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Graduation 10th November 2017



Marcela Françozo

Research Topic: To investigate the anti-viral function of MyD88 dependent signalling in dendritic cell and macrophages during MCMV infection

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

Academic Background: Cellular Immunology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nationality: Brazilian


Graduation 16th June 2017



Janina Brüning

Research Topic: Proteomic analysis of lipoprotein-dependent changes in the Hepatitis C virus receptor complex

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pietschmann/Dr. Gisa Gerold, Department of Experimental Virology, Twincore

Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Bettina Buchmann

Research Topic: Identification of host cell requirements and antiviral targets hepatitis D virus infection

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

Academic Background: Microbiology, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Nationality: German

Mathias Riehn

Research Topic: T cell response and inflammation upon controlled antigen presentation in lung

Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wirth, Model Systems for Infections, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, FU Berlin, Germany

Nationality: German

Valery Volk

Research Topic: A humanized mouse model of stem cell transplantation to evaluate B cell development and humoral responses against cytomegalovirus

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Renata Stripecke, Department of Hematology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Immunology, Belarusian State University, Belarus

Nationality: Belarusian

 


Graduation 13th January 2017

 

Yvonne Bischoff

Research Topic: Immune mechanisms controlling latent MCMV infections in mice

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

Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Inga Brüsch

Research Topic: Cdcs1-determined colitis susceptibility: immunological and microbial factors

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. André Bleich, Central Animal Laboratory, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, Giessen University, Germany

Nationality: German

Elias Hage

Research Topic: A role for paradoxically activated MEK/ERK signalling pathways and persistent known and novel viruses in non-melanoma skin cancer of patients treated with BRAF inhibitors

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

Academic Background: Infection & Immunity, University of Leeds, UK

Nationality: Lebanese

 

Ciro Lino

Research Topic: Effector functions and antigen-specificity of tissue-resident γδ T cells in the course of fungal infections

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

Academic Background: Immunology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nationality: Brazilian

 

Mario Schmidt

Research Topic: Tubulin modifications and their cellular functions during infections

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lothar Jänsch, Cellular Proteom Research, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Anika Schridde

Research Topic: Functional plasticity of intestinal macrophages in steady state and infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Sylvia Wagenknecht

Research Topic: Immunological effects of the antimicrobial peptide RNAse7

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Werfel, Clinic for Dermatology, Allergology and Venerology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Microbiology, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany

Nationality: German

Stephanie Walter

Research Topic: Characterization of viral and host factors controlling trans-species transmission of hepaciviruses

Supervisor: PD Dr. Eike Steinmann, Department of Experimental Virology, Twincore

Academic Background: Molecular Biotechnology, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Graduation 17th June 2016

 

Hristo Georgiev

Research Topic: Regulation of the expression of the T and NK cell inhibitory receptor TIGIT

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

Academic Background: Molecular Cell Biology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgarian

 

Peyman Ghorbani

Research Topic: Role of CD103-expressing T cells and dendritic cells for immune regulation during bacterial infection

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

Academic Background: Immunology, University of Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canadian

 

Angelika Hinz

Research Topic: Cytosolic host restriction factors recognizing incoming HSV1

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

Academic Background: Biology, Leipzig University, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Carolin Maria Hoppe

Research Topic: Importance of UDP-glucose Biosynthesis for the Parasite Leishmania major

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Françoise Routier, Department of Cellular Chemistry, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Mohammed Nooruzzaman

Research Topic: Functional implications of host genetic factors affecting control of hepatitis C virus infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kalinke, Institute for Experimental Infection Research, Twincore Institute

Academic Background: Veterinary Pathology, immunopathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University

Nationality: Bangladeshi

Jörn Pezoldt

Research Topic: Identification of microenvironmental factors and molecular signals modulating the tolerogenic properties of stromal cells in gut-draining lymph nodes

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jochen Hühn, Experimental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Biotechnology, Heidelberg University, Germany

Nationality: German

Annika Reinhardt

Research Topic: Antigen-specific activation, effector functions, and spatio-temporal distribution of γδ T cells in the course of microbial infections

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

Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Kathrin Werth

Research Topic: Role of neutrophils and eosinophils in adaptive immune responses

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

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Graduation 22 January 2016

Nkacheh Atenchong

Research Topic: Tight junction components as cell entry factors for epitheliotropic viruses

