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German Cancer Consortium (DKTK)

The German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) was founded in 2012 to support the aim of implementing promising new cancer research findings into the clinic as quickly as possible. Therefore, seven partner locations with their research institutes and university hospitals cooperate with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The DKTK as a long-term, joint initiative involves not only the DKFZ, but also the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the participating German states.

DKTK partner-site Frankfurt/Mainz

At the DKTK partner-site Frankfurt/Mainz, the University of Frankfurt and the University Medical Center Mainz collaborate with their complementary expertise in translational cancer research. Frankfurt significantly contributes to molecularly targeted therapies. Mainz stands above all for nationally and internationally outstanding immunotherapeutic approaches, which are promoted at the UCT Mainz in close cooperation with the biotech industry and with non-university institutions. Here, TRON and the PKZI play a special role. Besides, in collaboration with the University Medical Center and the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, the UCT Mainz brings further expertise, especially in the field of DNA repair research, epigenetics, and resistance development in tumor diseases, in the molecular diagnostics in early detection of cancer, and in tumor epidemiology and outcome research.

The scientists and clinicians of the DKTK partner-site Frankfurt/Mainz aim for the discovery of new cancer mechanisms (exploitation of oncogenic mechanisms), find ways to identify the importance of these mechanisms in individual patients (molecular diagnostics) to therapeutically interfere with them (drug discovery and development, molecular therapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy), and perform clinical trials to validate these novel diagnostics and therapeutics. 

DKTK Spokesperson Mainz


Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Theobald
Director of the Department of Internal Medicine III, Hematology, Oncology, and Pneumology

Tel. 06131 17-7281



DKTK Faculty Members Mainz

Faculty Member

DKTK Program

Prof. Dr. Tobias Bopp

Cancer Immunotherapy

Dr. Borhane Guezguez

Cancer Immunotherapy & Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kindler

Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Roth

Molecular Diagnostics, Early Detection & Biomarker Development

Prof. Dr. Matthias Theobald

Cancer Immunotherapy

DKTK young investigator group Mainz

The DKTK Frankfurt/Mainz recruited several professorships and junior group leaders. The DKTK young investigator group in Mainz, Dr. Guezguez's group, is researching the mechanisms of stem cell self-renewal in the so-called hematopoietic niche in the bone marrow and ways in which cancer cells take advantage of these mechanisms. The goal of deciphering these mechanisms is to develop new ways of immunotherapeutic cancer treatments.

DKTK Projects Mainz

The focus of Mainz for the DKTK is based on contributions to the tumor immunology / therapy program. The DKTK junior research group, led by Mr. Guezguez, is of central importance. In addition, Mainz participated and participates in different projects in the DKTK Joint Funding Program.

  • UniCAR NK cells 
  • SI Chirurgie 
  • SI Joint Imaging Platform 
  • Molecular Tumor Board Alliance (MTBA)
  • Clinical development of lead NEOantigen-specific T cell receptor for Adoptive T cell therapy of solid tumors (NEO-ATT) 
  • Anatomical Resection of liver MetAstases iN patIents with RAS-mutated colorectal cancer (ARMANI): A randomized, multicenter, controlled trial 
  • Characterization of the osteo-hematopoietic niche during malignant evolution (CHOICE) 
  • Treatment of prostate carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the lung with a novel bispecific PSMAxCD3 antibody 
  • Cross-institutional, prospective, open label, single group, molecularly stratified phase I study of combined CRAF and MEK inhibition in advanced-stage malignancies harboring BRAF mutations with impaired kinase activity (SORATRAM)
  • Anti-tumor immune responses induced by CAR-NK cell therapy in combination with checkpoint blockade in patients with glioblastoma (CAR2-BRAIN) 
  • Multidimensional Analysis of Response and Resistance to PARP Inhibition in Advanced-Stage MaliGnanciEs (MARRIAGE) 
  • Randomized Phase-II Study of Trabectedin/Olaparib Compared to Physician's Choice in Subjects with Previously Treated Advanced or Recurrent Solid Tumors Harboring DNA Repair Deficiencies (TOP-ART; NCT-PMO1603)
  • DRAFT Study

School of Oncology

The School of Oncology is designed for the training of scientists and clinicians in translational oncology. In addition to a cross-disciplinary training program within the partner site Frankfurt/Mainz and the DKTK in general, junior researchers will be integrated into an active scientific community. Annual retreats and summer schools, further training seminars and workshops as well as lecture series and exchange programs, which all focus on translational oncology, are available for the School of Oncology fellows to keep up a continuous insight into translational cancer research and clinical oncology.  

Interested in becoming a School of Oncology fellow?

If you are a clinician and haven't finished your residency yet, or if you are a scientist with medical background (up to 6 years after obtaining your doctorate), you can apply all year round by getting into contact with the  School of Oncology coordinator in Mainz.

    Current School of Oncology Fellows

    Stefanie Deckert
    Institute of Pathology - Research Group Tagscherer/Roth

    DKTK Program: Exploitation of Oncogenic mechanisms

    Dr.-Ing. Khan
    Dr.-Ing. Essak Khan
    Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CTH) & Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine - Research Group Danckwardt

    DKTK Program: Molecularly Targeted Therapy & Molecular Diagnostics, Early Detection and Biomarker Development & Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms

    Dr. med. Kropp
    Dr. med. Korbinian Nepomuk Kropp
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Wölfel

    DKTK Program: Cancer Immunotherapy

    Angelique Schönefeld
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Guezguez

    DKTK Program: Cancer Immunotherapy

    Dr. rer. nat. Shah
    Dr. rer. nat. Viral Shah
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Sasca

    DKTK Program: Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms

    Former School of Oncology Fellows

    Yagmur Bülbül
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Munder

    DKTK Program: Cancer Immunotherapy

    Alexander Lang
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Echchannaoui/Hauptrock/Theobald

    DKTK Program: Cancer Immunotherapy

    Christian Müller
    Department of Internal Medicine III - Hematology, Oncology and Pneumology - Research Group Echchannaoui/Hauptrock/Theobald

    DKTK Program: Cancer Immunotherapy

    DKTK Rhein-Main Cancer Retreat

    The annual DKTK Rhein-Main Cancer Retreat is organized together with the UCT Frankfurt to give an update about the DKTK projects the different groups are working on. Here, also the DKTK School of Oncology fellows present their work.