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SSc, fibrosis and autoimmunity

Systemic sclerosis is a multisystem autoimmune fibrotic disease. We are using this disease as a model to understand the mechanisms of fibrosis in skin and lung disease. We are also interested in vasculopathy contributing to fibrosis in systemic sclerosis.

Our special interest is on non-coding RNA, including microRNA and long non-coding RNA. We are using 2D and 3D cultures, as well as animal models to understand and characterise mechanisms of fibrosis. Our overall aim is to develop new therapies for fibrotic diseases.

Current projects

Group Members

Oliver Distler, Prof. Dr. med.

Klinikdirektor, Klinik für Rheumatologie
Zentrumsleiter, Wirbelsäulenzentrum

Spezialgebiete: Systemische Sklerose, Kollagenosen, Systemerkrankungen, Forschungsgebiet: SSc, fibrosis and autoimmunity
Tel. +41 44 255 29 70

Elena Pachera, Dr. sc. nat.

Postdoktorandin, Klinik für Rheumatologie

Tel. +41 43 253 30 04

Mike Oliver Becker, Dr. med.

Oberarzt , Klinik für Rheumatologie

Spezialgebiete: Vaskulitis
Tel. +41 44 255 26 87

Carmen-Marina Mihai, Dr. med.

Oberärztin, Klinik für Rheumatologie

Spezialgebiete: Entzündliche Systemerkrankungen, Kollagenosen, Systemische Sklerose, Kapillarmikroskopie
Tel. +41 44 255 26 87

Rucsandra Dobrota, Dr. med.

Oberärztin , Klinik für Rheumatologie

Spezialgebiete: Entzündliche Systemerkrankungen, Kollagenosen, Systemische Sklerose
Tel. +41 44 255 26 87

Ion-Alexandru Garaiman

Doktorand, Klinik für Rheumatologie