Sixt Group

Morphodynamics of Immune Cells

Immune cells zip through our bodies at high speeds to fight off infections and diseases. The Sixt group works at the interface of cell biology and immunology to investigate how cells are able to migrate through tissues.

Most cells in our bodies are stationary, forming solid tissues and encapsulated organs. One exception are leukocytes, immune cells essential for both the innate and adaptive immune responses to infections. Leukocytes migrate with extraordinary speed and are used by the Sixt group as a model to study cell migration. The group works at the interface of cell biology, immunology, and biophysics, and aims to identify basic mechanistic principles that are equally important for developmental processes and cancer cells. One research focus is how the cell’s internal skeleton generates and transduces the force to change shape, move the cell body and interact with other cells. The group also investigates how cells navigate along guidance cues, specifically how they orient their polarity axis in response to chemotactic gradients. In their work, the members of the Sixt group combine genetics, pharmacology, micro-engineering, surface chemistry, and advanced imaging approaches, as well as in vivo imaging techniques.

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Team

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Jonna Alanko

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Frank Assen

Postdoc

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Mario Avellaneda

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Nikola Canigova

PhD Student

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Alessandra Casano

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Ingrid de Vries

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Alba Juanes Garcia

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Alexander Leithner

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Patricia Rodrigues

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Julian Stopp

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Saren Tasciyan

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Kathrin Tomasek

PhD Student

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Current Projects

Environmental control of leukocyte migration | Cellular force generation and transduction | Interpretation of chemo-attractive gradients


Publications

Sixt MK, Huttenlocher A. 2020. Zena Werb (1945-2020): Cell biology in context. The Journal of cell biology. 219(8). View

Montesinos López JC, Abuzeineh A, Kopf A, Juanes Garcia A, Ötvös K, Petrášek J, Sixt MK, Benková E. 2020. Phytohormone cytokinin guides microtubule dynamics during cell progression from proliferative to differentiated stage. The Embo Journal. View

Salzer E, Zoghi S, Kiss MG, Kage F, Rashkova C, Stahnke S, Haimel M, Platzer R, Caldera M, Ardy RC, Hoeger B, Block J, Medgyesi D, Sin C, Shahkarami S, Kain R, Ziaee V, Hammerl P, Bock C, Menche J, Dupré L, Huppa JB, Sixt MK, Lomakin A, Rottner K, Binder CJ, Stradal TEB, Rezaei N, Boztug K. 2020. The cytoskeletal regulator HEM1 governs B cell development and prevents autoimmunity. Science Immunology. 5(49). View

REVERSAT A, Gärtner FR, Merrin J, Stopp JA, Tasciyan S, Aguilera Servin JL, de Vries I, Hauschild R, Hons M, Piel M, Callan-Jones A, Voituriez R, Sixt MK. 2020. Cellular locomotion using environmental topography. Nature. 582, 582–585. View

Sixt MK, Lämmermann T. 2020. T cells: Bridge-and-channel commute to the white pulp. Immunity. 52(5), 721–723. View

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Career

since 2013 Professor, IST Austria
2010 – 2013 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
2008 – 2010 Endowed Professor, Peter Hans Hofschneider Foundation for Experimental Biomedicine
2005 – 2010 Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
2003 – 2005 Postdoc, Institute for Experimental Pathology, Lund, Sweden
2003 MD, University of Erlangen, Germany
2002 Approbation in human Medicine


Selected Distinctions

2016 ERC Consolidator Grant
2014 EMBO Member
2013 European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA) Young Investigator Medal
2013 Elected member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
2012 Ignaz L. Lieben Award
2011 ERC Starting Grant
2011 FWF START Award
2008 Endowed Professor of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Foundation
2003 Novartis dissertation prize


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