Professional Education

  • Doctor Rerum Naturium, Universitat Konstanz (2013)
  • Bachelor of Science, Universitat Konstanz (2006)
  • Master of Science, Universitat Konstanz (2009)
  • Diploma, Justus Liebig Universitat (2003)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • MYC Functions As a Master Switch for Natural Killer Cell-Mediated Immune Surveillance of Lymphoid Malignancies Swaminathan, S., Heftdal, L., Liefwalker, D. F., Dhanasekaran, R., Deutzmann, A., Horton, C., Mosley, A., Liebersbach, M., Maecker, H. T., Felsher, D. AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY. 2018
  • BIM-mediated apoptosis and oncogene addiction. Aging Li, Y., Deutzmann, A., Felsher, D. W. 2016; 8 (9): 1834-1835

    View details for DOI 10.18632/aging.101072

    View details for PubMedID 27688082

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  • BIM mediates oncogene inactivation-induced apoptosis in multiple transgenic mouse models of acute lymphoblastic leukemia ONCOTARGET Li, Y., Deutzmann, A., Choi, P. S., Fan, A. C., Felsher, D. W. 2016; 7 (19): 26926-26934


    Oncogene inactivation in both clinical targeted therapies and conditional transgenic mouse cancer models can induce significant tumor regression associated with the robust induction of apoptosis. Here we report that in MYC-, RAS-, and BCR-ABL-induced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), apoptosis upon oncogene inactivation is mediated by the same pro-apoptotic protein, BIM. The induction of BIMin the MYC- and RAS-driven leukemia is mediated by the downregulation of miR-17-92. Overexpression of miR-17-92 blocked the induction of apoptosis upon oncogene inactivation in the MYC and RAS-driven but not in the BCR-ABL-driven ALL leukemia. Hence, our results provide novel insight into the mechanism of apoptosis upon oncogene inactivation and suggest that induction of BIM-mediated apoptosis may be an important therapeutic approach for ALL.

    View details for DOI 10.18632/oncotarget.8731

    View details for Web of Science ID 000377741700001

  • Discrimination of cell cycle phases in PCNA-immunolabeled cells BMC BIOINFORMATICS Schoenenberger, F., Deutzmann, A., Ferrando-May, E., Merhof, D. 2015; 16
  • Discrimination of cell cycle phases in PCNA-immunolabeled cells. BMC bioinformatics Schönenberger, F., Deutzmann, A., Ferrando-May, E., Merhof, D. 2015; 16: 180-?


    Protein function in eukaryotic cells is often controlled in a cell cycle-dependent manner. Therefore, the correct assignment of cellular phenotypes to cell cycle phases is a crucial task in cell biology research. Nuclear proteins whose localization varies during the cell cycle are valuable and frequently used markers of cell cycle progression. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) is a protein which is involved in DNA replication and has cell cycle dependent properties. In this work, we present a tool to identify cell cycle phases and in particular, sub-stages of the DNA replication phase (S-phase) based on the characteristic patterns of PCNA distribution. Single time point images of PCNA-immunolabeled cells are acquired using confocal and widefield fluorescence microscopy. In order to discriminate different cell cycle phases, an optimized processing pipeline is proposed. For this purpose, we provide an in-depth analysis and selection of appropriate features for classification, an in-depth evaluation of different classification algorithms, as well as a comparative analysis of classification performance achieved with confocal versus widefield microscopy images.We show that the proposed processing chain is capable of automatically classifying cell cycle phases in PCNA-immunolabeled cells from single time point images, independently of the technique of image acquisition. Comparison of confocal and widefield images showed that for the proposed approach, the overall classification accuracy is slightly higher for confocal microscopy images.Overall, automated identification of cell cycle phases and in particular, sub-stages of the DNA replication phase (S-phase) based on the characteristic patterns of PCNA distribution, is feasible for both confocal and widefield images.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12859-015-0618-9

    View details for PubMedID 26022740

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