Translational Lung Cancer Research

Lung carcinomas belong to the leading causes of cancer-related deaths world wide. They can be divided into different subtypes: the three big groups are lung adenocarcinomas, squamous cell lung carcinomas and small cell lung carcinomas. They differ largely in their tumor biology regarding genetic drivers, tumor cell of origin, growth pattern, biomarker expression and aggressiveness. However, they have all together the tendency to metastasize to the lymph nodes, liver, adrenal glands, brain and bones. Therefore, the therapy outcome for lung cancer patients is still poor and needs to be improved. This is where we start to work!

What we focus on


How lung tumors metastasize

We unravel the molecular mechansims of metastasis which are a frequent complication in lung cancer. Thereby, we identify novel vulnerable targets for an anti-metastatic treatment.

How lung tumors hide from the immune system

Deciphering the interaction of lung tumor cells with the different types of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment show us, how we can switch on an anti-tumor immune response.

How we can improve therapy outcome

We derive novel therapeutic approaches to treat lung cancer based on our findings on metastasis and cellular crosstalk in the tumor microenvironment and investigate their efficacy.

What we care about

Good Scientific Practice

Valuable research depends on the lived scientific practice based on integrity, transparency, responsibility, data access and management, established standards, availability of tools, and quality control.  

Good Working Atmosphere

"Surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other." (Warren Buffett)


What we aim for

"The clinical implementation of preclinical findings benefits from profound in vitro- and in vivo-systems for an efficient translation into personalized medicine for lung cancer patients. It is our pleasure to be with our research the bridge from bench-to-bedside and from bedside-to-bench to improve therapy outcome."