Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

CMMC Junior Research Groups

The Junior Research Group Program (JRGP) has been an integral part of the Center's support measures for junior researchers’ careers. The CMMC offers junior scientists with exceptional credentials an excellent opportunity to further their academic career.

The Center provides funding for up to three internationally competitive JRG leaders. The selection process for appointing scientists as JRG leaders has been initiated. The groups not only have access to the CMMC´s infrastructure and administration, but are also provided with considerable funds for personnel, equipment and running costs, as well as negotiable additional funds that enable the group leaders to further strenghten their research project. The support of the JRGs is comparable to the Emmy Noether-Programm by the DFG and equivalent to a non-tenured Assistant Professorship with a running period of 5 (+3) years. 

In 2019 the CMMC awarded three open positions as CMMC JRG leaders in the field of Molecular Medicine to the following three outstanding young scientists based on an international, highly competitive recruitment procedure.

Robert Hänsel-Hertsch

CMMC JRG 10 - Laboratory of (Epi)Genome Structure and Stability
CMMC - Project Profile
Hänsel-Hertsch Lab - Website

Simon Pöpsel

CMMC JRG 11 - Laboratory of Structure and Biochemistry of Epigenetic Regulators
CMMC - Project Profile
Pöpsel Lab - Website

Alessandro Annibaldi

CMMC JRG 12 - Laboratory of Cell Death, Inflammation and Immunity
CMMC - Project Profile
Annibaldi Lab - Website

Associated Junior Research Groups

The CMMC also supports Junior Research Groups working in the field of Molecular Medicine that are funded by external institutions as "associated JRGs" by providing access to lab/research space and the Center’s infrastructure.

These associated JRGs benefit from the CMMC´s dynamic allocation concept of lab/research in the CMMC Research Building. Currently the CMMC supports the following associated Junior Research Groups

Leo Kurian

assoc. JRG I - Developmental and Regenerative RNA Biology
JRG-Leader of NRW Stem Cell Network |  Institute for Neurophysiology
CMMC - Project Profile
Kurian Lab - Website

Sebahattin Cirak

assoc. JRG II – Neuromuscular Disorder
Emmy-Noether Junior Research Group | Center of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
CMMC - Project Profile

Nieves Peltzer

assoc. JRG III - Cell Death and Inflammation in Health and Disease
Department of Translational Genomics
CMMC - Project Profile

Katarzyna Bozek

assoc. JRG IV - Data Science of Bioimages
NRW JRG - Artificial Intelligence | Center of Molecular Medicine Cologne
CMMC - Project Profile
Bozek Lab - Website

Débora Trentini Schmidt

assoc. JRG V - Protein quality control and stress response
Center of Molecular Medicine Cologne
CMMC - Project Profile