Dr. Maximilian Reichert

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Reichert’s (b. 1980) research focuses on pancreatic development and disease with a strong interest in the molecular underpinnings of cellular plasticity in organogenesis, regeneration, as well as cancer initiation and dissemination. Using system biology approaches as well as complementary in vitro and in vivo assays, his laboratory addresses questions related to both basic as well as translational biology.

After graduating medical school in 2008 from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with summa cum laude, Dr. Reichert remained there to start his residency under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Roland Schmid at the Department of Gastroenterology. During his clinical training, he was recruited for his postdoctoral studies to the laboratory of Dr. Anil K. Rustgi (Chair, Division of Gastroenterology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania). After rising to Research Associate and completing his work in Dr. Rustgi’s laboratory, Dr. Reichert returned to Munich where he started his own laboratory at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM. His work has been published in several high-ranking journals such as Genes and Development, Journal of Clinical Investigation, multiple Cell journals, and Nature Protocols.


    • Max-Eder Program, Deutschen Krebshilfe e.V. (2015)
    • AGA-Actavis Award in Pancreatic Disease (2014)
    • AACR Scholar-in-Training Award (2014)
    • Abstract of the Year 2011 by the Gastroenterology Research Group (AGA-GRG) (2011)
    • National Pancreas Foundation Fellowship (2009)

    Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

    Reichert M, Takano S, Heeg S, Bakir B, Botta GP, Rustgi AK Gregory P. Botta, Anil K. Rustgi. Isolating Murine Pancreatic Ductal Cells using Magnetic Beads in Development, Regeneration and Cancer, Nature Protocols, 2013 Jun 20;8(7):1354-65. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2013.079.


    Reichert M, Takano S, von Burstin J, Kim SB, Lee JS, Ihida-Stansbury K, Hahn C, Heeg S, Schneider G, Rhim AD, Stanger BZ, Rustgi AK. The Prrx1 homeodomain transcription factor plays a central role in pancreatic regeneration and carcinogenesis. Genes Dev. 2013 Feb 1;27(3):288-300. doi: 10.1101/gad.204453.112. Epub 2013 Jan 25.


    Rhim AD, Mirek ET, Aiello NM, Maitra A, Bailey JM, McAllister F, Reichert M, Beatty GL, Rustgi AK, Vonderheide RH, Leach SD, Stanger BZ. EMT and dissemination precede pancreatic tumor formation. Cell. 2012 Jan 20;148(1-2):349-61. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.11.025.


    Reichert M, Rustgi AK. Pancreatic ductal cells in development, regeneration, and neoplasia. J Clin Invest. 2011 Dec;121(12):4572-8. doi: 10.1172/JCI57131. Epub 2011 Dec 1. Review.


    Reichert M, Saur D, Hamacher R, Schmid RM, Schneider G. Phosphoinositide-3-kinase signaling controls S-phase kinase-associated protein 2 transcription via E2F1 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells. Cancer Res. 2007 May 1;67(9):4149-56.