Dieter Saur studied medicine in Munich and obtained his doctorate in gastroenterology at TUM’s university hospital, graduating summa cum laude and winning TUM’s doctoral award. His doctoral thesis and postdoctoral qualification (2006) investigated neuronal control of the intestine, i.e. “brain-gut” function. A clinician and a researcher in one person, Saur established a new focus on tumor diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in 2002. The use of new endoscopic imaging procedures for early detection of gastrointestinal tumors and the development of novel therapeutic strategies for tumor subtypes are key topics of his research. A consultant of internal medicine specializing in gastroenterology since 2007 and a professor since 2013, Saur has accumulated a range of awards and grants along the way – most recently the prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his work in pancreatic cancer.
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Colorectal cancer research: inflammation in oncogene-induced intestinal tumourigenesis
I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biology (2010) and my Master’s study in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology (2011) at the Leopold-Franzens-University (LFU) of Innsbruck (Austria). During my Master’s, I went for a free-mover semester and research stay at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (Switzerland). After I completed my Master’s degree, I started a PhD at the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI) and continued my PhD in 2013 at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College; United Kingdom) in the lab of Prof. Arthur Kaser, where I graduated in 2016 as PhD in Medicine. After graduation, I accepted the kind offer of Prof. Saur to join his lab as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Klinikum rechts der Isar). Since January 2019 I occupy the position of a Junior Group Leader in the lab of Prof. Saur.
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PhD graduate students
Therapeutic targeting and transcriptional subtyping of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Multi-color lineage tracing methods in mouse models
Epithelial–mesenchymal transition in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Tumor microenvironment in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Single-cell RNA sequencing
Investigation of combinatorial treatment strategies in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Born and raised in beautiful Bucharest, Romania, I started studying medicine at the LMU in 2015 and joined our research group in 2019. When I’m not running around the lab doing western blots, taking care of my cells or preparing for exams – I love to be in the mountains, listen to as much live music as I can, travel and generally keep busy.
CRISPRa screening in prancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
I studied preclinical medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich from 2015-2017 and have been continuing my clinical studies at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since 2017. After finishing the preclinical part of my course, I started studying B.A. Philosophy at the LMU in 2017, parallel to my medical studies. In April 2020 I joined the Saur lab to work on my MD thesis in translational medicine (Dr. med. sci) on CRISPRa screening in PDAC.
I am from Colombia and came to Germany for my studies in pharmaceutical bioprocess engineering (Pharmazeutische Bioprozesstechnik) that started in October 2019. One of my goals is to collaborate on the investigation and cure of diseases, which is why August 2019 I joined our research group. Appart from my studies I like to read and see new places in this beautiful county.