Medical Faculty<br />University of Cologne<br />Marga-and-Walter-Boll-Laboratory<br /> for Cardiac Tissue Engineering<br />Germany
PD Dr. Kurt Pfannekuche
Topic: Engineering Microtissues for Cardiac Cell Replacement Therapy
Dr Kurt Pfannkuche studied biology at the University of Cologne and wrote his diploma thesis at the Institute of Genetics under Prof. Klaus Rajewski on the subject of cell-permeable proteins. Fascinated by the research field of pluripotent stem cells, his further research activities led him to the Institute of Neurophysiology, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne under the direction of Prof. Jürgen Hescheler. Building on his own research into pluripotent stem cells and stem cell-derived cardiac muscle cells, Dr. Pfannkuche has established a lab dedicated in particular to further research into cardiac cell therapy. The Marga-und-Walter-Boll Laboratory for Cardiac Tissue Engineering offers optimal conditions for this. The working group is currently researching cardiac organoids for therapy and research as well as new cell culture technologies. Interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers from the fields of chemistry and engineering, among others, plays a major role here.