© Prof. K. Haastert-Talini, Neuroanatomie und Zellbiologie, MHH

Curriculum Vitae


University entrance diploma Görres-Gymnasium, Düsseldorf


Academic studies-1    Biology  (intermediate diploma)  Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf


Academic studies-2    Veterinary medicine (state examination) University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover


Doctorate.   Clinic for Neurosurgery, Hannover Medical School and Institute for Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy, University of Veterinary, Title: “In vitro- und In vivo-Studien zur Zellvitalität und Motoneuronenfraktion in ektopen Neuroimplantaten aus embryonalem Rattenrückenmark in Abhängigkeit von Gewinnungsmethoden und pharmakologischen Einflüssen” 

since 2002

Research Associate Institute of Neuroanatomy, Hannover Medical School


Research stay (07-10 2005) Department of Physiological Science & Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (Prof. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, DFG-research grant)


State doctorate    Specialism Anatomy 


Associate Professor, Institute of Neuroanatomy, Hannover Medical School




Current research

Development of new therapeutic strategies to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration after massive substance losss

Selected Publications:

Dietzmeyer N,  Förthmann M, Leonhard J, Helmecke O, Brandenberger C.,  Freier T, Haastert-Talini K (2019): Two-Chambered Chitosan Nerve Guides With Increased Bendability Support Recovery Of Skilled Forelimb Reaching Similar To Autologous Nerve Grafts In The Rat 10 mm Median Nerve Injury And Repair Model. Front. Cell. Neurosci. 10 May 2019. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2019.00149  We acknowledge support by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Hannover Medical School (MHH).


Carvalho CR, Wrobel S, Meyer C, Brandenberger C, Cengiz IF, López-Cebral R, Silva-Correia J, Ronchi G, Reis RL, Grothe C, Oliveira JM, Haastert-Talini K (2018): Gellan Gum-based Luminal Fillers for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration. An In Vivo Study in the Rat Sciatic Nerve Repair Model. Biomater. Sci. 2018, 6,1059. doi: 10.1039/c7bm01101f. [Epub ahead of print] http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2018/bm/c7bm01101f


Stößel M, Wildhagen VM, Helmecke O, Metzen J, Pfund CB, Freier T, Haastert-Talini K (2018): Comparative evaluation of chitosan nerve guides with regular or increased bendability for acute and delayed peripheral nerve repair – a comprehensive comparison with autologous nerve grafts and muscle-in-vein grafts.  Anat Rec (Hoboken). 301:1697-1713, 2018. doi: 10.1002/ar.23847. doi.org/10.1002/ar.23847


Stößel M, Rehra L, Haastert-Talini K (2017): Reflex-based grasping, skilled forelimb reaching, and electrodiagnostic evaluation for comprehensive analysis of functional recovery – the 7 mm rat median nerve gap repair model revisited. Brain and Behavior 2017 DOI: 10.1002/brb3.813   onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/brb3.813/epdf


Stenberg L*, Stößel M*, Ronchi G, Geuna S, Yin Y, Mommert S, Martensson L, Metzen J, Grothe C, Dahlin LB*, Haastert-Talini K* (2017): Regeneration of long-distance peripheral nerve defects after delayed reconstruction in healthy and diabetic rats is supported by immunomodulatory chitosan nerve guides. *Contributed equally, BMC Neurosci  (2017) 18:53; DOI 10.1186/s12868-017-0374-z   rdcu.be/uhr1


Meyer C*, Stenberg L*, Gonzalez-Perez F*, Wrobel S, Ronchi G, Udina E, Suganuma S, Geuna S, Navarro X, Dahlin LB, Grothe C, Haastert-Talini K (2016): Chitosan-film enhanced chitosan nerve guides for long-distance regeneration of peripheral nerves. Biomaterials. 2016 Jan;76:33-51. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.10.040., authors.elsevier.com/a/1RxprWWN0R~xz


Wrobel, S., Serra, S.C., Ribeiro-Samy, S., Sousa, N., Heimann, C., Barwig, C., Grothe, C., Salgado, A.J., Haastert-Talini, K. (2014): In vitro cell-seeded chitosan films for peripheral nerve tissue engineering. Tissue Engineering Part A 20(17-18):2339-49.

