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Sönke Andres, PhD

Sönke Andres was born in Lüneburg in 1977. He studied biology in Göttingen where he worked at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics and completed his studies with a diploma. The title of his diploma thesis was "Analysis of the genome of Escherichia blattae with respect to B12 biosythesis and B12-dependent reactions". The title of his doctoral thesis is "Persistent Helicobacter pylori infection and host response". His principal supervisor was Lars Engstrand. He passed his doctoral exam in June 2010. After some time as a postdoc at the Karolinska Institute he continues his career as a scientist at the National Reference Centre for Mycobacteria in Borstel.

  

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Dr. rer. nat. Tharini Ashtalakshmi Selvakumar

 

Tharini Ashtalakshmi Selvakumar was born in Mettur, India, in 1987. She studied biotechnology at the Vellore Institute of Technology and completed her studies with the MSc in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford. The title of her master thesis is “Influenza A up regulation of the master iron regulator hepcidin”. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Interferon mediated intestinal epithelial gene expression under homeostatic and inducible conditions". Her principal supervisor was Mathias Hornef. In June 2018 Tharini Ashtalakshmi Selvakumar passed her doctoral exam. Now she works as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford in the Translational Gastroenterology Unit.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Dorothea Bankwitz

Dorothea Bankwitz was born in Weida in 1982. She studied Molecular Life Science in Lübeck and completed her studies with a master degree. The title of her master thesis was "Influence of signal transduction inhibitors on b-glucan mediated signal transduction and cytokine production". The title of her doctoral thesis was "Role of the hypervariable regions of hepatitis C virus for immune recognition and viral fitness". Her principal supervisor was Thomas Pietschmann.  In September 2011 Dorothea Bankwitz passed her doctoral exam. She stays at the TWINCORE as a postdoc in Thomas Pietschmann's research group and will work in the Collaborative Research Center SFB 900.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Simon Bats

Simon Bats was born in Darmstadt in 1987. He studied biochemistry at the Goethe University Frankfurt and completed his studies with the diploma in biochemistry. The title of his diploma thesis was "Structural and functional analysis of the antibiotic / H+ antiporter NorA from Staphylococcus aureus". The title of his doctoral thesis is "Characterization of the CagT4SS proteins CagN and CagM". His principal supervisor was Christine Josenhans.  In May 2019 Simon Bats passed his doctoral exam. He stays at the Max von Pettenkofer-Institute, Munich, in Christine Josenhans' research group as a postdoc.

 

simonbats@gmail.com

Dr. rer. nat. Wiebke Behrens

Wiebke Behrens was born in Peine in 1985. She studied biomedicine in Hannover and made use of the fast track option for completion of her studies with a master degree. The title of her master thesis is "Examination of potential protein interaction partners of the proposed energy taxis-mediating chemoreceptor TlpD of Helicobacter pylori". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Characterization of mechanisms mediating energy taxis of Helicobacter species in vitro and in vivo". Her principal supervisor was Christine Josenhans. In December 2015 Wiebke Behrens passed her doctoral exam. After continuing her work in Christine Josenhans' group at the Hannover Medical School Wiebke Behrens now works as a postdoc at the Leibniz Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Sandra Billig

Sandra Billig was born in Berlin in 1985. After studying chemistry in Rostock for a year she changed her subject to biology and completed her studies at the University of Osnabrück in Prof. Michael Hensel's laboratory with the MSc in Biology. The title of her master thesis was "Intracellular metabolism of Samonella enterica serovar Typhimurium". In May 2016 Sandra Billig passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is "The role of acetate and lactate metabolism in the response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis against host derived stress". Her principal supervisor was Franz-Christoph Bange. After she  continued her work in his lab as a postdoc for some time now she works for Xcenda GmbH in Hanover.

 

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Niklas Björkström, M.D. PhD

Niklas Björkström was born in Kalmar, Sweden, in 1982. He studied medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and completed his studies in 2010. The title of his doctoral thesis was "Human NK cell differentiation in health and during viral infection". His principal supervisor was Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren. He passed his doctoral exam in September 2011 and now continues to study gastroenterology and do postdoctoral research at the Karolinska Institutet.

