Physics of Parasitism

Anja Erika Hauser

Charité - Universitätsmedizin

Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, & 
Deutsches Rheumaforschungszentrum, ein Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Anja Hauser interested in the different ways in which immune cells can interact with their surrounding tissues. To this end, her lab develops and uses novel microscopy methods. She particularly enjoys interdisciplinary work.

2018                   Tenured position (W3), Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Since 2012        Professor (W3) for Intravital Microscopy and Immune Dynamics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Since 2008        Group leader “Immune Dynamics”, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, Berlin, Germany

2004–2007        Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

2003-2004         Postdoctoral associate, Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, Berlin, Germany

2000-2003         PhD student, Freie Universität Berlin and Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum, Graduation „summa cum laude“

Research synopsis

If an organism reacts to a stimulus, such as during host-parasite interactions, a dynamic interplay of various cells is triggered. Immune cells, as well as non-hematopoietic cells, initiate, maintain, coordinate and terminate an immune reaction. In order to understand these dynamic cellular interactions on a molecular level, the lab of Anja Hauser is developing and applying novel imaging approaches. Our interests include the analysis of the impact of the microenvironmental factors, including mechanical stimuli, on tissue-specific immunity. Methods we are using include functional intravital microscopy, the detection of rare immune cells in tissues by multiplexed histology, and the analysis of those tissue microenvironments with spatial transcriptomics.

This study is Project 13 of the SPP 2332 PoP.