Haastert-Talini, K., Geuna, S., Dahlin, L. B., Meyer, C., Stenberg, L., Freier, T., Heimann, C., Barwig, C.,  Pinto, L. F.V., Raimondo, S., Gambarotta, G., Samy, S. R., Sousa, N., Salgado, A. J., Ratzka, A., Wrobel, S., Grothe, C. (2013): Chitosan tubes of varying degrees of acetylation for bridging peripheral nerve defects. Biomaterials 34(38):9886-904

Mensching, L., Börger, A.K., Wang, X., Charalambous, P., Unsicker, K., Haastert-Talini K (2012): Local substitution of GDF-15 improves axonal and sensory recovery after peripheral nerve injury. Cell Tissue Res 350(2):225-238 

Huelsenbeck, S.C., Rohrbeck, A., Handreck, A., Hellmich, G., Kiaei, E., Roettinger, I., Grothe, C., Just, I., Haastert Talini, K. (2011): C3 peptide promotes axonal regeneration and functional motor recovery after peripheral nerve injury. Neurotherapeutics 9: 185-198.

Haastert-Talini, K., Schmitte, R., Korte, N., Klode, D., Ratzka, A., Grothe, C. (2011): Electrical stimulation accelerates axonal and functional peripheral nerve regeneration across long gaps. J Neurotrauma 28(4):661-74

Haastert-Talini K, Schaper-Rinkel J, Schmitte R, Rode b, Mühlenhoff M, Schwarzer D, Dräger G, Su Y, Scheper T, Gerardy-Schahn R, Grothe C. (2010): In vivo evaluation of polysialic acid as part of tissue-engineered nerve transplants. Tissue Eng Part A. 2010 Jun 24.

Schmitte R, Tipold A, Stein VM, Schenk H, Flieshardt C, Grothe C, Haastert K (2010): Genetically modified canine Schwann cells - in vitro and in vivo evaluation of their suitability for peripheral nerve tissue engineering.  J Neurosci Methods 2010 Feb;186(2):202-208 

Haastert K, Mauritz C, Chaturvedi S, Grothe C (2007): Adult human and rat Schwann cell cultures - fast and efficient enrichment and highly effective non-viral transfection protocol. Nature Protocols 2 (1), 99-104.


Books and Book Chapters:

Haastert-Talini K. (2020) Appropriate Animal Models for Translational Nerve Research. In: Phillips J., Hercher D., Hausner T. (eds) Peripheral Nerve Tissue Engineering and Regeneration. Reference Series in Biomedical Engineering. Springer, Cham, Online ISBN 978-3-030-06217-0, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-06217-0_9-1

Haastert-Talini, Kirsten, Assmus, Hans, Antoniadis, Gregor (Eds.):  Modern Concepts of Peripheral Nerve Repair. Springer-Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, 2017 http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319523187 

Ahmet Bozkurt, Kirsten Haastert-Talini (2014) Kapitel 10: Bioartifizielle Nervenimplantate und alternative Rekonstruktionsverfahren. In: Nervenchirurgie: Trauma, Tumor, Kompression (Kretschmer, Antoniadis, Assmus,eds), Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783642368943#otherversion=9783642368950

Stefano Geuna, Kirsten Haastert-Talini, Xavier Navarro (2013) Chapter 4-1: The Nerve Trunk in Injury and During Regeneration. In: Current Treatment of Nerve Injuries and Disorders (Dahlin LB, Leblebicioglu G, eds), Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Instructional Courses 2013, Palme Publications

Kirsten Haastert-Talini (2012) Chapter 17: Culture and proliferation of highly purified Schwann cells from rat, dog and man. Methods Mol Biol 2012; 846:189-200. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9781617795350 
Kirsten Haastert-Talini (2011) Chapter 10: Experimental Approaches on Tissue engineering Repair of Peripheral Nerve Gaps. In: The Sciatic Nerve: Blocks, Injuries and Regeneration (Fonseca DJ, Martins JL, eds); Series: Neuroscience Research Progress: Nove Science Publishers  Link







Prof. Dr. med. vet. Kirsten Haastert-Talini
Institute of Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology, OE 4140  
Building I3, Level H, Room 3110  
Hannover Medical School
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1  
30625 Hannover, Germany  
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Mail: Haastert-Talini.Kirsten@mh-hannover.de