  

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Dr. rer. nat. Andrea Blanka

Andrea Blanka was born in Nauen in 1984. She studied biochemistry in Greifswald and completed her studies in Prof. Michael Hecker's laboratory with the diploma thesis "Development of MS based methods for the analysis of proteins of Gram-positive bacteria focused on phosphorylated proteins". The title of her doctoral thesis  is "Impact of environmental and bacterial signals on the establishment and recalcitrance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms". Her principal supervisor was Susanne Häußler. In May 2014 Andrea Blanka passed her doctoral exam. After continuing her work in Susanne Häußler's group at the TWINCORE as a postdoc for a year Andrea Blanka now works as a medical representative for Quintiles Commercial GmbH Germany.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Katharina Borst

 

Katharina Borst was born in Schweinfurt in 1986. She studied biology at the University of Bayreuth and biomedicine at the Hannover Medical School and completed her studies with the MSc in Biomedicine in Prof. Kalinke's laboratory at the TWINCORE. The title of her master thesis is "Impact of locally induced type I interferon responses upon vaccinia virus infection". The title of her doctoral thesis is “Interferons - Key players in regulation of myeloid cell responses during viral infection”. Her principal supervisor was Ulrich Kalinke. In June 2018 Katharina Borst passed her doctoral exam. She will start a new postdoc position with Prof. Marco Prinz at the Institute for Neuropathology of the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Miriam Bothe

 

Miriam Bothe was born in Goslar in 1988. She studied biology at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen and biomedicine at the Hannover Medical School and completed her studies with the MSc in Biomedicine in Prof. Andreas Klos' laboratory. The title of her master thesis was "Establishment of a chlamydial transformation system for functional studies on virulence genes  AND  Further characterization of chlamydial factor CT166 and homologues". In July 2016 Miriam Bothe passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is “Functions of the Cytotoxin CT166 of Chlamydia trachomatis D” and “Homologous potential virulence factors of related chlamydial species". Her principal supervisor was Andreas Klos. At present she is looking for a suitable postdoc position.

 

miriam.botheweb.de

Dr. rer. nat. Nina Coombs

Nina Coombs was born in Hannover in 1982. She studied biology in Hannover and has completed her diploma thesis “Characterization of virulence factors of cag-pathogenicity island of Helicobacter pylori“ in Dr. Josenhans’ laboratory at Hannover Medical School. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Helicobacter pylori affects ubiquitin-related pathways and components within the human host cell". Her principal supervisor was Christine Josenhans. In June 2011 Nina Coombs passed her doctoral exam. Until May 2017 she stayed at the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, as a postdoc in Christine Josenhans' research Group. From August 2017 on she works at Leibniz University Hanover in the Department Research,  EU Funding and Technology Transfer.

 

Nina.Coombszuv.uni-hannover.de

Sofia Dahlberg, PhD

Sofia Dahlberg was born in Sweden in 1978. She studied biomedicine at Uppsala University and did her master thesis “The role of Toll-like receptor 9 in protection against pneumococcal infection” in Prof. Birgitta Henriques-Normark’s laboratory at the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control in Stockholm. The title of her PhD thesis is "Characterization of host and microbe interactions affecting adherence, clearance and systemic spread of S.  pneumoniae". Her principal supervisor was Birgitta Henriques- Normark. In November 2009 Sofia Dahlberg passed her PhD exam. She was one of our ambassador students and stayed in the IRTG 1273 as a postdoc. From May 2010 on Sofia Dahlberg works as a health outcomes analyst for Heron Evidence Development.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Luisa Denkel

Luisa Denkel was born in Herzberg/Elster in 1985. She studied biology in Dresden and completed her studies in Prof. Barth's lab with the diploma thesis "Establishment of a method to inactivate genes by means of antisense-RNA in Yarrowia lipolytica". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Molecular mechanisms of resistance against oxidative stress in Salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium". Her principal supervisor was Franz-Christoph Bange. In June 2013 Luisa Denkel passed her doctoral exam. She moved to the Charité in Berlin, Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, where she continues her work as a trainee in the field of epidemiology.

 

la.denkelgmail.com

Dr. rer. nat. Markus Dudek

 

Markus Dudek was born in Gleiwitz (Poland) in 1984. He studied biology at the Philipps University in Marburg and completed his studies with a MSc degree in Prof. Bauer's lab at the Philipps University in Marburg. The title of his diploma thesis was "Functional characterization of the transcription factor HoxA9 in TLR-mediated IFN-α production of innate immune cells". In April 2016 Markus Dudek passed his doctoral exam. The title of his doctoral thesis is "The role of TLR signalling in dendritic cell and macrophage-mediated host defence against pneumococcal infection".  His principal supervisor was Tim Sparwasser. From June 2016 on Markus Dudek is a postdoc at the University Hospital Mainz - Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in the lab of PD Dr. Markus Bosmann.