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

Academic Background: Microbiology, Oldenburg University, Germany

Nationality: German

Christoph Hirche

Research Topic: Impact of type I interferon-induced hematopoietic stem cell proliferation on immune cell homeostasis and anti-viral immune cell responsiveness

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

Academic Background: Veterinary Science, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Karan Kohli

Research Topic: Spatio-temporal distribution of plasmacytoid DC in immunity and tolerance: A 2Photon microscopy study

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

Academic Background: Biotechnology, Texas, USA

Nationality: Indian

Patricia Morán Losada

Research Topic: The upper and lower airways microbiome of individuals with cystic fibrosis

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

Academic Background: Bioinformatics, Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spanish

Gülhas Solmaz

Research Topic: To investigate the role of neonatal toll like receptor 7 in a VSV infection model

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

Academic Background: Microbiology, University of Ankara, Turkey

Nationality: Turkish

Kim Tappe

Research Topic: Interference of HIV-1 with lysosomal degration: Implication for pathogenesis and viral immunity

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Behrens, Clinic for Immunology and Rheumatology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Kai Yu

Research Topic: Differentiation and function of regulatory macrophages (regMФ)

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

Academic Background: Mucosal Immunology, China CDC, Beijing, China

Nationality: Chinese

Guigen Zhang

Research Topic: The changing composition of KSHV LANA containing nuclear speckles in different phases of the cell cycle

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Peking Union Medical College, China

Nationality: Chinese

Kaiyi Zhang

Research Topic: Spacial and temporal changes of the intestinal epithelial gene expression and its functional role for mucosal homeostasis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mathias Hornef, Department for Medical Microbiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Nationality: Chinese

Jasmin Zischke

Research Topic: Viral immune modulation: properties and applications of Human Cytomegalovirus UL11

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz/ Dr. Penelope Kay-Fedorov, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Graduation 10th July 2015



Silvia Gramolelli

Research Topic: The PLCγ/calcineurin/NFAT pathway as a novel therapeutic target for Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus-induced aberrant angiogenesis

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

Academic Background: Biology, Biomedical Research, Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italian

 

Lyudmila Ivanova

Research Topic: The assembly of Herpes Simplex Virus – the inner tegument protein pUL36

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgarian

 

Dino Kocijancic

Research Topic: Therapy of solid tumors using recombinant probiotic E. coli

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Biomedicine, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Danish

 

Jennifer Oduro

Research Topic: Congenital CMV Infection in Development and Maintenance of the T-Cell Compartment

Supervisor: Dr. Luka Cicin-Sain, Immune Aging and Chronic Infections, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany

Nationality: German

Solomon Owusu Sekyere

Research Topic: Relevance of serological and immune marker in HBV/HCV-coinfected patients

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

Academic Background: Microbiology/ Immunology, Uppsala, Sweden

Nationality: Ghanaian

 

Paula Perin

Research Topic: Characterization of Hepatitis C Virus-specific antiviral compounds and viral resistance mechanisms

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

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, University of Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: Brazilian

Nantaporn Ruangkiattikul

Research Topic: Molecular interactions of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis with host cells

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Valentin-Weigand, Institute for Microbiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover

Academic Background: Environmental Toxicology, Chulabhorn Grad. Institute, Thailand

Nationality: Thai

Inga Sandrock

Research Topic: Contribution of Th17-type cytokine producing γδ T cells to the control of microbial infections

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

Academic Background: Molecular Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Danim Shin

Research Topic: Interplay of TLR and RIG-I mediated anti-viral signalling in virus infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Biotechnology, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Nadine Thiel

Research Topic: Characterization of mouse cytomegalovirus genes affecting surface molecules on antigen presenting cells

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Nationality: German

Graduation 23rd January 2015

 

Dagmara Bialy

Research Topic: The dynamics of intracellular transport of Herpes Simplex Virus during neuronal infections

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

Academic Background: Biotechnology, University of Gdánsk, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Juliane Mohr

Research Topic: The effect of protease-mediated peptide and amino acid catabolism in Campylobacter jejuni on its proliferation, intracellular survival and persistence in a murine colonization model

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Hofreuter, Department of Medical Microbiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, University of Halle, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Ulrike Richter

Research Topic: The dynamics of interaction between herpes- and retroviral genomes and host chromatin

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

Academic Background: Biology, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: German

