Research team
Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04109
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My major research interests are minimal residual disease and early systemic disease in cancer. A current focus of my group is to improve CTC-based liquid biopsies. As such, we pioneered Diagnostic Leukapheresis (DLA) for enhanced CTC detection and established workflows to parse CTCs comprehensively at the single cell level. Hereby, we hope to get deeper insight into the biology of systemic progression and therapeutic resistance. Prior joining the HHU, I obtained post-doctoral training at the Institute of Immunology of the Ludwig- Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, in the group of Christoph Klein. I graduated from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1998 where I studied medicine.

Scientific staff
Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04502
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I graduated Biochemistry in 2003 (Uni. Coimbra, Portugal) and completed my Ph.D. in 2008 (Uni. Düsseldorf, Germany).  My research has been focused in the optimization of methods and workflows to interrogate the heterogeneity of tumours and circulating tumour cells in order to explore its relevance for disease progression and therapy resistance.
Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04502
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I am passionate about cancer-cell genotype and phenotype analysis using latest technologies up to single cell resolution. I am aiming to identify genetic signatures and/or drug targets in patient-derived samples to use them for therapy monitoring, prediction for clinical outcome as well as for companion diagnostic based on single cell approaches know as liquid biopsies. I graduated in molecular Biology at Heinrich-Heine-University. Afterwards I join the group of Nikolas Stoecklein and did my PhD in 2015 at the Universityhospital of Düsseldorf.

Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04580

I graduated in Biology in 2000 (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany) and have an interest in CTCs and diagnostic leukapharesis (DLA). I am responsible for CellSearch analyses of blood and DLA samples and coordinate the sample registry and sample logistics. Further, I have responsibilities as laboratory manager.

Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04580

I graduated Clinical Medicine from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) in 2010. Now, for my medical doctor degree, I am exploring technologies and developing workflows for isolating circulating tumor cells using magnetic particles.


Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04580

I graduated in Medical Biotechnology in 2014 (University of Bari, Italy) and I am Ph.D student at Uni. Duesseldorf (Germany). In my work I aim to develop more efficient strategies enabling the detection and characterization of circulating tumor cells particularly from DLA samples. I want to potentiate the use of liquid biopsies as a tool to interrogate the systemic disease.

Telf. +49 (0)211 81 04580

In my master thesis, completed in Xiamen University (China), I have analysed circulating cell-free miRNA in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and explored differences associated with EGFR mutational status. Now, I am focused on the analysis of DNA methylation in CTCs and I aim to understand its contribution to gene expression and metastases.

MSc-, BSc- and MD-students

Alexander Sklavounos (MD student)

Marina Höfs (MSc student)

Lilith Ring (MSc student)

Technical Assistants

Chief technichian. Animal models. Cell biology assays. CTC detection. Laboratory organization and safety.

Swetlana Seidschner
Telf. +49 (0)211 81 16886

CTC and DTC detection and analysis.

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