 

markus.dudekuni-mainz.de

Dr. rer. nat. Claudia Dürr

 

Claudia Dürr studied biology in Freiburg where she completed her diploma in Dr. Schamel's laboratory at the MPI of Immunobiology. The title of her diploma thesis was "Impaired recruitment of a mutant ZAP70 that causes autoimmune arthritis". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Negative regulatory mechanisms of intestinal epithelial innate immune activation". Her principal supervisor was Mathias Hornef. In September 2010 Claudia Dürr passed her doctoral exam. After staying at Hannover Medical School in the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology as a postdoc for some months she now works at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

 

claudia.duerrmail.mcgill.ca

Dr. rer. nat. Pavel Dutow

 

Pavel Dutow was born in Michailowka, Kazakhstan, in 1983. He studied biology in Göttingen where he completed his diploma in Prof. Jörg Stülke's laboratory with the thesis "Analysis of phosphorylation events of glycolytic enzymes from Mycoplasma pneumoniae". The title of his doctoral thesis is "The role of complement and the receptor for the anaphylatoxin C3a in the defense against Chlamydia   AND   The effect of chlamydial lung infection on allergic airway disease in mice". His principal supervisor was Andreas Klos. In January 2014 Pavel Dutow passed his doctoral exam. After continuing his work as a postdoc in Andreas Klos' work group at the Institute of Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology Pavel Dutow now works for the Volkswagen Foundation as a funding director.

 

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Endrit Elbasani, PhD

Endrit Elbasani was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1986. He studied biology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara and infection biology at Uppsala University and completed his studies with the MSc in Medical Sciences in Prof. Siv Andersson's group. The title of his master thesis is "Evolution of secretion systems and surface proteins in Bartonella". In August 2016 Endrit Elbasani passed his doctoral exam. The title of his thesis is " Characteristics of the polymorphic UL11 and UL6 proteins encoded by the human cytomegalovirus". His principal supervisor was Martin Messerle. He moved to Helsinki, Finland, where he continues his work as a postdoc at the University of Helsinki, Biomedicum Center.


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Dr. rer. nat. Anne Frentzen

Anne Frentzen was born in Engelskirchen in 1984. She studied biomedicine and molecular biology at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and completed her studies with the MSc in Biomedicine in Prof. Pietschmann's lab at the Twincore. The title of her MSc thesis is “Analysis of dominant restrictions and RNA packaging factors in Hepatitis C Virus assembly”. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Analysis of dominant restrictions and RNA packaging factors in Hepatitis C virus assembly". Her principal supervisor was Thomas Pietschmann. In July 2013 she passed her doctoral exam. After some time at the TWINCORE as a postdoc in Thomas Pietschmann's research group Anne Frentzen now works for Octapharma GmbH.  

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Eugenia Gripp

Eugenia Gripp was born in Komsomolez, Kazakhstan, in 1982. She studied biology at the Leibniz University in Hannover and completed her studies with a diploma. The title of her diploma thesis is "Characterization of mouse mast cell proteases for profiling of inhibitors of human chymase". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Campylobacter jejuni genetic and phenotypic diversity and novel host modulatory factors".  Her principal supervisor was Christine Josenhans. In June 2014 Eugenia Gripp passed her doctoral exam. After a maternity leave Eugenia Gripp will look for a job in the pharmacological field. 

 

eugeniagripphotmail.de

 

Saumyashree Gupta, PhD

Saumya Shree Gupta was born in Delhi (India) in 1986. After her studies in Delhi she came to Glasgow where she completed her studies with the MSc in Biomedical Sciences. The title of her MSc thesis is "Functional analysis of Glycine transporter gene 1a" and "Structural and functional characterisation of E3:E3BP  subcomplex of Pyruvate Dehydrogense Multienzyme complex". After that she worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Bromo- and extraterminal domain (BET) chromatin regulators serve as cofactors for murine leukemia virus integration". Her principal supervisor was Thomas F. Schulz. Now she works as a postdoc at the UCL Cancer Institute, London, on epigenetic signalling in Dr. Steen Ooi's lab.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Julia Hengst

Julia Hengst was born in Wimbern-Wickede in 1987. She studied molecular biology in Bremen and Gothenburg, Sweden, and completed her studies with the MSc in Molecular Medicine at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen in Prof. Zeisberg's laboratory. The title of her MSc thesis is "The role of eyes-absent homolog 1 (EYA1) in initiation  AND  progression of renal cell carcinoma cells". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Non reversible impact of chronic hepatitis C virus infection on the human immune system". Her principal supervisor was Heiner Wedemeyer. In May 2017 Julia Hengst passed her doctoral exam. She stays at Hannover Medical School as a postdoc in Heiner Wedemeyer’s research group. 

