B05 | Glycoengineering as a tool to control the behavior of mesenchymal stem cells in biofabrication processes

The modification of the microenvironment of cells by using glycosyltransferases / glycosidases and synthetic sugar structures represents a new tool for the development of bioinks as well as for the transient modification of cell surfaces. Bioinks will be functionalized by glycoengineering in such a way that cells selectively adhere and differentiate. On the other hand, the extracellular glycocalyx will be modified and / or a protective polysaccharide layer will be added to protect cells from shear forces arising during bioprinting. The long-term goal is to modify cells and bioinks by glycoengineering in such a way that the post-production behavior of cells is optimized in biofabricated constructs.

PD Dr. Regina Ebert
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seibel

Stephan Altmann

Previous academic education: M.Sc. Biochemistry, Topic of thesis: “To be or not to be planktonic? Investigation of single species cyanobacterial biofilms”
Academic Advisor at SFB/TRR 225: PD Dr. Regina Ebert
Location: University of Wuerzburg, Orthopedic Center for Musculoskeletal Research
Topic of thesis: Glycoengineering as a tool for regulating behaviour of mesenchymal stem cells in biofabrication
Main techniques and methodologies to be used: Cell culture techniques, Click chemistry (bioconjugation), Biochemical assays (proliferation, apoptosis), qPCR (differentiation, senescence, mechanotransduction), Microscopy (differentiation, senescence, viability, stiffness)

Contact: stephan.altmann@klh.de

Jürgen Mut

Previous academic education:  Master of Science
Academic Advisor within SFB/TRR 225: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seibel
Location: University of Wuerzburg, Institute of Organic Chemistry
Topic of thesis: Synthese von Fluor-substituierten, aromatischen Galektin-1 Inhibitoren
Main techniques and methodologies to be used: Organic synthesis

Contact: juergen.mut@uni-wuerzburg.de

Natalia Wolf

Previous academic education:  M. Sc. Chemistry
Academic Advisor within SFB/TRR 225: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seibel
Location: University of Wuerzburg, Institute of Organic Chemistry
Topic of thesis: Synthesis and application of cyanine based dyes in super resolution microscopy.
Main techniques and methodologies to be used: Organic synthesis, spectroscopy, modification and functionalization of various materials (glas slides, gold chips).

Contact: natalia.wolf@uni-wuerzburg.de

Julian Bechold

Previous academic education: Master-Thesis
Academic Advisor within SFB/TRR 225: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seibel
Location: University of Würzburg, Institute of Organic Chemistry
Topic of thesis: Synthesis of Galectin-1-Inhibitors
Main techniques and methodologies to be used: Organic Synthesis, Chromatography, Spectrometry, protein expression

Contact: julian.bechold@uni-wuerzburg.de