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Class of 2015

Amare Gebrehiwot Aregay

Research Topic: Effect of anti-viral therapy and liver transplantation on T and NK cells during chronic hepatitis C

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Wedemeyer, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Medical Biotechnology, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Nationality: Ethiopian

Akshay Dhingra

Research Topic: Next generation sequencing of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) populations directly from clinical specimens of immunocompromised hosts

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biotechnology, Pondi-cherry University, India

Nationality: Indian

Nadine Eckert

Research Topic: Role of CCRL1 in controlling intestinal immunity

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Molecular Medicine, Georg-August-University Göttingen

Nationality: German

Sergej Franz

Research Topic: Impact of Type I Interferons on Maintaining HIV-1 Latency

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christine Goffinet, Department of Experimental Virology, Twincore

Academic Background: Technical Genetics, TU Darmstadt, Germany

Nationality: German

Luca Ghita

Research Topic: Virus control and pathology in herpes simplex encephalitis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kalinke, Department of Experimental Infection Research, Twincore

Academic Background: Medical Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, University of Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Joana Martins

Research Topic: How γδ T cells regulate immune responses and immune tolerance

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Immo Prinz, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Lisbon University, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

Peter Naniima

Research Topic: Molecular characterization of the capsid vertex specific component of herpesviruses

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Krey, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, Brussels, Belgium

Nationality: Ugandan

David Andres Nivia Torres

Research Topic: Developing Inhibitors of the Kaposi Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus LANA protein

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Microbiology, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Nationality: Colombian

Dorcas Otoo

Research Topic: Characterization of functional domains in the large tegument protein pUL36 of Herpes-Simplex Virus Type 1

Supervisor: Beate Sodeik, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Microbiology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Nationality: Ghanaian

Katarzyna Pienkowska

Research Topic: Co-evolution of the intestinal and airways microbial metagenomes in people with cystic fibrosis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Tümmler, Clinic for Paediatric Pneumology and Neonatology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biotechnology, Warsaw University, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Samriti Sharma

Research Topic: Susceptibility of toll like receptor-11 deficient mice to Salmonella infections

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guntram Graßl, Department of Medical Microbiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biotechnoloy, Univ. College Dublin, Ireland

Nationality: Indian

Chai Fen Soon

Research Topic: Role of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in the induction of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Wedemeyer, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Cancer Biology, Immunology, Osaka University, Japan

Nationality: Malaysian

Anneke Wilharm

Research Topic: Sentinels of the Oral Epithelium - Elucidating the Development and Function of Oral γδ T Cells and their Interplay with Langerhans Cells

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Immo Prinz, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background:  Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Francisco Jose Zapatero Belinchon

Research Topic: Definition of a minimal set of cell surface molecules required for filovirus cell entry

Supervisor: PD Dr. Thomas von Hahn, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School  
Academic Background:  Infection Biology, University of Glasgow, UK

Nationality: Spanish