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News and Press

Welcome Shashika

New PhD student starting under supervision of Daniela Fietz

The IRTG cordially welcomes Shashika Kothalawala, new PhD student in project 1.

We are looking forward to a successful cooperation.

November 2019

German Research Foundation visiting Monash University

DFG delegation meeting IRTG at Monash

On the occasion of his visit to Monash University Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, the president of the German Research Foundation, and his entourage met with IRTG members to discuss about our training group and its achievements.

October 2019

Publication of project 8

Paper published in Scientific Reports

We are very proud of the IRTG publication of project 8 "Hyperglycemia induces spermatogenic disruption via major pathways of diabetes pathogenesis", a joint achievement of IRTG alumna Conni Maresch and medical student Dina Stute. Great job!

PubMed PMID: 31506549

September 2019

"Andrology week" in Giessen, 23 - 27 Sep 2019

12th NYRA Meeting - 23-24 September 2019

6th International Molecular Andrology Workshop - 24-26 September 2019

50th anniversary of the Urology department - 26-27 September 2019

More than 200 researchers and clinicians from nearly 30 countries came together to exchange latest insights in Andrology/ Urology research during the three events mainly organised by IRTG members.

Constanze Maresch, alumna from IRTG and NYRA board member, set up the meeting for the Network of Young Researchers in Andrology. Andreas Meinhardt and Hans-Christian Schuppe hosted the Molecular Andrology Workshop. And Florian Wagenlehner as head of the Urology Department invited for the 50th anniversary symposium.

On this occasion we were happy to also welcome IRTG members from Monash, Kate and Bruce Loveland as well as alumna Rukmali Wijayarathna.

More information:


MolAndrolMIBIE Summer School 2014

September 2019

Travel Grant for Rukmali Wijayarathna

HIMR Hudson/ Harold Mitchell Grant

Congratulations to Rukmali Wijayarathna, alumna of project 9 and associated IRTG member, who received that travel grant for attending the 6th International Molecular Andrology Workshop taking place Sep 24-26, 2019 in Giessen. Well done!

May 2019

JLU delegation travelling to Australia 2019

Andreas Meinhardt accompanying JLU president to Monash

As part of their Australia tour JLU president Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee and Julia Volz, Head of the JLU International Office, visited Monash University. With the objective of scheming future collaborative programme between both institutions, the meeting was supported by Kate Loveland and Andreas Meinhardt, the IRTG spokespersons of Monash and JLU.

September 2019

Welcome to Rashidul!

New PhD student to start in project 2

The IRTG cordially welcomes Rashidul Islam, PhD student in Dani Fietz's lab. Rashidul is succeeding Juliette whom we wish all the best for her future back in France. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.

September 2019

Publication of project 1

CBE1 Paper accepted in Endocrinology

 Another success in project 1 has been achieved with the publication of the Christiane's paper "CBE1 is a manchette and mitochondria associated protein with a potential role in somatic cell". Well done!

PubMed PMID: 31504408

August 2019

Julia heading to Australia

Next student to stay at Monash

Julia Bender from project 10 under supervision of Sudhanshu Bushan and Andreas Meinhardt will spend her research year in Mark Hedger's lab and carry out research on the "Regulation of immune responses in the normal and infected testis: role of Sertoli cell-derived activins.

We wish Jule a lot of success and a pleasant stay in Australia!

August 2019

Thesis submission Nils Nesheim

Submission at Monash and JLU for joint award

Nils conducted his PhD research within project 5 and now has submitted his thesis. Well done! We're proud of him.

Thesis title:Inflammatory gene regulation in chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and prostate cancer.

August 2019

Welcome to Daniel!

Medical student in project 9       

PlatzhalterWelcome to Daniel who will spend the next 6 months in Andreas Meinhardt's lab to carry out research for his thesis. We wish him a fruitful stay and a succesful time here with us at the IRTG!

July 2019

Second Monash National Degree for Maciej Szarek

Next success within IRTG!

Congratulations to Maciej for the successful completion of his PhD at Monash.Well done!

July 2019

Third JLU National Degree for Pradeep Kudipudi

Congratulations to Pradeep for the next doctoral degree

Defense KudipudiPradeep is the eleventh student to successfully complete his degree within our IRTG. Applause and all the best for his new position.

June 2019

Welcome to Hang!

New PhD student to start in project 5

The IRTG cordially welcomes Hang Yan, PhD student in the group of Florian Wagenlehner/ Undraga Schagdarsurengin. Hang will take over from Tatjana whom we wish all the best for her medical studies. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.

June 2019

Farewell to Britta

Saying goodbye to postdoc in project 9

Klein, BrittaAfter six successful years in IRTG Britta is looking for new challenges and moving on to pastures new.

We want to say thank you for the good job, her continuous support and her outstanding team spirit.

All the best for your future, dear Britta!

May 2019

Beatrix on her way to Melbourne

Doctoral student n° 14  heading off to Australia

Doctoral student in Ralf Middendorff's group Beatrix Stadler will be hosted by Betty Exintaris and carry out research on her topic within project 12 "Role of oxytocin in the contractility of the male reproductive tract: implications for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia".

We wish Bea a successful and pleasant stay in Melbourne.

May 2019

Welcome to Ann-Catherine and Artem!

New medical students in P12 and P7

This spring, the medical students Ann-Catherine Gronau and Artem Kepsch have taken a 'one semester timeout' from their medical studies to do research work for their thesis within IRTG.

We wish them a successful stay in IRTG!

April 2019


Second JLU National Degree for Robert Kügler

Congratulations to Robert for successful degree completion

Robert achieved his doctoral degree in Natural Sciences Dr. rer. nat. We wish him all the best for his future.

April 2019

Two Travel Grants for Britta Klein

to attend the ASA Conference "Fertility and Men's Health"

Britta's successfully applied for the ASA Travel Grant and a travel grant from the funds of the JLU Postdoc Career and Mentoring Office (PCMO) which support her participation in 44th Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology held 06-09 Apr 2019 in Chicago, USA. Congratulations!

April 2019

International Scientist Award for Andreas Meinhardt

Andreas Meinhardt receives the 2019 Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award

The Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award recognises an outstanding international scientist who has consistently demonstrated excellence in research and graduate education at an institution outside of North America and who demonstrates outstanding potential for leading and directing scientific research overseas.

The award will be conferred to Andreas at the SSR 2019 Annual Meeting to be held 18-21 July in San José, California, US.

It's a fantastic achievement for IRTG to have a second recipient of this reknown recognition.

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April 2019