 

hengst.juliamh-hannover.de 

Karina Hentrich, PhD

Karina Hentrich was born in Magdeburg in 1984. She studied biology at the University of Bayreuth and the TU Dresden and completed her studies under the supervision of Prof. Gerold Barth and PD Dr. Ute Römling at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The title of her diploma thesis was "The role of the RNA-binding protein Hfq and small non-coding RNAs in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium". In June 2017 Karina Hentrich passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is " Glycan-based interactions of Streptococcus pneumoniae and the host ". Her principal supervisor was Birgitta Henriques-Normark. Karina Hentrich was one of our ambassador students. She is now on maternal leave.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Sarah Horst

 

Sarah Horst was born in Troisdorf in 1981. She studied biotechnology in Braunschweig and completed her diploma thesis in Dr. Medina’s laboratory at the HZI. The title of her thesis was “Roll of TREM-1 in GAS-induced sepsis in a mouse model”. The title of her  doctoral thesis is "Role of msr and tpx in resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Salmonella Typhimurium to oxidative and nitrosative burst". Her principal supervisor was Franz-Christoph Bange. In December 2010 Sarah Horst passed her doctoral exam. She moved to the HZI where she worked as a postdoc in the Research Group Infection Immunology. Since January 2015 she works at Miltenyi Biotec GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach.

 

Dr. rer. nat. Katrin Janik

Katrin Janik was born in Großburgwedel in 1982. She studied biology in Hanover. The title of her diploma thesis, performed at the Hannover Medical School in Prof. Klos' laboratory,  is "The expression of G-protein coupled receptors via a retroviral expression system". The title of her docotoral thesis is "Functional characterization of the chlamydial effector protein CT166"  and  "Studies revealing the influence of in vitro culture conditions onto in vivo virulence of Chlamydophila pneumoniae in a mouse infection model". Her principal supervisor was Andreas Klos. In October 2010 Katrin Janik passed her doctoral exam. After spending some time as a postdoc at Hannover Medical School in the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology and at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, she now is a scientific project leader at the Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Division of Functional Genomics, in Bozen. 

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Jeron

Andreas Jeron was born in Herford in 1978. He studied biotechnology in Braunschweig and completed his diploma thesis in Prof. Buer´s laboratory at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. The title of his thesis was “Gene expression analyses of regulatory T cells in renal cell carcinoma”. The title of his doctoral thesis is "Immune regulation in Bordetella bronchiseptica respiratory tract infection" and "Genome wide mapping of human FOXP3 transcription factor binding sites and dependent genes". His principal supervisors were Dunja Bruder, Robert Geffers and Jürgen Wehland. In August 2010 Andreas Jeron passed his doctoral exam. He stays at the HZI in the Research Group Immune regulation as a postdoc.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Lynn Kennemann

Lynn Kennemann was born in Minden in 1982. She studied molecular medicine in Erlangen and completed her diploma thesis "Deletional analysis of SsrA, the sensor of the SPI 2 encoded two component system" there. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Genetic adaptation of H. pylori to the host individual". Her principal supervisor was Sebastian Suerbaum. In April 2012 Lynn Kennemann passed her doctoral exam. After staying at Hannover Medical School as a postdoc in Sebastian Suerbaum's research group Dr. Kennemann is now on parental leave.

 

kennemann.lynnmh-hannover.de

 

Dr. rer. nat. Miriam Kiene

Miriam Kiene was born in Braunschweig in 1984. She completed her studies in Hannover with a MSc in Biomedical Sciences in Prof. Malek's lab. The title of her MSc thesis was “Functional analysis of ansamitocine derivates”. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Role of GPR15 in HIV and SIV cell tropism in human cells". Her principal supervisor was Stefan Pöhlmann. In February 2013 Miriam Kiene passed her doctoral exam. After some time as a postdoc at the Karolinska Institute in the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology in the research group of Francesca Chiodi Miriam Kiene worked as a Research and Development Scientist and Quality Control Analyst for Okairos/ Advent (GlaxoSmithKline group) in Pomezia, Italy. Now Miriam Kiene is a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin.

