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PD Dr. rer. nat. Markus Morkel

Senior Scientist

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Molecular Tumor Pathology
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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Virchowweg 15

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Markus Morkel studied Biology at the University Würzburg and received his Dr. rer. nat. in Molecular Biology from the Humboldt University, Berlin. He continued his research as a postdoc in Professor Walter Birchmeier´s lab at the Max-Delbrück-Centrum (MDC) and as a research group leader in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics. His research focus is on oncogenic signal transduction during intestinal cancer initiation and progression, using transgenic mouse and organotypic tissue culture models.


Selected Publications:

Riemer P, Rydenfelt M, Marks M, van Eunen K, Thedieck K, Herrmann BG, Blüthgen N, Sers C, and Morkel M. Oncogenic β-Catenin and PIK3CA instruct network states and cancer phenotypes in intestinal organoids.  J Cell Biol., 2017 Apr 25; doi: 10.1083/jcb.201610058

Mamlouk S, Childs LH, Aust D, Heim D, Melching F, Oliveira C, Wolf T, Durek P, Schumacher D, Bläker H, von Winterfeld M, Gastl B, Möhr K, Menne A, Zeugner S, Redmer T, Lenze D, Tierling S, Möbs M, Weichert W, Folprecht G, Blanc E, Beule D, Schäfer R, Morkel M, Klauschen F, Leser U, Sers C. DNA copy number changes define spatial patterns of heterogeneity in colorectal cancer. Nat Commun. 2017 Jan 25;8:14093.       

Riemer P, Sreekumar A, Reinke S, Rad R, Schäfer R, Sers C, Bläker H, Herrmann BG, Morkel M. Transgenic expression of oncogenic BRAF induces loss of stem cells in the mouse intestine, which is antagonized by β-Catenin activity.  Oncogene 2015 Jun 11;34(24):3164-75.

Grimm C, Chavez L, Vilardell M, Farrall AL, Tierling S, Böhm JW, Grote P, Lienhard, Timmermann B, Walter J, Schweiger MR, Lehrach H, Herwig R, Herrmann BG, Morkel M. DNA-methylome analysis of mouse intestinal adenoma identifies a tumour-specific signature that is partly conserved in human colon cancer. PLoS Genetics 2013 Feb 7;9(2):e1003250

Farrall AL, Riemer P, Leushacke M, Sreekumar A, Grimm C, Herrmann BG, Morkel M. Wnt and BMP signals control intestinal adenoma cell fates. Int J Cancer 2012 Nov 15;131(10):2242-52

Jürchott K, Kuban R-J, Krech T, Blüthgen N, Stein U, Walther W, Friese C, Kiełbasa SM, Ungethüm U, Lund P, Knösel T, Kemmner W, Morkel M, Fritzmann J, Schlag PM, Birchmeier W, Krueger T, Sperling S, Sers C, Royer HD, Herzel H, Schäfer R. Identification of Y-box binding protein 1 as a core regulator of MEK/ERK pathway dependent gene signatures in colorectal cancer cells.  PLoS Genetics. 2010 Dec 2;6(12):e1001231     

Vidigal JA*, Morkel M*, Wittler L, Brouwer-Lehmitz A, Grote P, Macura K, Herrmann BG. An inducible RNA interference system for the functional dissection of mouse embryogenesis.  Nucleic Acids Res. 2010 Jun;38(11):e122

Fritzmann J*, Morkel M*, Besser D, Budczies J, Kosel F, Brembeck FH, Stein U, Fichtner I, Schlag PM, Birchmeier W. A colorectal cancer expression profile that includes transforming growth factor beta inhibitor BAMBI predicts metastatic potential.  Gastroenterology 2009 Jul;137:165-75.