Kerstin Sarter-Zaiss, PhD

Kerstin Sarter Zaiss, Beilhack lab, Immuntherapie Würzburg, Immunotherapy, Autoimmunityjoined the Experimental Stem Cell Transplantation Lab as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2016. She graduated in Biology at the University of Heidelberg and conducted her PhD thesis research on the development of autoimmune diseases at the University of Erlangen Nürnberg as a member of the DFG Graduierten Kolleg “Lymphozyten: Differenzierung, Aktivierung und Deviation”. In 2011 she continued her scientific career at the Medical School of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she successfully explored the role of new co-stimulatory molecules in antigen presentation during the development of autoimmune diseases and in tumor immunology responses.



Dr. Kerstin Sarter Zaiss

Tel:   +49-931-201 27637



Sarter K, Leimgruber E, Gobet F, Agrawal V, Dunand-Sauthier I, Barras E, Mastelic-Gavillet B, Kamath A, Fontannaz P, Guéry L, Duraes Fdo V, Lippens C, Ravn U, Santiago-Raber ML, Magistrelli G, Fischer N, Siegrist CA, Hugues S, Reith W, (2016). Btn2a2, a T cell immunomodulatory molecule coregulated with MHC class II genes. Journal for Experimental Medicine. 8;213(2):177-87.

Zaiss MM, Rapin A, Lebon L, Dubey LK, Mosconi I, Sarter K, Piersigilli A, Menin L, Walker AW, Rougemont J, Paerewijck O, Geldhof P, McCoy KD, Macpherson A, Croese J, Giacomin PR, Loukas A, Junt T, Marsland BJ,  Harris NL, (2015). The intestinal microbiota contributes to the ability of helminths to modulate allergic inflammation. Immunity. 17;43(5):998-1010.

Sarter K, Janko C, André S, Muñoz LE, Schorn C, Winkler S, Rech J, Kaltner H, Lorenz HM, Schiller M, Andreoli L, Manfredi AA, Isenberg DA, Schett G, Herrmann M, Gabius HJ. (2013). Autoantibodies against galectins are associated with antiphospholipid syndrome in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Glycobiology. 23(1):12-22.

Uderhart S, Herrmann M, Oskolkova OV, Aschermann S, Bicker W, Ipseiz N, Sarter K, Frey B, Rothe T, Voll R, Nimmerjahn F, Bochkov VN, Schett G, Krönke G. (2012). 12/15-lipoxygenase orchestrates the clearance of apoptotic cells and maintains immunologic tolerance. Immunity 36(5):834-46.

Zaiss MM, Sarter K, Hess A, Engelke K, Böhm C, Nimmerjahn F, Voll R, Schett G, David JP. (2010). Increased bone density and resistance to ovariectomy-induced bone loss in foxp3tg mice based on impaired osteoclast differentiation. Arthritis & Rheumatism 62(8):2328-38.

Munoz LE, Frey B, Appelt U, Janko C, Sarter K, Voll RE, Kern P, Herrmann M, Gaipl US (2010). Peripheral Blood Stem Cells of Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Show Altered Differentiation into Macrophage. The Open Autoimmunity Journal 2, 11-16.

Frey B, Gaipl US, Sarter K, Zaiss MM, Stillkrieg W, Rödel F, Schett G, Herrmann M, Fietkau R, Keilholz L (2009). Whole body low dose irradiation improves the course of beginning polyarthritis in human TNF-transgenic mice. Autoimmunity 42(4), 346-348.

Janko C, Schorn C, Weidner D, Sarter K, Chaurio R, Sheriff A, Schett G, and Munoz L (2009). Treatment with DNAse I fosters binding to nec PBMC of CRP. Autoimmunity 42(4), 286–288.

Akhmetshina A, Dees C, Busch N, Beer J, Sarter K, Zwerina J, Zimmer A, Distler O, Schett G, Distler JHW (2009). The cannabinoid receptor CB2 exerts antifibrotic effects in experimental dermal fibrosis. Arthritis & Rheumatism 60, 1129-1136.

Sarter K, André S, Kaltner H, Lensch M, Schulze C, Urbonaviciute V, Schett G, Herrmann M, Gabius HJ (2009). Detection and chromatographic removal of lipopolysaccharide in preparations of multifunctional Galectins. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 379(1), 155-159.

Beer A, André S, Kaltner H, Lensch M, Franz S, Sarter K, Schulze C, Gaipl US, Kern P, Herrmann M, Gabius HJ (2008). Human galectins as sensors for apoptosis/necrosis-associated surface changes of granulocytes and lymphocytes. Cytometry A 73, 139-147.

Gaipl US, Munoz LE, Grossmayer G, Lauber K, Franz S, Sarter K, Voll RE, Winkler T, Kuhn A, Kalden J, Kern P, Herrmann M (2007). Clearance deficiency and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Journal of Autoimmunity 28, 114-121.

Katharios P, Garaffo M, Sarter K, Athanassopoulou F, Mylonas CC (2007). A case of high mortality due to heavy infestation of Ceratomyxa diplodae in sharp-snout sea bream (Diplodus puntazzo) treated with reproductive steroids. Bull. Eur. Ass. Fish Pathol. 27, 43.

Sarter K, Papadaki M, Zanuy S, Mylonas CC (2006). Permanent sex-invsersion in 1-year-old juveniles of the protogynous dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) using controlled-release 17a-methyltestosterone. Aquaculture 256, 443-456.


Review articles:

Duraes FV, Thelemann C, Sarter K, Acha-Orbea H, Hugues S, Reith W. (2013). Role of major histocompatibility complex class II expression by non-hematopoietic cells in autoimmune and inflammatory disorders: facts and fiction. Tissue Antigens 82(1):1-15.

Sarter K, Schulze C, Voll RE, Herrmann M (2008) Role of apoptosis failure in etiopathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus and murine lupus. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology 4, 33-42.

Schulze C, Munoz LE, Franz S, Sarter K, Chaurio RA, Gaipl US, Herrmann M (2008). Clearance deficiency–a potential link between infections and autoimmunity. Autoimmun Rev. 8, 5-8.

Sarter K, Mierke C, Beer A, Frey B, Furnrohr B, Schulze C, Franz S (2007) Sweet Clearance: Involvement of Cell Surface Glycans in the Recognition of Apoptotic Cells. Autoimmunity 40, 345-348.

Schulze C, Sarter K, Herrmann M (2007). Do we already understand all aspects connecting clearance and autoimmunity? Autoimmunity 40, 239-243.