Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Mozart Gymnasium (grammar school for modern languages), Würzburg, Germany

  • 1995 – 2001
    Studied medicine at the University of Würzburg and LMU, Munich, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    LMU Munich

  • 2002 – 2005
    University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2003

  • 2005 – 2009
    Stanford University, CA, USA

  • 2007
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • Since 2009
    W3 Heisenberg Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Since 2009
    Visiting professor at Stanford University, CA, USA

Selected publications

  • Deuse T, Hua X, Wang D, Maegdefessel L, Heeren J, Scheja L, Bolanos JP, Rakovic A, Spin J, Stubbendorff M, Ikeno F, Länger F, Zeller T, Schulte-Uentrop L, Stoehr A, Itagaki R, Haddad F, Eschenhagen T, Blankenberg S, Kiefmann R, Reichenspurner H, Velden J, Klein C, Yeung A, Robbins RC, Tsao PS, Schrepfer S. DCA prevents restenosis in preclinical animal models of vessel injury. Nature 2014, Apr 20. doi: 10.1038/nature13232.

  • Stubbendorff M, Deuse T, Hua X, Phan TT, Bieback K, Atkinson K, Eiermann TH, Velden J, Schroeder C, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Volk HD, Schrepfer S. Immunological properties of extraembryonic human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells derived from gestational tissue. Stem Cells Dev. 2013;22(19):2619-29. (*Journal Cover)

  • Hua X, Deuse T, Chen YJ, Wulff H, Stubbendorff M, Köhler R, Miura H, Länger F, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. The potassium channel KCa3.1 as new therapeutic target for preventing obliterative airway disease after lung transplant. Transplantation 2013;95(2):285-292.

  • Deuse T, Hua X, Taylor V, Stubbendorff M, Baluom M, Chen Y, Park G, Velden J, Streichert T, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. Significant reduction of acute cardiac allograft rejection by selective JAK1/3-inhibition using R507 and R545. Transplantation 2012;94(7):695-702. (*Journal Cover)

  • Deuse T, Seifert M, Phillips N, Fire A, Tyan D, Kay M, Tsao PS, Hua X, Velden J, Eiermann T, Volk HD, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. HLA I knockdown human embryonic stem cells induce host ignorance and achieve prolonged xenogeneic survival. Circulation 2011;124(11 Suppl):S3-9.

  • Deuse T, Stubbendorff M, Tang-Quan K, Phillips N, Kay MA, Eiermann T, Phan TT, Volk HD, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. Immunogenicity and immunomodulatory properties of umbilical cord lining mesenchymal stem cells. Cell Transplant. 2011;20(5):655-67.

  • Deuse T, Koyanagi T, Erben RG, Hua X, Velden J, Ikeno F, Reichenspurner H, Robbins RC, Mochly-Rosen D, Schrepfer S. Sustained inhibition of epsilon protein kinase C inhibits vascular restenosis after balloon injury and stenting. Circulation. 2010;122(11 Suppl):S170-8.

  • Deuse T, Blankenberg F, Haddad M, Reichenspurner H, Phillips N, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. Mechanisms behind Local Immunosuppression Using Inhaled Tacrolimus in Preclinical Models of Lung Transplantation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2010;43(4):403-12.

  • Deuse T, Peter C, Fedak PW, Doyle T, Reichenspurner H, Zimmermann WH, Eschenhagen T, Stein W, Wu JC, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. Hepatocyte growth factor or vascular endothelial growth factor gene transfer maximizes mesenchymal stem cell-based myocardial salvage after acute myocardial infarction. Circulation. 2009;120(11 Suppl):S247-54.

  • Velotta JB, Deuse T, Haddad M, Masuda E, Park G, Carroll D, Taylor V, Robbins RC, Schrepfer S. A novel JAK3 inhibitor, R348, attenuates chronic airway allograft rejection. Transplantation. 2009;87(5):653-9.

  • Schrepfer S, Swijnenburg RJ, Govaert J, Cao F, Ransohoff K, Sheikh A, Haddad M, Connolly A, Davis M, Robbins RC, Wu J. Immunosupressive therapy mitigates immunological rejection of human embryonic stem cell xenographs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105(35):12991-6.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Support of Generation D (

  • Immunological Forum Hamburg (

  • Cardiovascular Research Centre Hamburg (

  • Academics (

  • Transplant immunology at Stanford University

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • PLOSOne

  • Vice Chair of the "Scientific Council on Basic Science and Translational Research" from the ISHLT (International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation); Website:

  • American Heart Association (AHA)

  • Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anaesthesia

  • American Society of Transplantation (AST)

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSnet)

  • German Society for Thoracic- and Cardiovascular Surgery (DGTHG)

  • German Transplantation Society (DTG)

  • European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)

  • The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)

  • The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

  • Journal of Vascular Research

  • Stem Cells and Development

  • Transplant Immunology

  • Microsurgery

  • International Journal of Cardiology

  • Transplantation

  • Circulation

  • European Journal of Pharmacology

  • Programme committee for Basic Science, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), 2010

  • Chief editor, World Journal of Stem Cells (WJSC), since 2009

Additional qualifications

  • Youngest W3 Heisenberg Professor in medicine at age 34, 2009


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