November 2020


CPI General News

3 CPI Researchers among Highly Cited Researchers 2023 - 24 November 2023

We are delighted to share that three distinguished researchers from the CPI have earned well-deserved recognition in the Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list by Clarivate. Their outstanding work places them in the top 1% based on citations in their specific fields and publication years, as acknowledged by webofscience.

Highly Cited Researchers showcase substantial impact across their research domains. Each honoree has written numerous Highly Cited Papers, ranking in the top 1% for their field(s) and publication year in Web of Science over the last decade. While citation activity is a key factor, the selection process involves further refinement through qualitative analysis and expert judgment.

Congratulations to Ivan Đikić, Stefanie Dimmeler from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and Stefan Offermanns from Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

For more details, please go to the press release from the Goethe University Frankfurt

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Soni Pullamsetti elected new member of the prestigious Leopoldina - 27 September 2023

Soni Pullamsetti, professor for lung vascular epigenetics and Cardio-Pulmonary Institute faculty member, has recently been elected as a member of the prestigious Leopoldina. The Leopoldina is Germany’s oldest natural science and medical scholars society and is a National Academy of Sciences. The membership is a significant achievement and honor.

The research focus of Soni Pullamsetti at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen and Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research is to unravel the epigenetic mechanisms and transcription factors that influence gene regulation in lung diseases.

At the Cardio-Pulmonary Institute we are extremely proud and delighted to have Soni Pullamsetti as an excellent scientist and faculty member. Her election to the Leopoldina validates her impressive scientific accomplishments. We look forward to her future discoveries and contributions to lung research.

📸 JLU / Rolf K. Wegst

For more details, please go to the press release from the Justus-Liebig-Universiät Gießen

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DFG-Funded Research: HERZBLUT - Unraveling Clonal Hematopoiesis and its Clinical Impact on Heart and Blood Health - 23 September 2023

CPI faculty members have secured DFG funding to investigate ‘Clonal Hematopoiesis: Pathomechanisms and Clinical Consequences in Heart and Blood.’ As individuals age, the emergence of mutant blood cell clones can have profound health implications, including an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and abnormal blood cell proliferation, such as seen in leukemia. This research group is dedicated to uncovering the underlying biological processes driving these phenomena.

Comprising scientists from both basic research and clinical backgrounds, this collaborative effort seeks to unravel the intricacies of this process and its associations with various diseases. The ultimate goal is to harness these newfound insights for therapeutic advancements. Professor Dr. Michael Rieger serves as the spokesperson for this research group.

For more details, please go to the DFG Press Release

CPI Academy News

Xiaozhu Zhou and Yanis Afir win a poster prize at the 102nd Annual meeting of the DPG - 23 September 2023

Congratulations to CPI academy members Xiaozhu Zhou and Yanis Afir for winning a poster prize at the 102nd Annual meeting of the Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft in Berlin! Well deserved!

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CPI Academy members awarded at YDZHK retreat - 15 September 2023

Congratulations to our CPI Academy oral presentation, rapid fire talk and poster prize winners at the annual Young DZHK retreat 2023 in Potsdam.

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CPI Heart and Lung Experts participated at the Goethe Run - 06 September 2023

On September 6th our Heart and Lung Experts from the Cardio-Pulmonary Institute team participated at the Goethe run from the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt 🏃‍♂️ 🏃‍♀️
What a fun after work activity which is also really good for the cardiovascular system. Thanks to all participants and the organizers from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

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Julian Wagner receives ECS Award - 28 August 2023

Congratulation Julian Wagner for receiving an ESC Award in recognition of his outstanding scientific work in Vascular Biology and Physiology. Julian Wagner presented the highest scoring abstract accepted from Germany during the ESC Congress 2023 in Amsterdam.

More Information here:

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Rajkumar Savai receives the „Mid-Career Achievement Award“ of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) - 04 July 2023

Professor Rajkumar Savai, MD, was awarded the Thoracic Oncology “Mid-Career Achievement Award” for his significant and meaningful contribution to thoracic oncology research at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in Washington, DC, USA.

