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Research group Dr. U. Steffen
Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Steffen (formerly Harre)
Pathophysiology of inflammatory arthritis

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Aline Bozec
Investigation of the interplay between bone and immune system

Autoimmunity research and cellular immunology
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. habil. Martin Herrmann
Investigation of mechanisms and their players, who are crucial for pathogenesis of autoimmunity.

Matrix biology: Sclerodermia and rheumatoid arthritis
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Distler
Investigation of pathological activation of fibroblasts in sclerodermia and rheumatoid arthritis

Molecular pathways in rheumatoid arthritis
PD Dr. rer. nat. Michael Stock
Investigation of function and impact of important signaling molecules in RA

Immunbiology and molecular mechanisms of inflammation
Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Krönke
Investigation of regulative mechanisms of inniate and adaptive immune response

Chronification and resolution of inflammation
PD Dr. rer. nat. Markus Hoffmann
Investigation of modulation of inflammation by stromal cells and neutrophils

Cytokine biology, synovitis and inflammation
Dr. rer. nat. Silke Frey
Investigation of new cytokines (transmitters) in inflammatory autoimmunological processes

Fibroinflammation: tissue activation in chronic inflammation in arthritis and fibrosis
PD Dr. med. Andreas Ramming
Effects and modulation of dysregulated inflammation in fibrotic and synovial autoimmune diseases

Food Immunology: Nutrition and chronic diseases
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Mario Zaiss
Investigation of the interplay of immunology, metabolism and nutrition

Integrative tissue biology
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Uderhardt
Exploring mechanisms of tissue protection


Studies of the treatment of inflammatory-rheumatic disease 
PD Dr. med. Arnd Kleyer
Performance of controlled clinical studies to evaluate the effect and quality of new pharmaceuticals 

Epidemiology and experimental imaging
PD Dr. med. Arnd Kleyer / Dr. med. David Simon
Care research to develop and optimize targeted therapies for rheumatic- inflammatory diseases

Pathogenesis, therapy and outcome inflammatory-rheumatic disease
Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Manger
Evaluation of new methods for diagnostic, monitoring, therapy and outcome of inflammatory-rheumatic diseases 

Interventional diagnostics in rheumatology and functional imaging
PD Dr. Milena Pachowsky
Research and further development of (invasive) diagnostics and functional imaging of inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases

Musculoskeletal Function and Mechanobiology
Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt
Relationship of musculoskeletal function and skeletal morphology in the course of rheumatic inflammatory diseases.


The influence of immune cell regulation and inflammation on bone homeostasis
Dr. rer. nat. Bettina Grötsch