CIN Members

In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further  scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.

CIN Members

Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebau

Organization: University of Tübingen


Österbergstr. 3
72074 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29-78233

Department: Institute of Neuroanatomy

Area: CIN Members

Field of Research

•    T-Box transcription factors and their role in germ layer and neuronal differentiation


•    Signalling pathways during early germ layer and neuroectoderm commitment


•    Development and cell fate determination in neuronal sensory organs


•    These models include mutations/deletions involved in transcription initiation and regulation, synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity or factors involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases with as-yet unknown functions.


Cell Harvesting and Culture:

Primary cells

    ⁃    Generation and culture of human plucked hair derived keratinocytes

    ⁃    Generation and culture of several primary neuron subtypes (dopaminergic, glutamatergic, GABA-ergic) from murine CNS tissue (E14.5-E19)

    ⁃    Generation and culture of primary muscle cells from Mouse and Rat

    ⁃    Culture and differentiation of human muscle cells from biopsy material

    ⁃    Various cell lines (HEK, COS, NIH, SHSY5Y, human and murine Fibroblasts….)

    ⁃    Magnetic cell sorting, Living cell sorting by FACS, cell selection by Antibiotics, Reporter genes etc.

Stem Cells

    ⁃    Generation (reprogramming), culture and differentiation (cells from all 3 germ layers, e.g. neurons, glia, cardiomyocytes, cardiac pacemaker cells, myotubes, exocrine and endocrine pancreas, liver etc.) of human and murine induced pluripotent stem cells

Molecular Biology and Protein biochemistry:

    ⁃    RNA analyses and interpretation, including real-time one-step RT-PCR, analyses of whole genome RNA arrays.

    ⁃    Plasmid cloning and expression in cell systems, site-directed mutagenesis, virus production

    ⁃    FACS, ELISA, Western Blotting, Immune-precipitation, other common methods

    ⁃    Immunocytochemistry (cells, whole mount), immunohistochemistry, InSitu-Hybridization


    ⁃    Fluorescence microscopy (Apotome, Live-Cell, Confocal, 2-Photon)

    ⁃    Electron Microscopy (SEM, TEM, Immuno-electron microscopy)

  1. Weidgang CE, Russell R, Tata PR, Kühl SJ, Illing A, Müller M, Lin Q, Brunner C, Boeckers TM, Bauer K, Kartikasari AER, Guo Y, Radenz M, Bernemann C, Weiß M, Seufferlein T, Zenke M, Iacovino M, Kyba M, Schöler HR, Kühl M, Liebau S and Kleger A*. TBX3 Directs Cell-Fate Decision toward Mesendoderm. Stem Cell Reports. 2013. 
  2. Linta L, Stockmann M, Böckers A, Storch A, Lin Q, Böckers T, Kleger A, Liebau S. Rat embryonic fibroblasts improve reprogramming of human keratinocytes into hips cells. Stem cells and Development. 2012;21:965-976. 
  3. Kleger A, Mahaddalkar P, Katz SF, Lechel A, Ju JY, Loya K, Lin Q, Hartmann D, Liebau S, Kraus J, Cantz T, Kestler HA, Zaehres H, Schöler H, Rudolph KL. Increased Reprogramming Capacity of Mouse Liver Progenitor Cells, Compared with Differentiated Liver Cells, Requires the BAF Complex. Gastroenterology. 2012;142:907-917. 
  4. Stockmann M, Linta L, Fohr KJ, Boeckers A, Ludolph AC, Kuh GF, Udvardi PT, Proepper C, Storch A, Kleger A, Liebau S*, Boeckers TM*. Developmental and functional nature of human ipsc derived motoneurons. Stem Cell Rev. 2011. 
  5. Kleger A, Seufferlein T, Malan D, Tischendorf M, Storch A, Wolheim A, Latz S, Protze S, Porzner M, Proepper C, Brunner C, Katz SF, Varma Pusapati G, Bullinger L, Franz WM, Koehntop R, Giehl K, Spyrantis A, Wittekindt O, Lin Q, Zenke M, Fleischmann BK, Wartenberg M, Wobus AM, Boeckers TM, Liebau S. Modulation of calcium-activated potassium channels induces cardiogenesis of pluripotent stem cells and enrichment of pacemaker-like cells. Circulation 2010;122(18):1823-36