Our cancer research is focussed on immunotherapy of solid tumors as well as the biology and targeting of lymphoma. In all our cancer projects we strive to gain a better understanding of resistance to systemic treatment and its prevention and monitoring.
1 \ Lymphoma Biology
Our research has contributed to the hypothesis that chronic antigen stimulation and pathological antigen receptor signaling via key antigens from the tumor microenvironment and the lymphoma cell itself decisively impact the development and maintenance of lymphomas. These findings not only enable a completely new understanding of lymphoma development, they are also the basis for new therapies directed against the antigen receptor signaling pathway, some of which are already being used in routine clinical care, as well as potential biomarkers guiding the choice of treatment.
2 \ Epitope escape as resistance mechanism for antibodies, BiTEs and CAR T cells
The selective pressure exerted by targeted therapeutic including novel cellular therapy may lead to dangerous epitope escape in tumor subclones. It is a current challenge to monitor the emergence of such clones in real time - e.g. by liquid biopsy - but even more so to find new targeting principles for resistant tumors.
3 \ Next-generation EGFR targeting
The EGFR is a prime target in oncology due to overexpression in many tumor cells. Yet, primary and acquired resistance is a clinical problem that needs to be overcome with new resistance-preventive strategies.
4 \ Predictors of response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade
Immune Checkpoint Blockade has revolutionized systemic cancer treatment. Yet, in the majority of cancer entities, the responders represent only well below 50% of all treated patients. We search for biomarkers of response to this transformative new treatment option.
Let's Work Together
Exchange of knowledge is essential for scientific progress. If you have an idea on how we could help you with your project or vice versa just contact us. We are always interested in cooperations.