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Einstein Research Projects

Here is an overview of our Einstein Research Projects.

Arts and Humanities

The literary scholars Andreas Kraß (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Tamar Hess, together with historian Moshe Sluhovsky (both Hebrew University Jerusalem), argue that between 1890 and 1945 a new literary canon came into being, which they describe as "Jewish Homosexual Modernism". They propose that modern Hebrew literature, being shaped by the German modernist canon, participated in the construction and dissemination of this Jewish Homosexual canon of modernism. In their research project, the scholars will investigate the entanglement of Judaism and homosexuality from the point of views both of the self-image and the public image. In doing so, they want to explore the influence of this entanglement – often based on antisemitic and homophobic ideas – on European Modernism. The research project aims to extend the knowledge of Jewish-German literature and to propose new ways of reading literary modernism.

Funding period:
01/2020 - 12/2022


Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für deutsche Literatur

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

T: +49(0)30-2093-9711

M: andreas.krass(at)


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cooperation partner: Hebrew University Jerusalem

An expedition to Egypt led by Richard Lepsius had a lasting impact on Berlin’s cultural and academic landscape. The expedition brought back a haul of original objects, plaster casts, and impressions of inscriptions as well as drawings made by the expedition’s five draughtsmen and two architects. Digitization and interdisciplinary analysis of these drawings is the objective of the joint Einstein research project by Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Egyptian Museum. The project is led by Tonio Sebastian Richter (Freie Universität Berlin) and Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin).


Funding period: 03/2018 - 02/2021

Prof. phil. habil. Tonio Sebastian Richter
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichte- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ägyptologisches Seminar
Fabeckstraße 23-25
04195 Berlin
Tel.: 030 / 83870291

Applicants: Freie Universität Berlin & Technische Universität Berlin
Cooperation partners: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Life sciences

Electrical synapses and their functional significance in neural networks are currently poorly analyzed. A research group headed by Michael Brecht (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) wants to remedy this situation. The scientists want to explore, among other things, how powerful the electrical synaptic coupling is and how this affects the network level as well as the information processing and ultimately the behavior.

Funding period:
 01/2018 - 01/2021

Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Philippstraße 13, Haus 6
10115 Berlin
Tel.: 030 20936772
Fax: 030 20936771

Applicant: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cooperation partner: Hebrew University Jerusalem

Das transdisziplinäre Projekt will erstmals sogenannte Gehirn-Computer Schnittstellen auf der Basis von Quantensensoren entwickeln und diese im klinischen Einsatz zur Wiederherstellung von Kommunikation und Bewegung, beispielsweise nach einem schweren Schlaganfall, zu testen. Quantensensoren erlauben es, Hirnaktivität in bisher unerreichter räumlicher und zeitlicher Auflösung von der Schädeloberfläche aufzuzeichnen. Das System soll es ermöglichen, komplexe Bewegungen eines Roboters zu steuern oder vorgestellte Sprache aus neuromagnetischer Hirnaktivität zu rekonstruieren. Solche Anwendungen erforderten bisher die Implantation von Elektroden ins Gehirn. Das geplante Einstein-Forschungsvorhaben bündelt die Berliner Expertise in den Bereichen Neurotechnologie (Einstein-Professor Surjo R. Soekadar, Charité), dem Maschinellen Lernen (Prof. Dr. Benjamin Blankertz, TU) und der Quantensensorik (Tilmann Sander-Thömmes & Thomas Middelmann, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt).

09/2020 - 09/2023

Prof. Dr. med. Surjo R. Soekadar

Neurowissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum (NWFZ) Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (CCM) Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charitéplatz 1

10117 Berlin

Tel.: 0163 / 1644889


Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Kooperationspartner: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Institut Berlin

Funding period: 09/2020 - 09/2023

Prof. Dr. med. Surjo R. Soekadar
Neurowissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum (NWFZ) Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (CCM) Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Telefon: +49-163-1644889

Applicant: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cooperation partner: Technische Bundesanstalt Institut Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin

The aim of the joint research project of Andreas Meisel (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and Hermona Soreq (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is to better understand the body's molecular processes during a stroke and to generate new therapeutic approaches. The circulatory disorder in the brain leads to severe damage in one third of the stroke patients, which permanently affects their quality of life. Almost a third of the patients die within the first year. The brain damage causes a two-part immune reaction, which manifests itself in an inflammation of the central nervous system with simultaneous weakening of the immune system. The consequence of this autoimmune reaction are serious infections. The physicians are investigating how so-called "microRNAs", this means special ribonucleic acids, control the signal transduction of the messenger acetylcholine in the brain, which regulates the described immune reaction.

Funding period: 01/2019 - 12/2021

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Meisel
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Leiter im NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC)
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

Applicant: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cooperation partner: Hebrew University

At Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, T cells that have been modified with T cell receptors are used for the first time in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, one of the most common tumors of bone and bone marrow. In this project associated with a clinical study, the effect of T cell therapy on the destruction of tumor cells in the bone marrow of mice is investigated in order to understand and overcome the causes of recurrence of tumors. Innovative imaging techniques such as long-term analyzes at the single cell level and 3-photon microscopy in the bone marrow are employed. With the research project of Anja Hauser-Hankeln (Professor of Immunology, Charité), Matthias Leisegang (Professor of T-Cell Therapy, Charité) and Raluca Niesner (Professor of Biophysics in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, FU Berlin), the T-cell-induced deterioration in the bone marrow can be examined in real time in order to pave the way for further development of even more effective T-cell therapies in the future.

Funding period: 09/2020 - 09/2023

Prof. Dr. Med. Vet. Anja Erika Hauser-Hankeln
Gleimstraße 52
10437 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)170-2788873
Fax: +49 (0)30-81616443

Applicant: Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Cooperation partner: Freie Universität Berlin