 

miriam.kieneweb.de 

Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian König

 

Sebastian König studied biotechnology in Braunschweig and did his diploma thesis “Baculoviral expression of a SH2-containing Inositol-5’-Phosphatase type II in insect cells” at Sanofi in Frankfurt. He already had the opportunity to perform part of his studies in Lund, Sweden, within the framework of the Sokrates/Erasmus-Exchange Programme. The title of his doctoral thesis is "Molekulare Mechanismen der Immunzell-Aktivierung: Quantitative Phosphopro-teom-Studie der Kinase-basierten Signaltransduktion in T- und NK-Zellen". His principal supervisors were Jürgen Wehland and Lothar Jänsch. In July 2010 Sebastian König passed his doctoral exam and worked at the HZI in the Research Group Cellular Proteomics as a postdoc. In 2012 he joined the Pharmaceutical R&D division of Abbott Laboratories. Now he works as a Laboratory Head at AbbVie (Abbott's former pharmaceutical business).

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Juliane Krebes

Juliane Krebes was born in Rostock in 1982. She studied human biology in Greifswald and completed her studies with a diploma in Prof. Michael Hecker's laboratory with the thesis "Characterization of human Staphylococcus aureus isolates". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Molecular mechanisms generating genome and methylome variation in Helicobacter pylori". Her principal supervisor was Sebastian Suerbaum. In October 2014 Juliane Krebes passed her doctoral exam. Until January 2017 she stayed as a postdoc in the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology in Prof. Suerbaum's group. From February 2017 on she works for CHEPLAPHARM Arzneimittel GmbH as Manager Regulatory Affairs in Greifswald.

 

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Agaristi Lamprokostopoulou, Phd

 

Agaristi Lamprokostopoulou was born in Patras (Greece) in 1981. She studied chemistry at the University of Patras and completed her diploma specializing in biochemistry. In 2005 she started her PhD studies at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The title of her PhD thesis is "Role of c-di-GMP signalling in bacterial host  interactions". Her principal supervisor was Ute Römling. In September 2010 Agaristi Lamprokostopoulou passed her PhD exam. From October on Agaristi Lamprokostopoulou works as a Postdoc in the School of Health Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Greece.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Chee Han Lim

Chee Han Lim was born in Klang (Malaysia) in 1985. He completed his MSc in Immunology at the Imperial College London in Dr. Nesrina Imami's lab. The title of his MSc thesis is "Phenotypical and functional analysis of PD-1 and PD-L1 blockade in HIV-1 induced anergy". The title of his doctoral thesis is "Spatiotemporal dynamics of acute and chronic Salmonella infection in mice". His principal supervisor was Oliver Pabst. In January 2014 Chee Han Lim passed his doctoral exam. Since February 2014 he holds a Senior Analyst position in Penang Institute, Malaysia, for public policies research and analysis.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Anne Lorenz

Anne Lorenz was born in Frankfurt (Oder) in 1988. She studied biology in Braunschweig and animal biology and biomedical sciences at the Veterinary University Hannover and completed her studies with the MSc in Prof. Susanne Häussler's laboratory at the TWINCORE. The title of her MSc thesis is “Evaluation of the anti-bacterial activity of secondary metabolites from gliding bacterium". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Identification of fitness determinants in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection". Her principal supervisor was  Susanne Häußler. In September 2018 Anne Lorenz passed her doctoral exam. She is now looking for a post-doctoral opportunity.

 

anne.lorenztwincore.de 

Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Lunemann

Sebastian Lunemann was born in Dinslaken in 1982. He studied biology in Gießen and completed his diploma in Prof. Martin's lab with the thesis "Influence of zinc on the IL-1 signal way". The title of his doctoral thesis is "Effects of type I interferons on human NK cells: Implications for hepatitis virus infection". His principal supervisor was Heiner Wedemeyer. In January 2014 Sebastian Lunemann passed his doctoral exam. He works as a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Altfeld at the HPI in Hamburg and continues to work on human Natural Killer cells in viral infections.

 

sebastian.lunemannhpi.uni-hamburg.de

 

Guiseppe Mariggiò, PhD

Giuseppe Mariggiò was born in Manduria, Italy, in 1986. He studied chemistry and pharmaceutical technology at the University of Bologna and completed his studies with the graduation in pharmacy. The title of his graduation thesis is "The role of EGFR in signal transduction in ovarian carcinoma". The title of his doctoral thesis is " Unexpected roles for DNA damage response/repair (DDR) proteins in Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) infection". His principal supervisor was Thomas Schulz. In October 2017 Giuseppe Mariggiò passed his doctoral exam. He now works as a Scientific Consulter for Life Sciences at Alcimed in Lyon, France.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Chriselle Mendonca

Chriselle Mendonca was born in Mumbai (India) in 1986. She completed her studies in Liverpool with an MSc in Medical Microbiology in Dr. Craig Winstanley's lab. The title of her MSc thesis is “Investigation of the whole genome sequences of Campylobacter jejuni strains 1336 and C414“. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Environmental control of virulence by members of the SlyA/RovA regular family". Her principal supervisor was Petra Dersch. In July 2013 Chriselle Mendonca passed her doctoral exam. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK.

