TU Dresden


Founded in 2006, the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) was the first research center of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the first Cluster of Excellence in the new German States. The Excellence Initiative aims to promote top-level research and to improve the quality of German universities and research institutes. In June 2012, the CRTD was reaffirmed as a DFG-Research Center and Cluster of Excellence.

At CRTD, you will work in an international team with ambitious, objective-driven and open-minded colleagues. Our scientific and non-scientific staff, coming from over 30 countries across the world, work hand in hand to pursue cutting-edge research within a world-class research environment. Become a part of our success!

The Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 655 ”Cells into tissues: Stem cell and progenitor commitment and interactions during tissue formation ” is coordinated by the TU Dresden and linked to the CRTD. The Center was evaluated by the DFG in March 2013 and successfully competed for another 4 years of funding of 12 million EUR.

An important goal of the CRTD is to translate outstanding basic research results into innovative regenerative therapies. To support translational activities, an interdisciplinary Translational Committee (TC) has been established.

First results have been achieved with the transplantation program for hematopoietic stem cells for the treatment of leukemia (Prof. Dr. Ehninger and Prof. Dr. Bornhhäuser, Faculty of Medicine of the University Hospital 'Carl Gustav Carus') and the infusion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for bone replacement (Prof. Bornhäuser in cooperation with Prof. Lauer, Prof. Günther, Prof. Zwipp and Prof. Werner, Max-Bergmann Center of Biomaterials).

The seed grant program is a major instrument of the CRTD to initiate new collaborations between CRTD core research groups and CRTD Member network groups. Seed grants provide funding to projects, often at a very early stage, for up to two years and thus, the program acts as financial bridge until it is possible to apply for third party funding.

As a token of appreciation for excellent research, our employees have received numerous awards and grants. The following are a few selected examples:

  • 2015 ‘ERC Advanced Investigator Award’ of the European Research Council (ERC) for Prof. Dr. Michael Brand
  • 2015 ‘ERC Starting Grant’ of the European Research Council (ERC) for Dr. Volker Busskamp
  • 2015 ‘EYEnovative Förderpreise’ of the Novartis Pharma GmbH for Dr. Mike O. Karl
  • 2014 ‘EYEnovative Förderpreise’ of the Novartis Pharma GmbH for Dr. Marius Ader and Prof. Dr. Karsten Kretschmer
  • 2013 grant for Dr. Caghan Kizil about 1.7 million euros over the next five years to develop his projects at the Dresden site of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).
  • 2013 ‘Ernst-Friedrich-Pfeiffer-Preis’ from the Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft (DDG) for Dr. Stephan Speier
  • 2013 ‘EYEnovative Förderpreis’ of the Novartis Pharma GmbH for Dr. Mike O. Karl
  • 2012 ‘ERC Advanced Investigator Grant’ of the European Research Council (ERC) for Prof. Elly Tanaka, PhD
  • 2011 ‘Medical Book of the Year’ of the British Medical Association for Prof. Dr. Kempermann ’s book on new nerve cells in the adult brain

Exellent Research Environment

Space for Ideas
In 2011, the CRTD team moved into its new home, a state-of-art building with 6900 square meters of laboratories, offices, auditoriums and seminar rooms, constructed adjacent to the BioInnovationCenter in Dresden Johannstadt at a cost of 48.6 million EUR. The CRTD building offers space for scientific research, education, science communication and other activities.

Our Network
The CRTD is set up as an interdisciplinary and interconnected network of 18 core research groups in the research institute and around 80 principal investigators from other research institutes in Dresden. Altogether, over 150 partners from science, business, administration, culture and finance form an innovative network for biomedical research - the Biopolis Dresden. Scientific integration and synergy within the Biopolis are facilitated by the close proximity of participating institutes.

Cutting Edge Technology for Cutting Edge Research
Our scientists utilize technologies and services made available within the CRTD network. Cutting-edge technologies are offered centrally to all scientists in the CRTD community. Here you can find more information about our technology platform.

These excellent working conditions have already received much recognition. In 2011, the CRTD was listed in the top 10 'Best workplace for postdocs' in the journal 'The Scientist'.

International Employees
Top scientists from more than 30 different nations work within the 18 core research groups at the CRTD. More than one-third of our staff is from outside Germany.

International Conferences, External Seminars, Scientific Symposia
This international work environment creates the framework for various events at the CRTD. International conferences (such as, 
‘5th International Congress on Stem Cells and Tissue Formation’ in 2014, and the ‘ISSCR International Symposia - Stem Cell Models of Neural Regeneration and Disease’ in 2015), external seminars (e.g. ‘Green Seminar Series’ with international guest speakers) and scientific symposia (latest breakthroughs from the research areas) offer numerous opportunities for scientific exchange.

The International Office provides support with:

  • Visa / Residence Permits
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Medical Care
  • Culture
  • Language Courses

If you need help with anything else, please contact our Coordinator for the Master's Course RegBioMed, Sandra Mattick, anytime!

Visa / Residence Permit
While EU citizens do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany, almost all non-EU citizens do. For exceptions to this rule, please check to find out whether your country is exempt: Please note that to work or study here, a tourist visa is not sufficient. Please contact the nearest German embassy for information about the visa application procedure.

