Susi loves all things liver regeneration, and adapting this knowledge to translational approaches. She studied biology at TU Dresden for her bachelor degree. During and after her master studies at Universität Leipzig, Susanna trained and worked at the Max Delbrück Center for molecular medicine (MDC) in Berlin.
Julian is from Berlin. He is very captivated by how our body cells do their job and how we could support or regenerate them when they lose their native function. He studied biology at the Humboldt University Berlin in his bachelor degree and molecular medicine at the Charité in his master program. When he is not pipetting liquids from one tube into another, he enjoys long walks and watching plays at the theater.
Natalia is the lab manager of the Rezvani lab. She holds a B.S./M. S. in Biomedical Research and Biochemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Natalia has worked in various Mexican and German research institutions, including the Max Planck Institute and University Hospital in Freiburg (Germany). Her work has ranged from yeast signal transduction to phagocytosis and developmental hematopoiesis. Natalia is always curious about immunology, evolutionary and regenerative biology.
Calvin is a molecular medicine master student at the Charite, with a BSc in biomedical sciences. He enjoys all things cell culture, and is fascinated by the potential of CRISPR technologies for the treatment of diseases. When he isn’t spying on his microscopic subjects, he enjoys drinking and educating himself on tea and dances and teaches Salsa
Leonie is a Clinician Scientist who is a resident of pediatrics at Charité while focusing on biliary atresia in the lab. As child-loving physician, she is very motivated to contribute to improved treatment options and quality of life for children with rare diseases through her research work. If there is still time after the clinical and the lab work, Leonie enjoys to be out in nature and whenever she is on holidays she loves to travel the world.
Artemisia “Arte” Sayed
Full-time MD-thesis student
Arte is a full-time MD-thesis student at Charite University Medicine Berlin and a funded member of the Tight Junction (TJ)-TRAIN Graduate School in Berlin. In her project, she is looking for answers about the interplay of immune and epithelial cells in biliary atresia and leverages co-cultures involving intrahepatic cholangiocyte organoids for this purpose. She has always been interested in pediatric and rare diseases. Her personal dream for the future is to contribute to the identification of novel pharmacological treatments for biliary atresia. After her work in the lab, she enjoys playing the violin in an orchestra as well as turning her painting ideas into creative art.
Mijuna Claire Juliet Meindl
master thesis student
Mijuna is enrolled at the Molecular Medicine Master’s program at the Charitè Berlin, having completed her B.Sc. in Biology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her interests span across various domains within molecular biology, with a particular fascination for stem cell research. Outside the lab, she enjoys her time with friends, watching movies and dancing.
Milo is a proud father, Pediatrician, Pediatric Gastroenterologist-Hepatologist and Regenerative Liver Biologist who takes care of children and young adults with gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Since Medical School, when he cared for his first patients with devastating liver diseases, he is passionate about establishing regenerative therapies for end-stage liver diseases.
He trained as a Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School where he also pursued liver biology research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He further completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – an epicentre of Pediatric Liver Research.
As a scientist, he trained with Holger Willenbring (University of California San Francisco), Takanori Takebe (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/Tokyo Medical and Dental University/Yokohama City University) and Wolfram Goessling (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School).
University of Freiburg, Germany
Medical School (2011), MD license (2012) and Doctoral Thesis in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (2013); Mentor: Andrea Heinzmann MD PhD
University of California San Francisco, CA, USA: Exchange
Graduate Student (2012-2013) and Postdoctoral Scholar (2013-2017) in the Department of Surgery and The Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research; Mentor: Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA
Pediatrics Residency (2017-2020) in the Department of Medicine; Clinical Mentors: Catherine Michelson, MD and Ted Sectish, MD; Research Mentor: Wolfram Goessling, MD PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH
Pediatric Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (since 2020); Mentors: Takanori Takebe, MD PhD; Jorge Bezerra, MD; Alexander Miethke, MD; Jose Cancelas, MD
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASLD)
American Association of Pediatrics (AAP)
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPHGAN)
Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Gastroenterologie und Ernährung (GPGE)
German Stem Cell Network (GCSN)
European Association for the Study of Liver (EASL)
:awards & honors
Heinrich-Kircher Award, University of Freiburg — 01/2011
Research Scholarship – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) — 10/2012
Research Fellowship – German Research Foundation (DFG) — 01/2015-12/2016
Presidential Plenary Session Presentation – The Liver Meeting (American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, AASLD) — 11/2015
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – Emergent Liver Scholar – AASLD — 06/2019
Fred Lovejoy Research Award – Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School — 04/2020
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – Early Career Investigator Award in Basic Science — 10/2020
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – Foundation Award for abstract — 10/2020
Emmy Noether Programme – German Research Foundation (DFG) — 11/2021
Berlin Institute of Health – Clinician-Scientist-Program, Excellence Track starting 01/2021
1st prize for oral presentation at the Symposium of the NIH/NIDDK-funded Digestive Health Center (DHC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – 02/2022
Elected Platform Presentation at the Thomas F. Boat Lectures, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center– 03/2022
AASLD Foundation Early Career Basic Science Award at The Liver Meeting® 2023 – 08-23