Frank Winkler, PhD, earned his medical degree at Freiburg University. He completed a research fellowship at the Steele Lab at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. Later, he received his assistant professor degree from Ludwig-Maximilian University, and became full professor (W3) in Heidelberg in 2012.
His work has been published in Nature, Nature Medicine, Neuro-Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, Neurology, among others. Dr Winkler is involved in several phase 2 and 3 clinical studies.
The lab in the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) has a focus on intravital microscopy of cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumor progression, and how established and new therapies interfere with it.
Dr. Winkler’s lab recently discovered ultra-long membrane tubes (tumor microtubes, TMs) that are used by glioblastoma cells to invade and colonize the brain, and to form a large communicating and resistant multicellular network.