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PhD student position on zebrafish skin development, regeneration or carcinogenesis in Cologne, Germany

A second PhD student position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Matthias Hammerschmidt at the Biocenter of the University of Cologne, Germany, to contribute to our ongoing research on skin development, regeneration or carcinogenesis in the zebrafish. Using a combination of forward and reverse (CRISPR) genetics, transgenesis, pharmacogenetics, and in vivo imaging, we study different aspects of skin development, including cornification-like processes in epidermal appendages named breeding tubercles, as well as epithelial carcinogenesis and wound healing in the adult skin, including the formation and regression of scar tissue (see for instance, Richardson et al., Development 2016; Hatzold et al., eLife 2016). Our research is of high biomedical relevance, as several of our investigated genes are also implicated in human skin development, homeostasis or disease.

For further information, please visit our website ( de/3.html) or contact us directly via email or telephone (see below).

The Cologne Biocenter is located in the center of Cologne, a very international and lively city, and offers an excellent scientific environment for the conducted research. The University of Cologne has been awarded the status of a “University of Excellence”, with our research group as part of the funded Cluster of Excellence CECAD. In addition, we are part of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) and the Collaborative Research Center (SFB829) entitled “Molecular Mechanisms regulating skin homeostasis”, with over 20 participating research groups working on different aspects of non-mammalian, mouse or human skin development and disease.

Previous experience with the zebrafish is preferred, but not absolutely essential. Proficiency in English is required. To apply, please email your detailed CV and names of at least two referees to:


Matthias Hammerschmidt; phone: ++49-221-470 5665

Cologne University, Biocenter - Room 3-502, Zuelpicher Strasse 47b,

D-50674 Koeln, Germany

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