Monika Schniederjans

Research Topic: Identification of novel antibiotic resistance determinants in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Susanne Häußler, Chronic Pseudomonas Infections, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Animal Biology & Bio-medical Sciences, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Andrzej Taranta

Research Topic: Interaction of hepatitis B virus – hepatitis Delta Virus co-infection in a humanized mouse model

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Manns/Dr. Karsten Wursthorn, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, University of Gdansk, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Nguyen Dinh Van

Research Topic: Anti-viral potential of inflammatory non-interferon mediators

Supervisor: Dr. Thomas von Hahn, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Animal Biotechnology Virology, Seoul, Korea

Nationality: Vietnamese

Julia Visic (née Bortfeld)

Research Topic: The role of IRAK-1 in inflammatory responses of the lung

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gesine Hansen, Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Neonatology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Diploma in Biology, Leibniz University, Hannover

Nationality: German

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation 11th July 2014



Patrick Bartholomäus

Research Topic: Analysis of the superagonistic anti-CD28 mediated T cell stimulation

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

Academic Background: Biology, Molecular Virology, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Friederike Behler-Janbeck

Research Topic: Dynamics of the lung host defense against S. pneumoniae infection in mice: role of the macrophage-inducible C-type lectin Mincle

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Maus, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Molecular Life Science, University of Lübeck, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Fiordiligie Casilag

Research Topic: Immune Evasion in the initial phase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Susanne Häußler, Department for Pathophysiology of Bacterial Biofilms, Twincore

Academic Background: Biology, Mokpo National University, South Korea

Nationality: Philippine

 

Michael Frahm

Research Topic: LPS attenuated Salmonella typhimurium for tumor therapy

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: German

 

Rebecca Geyer

Research Topic: Signaling processes inducing cytoskeletal rearrangements upon Yersinia host cell interaction

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch, Department of Molecular Infection Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, University of Mainz, Germany

Nationality: German

Julia Heinrich

Research Topic: Redundant and non-redundant pathways of virus sensing

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

Academic Background: Human Biology, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald, Germany

Nationality: German

Elham Kashani

Research Topic: Analysis of TCR-repertoire dynamics of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells and γδ T cells in the course of microbial infections

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

Academic Background: Biology, Ulm University, Germany

Nationality: Persian

Jennifer Kleine-Albers

Research Topic: Longitudinal analysis of maintenance mechanisms of cytomegalovirus genomes and of the immunological control during the chronic infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Nationality: German

Thalea Koithan
Topic:
Identification and characterization of new host factors required for the cell entry of herpes simplex virus type 1 into neurons
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Beate Sodeik, Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biotechnology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Johannes Schwerk

Research Topic: Identification of Interferon target cells and their time-resolved induction by viral infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Milas Ugur

Research Topic: Modulation of immune cell egress during infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biotechnology, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkish

 

Zuobai Wang

Research Topic: Mechanisms of dendritic cell mediated recognition and immune regulation in intestinal infections with Citrobacter rodentium

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

Academic Background: Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Nationality: Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graduation 24th January 2014

Marijana Basic
Research Topic:
Dynamic interaction between bacteria and the intestinal barrier
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. André Bleich, Central Animal Laboratory, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality: Croatian

Anusara Daenthanasanmak
Research Topic:
Genetically programmed dendritic cells expressing the non-structural Hepatitis C virus protein cluster: in vitro and in vivo analyses of multiantigenic and antigen-specific T cells
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Renata Stripecke, Department of Hematology, Hemostasiology and Oncology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Molecular Life Sciences, University of Stockholm
Nationality: Thai

Marius Döring
Research Topic:
Functional analysis of rare allotypes of human Toll-like receptor 9
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kalinke, Department of Experimental Infection Research, Twincore
Academic Background: MSc Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen
Nationality: German

Henrike Fleige
Research Topic:
Imaging of Antigen-presentation and DC-T interaction in Bronchus associated lymphoid tissue, BALT
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute for Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School
Nationality: German

Kerstin Gnirss
Research Topic:
Comparative analysis of HIV and Ebolavirus counteraction of tetherin, a novel antiviral host cell protein
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann, Institute of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany
Nationality: German

