnostic tools.

Accordingly, approx. 80 workgroups of the ZMB combine basic and applied biomedical sciences. The interdisciplinary research approach is also reflected in joint research and collaborative projects between the three participating faculties, which focus on three research areas:

  • oncology, immunology,
  • infectious diseases and transplantation and
  • molecular and chemical cell biology.


Chairman Prof. Dr. Michael Ehrmann
Managing Director Dr. Maike Müller
ZMB Office Claudia Küpper
Web Editor Carola Schubert
ICCE Core Facility Manager Dr. Nina Schulze
  Dr. Johannes Koch

Coordinated Collaborative Research Centers/Transregios (CRC/TRR)


Prof. Dr. Stefan Barcikowski Technical Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bauer Translational Sarcoma Research
Prof. Dr. Peter Bayer Structural and Medicinal Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker Translational Skin Cancer Research
Prof. Dr. Dominik Boos Molecular Genetics II
Prof. Dr. Sven Brandau Otorhinolaryngology
Prof. Dr. Jan Buer Institute of Medical Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Elke Cario Experimental Gastroenterology
Prof. Dr. Ulf Dittmer Institute of Virology
Prof. Dr. Nicole Dünker Neuroanatomy
Prof. Dr. Michael Ehrmann Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Matthias Epple Inorganic Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Kai Exner Technical Inorganic Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Joachim Fandrey Institute of Physiology
Dr. Farnoush Farahpour Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katja Ferenz Institute of Physiology
Prof. Dr. Katharina Fleischhauer Institute of Experimental Cellular Therapy
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Flohé Immunology Sepsis/Trauma
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Füher-Sakel Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism
Prof. Dr. Bernd Giebel Group Giebel
Prof. Dr. Barbara Grüner Molecular Tumorpathology
Prof. Dr. Erich Gulbins Department of Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Matthias Gunzer Institute of Experimental Immunology & Imaging
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Hansen Molecular Infection Immunology
Prof. Dr. Iris Helfrich Vascular Oncology & Metastatsis
Prof. Dr. Doris Hellerschmied-Jelinek Mechanistic Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hendgen-Kotta Cardio Science Labs
Prof. Dr. Dirk M. Hermann Vascular Neurology, Dementia and Age Research
Prof. Dr. Kenn Herrmann Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
Prof. Dr. Heike Heuer Molecular Thyroidology
Prof. Dr. Anke Hinney LVR Clinic for Psychiatry Essen
Prof. Dr. Daniel Hoffmann Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics
Prof. Dr. Peter Horn Institute for Transfusion Medicine
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.mult. Robert Huber Structure Research
Prof. Dr. George Iliakis Radiation Biology
Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Ingensiep Institute of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Jadwiga Jablonska-Koch Ortorhinolarynology (ENT)
Prof. Dr. Verena Jendrossek Molecular Cell Biology
Dr. Christian Johannes Molecular Genetics I
Prof. Dr. Markus Kaiser Chemical Biology
Dr. Farnoush Kaschani Analytics Core Facility Essen (ACE)
Prof. Dr. Carsten Kirschning Regulation of Pathogen-specific Immunity
Prof. Dr. Diana Klein Vascular Remodeling & Normal Tissue Protection
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinschnitz Clinic of Neurology
Prof. Dr. Shirley Knauer Molecular Biology II
Prof. Dr. Adalbert Krawczyk Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Prof. Dr. Ralf Küppers Institute of Cell Biology (Tumor Research)
Prof. Dr. Karl Sebastian Lang Institute of Immunology
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Lohmann Ophtalmic Oncology and Genetics
Prof. Dr. Katharina Lückerath Preclinical Theranostics in Nuclear Medicine
Dr. Johann Matschke Metabolism and Radiation Response
Prof. Dr. Hemmo Meyer Molecular Biology I, CRC1430
Prof. Dr. Andrea Musacchio Mechanistic Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Perihan Nalbant Molecular Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Cläre von Neubeck Translational Particle Therapy
Prof. Dr. Jochen Niemeyer Supramolecular Organocatalysis and Chemosensing
Prof. Dr. Annette Paschen Molecular Tumor Immunology
Prof. Dr. Samuel Peña-Llopis   Translational Genomics in Solid Tumors
Prof. Dr. Tienush Rassaf Clinic for Cardiology and Vascular Medicine
Prof. Dr. Stefan Raunser Structural Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Christian Reinhardt Clinic for Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation
Prof. Dr. Alexander Roesch Tumor Heterogeneity & Plasticity
Prof. Dr. Barbara Saccà Bionanotechnology
Prof. Dr.  Elsa Sànchez-García Computational Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schadendorf Clinic for Dermatology
Prof. Dr. Björn Scheffler Translational Neurooncology
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker Molecular Biophotonics and Nanodiagnostics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schrader Biosupramolecular Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Alexander Schramm Molecular Oncology
Prof. Dr. Martin Schuler Department of Medical Oncology
Dr. Nina Schulze Imaging Center Essen (ICCE)
Prof. Dr. Bettina Siebers Molecular Enzyme Technology
Prof. Dr. Winfried Siffers Institute of Pharmacogenetics
Prof. Dr. Bernhard B. Singer Institute of Anatomy
Prof. Dr. Jens Siveke Bridge Institute for Experimental Tumor Therapy
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Sutter Interferone-alpha Subtypes
Prof. Dr. Dr. Alpaslan Tasdogan Tumor Metabolism
Prof. Dr. Basant Kumar Thakur Cancer Exosome Research Lab
Dr. Silvia Vega-Rubín-de-Celis Autophagy in Cancer
Prof. Dr. Andrea Vortkamp Developmental Biology
Prof. Dr. Jens Voskuhl Biosupramolecular Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Gunther Wennemuth Institute of Anatomy
Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf Infection Immunology
Prof. Dr. Stefan Westermann Molecular Genetics I
Dr. Manuela Wülling Developmental Biology