Research Group Experimental Hematology

Mick Milsom
Senior Group Leader

  •  Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine EMBL Conference

    Congratulations to Megan Druce. Her abstract, “Assessment of mutation burden in hematopoietic stem cell clones as a result of ageing and inflammatory stress” has been selected for a short talk at the forthcoming EMBL conference on Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, in March. The group will also be represented with poster presentations from Marleen Büchler, Ana-Matea Mikecin and Stephan Krämer (collaboration with the Lipka group).


  • Mick Milsom has recently been elected as a chair of the Molecular Hematopiesis Workshop of the European Hematology Association (EHA) and also as a member of the Scientific Committee on Bone Marrow Failure of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Both roles involve the organisation of content for the annual scientific meetings of each society.

  • Ruzhica Bogeska at ASH 2019

    Congratulations to Ruzhica Bogeska and Sina Stäble, whose abstracts have both been selected for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, in December. Both Ruzhica and Sina have been given prestigious Abstract Achievement Awards to help offset the costs of travel to the meeting in Orlando.

    Ruzhica’s abstract, "No Evidence for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Self-Renewal in-Vivo Following Inflammatory Challenge” has been awarded an oral presentation, while Sina’s abstract, "Deconvolution of Hematopoietic Commitment Decisions By Genome-Wide Analysis of Progressive DNA Methylation Changes”, will be presented at a poster.

  • DKFZ Postdoc Program

    Susi has been awarded a DKFZ Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her time working in the lab.

  • Congratulations to Sina Stäble. Her abstract, “Deconvolution of hematopoietic commitment decisions by genome-wide analysis of progressive DNA methylation changes”, has been selected for oral presentation at the annual meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA), which will take place from June 13th-16th in Amsterdam. Sina’s project forms part of a long-standing collaboration between the laboratories of Mick Milsom and Daniel Lipka, from the Division of Cancer Epigenomics at the DKFZ.

  • Following an annual appraisal of our progress, we are happy to announce that the MPN Foundation has decided to renew our project funding for one additional year. The funding supports a collaborative research project between the HI-STEM Experimental Hematology Group, and the groups of Dr. Steven Lane at the Queensland Institute for Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, and Ann Mullally at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA.

  • Dr. Ruzhica Bogeska has been selected to give a talk at the European School of Hematology’s 3rd Scientific Workshop on "The Hematological Microenvironment and its Therapeutic Targeting", which will be held at the Francis Crick Institute in London on February 24-26th 2019. The Workshop features talks from internationally renowned experts in normal and malignant hematology and will be a great opportunity for Ruzhica to showcase her work on the impact of inflammatory stress on hematopoietic stem cell function.

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  • Congratulations to Sina Stäble on being awarded a talk at the forthcoming annual conference of the German Stem Cell Network, which will take place in September.


    Ms. Stäbles abstract titled "Unidirectional and progressive DNA methylation changes define hematopoietic lineage commitment" has been selected for an oral presentation at the 6th GSCN Conference in Heidelberg (19.-21.9.2018), Session Computational Stem Cell Biology on Wednesday, 19 Sept. 14:30 - 16:00 h.

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  • Julius was selected to present at the International Behr-Symposium on Stem Cells and Cancer (Heidelberg, Sept. 16-19), which is organized by HI-STEM.

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  • Congratulations to Julius Gräsel, who has just been awarded an oral presentation at the 30th Annual International Scientific Symposium of the Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation, which will take place in Newport Beach California in September. Based on the evaluation of Julius’ submitted abstract, his travel costs will be reimbursed by the Research Foundation.

  • Congratulations to Ruzhica Bogeska, whose abstract has been selected for oral presentation at the Basel Stem Cell Meeting, “Stem cell dynamics throughout life: from development to the adult”. The meeting will take place in August in Basel.

  • Big congratulations to Sina Stäble, who was awarded a DKFZ/Weizmann Institute Cancer TRAX PhD-to Postdoc Fellowship. The award will fund an additional two year’s of research for Sina, as she continues to work on a combined project between the Division of Experimental Hematology and the Division of Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors, co-supervised by Mick and Daniel Lipka. The Fellowship will also fund a six month research visit to the laboratory of Amos Tanay, at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

  • Congratulations to Jeyan Jeyarajan, who has been awarded a fellowship from the DKFZ Helmholtz International Graduate School to fund the duration of her research studies within the group.

  • The Division of Experimental Hematology, has just been awarded a four year project grant as part of the third renewal of the SFB873 Collaborative Research Centre on Stem Cell Biology. The funding mechanism from the DFG, supports a Heidelberg-based consortium focussed on studying the maintenance and differentiation of stem cells in development and disease. The project grant is a direct collaboration between the Division of Experimental Hematology and the Stress-Induced Activation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells Research Group, headed by Dr. Marieke Essers, which will start in July 2018.

  • Congratulations to Marleen Büchler, who has been awarded a fellowship from the DKFZ Helmholtz International Graduate School to fund the duration of her research studies within the group.

  • Classically, stem and progenitor populations have been considered discrete homogeneous populations. However, recent technological advances have revealed significant hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) heterogeneity, with evidence for early HSC lineage segregation and the presence of lineage-biased HSCs and lineage-restricted progenitors within the HSC compartment. These and other findings challenge many aspects of the classical view of HSC biology.

    In our recent review in Cell Stem Cell, we analyse the most recent findings regarding the causes and consequences of HSC heterogeneity, discuss their far-reaching implications, and suggest that so-called continuum-based models may help consolidate apparently divergent experimental observations in this field.

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  • The Division has recently successfully renewed its project funding from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung to study the aetiology of bone marrow failure in Fanconi anemia. The additional one year of funding will mean that the foundation will have supported this research project for a duration of three years

  • As of January 2018, Dr. Mick Milsom has joined the Editorial Board of Blood, the official journal of the American Society for Hematology (ASH).

  • Dr. Mick Milsom has joined the Scientific Editorial Board of the journal HemaSphere, the newly launched official journal of the European Hematology Association.

  • The Division of Experimental Hematology has been awarded project funding as part of a Helmholtz Association-wide call for funding on future topics relating to health. The consortium is focussed on the topic of Ageing and Metabolic Programming (AMPro) and the funding period will run for three years.