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Lab: Dr. Miriam Schmidts
Department: Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
University Medical Center
Address: Mathildenstr. 1
79106 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 270 43630
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PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Molecular Medicine
Research Interests: - Gene discovery: the genetic basis of rare diseases with main focus on motile and non-motile ciliopathies, neurodevelopmental disorders and inherited renal diseases
- Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying rare diseases using gene editing approaches in vitro and in vivo

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Education & Training: 2005: Final German Medical Exam “Ärztliche Prüfung ”
2003-2005: Medical doctoral thesis on Hereditary Nephrotic Syndromes, Nephrology Division, University Freiburg Medical Center
1998-2005: Medical studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany
Employment & Experience: 2018-present: Clinical Fellow, Center for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University Freiburg Medical Center
2015-present: Assistant Professor Genome Research Division, Human Genetics department, Radboud University Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2011-2014: Clinical Research Fellow; Fellowship Action Medical Research (AMR), Molecular Medicine Unit, UCL, London, UK
2009-2011: Academic Research Fellow (DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Fellowship), Molecular Medicine Unit, UCL,London, UK
2009: Academic Research Fellow in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, University Freiburg Medical Center, Germany
2005-2008: Clinical Fellow, Center for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University Freiburg Medical Center

Honors

Honors and Awards:

2019: Friedrich-Linneweh-Preis für Pädiatrische Forschung
2018: Rückkehrstipendium, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
2016: ERC starting grant TREATCilia (1,5 Mio €)
2014: CRC1140 KIDGEM Co-PI with Dr. E. Lausch
2014: Radboud University Medical Center Hypatia tenure Track fellowship
2014: Radboud University Excellence Fellowship
2011: Else-Kröner-Fresenius Award for Pediatric Nephrology, Germany
2011: Action Medical Research Clinical Training Fellowship UK
2009: Peters-Stiftung für Pädiatrische Nephrologie Award
2009: Research Fellowship (DFG) for 24 months

 

Publications

Selected Publications:

Loges NT, Antony D, Maver A, Deardorff MA, Güleç EY, Gezdirici A, Nöthe-Menchen T, Höben IM, Jelten L, Frank D, Werner C, Tebbe J, Wu K, Goldmuntz E, Čuturilo G, Krock B, Ritter A, Hjeij R, Bakey Z, Pennekamp P, Dworniczak B, Brunner H, Peterlin B, Tanidir C, Olbrich H, Omran H, Schmidts M. Recessive DNAH9 Loss-of-Function Mutations Cause Laterality Defects and Subtle Respiratory Ciliary-Beating Defects. Am J Hum Genet. 2018 Dec 6;103(6):995-1008.  Abstract

Rehman AU, Najafi M, Kambouris M, Al-Gazali L, Makrythanasis P, Rad A, Maroofian R, Rajab A, Stark Z, Hunter JV, Bakey Z, Tokita MJ, He W, Vetrini F, Petersen A, Santoni FA, Hamamy H, Wu K, Al-Jasmi F, Helmstädter M, Arnold SJ, Xia F, Richmond C, Liu P, Karimiani EG, Karami Madani G, Lunke S, El-Shanti H, Eng CM, Antonarakis SE, Hertecant J, Walkiewicz M, Yang Y, Schmidts M. Biallelic loss of function variants in PPP1R21 cause a neurodevelopmental syndrome with impaired endocytic function. Hum Mutat. 2019 Mar;40(3):267-280.  Abstract

Paff T, Loges NT, Aprea I, Wu K, Bakey Z, Haarman EG, Daniels JMA, Sistermans EA, Bogunovic N, Dougherty GW, Höben IM, Große-Onnebrink J, Matter A, Olbrich H, Werner C, Pals G, Schmidts M, Omran H, Micha D. Mutations in PIH1D3 Cause X-Linked Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia with Outer and Inner Dynein Arm Defects. Am J Hum Genet. 2017 Jan 5;100(1):160-168.  Abstract

Schmidts M, Hou Y, Cortés CR, Mans DA, Huber C, Boldt K, Patel M, van Reeuwijk J, Plaza JM, van Beersum SE, Yap ZM, Letteboer SJ, Taylor SP, Herridge W, Johnson CA, Scambler PJ, Ueffing M, Kayserili H, Krakow D, King SM; UK10K, Beales PL, Al-Gazali L, Wicking C, Cormier-Daire V, Roepman R, Mitchison HM, Witman GB. TCTEX1D2 mutations underlie Jeune asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy with impaired retrograde intraflagellar transport. Nat Commun. 2015 Jun 5;6:7074.  Abstract

