:the team

Susanna (“Susi”) Quach (PhD student)

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 Weihs (PhD student)

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 Martagón (lab manager)

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 Lee Classon

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

Milad “Milo” Rezvani

Milo is a Pediatrician 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. He then pursued a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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).

:Milo’s education

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

:key memberships

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

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