Robert Zeiser

Principal Investigator

Center for Medicine
Department of Medicine I
Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Hugstetter Straße 55
79106 Freiburg i. Brsg.

Current position

Professor, Heisenberg Group leader, Department of Medicine I, Center for Medicine,

Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Academic training

1995 – 2001 Study of Medicine in Freiburg, Germany

Scientific qualifications

2010 Habilitation in Internal Medicine, University of Freiburg
(Mentor: Prof. R. Mertelsmann)
2001 Dissertation in Medicine, University of Freiburg (Dept. of Pathology) (Supervisor: Prof. H.E. Schaefer)

Postgraduate Positions

since 2013 Heisenberg Professorship in Hematology and Oncology
since 2010 Senior physician, Division of Hemataology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Medical Center - University of Freiburg
2007 – 2010 Assistant physician, Department of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Medical Center – University of Freiburg
2005 – 2007 Postdoctorate, Stanford University School of Medicine, BMT Department, USA
2001 – 2004 Internship in Internal Medicine, Department of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation,
Medical Center – University of Freiburg

Miscellaneous (Honors, Awards)

2021 Deutscher Krebspreis
2019 Paul-Martini-Award
2014 Hans-Jochem Kolb Award
2012 Science Award (DAG-Knochenmark und Blutstammzelltransplantation)
2011 Theodor-Frerichs-Prize (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Innere Medizin)
2011 Heisenberg Scholarship (DFG)
2008 Eugen-Graetz-Prize for translational research,
University of Freiburg
2008 BBMT Editorial Award (best basic science article)
2007 Best Abstract Award, XXIII Symposium of the IACRLRD
2006 American Society of Hematology Scholar Award
2006 Trainee Research Award, American Society of Hematology

link to all publications from R. Zeiser: Pubmed

Publications based on CRC1160 funding

Kohler, N., D. A. Ruess, R. Kesselring, and R. Zeiser. 2021. The Role of Immune Checkpoint Molecules for Relapse After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Front Immunol 12: 634435.

Hamarsheh, S., O. Gross, T. Brummer, and R. Zeiser. 2020. Immune modulatory effects of oncogenic KRAS in cancer. Nat Commun 11: 5439.

Uhl, F. M., S. Chen, D. O’Sullivan, J. Edwards-Hicks, G. Richter, E. Haring, G. Andrieux, S. Halbach, P. Apostolova, J. Buscher, S. Duquesne, W. Melchinger, B. Sauer, K. Shoumariyeh, A. Schmitt-Graeff, M. Kreutz, M. Lubbert, J. Duyster, T. Brummer, M. Boerries, T. Madl, B. R. Blazar, O. Gross, E. L. Pearce, and R. Zeiser. 2020. Metabolic reprogramming of donor T cells enhances graft-versus-leukemia effects in mice and humans. Sci Transl Med 12:eabb8969. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abb8969.

Hartl FA, Beck-Garcìa E, Woessner NM, Flachsmann LJ, Cárdenas RMV, Brandl SM, Taromi S, Fiala GJ, Morath A, Mishra P, Yousefi OS, Zimmermann J, Hoefflin N, Köhn M, Wöhrl BM, Zeiser R, Schweimer K, Günther S, Schamel WW, Minguet S. 2020. Noncanonical binding of Lck to CD3ε promotes TCR signaling and CAR function. Nat Immunol. 21(8):902-913. doi: 10.1038/s41590-020-0732-3. Epub 2020 Jul 20.

Haring E, Uhl FM, Andrieux G, Proietti M, Bulashevska A, Sauer B, Braun LM, de Vega Gomez E, Esser PR, Martin SF, Pfeifer D, Follo M, Schmitt-Graeff A, Buescher J, Duyster J, Grimbacher B, Boerries M, Pearce EL, Zeiser R, Apostolova P. Haematologica. 2020. Bile acids regulate intestinal antigen presentation and reduce graft-versus-host disease without impairing the graft-versus-leukemia effect. Jul 16:haematol.2019.242990. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2019.242990. Online ahead of print.

Hamarsheh S, Zeiser R. 2020. NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation in Cancer: A Double-Edged Sword. Front Immunol. 8;11:1444. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.01444. eCollection 2020.

Braun, L. M., and R. Zeiser. 2020. Immunotherapy in Myeloproliferative Diseases. Cells 9: E1559. doi: 10.3390/cells9061559

Norona, J., P. Apostolova, D. Schmidt, R. Ihlemann, N. Reischmann, G. Taylor, N. Kohler, J. de Heer, S. Heeg, G. Andrieux, B. A. Siranosian, A. Schmitt-Graeff, D. Pfeifer, A. Catalano, I. Frew, M. Proietti, B. Grimbacher, A. Bulashevska, A. S. Bhatt, T. Brummer, T. S. Clauditz, T. Zabelina, N. Kroeger, B. R. Blazar, M. Boerries, F. Ayuk, and R. Zeiser. 2020. Glucagon like peptide-2 for Intestinal stem cell and Paneth cell repair during graft-versus-host disease in mice and humans. Blood. 2020005957. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020005957. Online ahead of print.

Hamarsheh, S., L. Osswald, B. S. Saller, S. Unger, D. De Feo, J. M. Vinnakota, M. Konantz, F. M. Uhl, H. Becker, M. Lubbert, K. Shoumariyeh, C. Schurch, G. Andrieux, N. Venhoff, A. Schmitt-Graeff, S. Duquesne, D. Pfeifer, M. A. Cooper, C. Lengerke, M. Boerries, J. Duyster, C. M. Niemeyer, M. Erlacher, B. R. Blazar, B. Becher, O. Gross, T. Brummer, and R. Zeiser. 2020. Oncogenic Kras(G12D) causes myeloproliferation via NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Nat Commun 11: 1659.

Marschner, D., M. Falk, N. R. Javorniczky, K. Hanke-Muller, J. Rawluk, Schmitt-Graeff, F. Simonetta, E. Haring, S. Dicks, M. Ku, S. Duquesne, K. Aumann, D. Rafei-Shamsabadi, F. Meiss, P. Marschner, M. Boerries, R. S. Negrin, J. Duyster, R. Zeiser, and N. Kohler. 2020. MicroRNA-146a regulates immune-related adverse events caused by immune checkpoint inhibitors. JCI insight 5. pii: 132334. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.132334.

R Mathew N, Vinnakota JM, Apostolova P, Erny D, Hamarsheh S, Andrieux G, Kim JS, Hanke K, Goldmann T, Chappell-Maor L, El-Khawanky N, Ihorst G, Schmidt D, Duyster J, Finke J, Blank T, Boerries M, Blazar BR, Jung S, Prinz M, Zeiser R. 2019. Graft-versus-host disease of the CNS is mediated by TNF upregulation in microglia. J Clin Invest. pii: 130272.

Zeiser, R., and L. Vago. 2019. Mechanisms of immune escape after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Blood 133: 1290-1297.

Mathew NR, Baumgartner F, Braun L, O’Sullivan D, Thomas S, Waterhouse M, Müller TA, Hanke K, Taromi S, Apostolova P, Illert AL, Melchinger W, Duquesne S, Schmitt-Graeff A, Osswald L, Yan KL, Weber A, Tugues S, Spath S, Pfeifer D, Follo M, Claus R, Lübbert M, Rummelt C, Bertz H, Wäsch R, Haag J, Schmidts A, Schultheiss M, Bettinger D, Thimme R, Ullrich E, Tanriver Y, Vuong GL, Arnold R, Hemmati P, Wolf D, Ditschkowski M, Jilg C, Wilhelm K, Leiber C, Gerull S, Halter J, Lengerke C, Pabst T, Schroeder T, Kobbe G, Rösler W, Doostkam S, Meckel S,Stabla K, Metzelder SK, Halbach S, Brummer T, Hu Z, Dengjel J, Hackanson B, Schmid C, Holtick U, Scheid C, Spyridonidis A, Stölzel F, Ordemann R, Müller LP, Sicre-de-Fontbrune F, Ihorst G, Kuball J, Ehlert JE, Feger D, Wagner EM, Cahn JY, Schnell J, Kuchenbauer F, Bunjes D, Chakraverty R, Richardson S, Gill S, Kröger N, Ayuk F, Vago L, Ciceri F, Müller AM, Kondo T, Teshima T, Klaeger S, Kuster B, Kim DDH, Weisdorf D, van der Velden W, Dörfel D, Bethge W, Hilgendorf I, Hochhaus A, Andrieux G, Börries M, Busch H, Magenau J, Reddy P, Labopin M, Antin JH, Henden AS, Hill GR, Kennedy GA, Bar M, Sarma A, McLornan D, Mufti G, Oran B, Rezvani K, Shah O, Negrin RS, Nagler A, Prinz M, Burchert A, Neubauer A, Beelen D, Mackensen A, von Bubnoff N, Herr W, Becher B, Socié G, Caligiuri MA, Ruggiero E, Bonini C, Häcker G, Duyster J, Finke J, Pearce E, Blazar BR, Zeiser R. Sorafenib promotes graft-versus-leukemia activity in mice and humans through IL-15 production in FLT3-ITD-mutant leukemia cells. Nat Med. 24: 282-291.

