Musga Qureischi

Musga Qureischireceived her master’s degree from the University of Würzburg. Following her keen interest in the immune system in health and disease she investigates the pathophysiology of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), a highly inflammatory reaction and often life-threatening immune response that can follow after bone marrow transplantation. The research goal of her PhD thesis project is to identify novel therapeutic targets for GvHD and other inflammatory conditions. During her master studies Musga worked in different groups in Würzburg. She acquired a broad spectrum of technical skills in the field of molecular and cellular immunology as well as bioinformatics. Her master thesis project focused on NFAT signaling in lymphocytes.  Based on her accomplishments she was recently awarded with a prestigious PhD GSLS Fellowship funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). Musga joined the German Society for Immunology (Deutsche Gesselschaft für Immunologie, DGfI) and was selected as a member of the advisory board of the forum of Young Immunologist (YI). She is actively working on establishing YI as a platform for young PhDs and Postdocs within the German Society of Immunology to exchange experiences, meet on regular events and start networking with colleagues and PIs.


Musga Qureischi, M.Sc.

Tel: +49-931-201 27637


ASH Abstract Achievement Award, 58th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Conference from December 3-6, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Fellowship of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) Würzburg of the German Excellence Initiative


Xiao Y*, Qureischi M*, Dietz L*, Vaeth M, Vallabhapurapu S, Klein-Hessling S, Klein M, Liang C, Koenig A, Serfling E, Mottok A, Bopp T, Rosenwald A, Buttmann M, Berberich I, Beilhack A, Berberich-Siebelt F. (2020). Lack of NFATc1 SUMOylation prevents autoimmunity and alloreactivity. J Exp Med, in press

Jarick KJ, Mokhtari Z, Scheller L, Hartweg J, Thusek S, Le DD, Ranecky M, Shaikh H, Qureischi M, Heinze KG, Beilhack A. (2018). Photoconversion of Alloreactive T Cells in Murine Peyer’s Patches During Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Tracking the Homing Route of Highly Proliferative Cells In Vivo. Front. Immunol. 9:1468.

Klein-Hessling S, Muhammad K, Pusch T, Klein M, Rudolf R, Flöter J, Qureischi M, Beilhack A, Vaeth M, Kummerow C, Backes C, Schoppmeyer R, Hahn U, Hoth M, Bopp T, Berberich-Siebelt F, Patra A, Avots A, Müller N, Schulze A, Serfling E. (2017). NFATc1 controls the cytotoxicity of CD8+ T cells at multiple levels. Nature Communications 8:511.