We are happy that Juliane Diederichs is joining our lab as a senior technician in February 2024.
Johann von Felden, MD
Principal investigator - Group Leader
Dr. Johann von Felden graduated in Medicine and received his MD from the Medical School Hannover, Germany, in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He started his residency training for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany in 2013 where he is a senior physician and part of the Liver Cancer Unit.
He spent his postdoc fellowship at the lab of Prof. Augusto Villanueva at the Tisch Cancer Institute and Division of Liver Diseases at Mount Sinai in New York City, NY, USA and has developed a very successful career in translational research in the field of liver cancer with an excellent track record including several publications in high-end journals and grant funding (see Publications and Funding).
Dr. von Felden is part of the BMBF-funded advanced clinician scientist program (iSTAR) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and has recently been awarded with the Max Eder Programm by the Deutsche Krebshilfe. He was also selected for the Rising Star Award 2023 by the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and the Meinhard Classen Prize for Prevention 2023 by the German Society for Gastroenterology (DGVS).
Franziska Giehren, PhD
Dr. Franziska Giehren graduated in Biology at the Technical University in Braunschweig in 2014. Then she moved to Bielefeld, where she did her master's in Genome Based Systems Biology (2016). She received her PhD at the Technical University of Munich, where she investigated bacteria-bacteria interaction by meta-ribosome profiling of a human intestinal microbiota consortium, and joined the group of Dr. von Felden in 2022. In her current project, she is focusing on cfDNA mutations and gene expression profiling of liquid biopsies from patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma receiving systemic therapies to derive predictive biomarkers and to monitor treatment response and tumor evolution.
Francesca Pagani, PhD
Sophie studied Medical Biotechnology at the University of Rostock and completed her studies in 2022 with a MSc in Molecular Medicine at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. She wrote her master's thesis in the nephrology research department at Jena University Hospital and worked on the scaffold protein MORG1 and its role in murine embryonic development. She started her career at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen in the Department of Tissue Dynamics and Regeneration. Sophie joined the group of Dr. von Felden in November 2023 and will work together with Francesca Pagani using in vivo and in vitro models to investigate the biological function of newly identified biomarkers for liver cancer.
Joao Gorgulho, MD
Lorenz Kocheise, MD
Dr. Lorenz Kocheise received his medical degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2020. He completed his MD thesis at the Division of Clinical Pharmacology (LMU Munich) in 2022. During his time in the lab, he worked on immunostimulatory RNA as a therapeutic agent for tumor immunotherapy. Nowadays he is interested in the mechanisms that determine the therapeutic success or failure of immunotherapies for individual patients. He started his residency training for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in 2020 and is a permanent member of the Liver Cancer Unit.