Position for Research Associate / Research Fellow
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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Nathanael Raschzok and his team are working on strategies for (re-) conditioning of marginal liver grafts by ex vivo liver machine perfusion. The aim for the proposed job offer, which is funded by grants of the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, is to make steatotic liver grafts, which are usually discarded from transplantation due to the high risk for the recipient, acceptable for transplantation. We have already established a small animal model of ex vivo liver machine perfusion as well as transplantation. Aim of this project is to test a clinically approved drug in dose-response studies (based on preliminary data), followed by in vivo studies in the rat liver transplantation model.

Your responsibility will be:
  • Organ perfusion of murine livers in our established small animal modell for ex vivo liver machine perfusion
  • Support of in rat liver transplantation experiments
  • Organ recovery and transplantation (not mandatory)
  • Biochemical analysis of the perfusat and the lipid metabolism (ELISA), tissue analysis (qRT-PCR, Wester Blot, immunochemistry, immunofluorescence)
  • We fully support the application and submission of a doctoral thesis (e.g. Dr. rer.medic or MD/PhD)
  • Degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or medicine
  • Pevious experience in molecular cell biology and/or proteinbiochemistry, or surgical research
  • Proficiency in standard methods, especially histology, immunhistochemistry, qPCR, FACS, microscopy, cell culture/cell isolation
  • Excellent english language skills
Personal characteristics
  • innovative spirit and extraordinary motivation, interest in purposeful work
  • team work orientated
  • organized, ability for analytic and independent work ethic

If you're the right person: please send all application documents, e.g. cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, attestations, etc. to the following address, quoting the reference number by e-mail to
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Chirurgische Klinik, Exp. Chirurgie
z.Hd. PD Dr. Nathanael Raschzok
Augustenburger Platz 1
D-13353 Berlin
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Our manuscript "Depletion of donor dendritic cells ameliorates immunogenicity of both skin and hind limb transplants" has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Immunology, section Alloimmunity and Transplantation. Authors are Muhammad Imtiaz Ashraf, Joerg Mengwasser, Anja Reutzel-Selke, Dietrich Polenz, Kirsten Führer, Steffen Lippert, Peter Tang, Edward Michaelis, Rusan Catar, Johann Pratschke, Christian Witzel, Igor M. Sauer, Stefan G. Tullius, and Barbara Kern.

Acute cellular rejection remains a significant obstacle affecting successful outcomes of organ transplantation including vascularized composite tissue allografts (VCA). Donor antigen presenting cells (APC), particularly dendritic cells (DC), orchestrate early alloimmune responses by activating recipient effector T cells. Employing a targeted approach, we investigated the impact of donor-derived conventional DC (cDC) and APC on the immunogenicity of skin and skin-containing VCA grafts, using mouse models of skin and hind limb transplantation.
By post-transplantation day 6, skin grafts demonstrated severe rejections, characterized by predominance of recipient CD4 T cells. In contrast, hind limb grafts showed moderate rejection, primarily infiltrated by CD8 T cells. While donor depletion of cDC and APC reduced frequencies, maturation, and activation of DC in all analysed tissues of skin transplant recipients, reduction in DC activities was only observed in the spleen of hind limb recipients. Donor cDC and APC depletion did not impact all lymphocyte compartments but significantly affected CD8 T cells and activated CD4 T in lymph nodes of skin recipients. Moreover, both donor APC and cDC depletion attenuated the Th17 immune response, evident by significantly reduced Th17 (CD4+IL-17+) cells in the spleen of skin recipients and reduced levels of IL-17E and lymphotoxin-α in the serum samples of both skin and hind limb recipients. In conclusion, our findings underscore the highly immunogenic nature of skin component in VCA. The depletion of donor APC and cDC mitigates the immunogenicity of skin grafts while exerting minimal impact on VCA.




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