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Group Leader

Irina Nazarenko


General Information

Medical Center University of Freiburg,

79106, Freiburg, Germany


Telefon: +49 761 270-82100

Position: Head of the Research Group “Extracellular Vesicles"


2021                Appointment to Adjunct Professor (Apl. Prof.) Medical Faculty, University of Freiburg, Germany

2014                Habilitation, Venia Legendi in Molecular Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Freiburg, Germany

2003                PhD in Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

1998                Diploma (Biology/Genetics), Moscow Lomonossov State University (MSU),

                       Moscow, Russia

Work Experience

Current Position

Since 2022       Head of Division “Epigenetic Biomarkers”, Hahn Schickard Institute, Freiburg, Germany

2020                Founder of CapCO BIO GmbH, University Start-Up Company

Since 2012       Head of the Research Group “Extracellular Vesicles”, Institute for Infection Prevention and Control, Medical Centre University of

                       Freiburg, Germany

Since 2018        Principle Investigator of the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research


Previous Positions

2009-2011        Project Leader, Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany / J. Sleeman Lab

2006-2009       Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Tumor Progression and Cell Biology, German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany / M.

                       Zöller Lab

2005                Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Signal Transduction; University of Innsbruck, Austria / F. Überall Lab/ Individual research fellowship of

                       Humboldt University

1999-2004       Doctoral and Postdoctoral fellow; Institute of Pathology, University Medicine Charité, Berlin, Germany / R. Schäfer and C. Sers Labs

20.12.2014 – 06.04.2015 - Maternity leave


Since 2017        Lecture “Cancerogenic Environmental Factors” Global Urban Health Master course, ZMG, Medical Faculty,

                        University of Freiburg (0.5 SWS)

Since 2012        Elective Subject “Exosome Biology” for Master Training in Molecular Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Freiburg (2 SWS)