Once you have arrived, you need to register as a resident in Dresden and make an appointment with the immigration office to receive your residence permit. Please contact the International Office for help.

For EU citizens, an ID card is sufficient proof of citizenship. Registration as a resident in Dresden is obligatory.

As a student, you can apply for a dormitory room at the Studentenwerk:

Vacant apartments or rooms in shared flats are usually advertised on the internet, e.g. on

There is also a number of apartment placement agencies that can help you find a room or flat relatively quickly, but please note that there may be a fee involved:

Health insurance is important and mandatory in Germany, and a prerequisite for your residence permit. EU Citizens with a valid European health insurance card are covered in Germany for temporary stays. If you stay long-term, you need to exchange the card for a local health insurance provider.
As an employee with a work contract, you will need to take out a statutory health insurance policy. The benefits of statutory health insurance are largely standardized while there may be differences in customer service, additional benefits, and optional premiums. The contributions are income-based (approx. 15.5% of your gross income) and are split between employer and employee. There is the option to include your spouse and children at no extra charge (Familienversicherung).
If you receive a scholarship you will need to take out a private insurance from a health insurance provider that is authorised in Germany. The International Office can help you with this.
Other useful insurance policies may be (third party) liability insurance, which insures you for damage caused to third parties, and household contents insurance, which insures your personal belongings (furniture, jewelry, electronic devices, clothes, etc.) against fire, storms, theft and vandalism. If you wish to have such insurance coverage, you need to procure this insurance privately.

Medical Care
You can contact the International Office if you need help making an appointment. In case of a medical emergency, please contact the emergency service located at the University Hospital, house 28, ground floor. All other hospitals in Dresden also have emergency rooms that are open round the clock. Please do not forget to bring your health insurance card with you.

Culture and Leisure
Dresden is a city of art and culture. You will find a great variety of art galleries, museums, theaters, cinemas, exhibitions, and much more. For more information please check
The TU Dresden Cultural Office offers cultural events for English-speaking students and employees.

Language Courses
The International Office regularly organizes in-house German classes for different levels. Please contact us for details. In addition, there are several institutes in Dresden that offer language courses, e.g.,,

Before / After your Arrival
To prepare for your stay in Germany, the International Office has compiled the Checklist “Arriving in Dresden”. Most importantly, you need to obtain a visa and find accommodation. Also, you should make sure that your passport is valid for (ideally) the entire period of your stay.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please also have a look at where you can find some useful information for your first steps in Germany.

Leaving Germany

When you are leaving Germany, please note that there are several documents that you will have to need to cancel. Do this early enough to save yourself administrative and financial burdens. The Checklist “Leaving Dresden” will guide you.



Tenure Track Option
Tenure track option is an important factor for recruiting and supporting top-level young scientists.

All junior groups are established for a duration of six years. After four years of probation the junior group leaders have the chance to proceed to a tenure track evaluation. Under state law, they are able to pass through an appeals procedure for a permanent W2 professorship, after successful evaluation by external and internal boards.

Mentoring Programme
Each junior group leader identifies one senior mentor who should provide career guidance. In regular meetings with the mentor, advice is given and development and career options are discussed.

Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB)
The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) is a structured PhD program by the Technische Universität Dresden, embedded in a vibrant, collaborative and international community. The DIGS-BB offers PhD positions in world-class interdisciplinary research projects, accompanied by expert mentoring and a training curriculum that supports both scientific and personal development.

Bioscience PhD Students (BiPS)
PhD students at the CRTD may be independently employed by a professor or a group leader. Collectively, all independently employed students are referred to as Bioscience PhD Students (BiPS). 
BiPS students have the advantage of accessing Technische Universität Dresden and CRTD research communities, international networks, and facilities, while completing a PhD.

Training for Administrative Staff
Our administrative employees have the opportunity to join trainings offered by the ‘Akademie für öffentliche Verwaltung des Freistaates Sachsen’ (AVS) in Meißen, the Technische Universität Dresden or other suitable educational institutions.

Equal Opportunities

Kita BioPolis, management: Thüringer Sozialakademie

Kita Loschwitzer Straße, management: Thüringer Sozialakademie

Dual Career Service
For scientists, flexibility and mobility is assumed and this is why reconciling work and family is a special challenge for them. The CRTD supports scientists and their families with a dual career service, which is offered in cooperation with Technische Universität Dresden.

Newly appointed professors, as well as junior scientists and their spouses can obtain support for their private and professional start in Dresden. There is a special focus on finding an appropriate position for the spouses of scientists. Furthermore, personal advice and guidance is offered regarding change of residence, child care and choice of school.


Child Care
We would like to provide a family-friendly work environment in the CRTD. Therefore we have established some measures, which could help to support work and family.

For these efforts the CRTD received the ‘Family-friendly institution of Technische Universität Dresden’ award in 2008.


Daycare Center
In 2009 and 2013 two child daycare centers were built near the CRTD in a joint effort together with the City of Dresden and adjacent institutions. CRTD is now able to offer a special contingent of day care places for its employees.


Nursery Room and Playroom
For short-term child care at work, we provide a nursing room/playroom equipped with a work place for laptop, a portable crib, toys, diaper changing table and a nursing chair.


Flexible Working Hours
CRTD offers several different work-time models, depending on personal circumstances and needs of individuals. External access to the CRTD intranet and server allows you to work from home.