Personal Details

Dr. Mara Catani
Scientific Project and Grant Manager

Phone: +49 89-3187-43748
Building/Room: Campus Neuherberg, building 3620, room 0315g

 Short profile


2013   Ph.D. in Immunology, Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP), University of Technology Dresden, Germany

2008 Master in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, University Statale of Milan, Italy

2006 Bachelor in Medical Biotechnology, University Statale of Milan, Italy


Since 05/19 Scientific Project and Grant Manager, Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research - Helmholtz Zentrum München

05/16 - 04/19  Grant and Project manager, Prof. Dr. Stephan Grill, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC), TU Dresden

11/09 – 11/13 PhD Student and follow-up Postdoc, DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD); Laboratory of Preclinical Approaches to Stem Cell Therapy / Diabetes

10/08 – 10/09 Research Associate, National Tumor Institute Milan, Italy


• Successful grant proposals obtained under my management:

- 2019: EMBO workshop “Physics of living systems: From molecules to tissues”

- 2018: DFG Cluster Excellence “Physics of Life”, Initiative 2019-2025

- 2017: Project proposal inside the DFG -Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 83

- 2016: ERC Advanced Grant “CHIMO”

• Management and coordination of funded grants, including ERC Starting and Advanced Grants, DFG Research Grants, DFG Transregio, DFG Priority Programmes, HFSP, Marie Curie ITN

- Writing and submission of intermediate and final reports

- Planning of annual and final budget

- Acting as reference person for university and funding agencies

• Support in grant writing and job application for Scientists


Responsibilities at IDR

·  Management and coordination of research funding grants (writing, budget planning, submission, compliance to guidelines and policies, intermediate and final report)

·       Project manager and alliance manager (with external collaborators)

·       Support in manuscript writing and presentations

·       Institute coordination and administrative support

·       Institute communication: website, press releases, social media



1. Catani M, Walther D, Christie MR, McLaughlin KA, Bonifacio E, Eugster A; “Isolation of human monoclonal autoantibodies derived from pancreatic lymph node and peripheral blood B-cells of islet autoantibody positive patients”. Diabetologia. 2016

2. Eugster A, Lindner A, Catani M, Heninger AK., Dahl A, Klemroth S, Kühn D, Dietz S, Bickle M, Ziegler AG, Bonifacio E; "High Diversity in the TCR repertoire of GAD65 autoantigen-responsive human CD4+ T cells”. The Journal of Immunology. 2015

3. Eugster A, Lindner A, Heninger AK, Wilhelm C, Dietz S, Catani M, Ziegler AG, Bonifacio E; "Measuring T cell receptor and T cell gene expression diversity in antigen-responsive human CD4+ T cells”. J Immunol Methods. 2013

4. Sensi M, Catani M, Castellano G, Nicolini G, Alciato F, Tragni G, De Santis G, Bersani I, Avanzi G, Tomassetti A, Canevari S, Anichini A; “Human Cutaneous Melanomas Lacking MITF and Melanocyte Differentiation Antigens Express a Functional Axl Receptor Kinase“. J Invest Dermatol. 2011