Pilot projects

Pilot projects are research projects carried out by doctoral students and postdocs. In interdisciplinary teams, they can plan and implement their own first research projects – and at the same time practice how to apply for funding.

  • News item dated 16.05.2017: 50,000 euros for junior researchers –“Cells in Motion” funds five innovative projects by young scientists
  • Application

    The programme is currently being revised.

  • Funded projects

    • PP-2018-01 – Tumor cell imaging using a labeled potassium channel inhibitor
      Principal investigators: Kathrin Brömmel, Christian Paul Konken, Zoltan Pethö
      Project time: 06/2018 - 05/2019
    • PP-2018-03 – In vivo imaging of neutrophil interactions with arteriole endothelium in a cerebral ischemia mouse model
      Principal investigators: Omar Chuquisana, Lisa Zondler
      Project time: 06/2018 - 05/2019
    • PP-2018-08 – Analysis of cell stress in laser-based biofabricated hydrogel microenvironments
      Principal investigators: Laura Hockaday-Kang, Neus Oliver
      Project time: 06/2018 - 05/2019
    • PP-2018-09 – Regulation of TRIM28 co-repressor activity by pathogen-induced post translational modifications
      Principal investigators: Tim Krischuns, Johannes Leufken
      Project time: 06/2018 - 05/2019
    • PP-2017-07 – Acquisition of cell polarization in migrating zebrafish germ cells – in vivo experiments combined with mathematical modeling
      Principal investigators: Anne Aalto, Adán Olguìn Olguìn, Carolin Roßmanith, Paul Striewski
      Project time: 11/2017 - 10/2018
    • PP-2017-08 – Standardized Visualization and Analysis of Vascular Inflammatory Pathologies
      Principal investigators: Dominik Drees, Aaron Scherzinger, Robert Seifert
      Project time: 11/2017 - 10/2018
    • PP-2017-10 – The hatching box: Automated monitoring of the circadian clock during metamorphosis of the fly
      Principal investigators: Maite Ogueta, Benjamin Risse
      Project time: 11/2017 - 10/2018
    • PP-2017-13 – Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells using engineered reprogramming factors and analysis for enhanced developmental potential
      Principal investigators: Sergiy Velychko, Rui Fan
      Project time: 11/2017 - 10/2018
    • PP-2017-01 – Imaging the tumor microenvironment in vivo – origin and regulatory mechanisms of tumor promoting S100A9
      Principal investigators: Anne Becker, Olesja Fehler
      Project time: 05/2017 - 04/2018
    • PP-2017-03 – Towards the mechanism of dendrite abscission during c4da neuron dendrite pruning in Drosophila
      Principal investigators: Rafael Krämer, Gloria Mancinelli
      Project time: 05/2017 - 04/2018
    • PP-2017-04 – Specific quantification and biodistribution analysis of 57Fe iron nanoparticles for cell labeling and molecular imaging
      Principal investigators: Max Masthoff, Rebecca Bucholz
      Project time: 05/2017 - 04/2018
    • PP-2017-05 – Development of a versatile microfluidics platform for quantitative cell imaging and analysis
      Principal investigators: Tanumoy Saha, Laura Hockaday Kang
      Project time: 05/2017 - 04/2018
    • PP-2017-06 – Role of lymphatic endothelial cells in cerebral blood vessel regeneration after ischemic stroke in mice
      Principal investigators: Max van Lessen, Antje Schmidt
      Project time: 05/2017 - 04/2018
    • PP-2016-12 – Molecular mechanisms of mechanosensation
      Principal investigators: Christoph Brenker, Benedikt Fels
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-14 – Dual-cell labeling of ER-HoxB8 cells with DiR and 89Zr-DBN to assess quantification of cell migration
      Principal investigators: Sarah Eligehausen, Sandra Gran
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-15 – Role of ROS in Cytoskeleton Remodelling during Wound Healing
      Principal investigators: Darío González-Abradelo, Lieke A. Golbach
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-16 – The role of actin dynamics and calcium transport in lumen formation
      Principal investigators: Yung Su Kim, Pauline Wales
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-19 – Imaging VEGFR-3 protein distribution and endothelial cell signaling activities in vivo using super resolution microscopy techniques
      Principal investigators: Cristina Mauri, Georgii Nosov
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-20 – Analysis of translational control mechanisms during neuronal development of Drosophila melanogaster
      Principal investigators: Sandra Rode, Olga Sin
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-23 – The role of the NMDA receptor subunit 2B (GluN2B) in the regulation of autoimmune neuroinflammation and characterization of novel selective antagonists
      Principal investigators: Julian Schreiber, Sarah Glumm, Tobias Ruck   
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-25 – Electrostatic targeting of light-triggered antibiotics against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
      Principal investigators: Sebastian Wilde, Hélène Van de Vyver
