DFG Research Training Group "TJ-Train", GRK 2318

Tight junctions and their proteins:
molecular features and actions in health and disease

Coordinator 
Prof. Jörg-Dieter Schulzke
Institute of Clinical Physiology
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
 , phone +49 30 450-514531
  Deputy Coordinator
Prof. Dorothee Günzel
Institute of Clinical Physiology
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
 , phone +49 30 450-514525
Scientific Coordinator
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rita Rosenthal
 , phone +49 30 450-514527

"TJ-Train" (GRK 2318) is a Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) of the German Reseach Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), located in Berlin at sites of the Charité, MDC, and FMP.

  • Our 1st cohort PhD students will finish this year.

  • The 2nd cohort PhD students have started in October 2020.

Starting any time, we offer doctoral thesis projects for Charité medical students . For financing the necessary interception of the MSM study, the DFG provides one-year student grants. Applications or just information via tj-train@charite.de or by direct contact to the respective principal investigator.

That's all about:

Very briefly: The tight junction (TJ) connects neighbouring epithelial or endothelial cells and is the central element of barrier function, as it controls paracellular passage of solutes and water. Whether the TJ simply increases tightness or selectively mediates permeability varies greatly in different tissues and is determined by the TJ protein composition. TJs underlie extensive extra- and intracellular signalling, but also regulate epithelial functions and cellular differentiation. Furthermore, numerous TJ proteins serve as receptors for certain pathogens. Thus, TJ proteins are involved in the pathogenesis of numerous diseases. Alterations in TJ composition and architecture may e.g. cause unwanted leak flux or antigen passage and may thus maintain disease activity or even directly trigger disease onset.

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Calendar of TJ-Train events         Calendar of external congresses

Publications of the doctoral students

Projects and topics of theses 

     A:  Tight junction molecules, structure and function

Details

A1 

Dorothee Günzel*
Institute of Clinical Physiology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

"Impedance spectroscopy of epithelial barrier properties"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Saeed Khomeijani Farahani
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Roman Mannweiler
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Ahmad Mouna

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A2

Jörg Piontek1*, Gerd Krause2
1Institute of Clinical Physiology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2Structural Bioinformatics & Protein Design, Leibniz Research Institute of Molecular Pharmacology
(FMP), Berlin-Buch
"
Structure-based modification of Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin to target claudins"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Ayk Waldow
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Laura-Sophie Beier

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A3

Michael Fromm*, Jörg-Dieter Schulzke*
Institute of Clinical Physiology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
"Claudin- and TAMP-mediated water transport"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Fabián Martínez-Perafán
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Carlos Ayala-Torres

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A4

Martin Lehmann, Volker Haucke*
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Berlin-Buch
"High- and super-resolution imaging of tight junction components"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Rozemarijn van der Veen
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Hannes Gonschior

     B:  Tight junction development and regulation

Details

B1

Thomas Willnow*, Annette Hammes (Annabel Christ)
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC), Berlin-Buch
"Neuroepithelial barrier function in brain development"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Sher Min Mak
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Izabela Kowalczyk

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B2

Michael Hummel1, Britta Siegmund2*
1Molecularpathology Section at the Institute of Pathology, Charité, CCM
2
Medizinische Klinik m.S. Gastroenterologie, Infektiologie & Rheumatologie, Charité, CBF

"
Tracking a primary barrier defect in celiac disease"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Subhakankha Manna
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Danielle Cardoso-Silva

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B3

Dominik Müller*
Klinik für Pädiatrie m.S. Nephrologie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow-Klinikum
"
The magnesiome, an integrative view of magnesium regulation"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Amr Al-Shebel
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Murat Seker

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B4

Kai Schmidt-Ott*
Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Nephrologie und Internistische Intensivmedizin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC)
"Transcriptional integration of tight junction assembly in renal epithelial cells"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Shuang Cao
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Janna Leiz
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Alexander Holler

     C:  Tight junction modulation in disease

Details

C1

Jörg-Dieter Schulzke1*, Hanno Troeger2
1Institute of Clinical Physiology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2Med. Klinik m.S. Gastroenterologie, Infektiologie & Rheumatologie, CBF, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
"Toxin effects on paracellular intestinal barrier function"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Martina Schneemann
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Praveen Kumar Nattramilarasu
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Karem Awad
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Lucas Heils
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Sholpan Omarova
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort:
Eduard Butkevych

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C2

Susanne Krug*, Michael Fromm*
Institute of Clinical Physiology, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
"Role of the tricellular TJ in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Lena Voges
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Jia-Chen E. Hu

Details C3

Michael Schumann, Britta Siegmund*
Medizinische Klinik m.S. Gastroenterologie, Infektiologie & Rheumatologie, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
"
Epithelial dyspolarity in chronic intestinal inflammation"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Violaine Dony
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Deborah Delbue
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Daphni Siampli

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C4

Hans-Jörg Epple*, Thomas Schneider
Medizinische Klinik m.S. Gastroenterologie, Infektiologie & Rheumatologie, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
"
Macromolecule uptake across the mucosa in HIV infection"
PhD doctoral student, 2nd cohort: Valerie Masete
PhD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Carolin Grünhagen
MD doctoral student, 1st cohort: Hannah Lutz

    * main GRK applicants

  Steering committee

- Jörg Schulzke, Rita Rosenthal (statutory members)
- Maria Balda, Markus Bleich (external members)
- Dorothee Günzel (PI member, elected by the students)
- Dominik Müller (PI member, elected by the PIs)
- Danielle Cardoso da Silva (student member)
- Hannes Gonschior (deputy student member)

 

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