The Faculty of Medicine welcomes another Humboldt Fellow at the Department of Medicine 1, Dr. J. Patankar. As part of the working group of Prof. Dr. C. Becker, Dr. J. Patankar will be researching the function of the protein GATA-4 in the bowel within the next two years. He aims at enlightening the role of this protein in the development of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and at finding out whether this protein is important for the development of bowel tumors. Dr. J. Patankar is particularly keen on examining the regulation of GATA-4 in the bowel epithelium and how it regulates cell growth and differentiation processes within the bowel epithelium.
Dr. J. Patankar studied microbiology and human and molecular genetics in India before he did his Ph.D. in molecular medicine at the Medical University of Graz. Since 2013, he has been working as postdoc at the University of British Columbia, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, in Vancouver, Canada.
The Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows postdoctoral researchers to carry out long-term research (6 – 24 months) in Germany. The young scientists with above average qualifications choose their own topic of research and their academic host.