 

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Claudia Monteiro, Phd

Claudia Monteiro was born in Guarda (Portugal) in 1981. She studied biochemistry in Coimbra and completed her studies with a master degree. In 2006 she started her PhD studies in Ute Römling's group at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The title of her thesis is "Regulation of biofilm formation in Salmonella and E. coli". Her principal supervisor was Ute Römling. In January 2011 Claudia Monteiro passed her PhD exam. She stays at the Karolinska Institute and works now as a postdoc.

   

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Dr. rer. nat. Mathias Müsken

 

Mathias Müsken was born in Kevelaer in 1980. He studied biotechnology in Bielefeld and already had the opportunity to perform part of his studies in Stockholm at the Karolinska Institute within the framework of the Sokrates/Erasmus-Exchange Programme. He completed his studies in Prof. Pühler’s laboratory with a diploma for the thesis “Systematic mapping and analysis of secreted proteins of the nosocomial pathogen Corynebacterium jeikeium K411”. The title of his doctoral thesis is "Establishment of a novel optical tool for qualitative and quantitative biofilm analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa". His principal supervisors were Susanne Häußler and Jürgen Wehland. In August 2010 Mathias Müsken passed his doctoral exam. He moved from the HZI to the TWINCORE were he works now as a postdoc in the Institute for Molecular Bacteriology.

 

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Marie Olliver, PhD

Marie Olliver was born in Stockholm in 1982. She studied molecular biology at the University of Uppsala and completed her studies with a master thesis at the Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control in Prof. Birgitta Henriques-Normarks's laboratory. The title of her PhD project is "Linking innate and adaptive immunity to the encapsulated respiratory pathogen Streptococcus penumoniae". Her principal supervisor was Birgitta Henriques-Normark. In December 2012 Marie Olliver passed her PhD exam. She was one of our ambassador students. Marie Olliver is now a postdoctaral fellow at the Karolinska Institute.

  

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Dr. rer. nat. Stephanie Pfänder

Stephanie Pfänder was born in Bückeburg in 1985. She studied cell biology at the University of Osnabrück and biomedicine at the Hannover Medical School and completed her studies with the MSc in Prof. Thomas Pietschmann's laboratory at the TWINCORE with the MSc thesis is "Role of host factors in the hepatitis C virus replication cycle". The title of her doctoral thesis is "Factors modulating hepatitis C virus infectivity and immune control and characterization of non-primate hepacivirus". In June 2015 Stephanie Pfänder passed her doctoral exam. She will continue her work as a postdoc in the group of Thomas Pietschmann.

 

stephanie.pfaendertwincore.de 

Speranta Puiac, PhD

Speranta Puiac was born in Timisoara (Romania) in 1983. She studied biology-chemistry and did her master in molecular biology in Cluj-Napoca. In 2007 she joined Prof. Mikael Rhen's group at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In spring 2009 she registered as a PhD student there. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Chemical genetics and immunomodulation in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium infection". Her principal supervisor was Mikael Rhen. She passed her doctoral exam in May 2015 and is now on maternal leave.

  

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Dr. rer. nat. Peggy Riese

 

Peggy Riese was born in Berlin in 1977. She studied economy in Frankfurt/Oder, then switched to studying biology in Oldenburg and completed her studies with a diploma in biology. The title of her thesis, performed at the HZI in Prof. Guzmán’s laboratory, was “Evaluation of the immune-modulatory properties of alpha GalCerMPEG and its potential activity as adjuvant”. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Effector functions of bis-(3',5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate on the innate immune system and Characterization of human NK cell development". Her principal supervisor was Carlos Guzmán. In November 2010 Peggy Riese passed her doctoral exam. She stays at the HZI in the Department of Vaccinology and Applied Microbiology as a postdoc.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Maik Rosenheinrich

Maik Rosenheinrich was born in Berlin in 1987. He studied biology at the Free University Berlin and microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Rostock and completed his studies with the MSc in Prof. Kreikemeyer’s laboratory. The title of his MSc thesis is “On the influence of procoagulant phospholipids on bacterial growth”. In July 2016 Maik Rosenheinrich passed his doctoral exam. The title of his thesis is "Modulation of the innate immune response by Yersinia pseudotuberculosis during different stages of the infection". His principal supervisor was Petra Dersch. Since July 2016 Maik Rosenheinrich works in Berlin for Vimeda.