Rajkumar Savai aims to understand how the lung microenvironmental niche drives tumor initiation and progression. Of particular interest is the identification of specific targets that inhibit or reverse tumor niche maintenance and the functional competence of tumor cells. The long-term goal of the Savai lab is to translate tumor microenvironment-based therapeutic approaches into clinical trials to stop lung cancer in its tracks.

More Information here:

Rajkumar Savai © JLU/Rolf K. Wegst

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Visit from Tongji Medical College PhD students - 20 June 2023

In an internationalization program the CardioPulmonary Institute has just established a Sino-German laboratory for CardioPulmonary Research at Tongji Medical College. The laboratory is headed by Prof. Dr. Ingrid Fleming and Prof. Dr. Jiong Hu and aims to bundle expertise on this topic at the different sites and facilitate the exchange of students and personnel. As part of this exchange Prof. Hu spends part of his time in Frankfurt and is one of the PIs in SFB1531. At the start of June Prof. Fleming was awarded the title of “Advisory Professor” at Tongji Medical College and will spend time in Wuhan each year working on research as well as teaching.

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Fleming with Prof. You Zheng, President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, at the official appointment as “Advisory Professor” at Tongji Medical College in Wuhan.

The visit of a delegation of 32 excellent doctoral students from China to the university hospital was also particularly valuable for the intercultural dialogue and cooperation in science. As part of the trip, the German Research Foundation (DFG) organized a visit to excellent science locations in Germany, including the CPI. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ingrid Fleming, scientists from the CPI presented our research and methods to the visitors in lectures and laboratory tours. This resulted in many lively discussions and both sides were enthusiastic about the opportunity to make personal contacts and to promote potential cooperation in this way.

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Fleming presents the CPI for the Chinese delegation at the Niederrad campus.

CPI Academy News

Christina Malainou receives 1st prize for her presentation at KIT2023 - 17 June 2023

CPI clinician-scientist Christina Malainou received 1st prize for her presentation at the 16th Congress for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (KIT). She presented her work on Tnfsf14-driven apoptosis of tissue-resident alveolar macrophages that enables the establishment of post-influenza pneumococcal pneumonia.

Christina Malainou at the KIT2023 award ceremony

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Loss of Y Chromosome - 12 June 2023

TV feature on Andreas Zeiher about the loss of the Y chromosome in NANO 3sat.

full TV clip:

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CPI Retreat at MPI in Bad Nauheim - 1-2 June 2023

Two awards for Julian Better at ATS 2023 - 23 May 2023

Julian Better won two Awards at the American Thoracic Society Conference 2023: the International Trainee Scholarship and the best abstract ATS2023 Award for his work in neutrophil efferocytosis…

Collaborative research center TRR267 on "Non-coding RNA in the Cardiovascular System" will be continued for four more years! 22 May 2023

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler, Co-Speaker TRR 267 „Non-coding RNA in the cardiovascular system“ (Picture: Dettmar)

The Collaborative Research Center to study non-coding RNA in the Cardiovascular System has been launched in 2019. Now, the German Research Foundation has announced that it is extending funding for the research network led by Goethe University and TU Munich for another four years with Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler as Co-Speaker.

The scientists investigate non-coding RNAs as potential drugs and already identified several ncRNAs that play a role in cardiovascular disease and could be potential targets for therapeutic drugs.

RNA, or ribonucleic acids, are known to encode genetic information for protein production. Lately scientists have discovered numerous RNA molecules with diverse functions beyond protein synthesis. Some regulate cellular processes like microRNA, while others form complex structures and act as enzymes or switches. Non-coding RNAs are important in cardiovascular diseases and could have therapeutic applications.

Pressemitteilung Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Homepage TRR267


CPI academy seminar series welcomes Kari Alitalo in Frankfurt 08 May 2023

What an inspiring evening!

As part of the CPI academy seminar series our guest Kari Alitalo from

University of Helsinki gave a lecture about “Translational insights into vascular growth factors” and spent the evening  with CPI academy members having dinner and talking about science!

Prof. Alitalo with CPI Academy members.

Honorary Membership DGIM 28 April 2023

Congratulations to Werner Seeger for receiving the honorary membership of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin e.V.  (DGIM) 
As a non-profit association with over 29,000 members, the DGIM pursues the promotion of science and research in the entire field of internal medicine and its development as an applied medical science.
Werner Seeger is Speaker of the DGIM Ordinaries Conference. At the annual DGIM congress in April 2023 he became an honorary member of the DGIM.

More information here: Ehrenmitgliedschaft DGIM

More information here: Pressemitteilung Preisverleihung

Prizes at DGK 2023 15 April 2023

Congratulations to alle CPI members who received a prize at the annual meeting of the German Cardiac Society 2023.

Pieterjan Dierickx receives the research prize “AG 23 Herz und Diabetes”

Valentina Puntmann and Eike Nagel received the Karl-Ludwig-Neuhaus-Forschungspreis der ALKK

Andreas Zeiher receives the “Goldene Ehrennadel” for his engagement in the DGK.

 Mariana Shumliakivska and Maria Drekolia received a poster prize.

Hector RCD Award 14 February 2023

Congratulations to Sofia-Iris Bibli for receiving the Hector RCD Award! Through the Hector RCD Award the excellent scientists are supported in their research projects and become members of the Hector Fellow Academy. 

More information about Sofia-Iris Bibli:

More information about Hector Fellow Academy 

Best oral presentation at CIRCLE-DOME 2 Meeting 13 January 2023

Pieterjan Dierickx won the award for best oral presentation  at the Circadian Rhythm and Timing of Lifestyle Factors on Cardiometabolic Risk – the CIRCLE-DOME 2 meeting in Copenhagen.

More information about the Dierickx Lab:

More information about the conference:

Highly Cited Researchers 2022 November

Excellent news: 4 CPI researchers belong to the highly cited researchers 2022 ClarivateAG. They rank in top 1% by citations for a field and publication year in webofscience. Congratulations to Ivan Dikic, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stefan Knapp & Stefan Offermanns.

Merz Stiftungsprofessur Prof. Wu and Symposium “Cardiovascular repair and regeneration” 11 - 13 October 2022 - October 2022

The guest of honor at this year’s Friedrich Merz Foundation Visiting Professorship is heart specialist Joseph C. Wu, Professor at Stanford University, USA, and President of the “American Heart Association”.

The Merz Professorship facilitated Lab-visits, Students Lectures, the Award Symposium on “Cardiovascular Repair and Regeneration”, and the Citizen Lecture with Professor Wu and other leading cardiac researchers.

The panel discussion on new developments in cardiovascular medicine focused, among other things, on how stem cells can be used to improve diagnostics and develop targeted, new therapies for heart disease. It also addressed the current status of regenerative therapies and recently developed new drug treatments.

“German Respiratory Society” (DGP) prize for Marija Gredic

Marija Gredics Research provides new insights into the development and possible treatment of pulmonary hypertension in COPD, for which she was awarded the 10,000 € by the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP)

Poster prize at Europhysiology

Melina, Frederike and Sebastian won a Poster awards at the Europhysiology 2022 conference…

Sharpey-Schafer Prize Lecture

Iris Bibli gave the Sharpey-Schafer Prize Lecture at Europhysiology 2022…

Poster prize at IMPRS Retreat

María José Alonso won the poster prize at the IMPRS for Molecular Organ Biology Retreat…

Poster and Presentation Awards at the NGSymposium

Igor Macinkovic, Wesley Abplanalp and Lukas Tombor received poster and presentation awards at NGSymposium in Computational Biology in Warsaw

Best Presentation at EVBO Summer School

Anita Tamiato was awarded best presentation EVBO/ESM award at EVBO Summer School …

Poster Prize at FEBS Course

Chiara Mura Poster Prize at FEBS Course on Inter-organ communication

Poster prize Weinstein Conference 2022

Joao Cardeira received a poster prize at the Weinstein conference 2022…

Poster Award DGK 2022

Simone-Franziska Glaser receives Poster Award of the DGK Jahrestagung 2022

Franz-Maximilian-Groedel Prize-2022

Jorge Andrade receives Franz-Maximilian-Groedel Prize at DGK Jahrestagung 2022

"German Respiratory Society" (DGP) prize for Marija Gredic
- June 2022

Marija Gredic has been recognized for her work on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide and is caused by air pollution or tobacco smoke. The young scientist Marija Gredic’s work has provided new insights into the development and possible treatment of pulmonary hypertension in COPD, for which she was awarded the 10,000 euro of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP).

Pressemitteilung DGP

Pressemitteilung JLU Gießen

Three ERC Advanced Grants and 7.2 million euro for CPI researcher
- April 2022

Three ERC Advanced Grants for CPI top researchers Stefanie Dimmeler, Ivan Đikić and Andreas Zeiher. A total of 7.2 million € for their high-risk projects aiming towards scientific breakthroughs on remodeling of the ER, aging processes in the heart, and CHIP and valve stenosis

Find more information here –>


Otto Warburg Medal 2022 for Stefanie Dimmeler - April 2022

Stefanie Dimmeler has been awarded the Otto Warburg Medal 2022. The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) as well as its cooperation partners, the information analytics company Elsevier and  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) journals, honoured Prof. Dimmeler her pioneering work in the field of cardiovascular disease

With her findings, Prof. Dimmeler has been able to make a fundamental contribution to the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and develop therapeutic approaches aimed at improving cardiovascular regeneration after a heart attack.

Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Prof. Dimmeler and her team have succeeded in using an inhibitor against a non-coding RNA to improve blood flow and strengthen cardiac function. The goal of their various approaches is to develop new cellular and pharmacological therapies to improve the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

—> click here for more information on the webpage of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)

LOEWE-Spitzen-Professur for Prof. Dr. Herold - March 2022

Prof. Dr. Susanne Herold has been awarded a LOEWE-Spitzen-Professur at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU). The LOEWE research funding program of the state of Hesse is providing three million euros over a period of five years to endow her professorship.

More information here



Discover the lab of new CPI Faculty member Lei Gu

The Gu lab at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research combines bioinformatics, epigenomics, cancer biology, fly genetics and mass spectrum to identify and investigate roles of novel epigenetic modifications and their regulating enzymes in aging, development and diseases, and novel mechanisms in transgenerational epigenetics inheritance.

More information on their website

Genome Biologics funded with up to €9.8M by EIC - December 2021

CPI faculty member Jaya Krishnan, co-founder of genome biologics, is honoured to be selected by the European Innovation Council (EIC) to receive up to €9.8M in equity funding to accelerate the development of the company and clinical programs for cardiovascular disease.

Find more information here and here

CPI " A day of science" on 9 September 2021 - September 2021

The CPI “A day of science” took place on 9 september 2021 in Frankfurt am Main. Almost 120 CPI members participated and made this a very interesting event with scientific talks, poster session and networking. Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees for this wonderful day of science.

NEW CPI Postdoc and Startup Grant awarded - July 2021

Congratulations to our CPI Postdoc Grant awardees Simone Glaser | FFM, Julian Wagner | FFM, Poonam Sarode | GI, Negah Ahmadvand | GI, Claudio Nardiello | GI, Swathi Veeroju | GI and Lei Wang | BN

Congratulations to our CPI Startup Grant awardees Silvia Mas-Peiro | FFM, Prakash Chelladurai | GI, Chi-Chung Wu | BN, Zhen Jiang | BN

Preisverleihung 87. DGK Jahrestagung 2021 - April 2021

Congratulations! At the 87th annual meeting of the German Society for Cardiology – Heart and Circulatory Research e. V. (DGK) Stefanie Dimmeler received the Paul-Morawitz-Preis and Sofia-Iris Bibli received the Oskar-Lapp-Forschungspreis.

Watch the award ceremony here:

DFG Emmy Noether Grant - April 2021

Emmy Noether Grant

Prof. Sofia-Iris Bibli was awarded the prestigious DFG Emmy Noether Grant to study the role of cystein-metabolism in aging and regeneration of blood vessels.


René Baumgart Research Award 2021- Feburary 2021

Congratulations to Christoph Zehendner and Chanil Valasarjan for receiving the René Baumgart research award 2021 for their TYKRIL publication.

The joint work “Long Noncoding RNA TYKRIL Plays a Role in Pulmonary Hypertension via the p53 mediated Regulation of PDGFRβ” of Christoph Zehendner and Chanil Valasarajan should is the research award winner 2021 of the René Baumgart Foundation.

More information here…



TOP 1% Highly Cited Researchers 2020 - December 2020

Highly Cited Researchers in CPI Faculty

Congratulations to our CPI PIs Ivan Dikic, Stefanie Dimmeler, Christian Hamm and Stefan Offermanns who 2020 again belong the top 1% highly cited researcher.

ERC Consolidator Grant - December 2020

Fantastic News! CPI PI Reinier Boon received an ERC Consolidator Grant to investigate the contribution of non-coding RNAs in aging-related diseases!

The „European Reaserch Council“ (ERC) announced on 9 December 2020 the top researchers that successfully applied for a consolidator grant. ICR group leader Reinier Boon is one them. He will receive funding for 5 years to investigate the role of non-coding RNAs in aging.

Ageing is the most prominent cause of heart failure. The main type of heart failure in the elderly is heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, in which the heart does not properly fill with blood. In the consolidator project, Prof Boon will investigate the contribution of non-coding RNAs in this aging-related disease. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify novel targets to treat aging-induced heart failure.

The ERC Consolidator Grant funding helps mid-career researchers to address frontier research questions, build up their teams & have far-reaching impact. In total 327 top researchers received a ERC consolidator grant funding worth in total €655 million

ESC Gold Medal 2020 - August 2020

In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Stefanie Dimmeler is honored with the gold medal of the European Society for Cardiology. She receives the award for her research work that has contributed to a better understanding of cardiovascular diseases and to the development of new treatment approaches. The gold medal is awarded annually to two or three outstanding cardiologists or cardiovascular researchers worldwide as the highest award of the European Society of Cardiology



Prof. Stefanie Dimmeler. Photo credits: Uwe Dettmar.

NEW CPI Webinar Series - August 2020

Prof. Katja Sträßer elected EMBO Member - July 2020

CPI PI Prof. Katja Sträßer, biochemist from the Justus Liebig University Gießen, has been accepted into the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Find more information here…

European Research Council promotes lung research at the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim - December 2019

Soni Savai Pullamsetti received ERC consolidator grant. More information here and here

Soni Pullamsetti

Dr. Soni Savai Pullamsetti. Photo credits: M.Heil.

Highly cited researchers 2019

Five CPI Faculty members belong the the “highly cited researchers 2019” who published multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Congratulations to Ivan Dikic, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stefan Knapp, Christian Hamm and Stefan Offermanns!

First CPI Symposium - December 2019


The first CPI symposium on “Cellular Heterogeneity in the Cardio-Pulmonary System”, organized by Area 1 leaders, took place on 3 December at the university hospital in Frankfurt am Main. It was a very exciting day with scientific talks, poster sessions of the CPI academy and networking. We thank all speakers and attendees for this wonderful kick-off symposium.

CPI on Twitter - December 2019

The CPI is on Twitter now! You can find us under @CPI_ExStra.

CPI Retreat at MPI-HLR in Bad Nauheim 02 & 03 June 2022
- June 2022

After a long time of online meetings the CPI members finally were able to meet in person again! More than 200 scientists from Gießen, Frankfurt and Bad Nauheim met at the Max-Planck-Institute for the CPI Retreat. Many thanks to all the speakers and attendees for this wonderful day of science.