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Class of 2016



Elmira Aliabadi

Research Topic: Role of HBV-specific immune responses for ‘HBV cure’

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Cornberg, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Science, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: Iranian

Guilhermina Carriche

Research Topic: Identification and functional characterization of metabolites with T cell modulatory capacity derived from the intestinal commensal microbiota

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tim Sparwasser, Institute for Infection Immunology, Twincore

Academic Background: Life Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

Giacomo Castoro

Research Topic: Structural and functional characterization of the Scavenger receptor BI

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

Academic Background: Microbiology, Biotechnology, University of Messina, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Angela Cornelius

Research Topic: T cells engineered with chimeric antigen receptors against reactivation of Cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr viruses: Proof-of principle studies in humanized mice

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Renata Stripecke, Department of Hematology, Hemostasis, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Neurobiology, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Alibek Galeev

Research Topic: Role of glycoproteins in gastrointestinal infections

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guntram Graßl, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Food Safety / Microbiology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Nationality: Russian

Antonia Gunesch

Research Topic: Antiviral mechanism of action and structure-function relationship of cationic amphiphilic drugs

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas von Hahn, Institute for Molecular Biology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Microbiology and Genetics, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Nationality: German

Martin Kohn

Research Topic: The immunoregulatory role of the C3a/C3R axis in experimental chlamydial lung Infection’

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klos, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Science, University of Leipzig, Germany

Nationality: German

Shuting Li

Research Topic: Targeting the cellular fatty acid metabolism in intestinal infection and inflammation

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Lochner, Institute for Infection Immunology, Twincore

Academic Background: Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Nationality: Chinese

Eleonora Naimo

Research Topic: Identifying Key Components of the Virus-Cell Interaction using a Chemical Biology Approach

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

Academic Background: Molecular and cellular biology, University of Siena, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Ana Nascimento

Research Topic: The role of ubiquitin in nuclear targeting of HSV1 capsids

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Beate Sodeik, Instute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Porto, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

Georgia Papadogianni

Research Topic: Characterization and functional analysis of invariant natural killer (iNKT) cells from wild type and mutant mice

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Günter Bernhardt, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Molecular Biology and
Biomedicine, University of Crete, Greece

Nationality: Greek

Vânia Passos

Research Topic: Investigation of the cellular restriction factors SERINC5 and 90K during HIV-1 cell-to-cell transmission

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

Academic Background:  Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

Gwendolyn Patzer

Research Topic: Targeted TLO induction

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

Academic Background: Infection Biology and Immunology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Nationality: German

Manutea Serrero

Research Topic: Cytosolic host factors of immune cells interacting with HSV1 capsids

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Beate Sodeik, Instute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Toulouse, France

Nationality: French

George Liam Ssebyatika

Research Topic: Structural and biochemical characterization of viral and cellular glycoproteins with immunomodulatory functions

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

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Nationality: Ugandan

Likai Tan

Research Topic: Are tissue-resident γδ T cells local rheostats of inflammation?

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

Academic Background: Preventive Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, China

Nationality: Chinese

Barbora Veselkova

Research Topic: Structural and biochemical characterization of the envelope glycoproteins gp2,gp3 and gp4 of the Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV)

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

Academic Background: Biology, LMU, Germany

Nationality: Slovakian

Svenja Wiechert

Research Topic: Determinants of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) receptor usage and species tropism

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pietschmann, Institute for Experimental Virology, Twincore

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, TiHo, Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Eva Wunschel

Research Topic: Understanding the Human-Restricted Host Tropism of Typhoidal Salmonella

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guntram Graßl, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, MHH, Germany

Nationality: German