Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Successful Completion of the IPMM Program (2016) - Congratulations to all IPMM-PhD Graduates


The Interdisciplinary Program Molecular Medicine (IPMM) at the University is aimed at outstanding research-oriented medical and life science graduates.

Based on Anglo-American models, the IPMM PhD program reflects the increasing importance of interdisciplinarity and provides comprehensive research training in an atmosphere of scientific excellence.

In 2016 - so far - following IPMM PhD students successfully completed the IPMM Program and were awarded the academic degree "Doktor der Naturwissenschaftlichen Medizin - Dr. nat. med." jointly conferred by the Faculties of Medicine and of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The degree Dr. nat. med. is equivalent to the German Dr. rer. nat. and corresponds to an Anglo-American PhD, or for qualified physicians an Anglo-American MD-PhD.

Abjeet, Joshi (M.Sc.)

IPMM Thesis: Extrinsic modulation of regenerative pathways differentially affects axonal recovery in pre-clinical models of peripheral nerve disorders

Supervisor: PD Dr. Helmar Lehmann - Dept. of Neurology

Amer, Wafa (M.Sc.)
IPMM Thesis:Comprehensive analysis of disease related nuclear and mitochondrial genes in hepatocellular carcinoma
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Margarethe Odenthal - Institute for Pathology

Bobylev, Ilja (Dipl. Biol.)

IPMM Thesis: The role of mitochondria in the pathogenesis of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Supervisor: PD Dr. Helmar Lehmann - Dept. of Neurology

Deshmukh, Jayesh (M.Sc.)

IPMM Thesis: Epidermal RAC 1 regulates the DNA damage response and protects from UV-light induced skin carcinogenesis and keratinocyte apoptosis

Supervisor: Prof. Ingo Haase / Dr. Sandra Iden - Dept. of Dermatology / CECAD Cologne

Dietlein, Felix (Dr. rer. nat. / Dr. med. cand.)

IPMM Thesis: A framework to comprehensively identify synergistic drug interactions in cancer

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Reinhardt - Dept. I of Internal Medicine

Faitschuk, Elena (Dipl. Biol.)

IPMM Thesis: A novel dual chain-based design of a Chimieric Antigen Receptor (CAR) for adoptive cell therapy and an FcR-specific CAR for improved targeting of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hinrich Abken - Dept. I of Internal Medicine

Göckeritz, Elisa
(M.Sc. - Clinical Molecular Science)
IPMM Thesis: Exploring oncogenic functions of malignant B cells by inhibition of PI3K and BTK
Supervisor: Dr. Günter Krause - Dept. I for Internal Medicine

Deniz, Hos (Dr. med.
IPMM Thesis: The Contribution of Macrophages to Inflammatory Corneal lymphangiogenesis
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen - Dept. of Ophthalmology

Martyniszyn, Alexandra (Dipl.-Biol.)

IPMM Thesis: Duales Targeting von malignen B-Zellen mit einem bispezifischen chimären Antigen-Rezeptor (CAR) zur Erkennung von Antigen-Verlustvarianten

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hinrich Abken - Dept. I of Internal Medicine / CMMC

Meder, Lydia (M.Sc.)

IPMM Thesis: Deciphering the role of NOTCH, ASCL1, p53 and RB in secondary small cell lung carcinomas

Supervisor: PD Dr. Lukas Heukamp - former member Dept. I of Internal Medicine 

Sheikh, Miriam (Pharmacist)

IPMM Thesis: Identification and kinetic characterization of novel inhibitors of Cholesterol Esterase and new insights into the bile salt-induced activation mechanism

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzing - Institute for Pharmacology

Scholz, Rebecca (Dipl.-Oecotroph.)

IPMM Thesis: Microglia as therapeutic targets in retinal degeneration: role of translocator protein (18 kDa) (TSPO) and minocycline

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Langmann - Dept. of Ophtamology, Lab. of Experimental Immunology of the Eye

Volz, Caroline (M.Sc.)

IPMM Thesis: The role of VGFR2 and EphA2 in tumor cell invasion in non-small-cell lung cancer

Supervisor: PD Dr. Dr. Roland Ullrich - Dept. I of Internal Medicine

Zhang, Liang (Dr. med.)

IPMM Thesis: Capsid-engineering overcomes barriers towards endothelial cell transduction

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hildegard Büning - Dept. I of Internal Medicine / CMMC / present adress: Hannover Medical School

The overview of successfully completed IPMM PhD doctorates since 2005: