3rd YI-Symposium (April 2023)

The 3rd Young Investigators Symposium will take place on April 21, 2023 in the Building 35 (Homburg Campus). From 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., you can expect exciting lectures and poster presentations by outstanding young investigators from the NanoBioMed priority area, as well as keynotes.

Participation is free of charge. For better planning, we ask for a short registration via the form below.


Bus transfer

There will be a shuttle bus to Homburg in the morning and back to the Saarbrücken campus after the end of the symposium. As soon as the exact departure times are fixed, they will be announced here.

The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the Campus Center in Saarbrücken. The return trip will start at 4:30 p.m. in front of Building 35 in Homburg.



8:30 – Greetings and introduction (Prof. Dr. med. Veit Flockerzi, Vice-President for Research, Saarland University)

8:35 – 9:20: Key Note Lecture 1

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Boehm (Saarland University)
    „Windows into the brain: Genetic dissection of the homeostasis control center”

9:25 – 10:20: Session 1

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Laura Aradilla-Zapata
    Lattice Dynamics in Microtubule Bundles
  • Prof. Dr. med. Lorenz Thurner
    Identification and Characterization of novel Tar-gets for Immunotherapeutic Approaches to treat Cancer, Infectious and Immunological Diseases at Epithelial Interfaces

10:20 – 10:40: Coffee break

10:40 – 12:05: Session 2

  • Dr. Jean-Baptiste Fleury
    Fusion of Virus-Like Particles with a Model Cell
  • Dr. Yvonne Schwarz
    The molecular mechanisms of short-term facilita-tion in mossy fiber synapses
  • Dr. Nicole Ludwig
    Transcriptome and metagenome analysis of the ocular surface as model system to elucidate host-microbiome interactions via small RNAs in humans

12:05 – 13:05: Lunch break

13:05 – 13:50: Key note lecture 2

  • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Weber (Leibniz INM)
    „Molecular Optogenetics - Programming Cells and Materials with Light”

13:55 – 14:50: Session 3

  • Dr. Stefan Lohse
    Modulation of neutrophil plasticity and function by viral infections and cancer at mucosal bio-interfaces
  • Dr. Hsin-Fang Chang
    Investigate T cell-neuron interaction under autoimmune attack

14:50 – 15:10: Coffee Break

  • PD Dr. Reza Shaebani
    Physical Processes at the Cell Membrane
  • Dr. Hugues Meyer
    Long-range mechanical cell-cell interactions in collagen networks

16:05: Concluding Remarks (Prof. Dr. med. Veit Flockerzi, Vice-President for Research, Saarland University)

  • Dr. Xianshu Bai
  • Dr. Alexis Darras
  • Dr. Julian Hegemann
  • Jun.Prof. Sangeun Lee
  • Jun.Prof. Fabian Müller