Participation in the Cluster of Excellence

CiM Group Leader
CiM-IMPRS Graduate School Member

  • Research Area A.5: Surface-Targeted Tracking of Individual Cells In Vivo
  • Research Area B.3: Leukocyte Penetration of the Blood-Brain Barrier
  • Research Area C.3: Bone Marrow-Derived Cells in Atherosclerosis
  • Project FF-2015-04: Intravital direct visualization of hypoxia using a genetically encoded optical sensor (Friedemann Kiefer, Michael Schäfers, Project time: 07/2015 - 06/2017)
  • Project FF-2013-20: Development and application of intein chemistry-based specific probes for macrophage fate determination during chronic inflammatory processes (Henning Mootz, Friedemann Kiefer, project time: 07/2013 - 06/2015)
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“Failure is not an option”

Prof. Friedemann Kiefer performs research at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, investigating how lymphatic vessels are formed and preserved. In his work, though, he constantly looks beyond the boundaries of his own field to develop new ideas. His overall aim is to make contributions of lasting value. Read the interview

CiM Papers


Hägerling R, Hoppe E, Dierkes C, Stehling M, Makinen T, Butz S, Vestweber D, Kiefer F. Distinct roles of VE‐cadherin for development and maintenance of specific lymph vessel beds. EMBO J 2018: e98271. Abstract
Orlich M, Kiefer F. A qualitative comparison of ten tissue clearing techniques. Histol Histopathol 2018;33: 181-199. Abstract
Seifert R, Kuhlmann MT, Eligehausen S, Kiefer F, Hermann S, Schafers M. Molecular imaging of MMP activity discriminates unstable from stable plaque phenotypes in shear-stress induced murine atherosclerosis. PLoS One 2018;13: e0204305. Abstract


Hagerling R, Drees D, Scherzinger A, Dierkes C, Martin-Almedina S, Butz S, Gordon K, Schafers M, Hinrichs K, Ostergaard P, Vestweber D, Goerge T, Mansour S, Jiang X, Mortimer PS, Kiefer F. VIPAR, a quantitative approach to 3D histopathology applied to lymphatic malformations. JCI Insight 2017;2Abstract
Karpanen T, Padberg Y, van de Pavert SA, Dierkes C, Morooka N, Peterson-Maduro J, van de Hoek G, Adrian M, Mochizuki N, Sekiguchi K, Kiefer F, Schulte D, Schulte-Merker S. An Evolutionarily Conserved Role for Polydom/Svep1 During Lymphatic Vessel Formation. Circ Res 2017;120: 1263-1275. Abstract
Seifert R, Scherzinger A, Kiefer F, Hermann S, Jiang X, Schafers MA. Statistical Permutation-based Artery Mapping (SPAM): a novel approach to evaluate imaging signals in the vessel wall. BMC Med Imaging 2017;17: 36. Abstract


Erapaneedi R, Belousov VV, Schafers M, Kiefer F. A novel family of fluorescent hypoxia sensors reveal strong heterogeneity in tumor hypoxia at the cellular level. Embo J 2016;35: 102-113. Abstract


Bălan M, Kiefer F. A novel model for ectopic, chronic, intravital multiphoton imaging of bone marrow vasculature and architecture in split femurs. IntraVital 2015;4: e1066949. Abstract
Helker CSM, Schuermann A, Pollmann C, Chng SC, Kiefer F, Reversade B, Herzog W. The hormonal peptide Elabela guides angioblasts to the midline during vasculogenesis. Elife 2015;4: e06726. Abstract


Born G, Breuer D, Wang S, Rohlmann A, Coulon P, Vakili P, Reissner C, Kiefer F, Heine M, Pape H-C, Missler M. Modulation of synaptic function through the alpha-neurexin-specific ligand neurexophilin-1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2014;111: E1274-83. Abstract
D'Amico G, Korhonen EA, Anisimov A, Zarkada G, Holopainen T, Hagerling R, Kiefer F, Eklund L, Sormunen R, Elamaa H, Brekken RA, Adams RH, Koh GY, Saharinen P, Alitalo K. Tie1 deletion inhibits tumor growth and improves angiopoietin antagonist therapy. J Clin Invest 2014;124: 824-834. Abstract
Dartsch N, Schulte D, Hagerling R, Kiefer F, Vestweber D. Fusing VE-Cadherin to alpha-Catenin Impairs Fetal Liver Hematopoiesis and Lymph but Not Blood Vessel Formation. Mol Cell Biol 2014;34: 1634-1648. Abstract


Hägerling R, Pollmann C, Andreas M, Schmidt C, Nurmi H, Adams RH, Alitalo K, Andresen V, Schulte-Merker S, Kiefer F. A novel multistep mechanism for initial lymphangiogenesis in mouse embryos based on ultramicroscopy. EMBO J 2013;32: 629-644. Abstract
Wang L, Benedito R, Bixel MG, Zeuschner D, Stehling M, Savendahl L, Haigh JJ, Snippert H, Clevers H, Breier G, Kiefer F, Adams RH. Identification of a clonally expanding haematopoietic compartment in bone marrow. EMBO J 2013;32: 219-230. Abstract