Experimental Transfusion Medicine Dresden


Dear visitor,

welcome to the website of the Experimental Transfusion Medicine Dresden!
Our lab is interested in studying molecular and cell biological aspects of hematopoietic stem and mesenchymal stromal cells as well as of T lymphocytes, with a strong focus on translational aspects. In addition, a strong focus lies on the development and optimization of GMP-compliant procedures to generate ‘advanced therapeutic medicinal products’ (ATMPs) for their clinical application as cell-based therapies. Here we have two major projects. I) the development of a natural killer cell line (NK-92) for cancer immunotherapy; II) the generation of immortalized nucleated red blood cells for the in vitro generation of erythrocyte concentrates for transfusion. Furthermore, specific projects focus on the regulation of blood group antigens during erythropoiesis.

Our lab is part of the Dresden University of Technology and located at the Institute for Transfusion Medicine Dresden of the German Red Cross Blood Donor Service (DRK BSD) North-East gGmbH. The medical campus including the University Hospital and research institutions such as the MPI-CBG, CRTD, Biotec, PLID, and B-CUBE can be found in immediate vicinity. Our research group is closely intertwined into local, national and international basic and clinical research projects.

If you are an enthusiastic, innovative and dedicated scientist and want to apply for an academic position within our laboratory, here some short advice how to make this process a good experience for both sides: please clearly state in your application why you would like to join my laboratory and what your research interests are. Refer to specific research projects or interests! Of course, also prepare yourself so that you are very familiar with our published research and the relevant background of the field. Following these instructions, you are very welcome to send your application to t.tonn@blutspende.de.

If you would like to set up a collaborative project, do not hesitate to contact me as well.

With best regards,









Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Torsten Tonn

Group leader of the research laboratory “Experimental Transfusion Medicine”,
Professor for Transfusion Medicine at the Medical Faculty Carl-Gustav-Carus of the Technische Universität Dresden,
Director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine Dresden and 
Medical director of the DRK BSD North-East gGmbH.