      Project time: 11/2016 - 10/2017
    • PP-2016-03 – In-vivo imaging of ATP levels using a FRET based approach in Drosophila larval and pupal sensory neurons
      Principal investigators: Svende Herzmann, Jan Bandemer, Katsiaryna Tarbashevich
      Project time: 06/2016 - 05/2017
    • PP-2016-04 – Linking nuclear architecture dynamics to transcriptional regulation and translation in a eukaryotic stress-response
      Principal investigators: Kai Kruse, Sandra Kienast
      Project time: 06/2016 - 05/2017
    • PP-2016-05 – Delivery of a CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system for use in antiviral therapy by bacteria-derived CPPs
      Principal investigators: Marie-Luise Lubos, Inci Aydin
      Project time: 06/2016 - 05/2017
    • PP-2016-10 – Identification of features in the environment influencing single-cell migration in vivo
      Principal investigators: Sargon Yigit, Łukasz Truszkowski, Lena Frerking, Daniel Tenbrinck
      Project time: 06/2016 - 05/2017
    • PP-2016-11 – Non-Invasive Imaging Methods for Molecular Monitoring of Phagocyte Activity in Experimental Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Principal investigators: Stefanie Zenker, Mitchell Duffy
      Project time: 06/2016 - 05/2017
    • PP-2015-11 – Development and study of new radiolabeled ligands and fluorescent/photoacoustic probes for noninvasive imaging and quantification of matrix metalloproteinase activity in vivo
      Principal investigators: Dmitrii Kalinin, Viktoria Butsch
      Project time: 11/2015 - 10/2016
    • PP-2015-12 EphB4-mediated endothelium/myocardium interaction in the postnatal heart
      Principal investigators: Guillermo de Luxán, Noelia Diaz
      Project time: 11/2015 - 10/2016
    • PP-2015-13 Generation of a functional 3D in vitro myelination model using human cerebral organoids
      Principal investigators: Marc Ehrlich, Michael Glatza, Lydia Wagner
      Project time: 11/2015 - 10/2016
    • PP-2015-16 Studying membrane protein dynamics in living bacteria by combined holographic optical tweezers and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy
      Principal investigators: Marcos Nieves, Álvaro Barroso
      Project time: 11/2015 - 10/2016
    • PP-2015-05 – Characterization of autotaxin in the development and progression of atherosclerosis
      Principal investigators: Jens Hausmann, Lisa Honold
      Project time: 06/2015 - 05/2016
    • PP-2015-06 – Identification of the Pitstop-2 target protein within the nuclear pore complex
      Principal investigators: Ivan Liashkovich, Reshma Vidyadharan
      Project time: 06/2015 - 05/2016
    • PP-2015-08 – Nanostraws to investigate glial engulfing of neuronal axons in vitro
      Principal investigators: Johanna Petri, Abhiyan Viplav
      Project time: 06/2015 - 05/2016
    • PP-2015-09 – Hypothesis-based phenotype analysis of Myo10 knockout mice: single cells to whole embryo imaging
      Principal investigators: Anne-Christina Bachg, Tim Klasen
      Project time: 06/2015 - 05/2016
    • PP-2014-02 – Analysis of age-dependent changes in lipid composition on curvature-dependent signaling via holographic optical tweezers and live cell microscopy
      Principal investigators: Álvaro Barroso, Isabell Begemann
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-03 – Elucidating the routes of Merkel cell polyomavirus infection
      Principal investigators: Miriam Becker, Sonja Schelhaas
      Project time: 06/2015 - 05/2016
    • PP-2014-04 – Artificial deformation of model and biological membranes to investigate protein-lipid interactions
      Principal investigators: Isabell Begemann, David Grill, Oliver Roling
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-05 – FIM4D (FIM for Days; High-throughput and fully automatic FIM-based activity monitoring, tracking, and supervision of crawling animals during rearing)
      Principal investigators: Dimitri Berh, Nils Otto, Benjamin Risse
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-06 – A molecular view on curvature-induced protein recruitment
      Principal investigators: Djurre H. de Jong, Philipp Selenschik
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-07 – Label-free tracking of protein-induced lipid clustering by Dispersive Fourier Transformation Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Scattering
      Principal investigators: Sven Dobner, Milena Pejic
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-08 – Development and evaluation of novel polysaccharide targeting photoprobes for optical imaging and photodynamic therapy of cancer
      Principal investigators: Anzhela Galstyan, Dominik Gonissen
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-11 – The impact of vessel caliber on biomechanical properties of blood flow
      Principal investigators: Robert Meissner, Wade Sugden
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015
    • PP-2014-12 – Functional analysis of the glycocalyx in leukocyte extravasation
      Principal investigators: Nico Santschi, Jana Zimmermann
      Project time: 12/2014 - 11/2015