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Master Thesis

We are seeking qualified and highly motivated candidates to join our research team. We offer projects for Diploma or Master thesis. For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Dr. Hans-Reimer Rodewald ( 

PhD position

„In vivo fate mapping of hematopoietic stem cells under steady state and upon challenges“

The Division of Cellular Immunology offers a PhD position with the focus on blood cell development from hematopoietic stem cells during normal steady-state hematopoiesis and under challenging conditions.



Our immune system is not only the first barrier against infectious diseases; it is also a key player in cancer development and progression. We still do not fully understand the multifaceted roles that immune cells play in healthy or diseased organisms. The knowledge about origin, development and function of immune cells is crucial to decode the complexity of the immune system under normal conditions but also during cancer, infection or aging. The generation of immune cells, called hematopoiesis, is a tightly coordinated process that is maintained by the life-long function of adult hematopoietic stem cells (HSC). However, very little is known about the function of HSC in their natural bone marrow environment.

We generated a novel fate-mapping mouse that allows in vivo marking and tracing of immature HSC (Busch et al. Nature 2015; Busch and Rodewald Curr. Opin. Hematol. 2016; Höfer et al. Annu. Rev. Immunol. 2016). Together with mathematical modeling our HSC fate-mapping experiments enabled for the first time to quantify the hematopoietic contribution of HSC to immune cell development and revealed as yet unknown facts about HSC biology under normal steady-state conditions. Preliminary data of our fate-mapping mice upon controlled hematopoietic perturbation indicate differential involvement of HSC in response to various challenges. In the future, we will intensify our research to decipher the regulatory architecture of physiological and non-physiological hematopoiesis (e.g. cancer, HSC exhaustion and anemia, infections, aging, immune deficiencies) towards a better understanding of the complex HSC biology.

For this project flow cytometry, cell sorting, single cell analyses, cellular barcoding, fluorescence imaging, molecular and cell biology techniques will be used. We offer a stimulating scientific environment and look for a highly motivated, curious and friendly student who is interested to pursue important and open questions in immunology, stem cell biology and cancer.


Candidates should send their application as PDF file via e-mail to:


For further information please contact Dr. Katrin Busch at the Division of Cellular Immunology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany


phone: +49 (0)6221 42 4123

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