Core research areas

In order to elucidate the impact and mechanisms of different chronic inflammatory stimuli on early pancreatic carcinogenesis, the RTG is structured in three different research areas A, B and C:

NO. PROJECT TITLE PROJECT LEADER
A1 Impact of genetically induced inflammation on early pancreatic carcinogenesis in the context of obesity Rosendahl, Jonas, W2-Prof., MD Laumen, Helmut, PhD
A2 Effect of intermittent fasting on obesity-induced early pancreatic carcinogenesis Gericke, Martin, W2-Prof., MD
A3 Influence of intestinal microbiota on inflammation- induced early pancreatic carcinogenesis Michl, Patrick, W3-Prof., MD
B1 Impact of macrophages on inflammation-induced early pancreatic carcinogenesis Krug, Sebastian, MD* Kessler, Sonja, W3-Prof., PhD
B2 Impact of NK cells on inflammation-induced early pancreatic carcinogenesis Kielstein, Heike, W3-Prof., MD; Bazwinsky-Wutschke, PhD
B3 Impact of fibroblast activation in early pancreatic carcinogenesis Kleeff, Jörg, W3-Prof., MD Markus Glaß, PhD*
B4 Mesenchymal stromal cells as immune modulators during carcinogenesis Müller, Lutz, apl.-Prof., MD
B5 Contribution of platelets to early pancreatic carcinogenesis Hämmerle, Monika, W1-Prof., MD/PhD*
B6 Impact of T cells during early pancreatic carcinogenesis Bley, Nadine, PhD*
C1 Proteomic signatures of inflammation-induced carcinogenesis Sinz, Andrea, W3-Prof., PhD Göllner, Stefanie, PhD*
C2 RNA binding proteins (RBPs) in inflammatory-driven early pancreatic carcinogenesis Hüttelmaier, Stefan, W3-Prof., PhD
C3 Role of lincRNAs in early and inflammation-driven pancreatic carcinogenesis Gutschner, Tony, W1-Prof., PhD*
C4 Functional reconstruction of genetic interaction networks in early pancreatic carcinogenesis Böttcher, Michael, W1-Prof., PhD*

Individual projects and participants' preliminary work related to the project

Supervisor: Jonas Rosendahl, Helmut Laumen

PhD student: NN

 

Specific aims:
In this project, we will analyze the novel pancreatitis mouse model CPA1-p.N256K (Cpa1 mice) and the novel pancreas cancer mouse model KC-Cpa1, in which we combined Cpa1 mice with the pancreas-specific K-RasG12D/+ genotype (KC mice: KrasG12D/wt; p48Cre+/-) to elucidate early pathomechanisms of pancreatic cancer in the context of spontaneous intrapancreatic inflammation and obesity.

Supervisor: Martin Gericke

PhD student: NN

 

Specific aims:
This project is designed to unravel the effects of intermittent fasting on obesity-associated pancreatic carcinogenesis and evaluate the role of M2 macrophages in this process.

Supervisor: Patrick Michl

PhD student: NN

Specific aims:
This project aims to elucidate the influence of inflammatory cues induced by various pharmacological, genetic and metabolic triggers on the composition of intestinal and intrapancreatic microbiota and their interaction with local and systemic immune response and (pre)invasive pancreatic lesions.

Supervisor: Sebastian Krug, Sonja M. Kessler

PhD student: NN

Specific aims:
In this project, we aim to decipher the contribution of myeloid cells to inflammation-induced early carcinogenesis and the potential for therapeutic modulation.

Supervisor: Heike Kielstein, Ivonne Bazwinsky-Wutschke

PhD student: NN

Specific aim:
In this project we will unravel the impact of NK cells during early inflammation-induced pancreatic carcinogenesis by deciphering effects on both pre-invasive cells and other components of the tumor microenvironment including the endocrine compartment. In addition, we will explore pharmacological options of NK cell modulation during early carcinogenesis.

Supervisor: Jörg Kleef, Markus Glaß

PhD student: NN

Specific aims: 
In project B3, we aim to identify and characterize the impact of PSCs during inflammation-driven early pancreatic carcinogenesis.

Supervisor: Lutz Müller

PhD student: NN

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We aim to characterize native pancreatic mesenchymal stroma cells (MSC) during stages of pancreatic carcinogenesis and to define MSC-specific immunomodulatory effects contributing to inflammation-driven PDAC development.

Supervisor: Monika Hämmerle

PhD student: NN

Specific aims:
In this project, we will investigate the specific role of platelets in the regulation of tumor initiation and progression in early pancreatic carcinogenesis with a specific focus on the regulation of PanIN- and cancer-associated immune cells in vitro and in vivo.

Supervisor: Nadine Bley neé Stöhr

PhD student: NN

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In project B6, we aim to characterize and compare the T cell landscape in three different inflammation-driven models of early pancreatic carcinogenesis and describe its impact on cancer progression.

Supervisor: Andrea Sinz, Stefanie Göllner

PhD student: NN

Specific aims:The aim of project C1 is to identify and functionally characterize novel protein signatures/complexes indicating early inflammation-induced pancreatic carcinogenesis with particular focus on posttranslational modifications.

Supervisor: Stefan Hüttelmaier

PhD student: NN

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In project C2, we aim to identify and characterize the impact of RBPs (RNA binding proteins) during inflammation-driven pancreatic carcinogenesis.

Supervisor: Tony Gutschner

PhD student: NN

Specific aims: 
Our project aims to characterize the role of lincRNAs during the early steps of carcinogenesis as well as their contribution to inflammatory processes and signaling networks.

Supervisor: Michael Böttcher

PhD student: NN

Specific aims: 
We will employ our dual CRISPR gene perturbation approach to systematically identify genes and genetic interactions that regulate NF-kB activation in murine KrasG12D preinvasive PanIN cells (KC cells).