Welcome to the Kampmann Lab!

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The Kampmann lab develops and applies innovative technologies to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms of human diseases, and to discover new therapeutic strategies. A major focus of our research are neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases. 

We have pioneered a CRISPR-based functional genomics platform in human iPSC-derived neurons, glia and 3D assembloids, which enables genome-wide modifier screens of disease-relevant cell biology in patient-derived cells.

We use biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology to test mechanistic hypotheses generated by our functional genomics platform.

Major research questions are:

  • How do different human cell types respond to stress?
  • Which molecular mechanisms underlie the selective vulnerability of specific subtypes of neurons to stress and disease?
  • What controls protein aggregation in neurons, and why is it toxic?
  • How is dysfunction of different cellular processes (neuronal activity, protein homeostasis, autophagy, endolysosomal trafficking, mitochondria) coupled in neurodegeneration?
  • What are the mechanisms by which disease-associated genetic variants cause brain diseases?
  • What controls beneficial and toxic functions of astrocytes and microglia in disease?


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