About Us

Our research focuses on the mechanisms orchestrating electrically excitable cell network function and connectivity.

With a special interest in the communication between brain and heart, we investigate how common channelopathies can lead to network imbalance in both organs and how miscommunication due to autonomic dysregulation can lead to cardiac dysfunction.

To investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration, infantile epilepsy and sudden cardiac death, we employ human tissue engineering, genome editing and induced pluripotent stem cell technologies. Bioengineered neuronal organoids representing specific regions of the central (cortex, medial ganglionic eminence, midbrain) and peripheral (spinal motor neurons, autonomic neurons) nervous system are some of the human in vitro models we established and utilize to investigate neuron-neuron and neuron-cardiomyocyte cross-talk.

Available for research student supervision? Yes.

Principal InvestigatorDr. Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou
Dr. Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou

contact information

Members Zafeiriou Group

PhD Student

Angeliki Koufali

 Angeliki Koufali

contact information

PhD Student

Kea Schmoll

 Kea Schmoll

contact information

PhD Student

Lennart Schneider

 Lennart Schneider

contact information

PhD Student

Marie-Kristin Schreiber

 Marie-Kristin Schreiber

contact information

MD Student

Nina Rubik

 Nina Rubik

contact information

Msc Student

Sophie Gobeil

contact information

Msc Student

Luveysa Fahud

contact information

Technical Assistant

Bastian Bues

 Bastian Bues

contact information

Technical Assistant

Petra Tucholla

 Petra Tucholla

contact information

Alumni

  • Ahmed Alameldeen
  • Alica Blenkle
  • Anika Müller
  • Franziska Rathjens
  • Timothy Pok-Man Tse

Follow us