Kirstin Jurrat
Research Topic:
Signal network analyses of the Met pathway activated by the invasin Internalin B from Listeria monocytogenes
Supervisor: Dr. Lothar Jänsch, Department of Cell Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Academic Background: Diploma in Biochemistry, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald
Nationality: German

Felix Stahl
Research Topic:
Spatio-temporal distribution of mCMV following oral infection and inti-viral defence strategies in new born mice
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Medicine, University of Hamburg, Germany
Nationality: German

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Graduation 8th November 2013

Wiebke Ginter

Research Topic: Role of human DC-SIGN in anti-fungal immunity

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

Academic Background: Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Nationality: German

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Graduation 28th June 2013

Andrea Bischof
Research Topic:
Role of basophils in immunological memory responses to pneumococcal protein antigens and S. pneumoniae infections in mice
Supervisor: PD Dr. Ulrich Maus, Department of Experimental Pneumology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Molecular Life Science, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Nationality: German

Simon Danisch
Research Topic:
Function of the CD155 ligands TIGIT/WUCAM, CD96 and CD226 in the induction of humoral immunity
Supervisor: Dr. Günter Bernhardt, Institute for Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School
Nationality: German

Baishakhi Datta
Research Topic:
Comparison of Chlamydia trachomatis serovars D and L2 with serovars A and Ba on human dendritic cells and peripheral blood monocytes
Supervisor: PD Dr. Annette Wagner, Department of Nephrology, Hannover MedicalSchool
Academic Background: MSc Molecular Biology, University of Sussex
Nationality: Indian

Deepika Devadas
Research Topic:
The dynamics and modes of Herpes Simplex Virus entry into different cell types
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Beate Sodeik, Institute for Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Molecular Medical Microbiology, University of Nottingham
Nationality: Indian

Adarsh Dharan
Research Topic:
Hepatitis C virus nonstructural protein domains required for the formation and correct subcellular targeting of the viral replication complex
Supervisor: Dr. Benno Wölk, Institute for Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: MSc Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology, University of Sussex
Nationality: Indian

Harro Frauendorf
Research Topic:
Impact of in vivo reduced regulatory T cells on priming of respiratory virus-specific T cell responses, immunopathology and pathogen clearance
Supervisor: Dr. Dunja Bruder, Department of Immunregulation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German

Kathrin Hüging
Research Topic:
Identification of host factors limiting HCV replication and assembly in non-human and non-liver cells
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pietschmann, Department of Experimental Virology, Twincore
Academic Background: MSc Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School
Nationality: German

Natascha Kruse
Research Topic:
Establishment of a mouse model for liver specific HCV expression and replication
Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wirth, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Academic Background: Diploma in Biochemistry, Leibniz University, Hannover
Nationality: German

Wiebke Opitz
Research Topic:
Host factors implicated in β1-integrin initiated transcytosis of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch, Department of Molecular Infection Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Academic Background: MSc Biology, TU Braunschweig
Nationality: German

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Graduation 25th Jan 2013

Anna Buch

Research Topic: The secondary envelopment of HSV 1 in epithelial cells and neurons

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

Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Elena Grabski

Topic: Virus-Induced type I interferon responses by human antigen presenting cells

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: German

Sarah Hinkelmann

Research Topic: Egress of morbilliviruses from host cells

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Herrler & Prof. Dr. Ludwig Haas, Department of Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic Background: MSc Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School

Nationality: German

Yi-Ju Huang

Research Topic: Functional properties, plasticity and de novo induction of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells within the gut mucosa and gut-associated lymphoid tissues

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jochen Hühn, Department of Experimental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Academic Background: MSc Virology, National Taiwan University

Nationality: Taiwanese

Lucas Kemper

Research Topic: Crosstalk of T cell receptor signaling and IFN receptor signaling

Supervisor: Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Academic Background: Diploma in Biology, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg

Nationality: German

Uliana Komor

Research Topic: An animal model for biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Academic Background: Diploma in Biology, Novosibirsk State University

Nationality: Russian

Cornelia Lindner

Research Topic: The function of follicular nodules in the gut and peritoneal cavity for the generation of intestinal Immunoglobulin A

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute for Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: MSc Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School

Nationality: German

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Graduation 13th July 2012

Lucie Bartonícková
Research Topic:
Characterization of the type IV secretion system and secreted effectors in host interaction by Helicobacter hepaticus
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christine Josenhans, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School
Academic background: Microbiology and Medicine, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Nationality: Czech

