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AG Sperling

Kardiovaskuläre Genetik


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Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Silke Rickert-Sperling

  • Full-professor for Cardiovascular Genetics at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Coopted professor at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Freie Universität Berlin

Phone: +49 30 450 540123

About Prof. Dr. Silke Rickert-Sperling


Prof. Dr. Silke Rickert-Sperling holds a doctoral degree in cardiac physiology and studied medicine from 1991 up to her full medical license in 1997. During her education she went from Berlin to New York, San Diego, Chicago, and Rochester. Afterwards she worked as a MD at the German Heart Center of Berlin.

In 1999, she began her postdoctoral research at the department of Prof. Dr. Lehrach at the Max Planck Institute for molecular genetics and there she became head of the research group “Cardiovascular Genetics” in 2001. She holds a habilitation in molecular biology and bioinformatics. In 2011, she was honored with a Heisenberg professorship and became full-professor for Cardiovascular Genetics at the Medical Faculty of the Charité in Berlin. She is coopted professor at the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Freie Universität Berlin. She leads an interdisciplinary research group (molecular biology and bioinformatics) at the ECRC. As guest scientist, she continues to collaborate with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics.

Her research activities focus on understanding the molecular basis of human cardiovascular disorders in particular congenital heart malformations and cardiac dysfunction. Using systems biology approaches, she studies cardiac (dys)development and muscle maturation in human and mice. She investigates a broader range of disease-associated genes and epigenetic modulators in the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic context. She hopes to combine knowledge of molecular etiologies and mechanisms to eventually improve preventive and therapeutic opportunities for patients.

She is principal investigator and co-coordinator of various European efforts (HeartRepair, CardioGeNet, and CardioNeT) and principal investigator of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). She was board member of the European Society of Human Genetics and is Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) as well as board member of the ESC Working Group on Development, Anatomy and Pathology. 

Privately, she is married to Dr. Andreas M. Rickert and has three daughters.


Martina Luig

Phone: +49 30 450 540122
Fax: +49 30 450 540159


Senior Scientists

Dr. Marcel Grunert

Research Scientist in Bioinformatics with focus on high-throughput genomics and systems biology

Phone: +49 30 450 540153


Prof. Dr. Georg (Geo) Vogler

Research scientist in our group and in the group of the Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow Prof. Dr. Rolf Bodmer (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, CA, USA)




Dr. Emilie Plantié

Postdoctoral Researcher in Genetics and Developmental Biology

Phone: +49 30 450 540135


PhD students

Sandra Appelt

PhD student in Bioinformatics

Phone: +49 30 450 540154


Tanja Nielsen

PhD student in Biology

Phone: +49 30 450 540135


Olga Olejniczak

PhD student in Biology

Phone: +49 30 450 540149


Technical Assistent

Kerstin Mika

Phone: +49 30 450 540168


Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow

Prof. Dr. Rolf Bodmer

Program Director of the Development and Aging Program in the Neuroscience, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA


Website of Rolf Bodmer


V. Vimalakanthan, G. Vogler, S, Appelt, O. Olejniczak, T. Nielsen, K. Schulz, E. Plantie, M. Grunert, H. Cui, S. Rickert-Sperling

Former members

Vishalini Vimalakanthan Master student Bioinformatics (2016-2017)
Dr. Huanhuan Cui PhD (2011-2016), Postdoc (2016-2017)
Andreas Perrot Research assistant (2012-2016); ECRC/Charité
Sophia Schönhals PhD student (2013-2016); Malvern Instruments
Katja Birker Trainee (2016), PhD student in Bodmer lab
Sadaf Vahdat Guest PhD student (2016); Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Jasmina Czery BSc student (2016)
Dr. Katherina Bellmann PhD (2011-2015)
Dr. Vikas Bansal PhD (2011-2015)
Dr. Cornelia Dorn Student assistant (2008), Dipl student (2009), PhD (2010-2015), Postdoc (2015); Sanofi
Katharina Stenin PhD student (2014-2015); Metanomics
Dr. Elena Cano Rincon Postdoc (2014-2015); Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Ashley Cooper Research assistant (2015); The Lancet
Gizem Spriewald BSc student (2015)
Michael Mücke Trainee (2014); Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Dr. Sandra Schmitz Postdoc (2012-2013); Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
Nicole Zehetner Trainee (2012)
Andrea Behm Technical assistant (2012); ECRC/Charité
Dr. Siegrun Mebus Associated Clinical Researcher; surgery in Eichwalde
Barbara Gibas Secretary (until 2012)
Dr. Jenny Schlesinger Student assistant (2005-2007), Dipl student (2007-2008), PhD (2008-2011), Postdoc (2012); Charité
Dr. Markus Schüler Student assistant (2005-2006), MSc student (2006), PhD (2007-2011), Postdoc (2012); eBay mobile.de
Sascha Werner Trainee (2011)
Susanne Thomsen Technical assistant (2011)
Ilona Dunkel Technical assistant (2002-2011); Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
Lucas Rudiger PhD student (2009-2010); Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Michalina Mankowska Dipl student (2009-2010)
Dr. Qin Zhang PhD (2008-2010); DKFZ
Jörn Bethune Trainee (2009)
Julia Kofent PhD student (2009); Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Dr. Martje Tönjes PhD (2006-2009), Postdoc (2009); DKFZ
Dr. Andreja Brodarac Postdoc (2008-2009)
Dr. Martin Lange PhD (2003-2008); Bayer AG
Dr. Jenny J. Fischer PhD (2004-2008); Metanomics (BASF)
Katharina Rost PhD student (2007-2008)
Dr. Alan Matthew Punnoose Postdoc (2006-2007)
Katja Stirl Dipl student (2006-2007)
Tammo Krüger Computer scientist (2006-2007)
Dr. Christina Grimm Postdoc (2002-2006)
Philip Tomann Dipl student (2006)
Dr. Steanie Hammer Postdoc (2004-2006)
Kathrin Stoßberg Guest (2005-2006)
Raffaello Galli Computer scientist (2004-2005)
Dr. Bogac Kaynak PhD (2001-2005)
Christoph Müller-Vahl Trainee (2005-2006)
Dirk Paul Trainee (2005)
Antje Purmann BSc student (2005)
Silke Grabow Dipl student (2004-2005)
Dr. Dominik Seelow PhD student (2000-2004); Charité
FH-Prof. Dr. Katrin Bach Dipl student (2003-2004); Management Center Innsbruck
Jan-Hinnerk Vogel MSc student (2003-2004)
Dr. Andreas Rickert Postdoc (2003); PHINEO
Dr. Martin Hillebrand Postdoc (2003)
Denis Bauer Trainee (2002)
Katrin Bach Trainee (2002)
Daniel Rawer Trainee (2002)
Anja Angelov Trainee (2000,2001-2002)
Dr. Frank Wittchen PhD student (2000)
Tim Herrmann Trainee (2000)
Dr. Olaf Bender Postdoc (1999-2000); KKS Charité
Dr. Nidar Asfar MD student (1998-1999); surgery in Berlin


Info für Studenten und offene Stellen

Information für Studenten

Wir bieten jederzeit die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Bachelor- oder Masterarbeiten in unserem Labor oder in der Gruppe für Bioinformatik durchzuführen. Wenn Sie Student der Biologie, Biochemie, Biotechnologie oder Bioinformatik sind, können Sie uns gerne kontaktieren.

Zudem bieten wir Studenten der Humanmedizin die Durchführung von Doktorarbeiten in unserem Labor an. Voraussetzung hierfür ist ein Freisemester.

Offene Stellen

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