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The German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) is a member of the Leibniz association. The institute’s mission is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health, with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of nutrition-dependent diseases, and of developing new strategies for treatment and prevention (Website:

The Department Adipocyte Development and Nutrition (ADE) is inviting applications for

1 Master Student (m/f/d)

on the topic:
Analysis of the effects of aging and metabolic diseases on the composition of the stem cell niche


In addition to the classic fat depots (the white and the brown fat) there is also a so-called ectopic fat storage. Ectopic fat cells have been implicated in a number of functional and metabolic disorders in a number of tissues. Ectopic fat cells arise from a population of specialized cells called mesenchymal stem or stromal cells (MSCs). It is assumed that MSCs increasingly undergo an adipogenic differentiation with old age and in this way may increasingly promote ectopic fatty cell formation thereby contributing to pathological processes and impaired regeneration. In addition to single-cell analysis, this master’s thesis deals with the in vivo manipulation of the identified genes with the aim of improving health in old age and in metabolic disease states.


The institute offers a vibrant and interactive research environment and expects interested and committed candidates.

Application will be considered on an ongoing basis until the pot has been filled. Please send your application documents before 31.10.2019 to:

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Department Adipocyte Development and Nutrition
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal

or via E-Mail to

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. George Soultoukis, Department ADE, E-Mail:


By submitting your application documents, you grant us the right to collect, process, and use your personal data exclusively for the application selection process. For further information about your rights according to the data protection law, please contact the department Human Resources and Social Services (

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