2 PhD positions in Traumatic Brain Injury

The group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Wirth (Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Ulm University) is looking for two highly motivated PhD students (TV-L 13, 65%, 3 years). The preferred starting time would be as soon as possible.

The project is part of the DFG funded SFB 1149 on trauma research (https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/einrichtungen/crc-1149/) and aims to investigate the cell-type specific role of the pro-inflammatory transcription factor NF-κB in the outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI).


  1. Previous/ongoing work revealed that chronic NF-κB activation in oligodendrocytes induces aging associated myelination deficits with impaired motor performance. Interestingly, IKK/NF-κB signaling was found to trigger a specific cellular stress response leading to impaired myelin homeostasis. Importantly, this phenotype is linked to the disease model of TBI which is well-known for its white matter pathology. Therefore, the main objective of this PhD project is to follow up on these initial findings and to characterize the molecular role of NF-κB in TBI-mediated white matter loss.
  1. In previous work, the role of astrocytic NF-κB activation in the response to and outcome of TBI was investigated. We could show that chronic IKK/NF-κB signaling in astrocytes is critically involved in the orchestration of the multicellular, post-traumatic immune response finally promoting a detrimental outcome. We have identified interesting candidate factors involved in tissue remodeling and in crosstalk signaling between different immune cells. The main objective of this PhD project is to further elucidate the molecular interconnections of these processes and to characterize the players and effectors important for systemic immune dysfunction after TBI.

Methods include transgenic mouse models, experimental TBI, histology, biochemical and molecular biology techniques (qPCR, RNA Sequencing, Western Blot), ex-vivo MRI, flow cytometry and primary cell culture.

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We are looking forward to your application.

Please address further questions or your application documents (including CV, transcript of records, references and contact information) to beatrix.schwarz@uni-ulm.de (Secretary of Prof. Dr. Thomas Wirth).

Beatrix Schwarz, 0731 500 23271, https://www.uni-ulm.de/en/med/institute-of-physiological-chemistry/

Die Einstellung erfolgt durch die Verwaltung des Klinikums im Namen und im Auftrag des Landes Baden-Württemberg. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/Innen (w/m/d) werden bei gleicher Eignung vorrangig eingestellt. Das Universitätsklinikum Ulm strebt die Erhöhung des Frauenanteils in den Bereichen an, in denen sie unterrepräsentiert sind. Entsprechend qualifizierte Frauen werden um ihre Bewerbung gebeten. Vollzeitstellen sind grundsätzlich teilbar. Eine an die Befristung anschließende Weiterbeschäftigung ist möglich.