Prestipino A, Emhardt AJ, Aumann K, O’Sullivan D, Gorantla SP, Duquesne S,Melchinger W, Braun L, Vuckovic S, Boerries M, Busch H, Halbach S, Pennisi S, Poggio T, Apostolova P, Veratti P, Hettich M, Niedermann G, Bartholomä M,Shoumariyeh K, Jutzi JS, Wehrle J, Dierks C, Becker H, Schmitt-Graeff A, Follo M, Pfeifer D, Rohr J, Fuchs S, Ehl S, Hartl FA, Minguet S, Miething C, Heidel FH, Kröger N, Triviai I, Brummer T, Finke J, Illert AL, Ruggiero E, Bonini C, Duyster J, Pahl HL, Lane SW, Hill GR, Blazar BR, von Bubnoff N, Pearce EL, Zeiser R. 2018. Oncogenic JAK2(V617F) causes PD-L1 expression, mediating immune escape in myeloproliferative neoplasms. Sci Transl Med. 10(429). pii:eaam7729.

Hulsdunker, J., K. J. Ottmuller, H. P. Neeff, M. Koyama, Z. Gao, O. S. Thomas, M. Follo, A. Al-Ahmad, G. Prinz, S. Duquesne, H. Dierbach, S. Kirschnek, T. Lammermann, M. J. Blaser, B. T. Fife, B. R. Blazar, A. Beilhack, G. R. Hill, G. Hacker, and R. Zeiser. 2018. Neutrophils provide cellular communication between ileum and mesenteric lymph nodes at graft-versus-host disease onset. Blood. 131(16):1858-1869.

Stickel N, Hanke K, Marschner D, Prinz G, Köhler M, Melchinger W, Pfeifer D, Schmitt-Graeff A, Brummer T, Heine A, Brossart P, Wolf D, von Bubnoff N, Finke J, Duyster J, Ferrara J, Salzer U, Zeiser R. 2017. MicroRNA-146a reduces MHC-II expression via targeting JAK/STAT signaling in dendritic cells after stem cell transplantation. Leukemia. 31(12):2732-2741.

Goldmann T, Wieghofer P, Jordão MJ, Prutek F, Hagemeyer N, Frenzel K, Amann L, Staszewski O, Kierdorf K, Krueger M, Locatelli G, Hochgerner H, Zeiser R, Epelman S, Geissmann F, Priller J, Rossi FM, Bechmann I, Kerschensteiner M, Linnarsson S, Jung S, Prinz M. 2016. Origin, fate and dynamics of macrophages at central nervous system interfaces. Nat Immunol. 17(7):797-805.

Apostolova P, Zeiser R. 2016. The role of danger signals and ectonucleotidases in acute graft-versus-host disease. Hum Immunol. 77(11):1037-1047.

Schönle A, Hartl FA, Mentzel J, Nöltner T, Rauch KS, Prestipino A, Wohlfeil SA, Apostolova P, Hechinger AK, Melchinger W, Fehrenbach K, Guadamillas MC, Follo M, Prinz G, Ruess AK, Pfeifer D, del Pozo MA, Schmitt-Graeff A, Duyster J, Hippen KI, Blazar BR, Schachtrup K, Minguet S, Zeiser R. 2016. Caveolin-1 regulates TCR signal strength and regulatory T-cell differentiation into alloreactive T cells. Blood. 127:1930-1939.