Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Katja Schenke-Layland

University Hospital, University of Tübingen

Dept. of Women’s Health, Research Institute for Women’s Health

Silcherst. 7/1

72076 Tübingen, Germany


Director and Head of Cell and Tissue Engineering Department

Fraunhofer-Institute for Interfacial Engineering

and Biotechnology (IGB)

Nobelst. 12

D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone: +49-7071-29-85205 / +49-711-970-4082

Mobile: +49-173-3037214

Email: katja.schenke-layland[at] /





The Schenke-Layland Lab focuses on the development of non-destructive diagnostic imaging tools to discover and validate therapeutic candidates and diagnose disease, as well as the translation of human development into clinically relevant biomaterials and regenerative therapies.

The Handelsblatt is one of Germany's top business and financial newspapers, similiar to the Wall Street Journal. In their article, "Germany's 100 Smartest Heads", they selected Professor Schenke-Layland for her work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


Research Interests

Women´s health

  • genetic mechanisms involved in rare diseases such as MRKH
  • new non-invasive methods to diagnose very early stages of endometriosis

Multiphoton microscopy

  • nondestructiveevaluationofdeep-tissuecellsandextracellularmatrix (ECM) structures
  • diagnostic tool for the visualization of ECM compartments in situ with submicron resolution

Imaging flow cytometry

  • Image Stream Core Facility
  • improve spot counting applications such as FISH, autophagy and nuclear translocation

Raman spectroscopy

  • assessment of the overall molecular constitution of biological samples
  • numerousapplications in biomedicine


  • creation of naturally inspired constructs as implants or humanized 3D tissue models for the testing of pharmaceuticals
  • hydrogels and electrospun constructs as carriers for drug delivery or the physical support of damaged tissues
  • mechanistic evaluation of developmental processes in vitro


  • 5D-intravital tomography as a novel tool for non-invasive in vivo analysis of human tissue


Joint Research Projects

2015 - 2019 

EU Horizon 2020 NMP-10-2014 “DRIVE: Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy”