Lab News

Case report has been accepted for publication

We are happy to share good news: Our case report with the title Rare superior and middle trunk fusion accompanied by altered division rearrangement results in a unique brachial plexus variant: a case report has been accepted for publication in the journal Diagnostics. The case report is rooted in an observation that has been made during the dissection class in the fall/winter term 2022/23. Authors are students of human medicine Andreas M. Schlüter and Konstantin Redl (both share the first-authorship), Prof. Thomas Tschernig, Dr. Stephan Maxeiner, and Prof. Gabriela Krasteva-Christ.

Jennifer Kuprion receives MD thesis grant

Jennifer Kuprion, student of human medicine, who works on her medical thesis in the Krasteva-Christ lab, competed succuessfully with her research proposal application and receives now funding by the Medical School of Saarland University.

Lab Members participated in the "Homburger Firmenlauf 2024"

Members of our lab have participated in the Homburger Firmenlauf. Notably, the team comprising Malin Zylka, Maria Grammer, and Caroline Klotzenbücher ranked 11th among all female teams. Congratulations to all participants!


Pascal Henrich defended his thesis

Pascal Henrich, currently resident in radiology at Winterberg hospital, Saarbrücken, defended his thesis succuessfully to acquire the title "Dr. med." Congratulation, Pascal!

...and more students will join our lab this summer!

Several more students decided to join the lab. Welcome!

Jonah Busch, Paul Könnel, and Marius Niemann

Welcome to new medical students joining our team!

In the summer semester several new MD students embark on their persuit to perform research for their respective MD theses. The Lab welcomes: Maria Grammer, Emely Herrmann, Jennifer Kuprion, and Florian Friedrich.

HOMFOR funding awarded to Dr. Hollenhorst and Dr. Elhawy

Dr. Monika Hollenhorst has been awarded funding by HOMFOR2024, and Dr. Mohamed Elhawy has been awarded HOMFORexzellent by the Medical School of Saarland University. Congratulations!

Simon Zaffalon defended his thesis

Resident of Cardiology Simon Zaffalon has succuessfully defended his thesis. Congratulations, Simon!

Human airway tuft cells influence the mucociliary clearance through cholinergic signalling

The lab is happy to receive news about one most recently submitted manuscript to Respiratory Research.

Please, follow the link to its PubMed listing:

Hollenhorst MI*, Husnik T*, Zylka M, Duda N, Flockerzi V, Tschernig T, Maxeiner S#, Krasteva-Christ G#. Human airway tuft cells influence the mucociliary clearance through cholinergic signalling. Respir Res. 2023 24(1):267. doi: 10.1186/s12931-023-02570-8. PMID: 37925434 */# shared authorships

Three new medical students join our team

Starting this October, students of human medicine, Andreas Schlüter, Lukas Walter and Samuel Zeitz join our lab to persue their research topic.

Frederick Schweizer defended his thesis

Frederick Schweizer, resident of internal medicine, has been awarded the title Dr. med. upon defending his thesis succuessfully. Congratulations, Frederick!

Nico König and Peter Abel join the Lab

We welcome two new members in our team: Nico König joins as an apprentice our tech support, Peter Abel joins Judith de Schryver in our administrative team as an apprentice.

Dr. Monika Hollenhorst is recipient of the "Forschungspreis der Stadt Homburg"

Our team member Monika Hollenhorst has been awarded the Forschungspreis der Stadt Homburg for her work regarding the role of brush cells in infectious processes. Her work has recently been published in the prestigiousJournal of Clinical Investigation. Former and current lab members have contributed to this article, Saskia B. Evers, Noran Abdel Wadood, Alaa Salah, Gabriela Krasteva-Christ, and other labs.


Caroline and Daniel receive MD thesis grant

Medical Students Caroline Klozenbücher and Daniel Speyerer, who work on their medical theses in the Krasteva-Christ lab, competed succuessfully with their research proposal applications and receive funding by the Medical School of Saarland University.

The Lab publishes two reviews in the Journal of Physiology

Two independent reviews were published in the May issue of the Journal of Physiology. Monika published a review entitledChemosensory cells in the respiratory tract as crucial regulators of innate immune responses, Stephan's review  highlights Pitfalls of using sequence databases for heterologous expression studies. Both articles are part of the collection New roles for ion channels and transporters in health and disease.