Wheway G, Schmidts M, Mans DA, Szymanska K, Nguyen TT, Racher H, Phelps IG, Toedt G, Kennedy J, Wunderlich KA, Sorusch N, Abdelhamed ZA, Natarajan S, Herridge W, van Reeuwijk J, Horn N, Boldt K, Parry DA, Letteboer SJF, Roosing S, Adams M, Bell SM, Bond J, Higgins J, Morrison EE, Tomlinson DC, Slaats GG, van Dam TJP, Huang L, Kessler K, Giessl A, Logan CV, Boyle EA, Shendure J, Anazi S, Aldahmesh M, Al Hazzaa S, Hegele RA, Ober C, Frosk P, Mhanni AA, Chodirker BN, Chudley AE, Lamont R, Bernier FP, Beaulieu CL, Gordon P, Pon RT, Donahue C, Barkovich AJ, Wolf L, Toomes C, Thiel CT, Boycott KM, McKibbin M, Inglehearn CF; UK10K Consortium; University of Washington Center for Mendelian Genomics, Stewart F, Omran H, Huynen MA, Sergouniotis PI, Alkuraya FS, Parboosingh JS, Innes AM, Willoughby CE, Giles RH, Webster AR, Ueffing M, Blacque O, Gleeson JG, Wolfrum U, Beales PL, Gibson T, Doherty D, Mitchison HM, Roepman R, Johnson CA. An siRNA-based functional genomics screen for the identification of regulators of ciliogenesis and ciliopathy genes. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Aug;17(8):1074-1087.  Abstract

Schmidts M, Vodopiutz J, Christou-Savina S, Cortés CR, McInerney-Leo AM, Emes RD, Arts HH, Tüysüz B, D'Silva J, Leo PJ, Giles TC, Oud MM, Harris JA, Koopmans M, Marshall M, Elçioglu N, Kuechler A, Bockenhauer D, Moore AT, Wilson LC, Janecke AR, Hurles ME, Emmet W, Gardiner B, Streubel B, Dopita B, Zankl A, Kayserili H, Scambler PJ, Brown MA, Beales PL, Wicking C; UK10K, Duncan EL, Mitchison HM. Mutations in the gene encoding IFT dynein complex component WDR34 cause Jeune asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Nov 7;93(5):932-44.  Abstract

McInerney-Leo AM, Schmidts M, Cortés CR, Leo PJ, Gener B, Courtney AD, Gardiner B, Harris JA, Lu Y, Marshall M; UK10K Consortium, Scambler PJ, Beales PL, Brown MA, Zankl A, Mitchison HM, Duncan EL, Wicking C. Short-rib polydactyly and Jeune syndromes are caused by mutations in WDR60. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Sep 5;93(3):515-23.  Abstract

Halbritter J, Bizet AA, Schmidts M, Porath JD, Braun DA, Gee HY, McInerney-Leo AM, Krug P, Filhol E, Davis EE, Airik R, Czarnecki PG, Lehman AM, Trnka P, Nitschké P, Bole-Feysot C, Schueler M, Knebelmann B, Burtey S, Szabó AJ, Tory K, Leo PJ, Gardiner B, McKenzie FA, Zankl A, Brown MA, Hartley JL, Maher ER, Li C, Leroux MR, Scambler PJ, Zhan SH, Jones SJ, Kayserili H, Tuysuz B, Moorani KN, Constantinescu A, Krantz ID, Kaplan BS, Shah JV; UK10K Consortium, Hurd TW, Doherty D, Katsanis N, Duncan EL, Otto EA, Beales PL, Mitchison HM, Saunier S, Hildebrandt F. Defects in the IFT-B component IFT172 cause Jeune and Mainzer-Saldino syndromes in humans. Am J Hum Genet. 2013 Nov 7;93(5):915-25.  Abstract

Schmidts M, Frank V, Eisenberger T, Al Turki S, Bizet AA, Antony D, Rix S, Decker C, Bachmann N, Bald M, Vinke T, Toenshoff B, Di Donato N, Neuhann T, Hartley JL, Maher ER, Bogdanović R, Peco-Antić A, Mache C, Hurles ME, Joksić I, Guć-Šćekić M, Dobricic J, Brankovic-Magic M, Bolz HJ, Pazour GJ, Beales PL, Scambler PJ, Saunier S, Mitchison HM, Bergmann C. Combined NGS approaches identify mutations in the intraflagellar transport gene IFT140 in skeletal ciliopathies with early progressive kidney Disease. Hum Mutat. 2013 May;34(5):714-24.  Abstract

Mitchison HM, Schmidts M, Loges NT, Freshour J, Dritsoula A, Hirst RA, O'Callaghan C, Blau H, Al Dabbagh M, Olbrich H, Beales PL, Yagi T, Mussaffi H, Chung EM, Omran H, Mitchell DR. Mutations in axonemal dynein assembly factor DNAAF3 cause primary ciliary dyskinesia. Nat Genet. 2012 Mar 4;44(4):381-9, S1-2.  Abstract

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