Orchestration of tissue-scale mechanics and fate decisions by polarity signalling

new review article coming out soon

Postdoc position available in our lab in Homburg!

Interested to join our recently relocated team to work on exciting questions in mammalian tissue homeostasis? See details here

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EMBO LTF for Martim - congratulations!

We are very happy for Martim Dias Gomes, who was awarded an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship for his next adventures in the lab of Guillaume Charras at UCL! Proud of you & wishing you lots of success!

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Dr. Carvalho Fernandes Dias Gomes!

Martim passed his PhD thesis exam with distinction. Big congrats & well deserved!! (PhD #7)

Dr. Knapp!

Sina delivered a great virtual PhD defense on her pigment cell research - very well done & congratulations, Dr. Knapp! (PhD #6)

New preprint

Sina's work just out: Polarity proteins promote skin pigmentation through melanin synthesis pathway. Check out in bioRxiv:

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Iden lab 2.0 @UdS coming soon

contact us if you wish to work with us on exciting questions in cell biology (M.Sc. thesis to postdoc; technician w. mouse model expertise)

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New paper!

Massive congratulations to Martim, Soriba and Michael for their great team work - see their findings in Nat Comms - cheers!

Master defense

Susi rocked the show with a very convincing Master thesis defense on cellular cross-talk in the skin - congratulations!!

Master defense

Kat successfully defended her Master thesis - well done, congratulations!

Dr. Letzian, congratulations!

Soriba successfully defended his PhD thesis on his work of polarity proteins in epidermal genome integrity - cheers!

EMBO Workshop "Cell Polarity and Membrane Dynamics" 2019

Pete Cullen and Sandra are excited to organize the next EMBO Workshop on above topic at beautiful Sant Feliu de Guixols in May 2019 - stay tuned!

new paper - Genetic interaction of aPKClambda and Par3 in skin cancer

Our joint paper with our neighbours Carien Niessen & team just came out - Congrats, Dominik, Susi and everybody involved - this was a marathon!

International meeting of the DFG SPP1782 in July

“Epithelial intercellular junctions as dynamic hubs to integrate forces, signals and cell behavior”

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new lab member

Pegah Seddigh joined our lab as new postdoc - welcome!!

new lab member

Annika Graband joined us as new PhD student - welcome!!

Dr. Ali!

Congratulations to a successful PhD defense, Noelle!

new paper: polarity proteins as extrinsic suppressors of melanoma

The lab's new paper in JEM reveals that polarity proteins dictate cell shape and function of neighbouring tissue-resident cells. Epidermal Par3 controls heterologous cell-cell interactions in the…

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new paper!

Congratulations to Noelle for her paper accepted in JID! Thanks again also to all co-authors - Cheers

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Master thesis project available

A Master thesis project is available for a highly motivated life science student interested in exploring mechanisms driving mammalian epithelial cell polarity.

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and again ... PhD defense

our new lab member "Dr. Kleefisch" - congrats to a successful defense, Dominik!

PhD defense

Melina successfully defended her PhD thesis in April - congratulations, Melina!

two poster prizes

... for SFB829 and CMMC projects! On the ESDR Annual Meeting Noelle was awarded an ESDR poster prize for her project on polarity proteins in skin homeostasis. Congratulations!!

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new lab members

We are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new colleagues to crowd the lab these weeks: Martim will return from sunny Algarve to beautiful Cologne ...

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Ernst-Klenk Symposium 2015

only a few days to go: join us for the Ernst-Klenk-Symposium on "Cell polarity and cell cycle control mechanisms in development, tissue homeostasis and disease"

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new lab member

Esther joined us as new student assistant to take over Ricarda’s job. Welcome!

goodbye, Ricarda!

Ricarda left the group to pick up her Master’s studies in Tuebingen – have a great time there!


ESDR travel grant for Noelle

Noelle received a travel grant to join this year’s Annual ESDR Meeting in Rotterdam. Congratulations!


new lab member

We are happy that Michael Saynisch joined us as new technician - welcome!!

postdoc position available

If you are a highly motivated postdoc with interest in mammalian cell polarity and skin biology contact Sandra Iden, or watch out for more details coming very soon.

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Ernst-Klenk Symposium 2015 in Cologne

September 2015: Sandra and Jay will chair the next Ernst-Klenk Symposium on "Cell polarity and cell cycle control mechanisms in development, tissue homeostasis and disease"!


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poster prize

Melina received a poster prize at the International Symposium "Trends in Melanoma Research" - Congratulations!

Cell News 04/14

with: preliminary program DGZ meeting 2015 March 24-27 in Cologne! ... and Research News article by Melina and Sandra

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DGZ meeting 2015 in Cologne

Save the date: March 24-27, 2015!

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new lab member

Peter Jeong, human medicine student, joined the lab for his doctorate thesis project - welcome!

new lab member

Martim Gomes, Erasmus student from University of Algarve, Portugal, joined the lab - welcome!

new lab member

Roman Heeren has joined the lab - welcome!

new publication

Review article on pro-lymphangiogenic factors in the tumor microenvironment

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new lab member

Alex Hein has joined the lab as student assistant - welcome!

goodbye, Marina

Marina left the group - for great new challenges - Success!