Christina Brumshagen
Research Topic:
Role of mononuclear phagocytes in lung protective immunity against S. pneumoniae infections
Supervisor: PD Dr. Ulrich Maus, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Hannover Medical School
Academic background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

Marcin Cebula
Research Topic:
T cell response to hepatropic viruses in transgenic mice
Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wirth, Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland
Nationality: Polish

Johanna Eberhard
Research Topic:
Hepatitis C Virus - Human Immunodeficiency Virus Coinfection: Immune Mechanisms, Viral Interactions and Pathogenesis
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schmidt and Dr. Dirk Meyer- Olson, Clinical Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

Ildar Gabaev
Research Topic:
Characterization of the immunomodulatory polymorphic RL11 glycoprotein of human cytomegalovirus
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Irkutsk State University, Russia
Nationality: Russian

Stephan Halle
Research Topic:
In vivo visualisation of the immune response and its modulation during herpes virus infections
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany
Nationality: German

Bahram Kasmapour Seighalani
Research Topic:
Intracellular trafficking of phagosomes and immunity: lessons from mycobacteria
Supervisor: Dr. Maximiliano Gutierrez, Department of Vaccinology and Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Academic Background: MSc Biotechnology, University of Mannheim
Nationality: Iranian

Anna Pelnikevich
Research Topic:
Exogenous modulation of virulence in pseudomonas aeruginosa
Supervisor: Dr. Lutz Wiehlmann, Department of Molecular Pathology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Microbiology, Kazan State University, Russia
Nationality: Russian

Malte Sandbaumhüter
Research Topic:
The function of pUL37 for the cell entry, the assembly and the egress of Herpes Simplex Virus
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Beate Sodeik, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

Olga Schulz
Topic:
Immune homeostasis in the small intestine: a critical role for constitutive antigen sampling by M cells and dendritic cells
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biomedicine, Hannover Medical School, Germany
Nationality: German

Christian Stern
Research Topic:
Tumor targeting of filamentous phages displaying therapeutic molecules by bacterial carriers
Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Department of Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Academic Background: Biology, Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm-University Bonn, Germany
Nationality: German

Darya Haas (née Stsepanenka)
Research Topic:
Identification of cellular kinases involved in the reactivation of Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Molecular Biology, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Nationality: Belarusian

Elisabeth Wende
Research Topic:
The role of anaphylatoxin receptors in animal models of experimental colitis
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klos, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Medicine, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany
Nationality: German

Yuri Yakushko
Research Topic:
Characterization of the pulmonary “virome” in patients at risk for the development of BOS (Bronchiolitits obliterans syndrome) by high throughput sequencing
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine
Nationality: Ukrainian

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Graduation 20th January 2012

Asolina Braun

Research Topic: Role of lymph node stromal cells for tissue maintenance under homeostatic and inflammatory conditions

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

Academic background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Jan Haas

Topic: Elucidation of the contribution of  T cells to γδ Th17-type immune reactions in steady state and in the course of infections

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

Academic Background: Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Nationality: German

Semrah Kati

Topic: The role of the epigenetic modifications during KSHV latent persistence

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Georgios-Leandros Moschovakis

Topic: Conditional CCR7-deficient and CCR7-proficient mice to study Tolerance and Immunity

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

Academic Background: Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

Nationality: Greek

Christina Ziegler

Topic: Host-microbe interplay in persistant Staphylococcus aureus infection

Supervisor: Dr. Eva Medine, Department of Infection Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, University of Bergen, Norway, Germany

Nationality: German

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Graduation 1st July 2011

Wiebke Albrecht

Research Topic: The role of USP7 during KSHV latency

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

Academic Background: Microbiology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Constantin Bode
Research Topic:Uncovering the routes of distribution and metabolism of extracellular sphingosine 1-phosphate in vivo and in vitro by imaging and analyzing fluorescently-labelled sphingolipids

Supervisor:Dr. Markus Gräler, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Imke Bargen

Research Topic: Establishment of a murine infection model for Mycobacterium paratuberculosis

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Tamás Dolowschiák

Research Topic: The Role of Polarisation and Horizontal Communication during Proinflammatory Stimulation of Epithelial Cells

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mathias Hornef, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, University of Pecs, Hungary

Nationality: Hungarian

Henriette Langhans

Topic:The role of the global transcriptional regulator SlyA for the virulence of enteric Escherichia coli