 

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Syed Fazle Rouf, PhD

Syed Fazle Rouf was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1979. He completed his studies with a master degree in biology from Uppsala University in 2008. He carried out his master thesis titled ''Dissecting the role of polynucleotide phosphorylase in virulence gene expression in Salmonella enterica'' in Prof. Mikael Rhen's lab at the  Karolinska Institutet. The title of his doctoral thesis is "Salmonellar adaptation to environmental alterations; biofilm, cold and oxidative stress" and his principal supervisor was Prof. Mikael Rhen. Syed Fazle Rouf was one of our ambassador students. In June 2013 Syed Fazle Rouf passed his doctoral exam. After some time as a postdoc in Prof. Rhen's laboratory he continues his research at the Université des Sherbrooke, Département de biologie, in Québec, Canada.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Susann Santag

 

Susann Santag was born in Hamburg in 1981. She studied molecular life science in Lübeck and completed her MSc in Prof. Verena Gaus-Müller’s laboratory. The title of her Master thesis was “New liver cell factors involved in translation and replication of the hepatitis A Virus (HAV)”. The title of her doctoral thesis is "The influence of latent KSHV infection on cellular DNA damage response pathways". Her principal supervisor was Thomas Schulz. In September 2012 Susann Santag passed her doctoral exam. After some time at Hannover Medical School as a postdoc in Thomas Schulz' research group she now works as a postdoc for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.

 

 

Dr. rer. nat. Maxi Scheiter

 

Maxi Scheiter was born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg in 1984. She studied biology in Braunschweig and completed her studies at the HZI in Dr. Jänsch's lab with the MSc thesis “Virulence factors in the membrane proteome of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis” and " MS-analysis of the arsenic mediated multidrug resistance in Yersinia enterocolitica". The title of her doctoral thesis is "The molecular complement of human NK cell activation and function". Her principal supervisor was Lothar Jänsch. In July 2013 she passed her doctoral exam. She continues her work as a postdoc in Lothar Jänsch's lab. 

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Niharika Sharma

Niharika Sharma was born in New Delhi, India, in 1989. She studied biotechnology at the Manipal University and immunology at the King's College in London and completed her studies with the MSc in Immunology. The title of her MSc thesis is "Role of Sphingosine-1-phosphate in human airway smooth muscle cells". In January 2017 Niharika Sharma passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is "Bacterial strain-dependency in sedondary pneumococcal infection following influenza A virus infection - elucidating underlying immune responses and long-term effects". Her principal supervisor was Dunja Bruder. From March 2017 on Niharika Sharma will be a postdoc at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Frankfurt am Main.

 

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Laura Spelmink, PhD

Laura Spelmink was born in Gronau (Westf.) in 1986. She studied cell biology at the University of Osnabrück and completed her studies in Prof. Hensel's lab with the Master thesis "Characterization of the intracellular membrane system of Salmonella enterica”. In December 2016 Laura Spelmink passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is " Streptococcus pneumoniae and the host: activation, evasion and modulation of the human innate immune system ". Her principal supervisor was Birgitta Henriques-Normark. Laura Spelmink was one of our ambassador students. Since January 2017 Laura Spelmink works as an investigator for Cepheid AB in Solna, Sweden.

 

 

Dr. rer. nat. Sabine Stegemann-Koniszewski

 

Sabine Stegemann-Koniszewski was born in Karlsruhe in 1979. She studied biology in Erlangen where she worked in Prof. Fey’s laboratory and completed her studies with a diploma. The title of her diploma thesis was “Functional characterization of different anti-CD33 scFv-fragments in terms of binding properties”. The title of her phd thesis is "Analysis of role of Toll-like receptor 7 in the mechanisms underlying the lethal synergism between viral and bacterial infections". Her principal supervisors were Jürgen Wehland and Matthias Gunzer. In February 2010 Sabine Stegemann-Koniszewski passed her doctoral exam. She stays at the HZI in the Junior Research Group Immunodynamics/Immune regulation as a postdoc.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Kerstin Stegmann

 

Kerstin Stegmann was born in Ulm in 1981. She studied molecular biotechnology in Munich and completed her studies with the MSc. The title of her thesis, performed in Prof. Scherer’s laboratory, was “Enzymatic degradation of PrPSC – Characterization of bacterial proteases degrading PrPSC”. The title of her phd thesis is "Effects of IFNα on human NK cells: Implications for hepatitis C virus infection". Her principal supervisors were Michael Manns and Heiner Wedemeyer. In September 2010 Kerstin Stegmann passed her doctoral exam. She works now as a postdoc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Stüve

