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Michael Gotthardt, MD


The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

- Voltaire


Fortunately, patients in our age can expect a lot more than amusement when they receive medical treatment. Largely this can be attributed to evidence based medicine (learning from past successes or failures) and translational research (learning from nature).

In the TransCard research school, we provide the training, the mentoring, and the infrastructure to create the best possible environment for a successful PhD project at the interface of basic science and clinical research in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease (CMD). This package will not only help you enjoy your results at the bench (compare the high impact publications of previous students in the CMD-program), the interaction with excellent scientists, clinicians, and motivated peers, but also provide the necessary medical background to make sure your hard work does not stand by itself but ultimately helps improve healthcare.

We hope you will enjoy the program, make an impact, and have fun as you learn how nature cures cardiovascular and metabolic disease.


Yours truly,

Michael Gotthardt, MD


Francesca Spagnoli, PhD





April 2016
New TransCard Student
Please welcome Laura M. Mueller (Spagnoli lab), who has joinded the TransCard program on April 18th, 2016.

February 2016
Research Highlight for Holger Gerhardt
It is blood pressure that drives the opening of small capillaries during angiogenesis. A team of researchers led by Holger Gerhardt observed the process for the first time and published their findings in Nature Cell Biology. If you are interested please click here to enter the research highlights.
New TransCard Students
Please welcome Valentin Schneider (Huebner lab), Judith Huettemeister (Gotthardt lab), and Marta Bastos de Oliveira (Gerhardt lab), who have joined the TransCard program in February 2016.

January 2016
New TransCard Student
Please welcome Kristin Kraeker (Dechend/Mueller lab), who has joined the TransCard program on January 28th, 2016.

Application Fall 2016


Dr. Inka Gotthardt
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
D-13125 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 9406 4258
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170