Prof. Dr. Jennifer Schön

Head of Department

Department of Reproduction Biology


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 611

Short curriculum vitae

  • Since 2022: Professor at Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Biotechnology
  • Since 2021: Head of the Reproduction Biology Department, Leibniz-IZW
  • 2014-2021: Head of the Reproductive Cell Biology Unit, FBN Dummerstorf
  • 2013-2014: Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies, Charité Berlin
  • 2004-20012: Postdoc and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry, FU Berlin
  • 2004: Doctorate (Dr. med. vet.), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin and Leibniz-IZW

functional biodiversity of cells belonging to the reproductive system

Signatures of fe-/male fertility

Wildlife endocrinology

Biobanking for assisted reproduction techniques

Reproduction biology of lynx – basic research for conservation breeding of Iberian lynx

Dialogue(s) for fertility: deciphering spermatozoa-oviduct interactions and their implications for artificial insemination in cattle

Fertility impairment by maternal stress:

Using a novel 3D in vitro system to decipher the impact of cortisol on oviduct epithelium physiology, oviduct-derived extracellular vesicles and early embryonic development

Research interests
Selected publications
  1. Luminal and Glandular Epithelial Cells from the Porcine Endometrium maintain Cell Type-Specific Marker Gene Expression in Air-Liquid Interface Culture. Schmidhauser M, Ulbrich SE, Schoen J. Stem Cell Rev Rep. 2022 Jul 18. doi: 10.1007/s12015-022-10410-3. Online ahead of print.
  2. Palma-Vera SE, Reyer H, Langhammer M, Reinsch N, Derezanin L, Fickel J, Qanbari S, Weitzel JM, Franzenburg S, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Schoen J. Genomic characterization of the world's longest selection experiment in mouse reveals the complexity of polygenic traits. BMC Biol. 2022, 21;20(1):52.
  3. Chen S. and Schoen J. Using the Air-Liquid Interface Approach to Foster Apical-Basal Polarization of Mammalian Female Reproductive Tract Epithelia In Vitro. Methods Mol Biol. 2021, 2273:251-262.
  4. Du, S.Z., N. Trakooljul, Schoen and S. Chen. Does Maternal Stress Affect the Early Embryonic Microenvironment? Impact of Long-Term Cortisol Stimulation on the Oviduct Epithelium. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(2), 443;
  5. Chen, S., S. E. Palma-Vera, B. Kempisty, M. Rucinski, A. Vernunft, and Schoen. In Vitro Mimicking of Estrous Cycle Stages: Dissecting the Impact of Estradiol and Progesterone on Oviduct Epithelium. Endocrinology 2018,159(9):3421-3432.
  6. Chen, S., S. E. Palma-Vera, M. Langhammer, S. P. Galuska, B. C. Braun, E. Krause, A. Lucas-Hahn, and Schoen. 2017. An air-liquid interphase approach for modeling the early embryo-maternal contact zone. Scientific reports 7:42298.
  7. Chen, S., R. Einspanier, and Schoen. 2015. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER): a functional parameter to monitor the quality of oviduct epithelial cells cultured on filter supports. Histochemistry and cell biology 144(5):509-515.
  8. Chen, S., R. Einspanier, and Schoen. 2013a. In vitro mimicking of estrous cycle stages in porcine oviduct epithelium cells: estradiol and progesterone regulate differentiation, gene expression, and cellular function. Biology of reproduction 89(3):54.
  9. Chen, S., R. Einspanier, and Schoen. 2013b. Long-term culture of primary porcine oviduct epithelial cells: validation of a comprehensive in vitro model for reproductive science. Theriogenology 80(8):862-869.