Philipp Stüve was born in Delmenhorst  in 1988. He studied biology at the Leibniz University Hannover and biomedicine at Hannover Medical School and completed his studies with the MSc in biomedicine. The title of his MSc thesis was "DC-SIGN targeting and Treg depletion as vaccination approaches to control mycobacterial infection". The title of his doctoral thesis is "Novel pathways of immune modulaton to control mycobacterial infection". His principal supervisor was Tim Sparwasser. In February 2019 Philipp Stüve passed his doctoral exam. He is now looking for a post-doctoral opportunity.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Irene Thomsen

Irene Thomsen was born in Telman, Kazakhstan, in 1988. She studied cell biology in Osnabrück and biomedicine at Hannover Medical School and completed her studies in Prof. Pabst's laboratory with the MSc in Biomedicine. The title of her master thesis is "Measuring the lgA repertoire in human gut biopsies via next generation sequencing". In October 2016 she passed her doctoral exam. The title of her thesis is " Diversification of the intestinal IgA system: Studying dynamics of humoral immunity by high-throughput sequencing". Her principal supervisor was Oliver Pabst.  From November 2016 on Irene Thomsen will work as a consultant/scientific employee for SKC Beratungsgesellschaft mbH in Hanover. 

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Natalia Torow

 

Natalia Torow was born in Kopejsk (Russia) in 1985. She studied biochemistry at the Leibniz University in Hannover and completed her studies with a diploma degree in Prof. Hornef's lab at the Hannover Medical School. The title of her diploma thesis was "NFkappaB signaling in intestinal epithelial cells". She continued to work with Mathias Hornef's group and the title of her doctoral thesis is "Active suppression of intestinal CD4+TCRb+ T lymphocyte maturation during the postnatal period".  In September 2015 Natalia Torow passed her doctoral exam. She will continue her work as a postdoc on neonatal intestinal immune system in the group of Mathias Hornef at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Stephanie Trittel

Stephanie Trittel was born in Rotenburg/Fulda in 1985. She studied biochemistry at the Leibniz University in Hannover, Hannover Medical School and Lund University, Sweden, and completed her studies with a diploma. The title of her diploma thesis is "Analysis of the glucocorticoid-resistance of leukaemic tumor cells". The title of her doctoral thesis is " NK cell differentiation, functionality and education are imprinted by activated NKT cells". Her principal supervisor was Carlos Guzmán. In June 2015 Stephanie Trittel passed her doctoral exam. She will continue her work as a postdoc in the group of Carlos Guzmán.

 

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Neha Vashist, PhD

Neha Vashist was born in Jaipur, India, in 1989. She studied microbiology at the University of Delhi and the University of Oxford where she completed her studies with the MSc in Integrated Immunology. The title of her MSc thesis is “Identification of apoptotic domains of the tumor selective killer ligand TRAIL using high-throughput screening cell death assays”. The title of her doctoral thesis is " Dissecting innate lymphoid cells and their interaction with virus infected cells to evaluate their potential for immune interventions". Her principal supervisor was Carlos Guzmán. In October 2018 Neha Vashist passed her doctoral exam. Now she works as a postdoc at CATALYM GmbH, University Hospital, Würzburg.

 

vashist.neha05gmail.com

 

Dr. rer. nat. Sabrina Voedisch

Sabrina Voedisch studied biology in Bayreuth and Braunschweig where she completed her diploma in Prof. R. Mendel’s laboratory with the thesis “Localisation and interaction of enzymes of molybdenumcofactor biosynthesis in tobacco by means of confocal laser scanning microscopy”. The title of her thesis is "Exploitation of intact immune functions for Salmonella infections and dissemination". Her principal supervisors were Reinhold Förster and Oliver Pabst. She passed her doctoral exam in February 2010 and works now as a postdoc in the Department of Neurology in Freiburg. 

 

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Dr. rer. nat. Jenny Voigt

 

Jenny Voigt was born in Berlin in 1985. She studied medical biotechnology in the dual degree program of the Technical University of Berlin and the Dongseo University, Busan, South Korea, and completed her studies with a Dipl.-Ing./MSc degree in biotechnology. For her diploma thesis titled "Functional properties of antibody-conjugated γ-PGA nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapy" she worked 8 months in the laboratory of Prof. Malin Lindstedt at the Lund University in Sweden. The title of her doctoral thesis is "Proteomic and functional characterization of CD56neg human NK cells". Her principal supervisor was Lothar Jänsch. In October 2018 Jenny Voigt passed her doctoral exam. She is now looking for a post-doctoral opportunity.

 

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