Welcome to the TransCard Research School!


The International Helmholtz Research School 'Translational Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine' trains excellent young researchers at the interface of basic molecular, genetic, and clinical research with the goal to elucidate the molecular mechanisms causing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and to transfer this knowledge from bench to bedside.


The TransCard Research School has been established in 2009. It is a collaborative endeavor between the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine, the Charité-Universitätsmedizin, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin. Our international partners include the Hubrecht Laboratory in Utrecht, Netherlands, as well as the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ, USA. The school is coordinated by the MDC and is embedded within the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Research Program, which covers a diverse spectrum of research areas, ranging from cellular biology and organ development, to genetics and pathophysiology. TransCard offers a comprehensive and structured training program for talented doctoral students in a unique translational research environment with internationally renowned faculty, access to the expertise of the associated teaching hospitals, as well as high-end technology platforms.


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