Technical University Munich

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Karolinska Institute

Molecular Vascular Medicine Unit


Lars Maegdefessel

Our labs in Munich and Stockholm focus on the therapeutic and biomarker potential of different non-coding RNA subclasses in vascular diseases. Main diseases in focus are atherosclerosis and stroke, as well as aortic aneurysms.


Experimental in vivo models of vascular diseases, human biobanks of vascular disease, preclinical large animal model using genetically mutated LDLR-/- mini-pigs, tools to assess smooth muscle cell differentiation and cell fate, aorta-on-a-chip device (3D co-culture system), single cell analysis, dynamic live cell imaging.

Interested in collaborating on

Bioinformatic tools to assess lncRNA functionality, recruitment of PhD students/Postdocs.

Selected publications on lncRNA

Long Noncoding RNA MANTIS Facilitates Endothelial Angiogenic Function
Leisegang MS, Fork C, Josipovic I, Richter F, Preussner J, Hu J, Miller MJ, Epah JN, Hofmann P, Günther S, Moll F, Valasarajan C, Heidler J, Ponomareva Y, Freiman TM, Maegdefessel L, Plate KH, Mittelbronn M, Uchida S, Künne C, Stellos K, Schermuly RT, Weissmann N, Devraj K, Wittig I, Boon RADimmeler S, Pullamsetti SS, Looso M, Miller FJ, Brandes RP. Circulation. 2017, 136(1):65-79.