Supervisor:Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch, Department of Microbiology, TU Braunschweig

Academic Background:Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality:German

Anja Marquardt

Research Topic: In vivo monitoring of MCMV-mutants provoking an altered immune response

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle, Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Julia Schneider

Topic: Structure-based design of specific inhibitors for Apicomplexa myosins

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Manstein, Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, University of Greifswald, Germany

Nationality: German

Evgeniya Solodova

Topic: Role of type I interferons in the innate and adaptive immune defense against Gram-negative bacteria

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Natural Sciences, Novosibirsk State University

Nationality: Russian

Benjamin Wahl

Topic: Assessing oral tolerance on the basis of T cell migratory routes

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

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 Graduation 21st January 2011

 

Paulina Blazejewska
Research Topic: Genetic susceptibility in mammals to influenza infection
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schughart, Experimental Mouse Genetics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic background: Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland
Nationality: Polish

 

Ines Hahn
Topic: Role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase g in the pulmonary host defense against Streptococcus pneumoniae infections
Supervisor: PD Dr. Ulrich Maus, Experimental Pneumology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biotechnology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Antje Ksienzyk
Topic: Cellular and molecular analysis of antigen specific immune responses triggered by Interferon Regulatory Factor-1
Supervisor: Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Molecular Biotechnology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Zofia Magnowska
Topic: Identification and profiling of antigens from Pseudomonas aeruginosa in clinicalisolates of CF patients by state-of-the-art immunoproteomics
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wehland & Dr. Lothar Jänsch, Cell Biology & Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland & Environmental Engineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland
Nationality: Polish

 

Imke Steffen
Topic: Signal sequence of HIV-1 glycoprotein: A determinant of posttranslational processing, folding and function?
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Pöhlmann, Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biochemistry, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Jörg Willenborg
Topic: Role of the arginine deiminase system (ADS) in survival of Streptococcus suis in pigs
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Valentin-Weigand, Institute of Microbiology, University of Veterinary Science Foundation Hannover
Academic Background: Plant Biotechnology, Leibniz University Hannover , Germany
Nationality: German

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 Graduation 18th June 2010

 

Christiane Brohm
Research Topic: Molecular Interactions in the course of hepatitis C virus assembly
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pietschmann, Department for Experimental Virology, Twincore Center, Hannover
Academic Background: Biology, Ruprechts-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Sirine El Houry
Research Topic: The DNA polymerase III holoenzyme of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Supervisor: Dr. Ute Curth, Institute for Biophsical Chemistry, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Molecular and Cell Biology (MSc), Pasteur Institute, Paris, France & Biology (BSc), American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality: Lebanese

 

Anika Hävemeier
Research Topic: The role of KSHV K15 in B cell maturation
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulz, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Swantje Hammerschmidt
Research Topic: Elucidating the role of intestinal plasmacytoid dendritic cells during infection and inflammation
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Sonja Horatzek
Research Topic: Metabolic control of virulence in Pseudomona aeruginosa
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Tümmler & Dr. Lutz Wiehlmann, Clinical Research Group, Molecular Pathology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Rajesh Kolli
Research Topic: Analyses of Hepatitis C virus-host cell interactions by live cell microscopy
Supervisor: Dr. Benno Woelk, Dept . of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biotechnology (MTech), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India & Pharmacy (B.Pharm), V. Bharati College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, India
Nationality: Indian

 

Anna Leibo
Research Topic: Immune evasion, suppression and polarization by pathogenic Heliobacter species
Supervisor: PD Dr. Christine Josenhans, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Microbiology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia
Nationality: Russian

 

Claudia Moccia
Topic: Mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori to generate genetic variability during chronic infection
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Suerbaum, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, University Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela & Mayor de San Andrés de la Paz University, La Paz, Bolivia
Nationality: Venezuelan/Italian

 

Miriam Nörder
Topic: Development of mice containing the human immune system and/or human liver for the preclinical validation of vaccine candidates
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos Guzmán, Department of Vaccinology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biology, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Ulfert Rand
Topic: Monitoring the IFN response upon infection
Supervisor: Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Department of Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biology, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Anchana Rathinasamy
Topic: Sphingosine-1 phosphate – a novel regulator of dendritic cell traffic and positioning during the course of infection
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biotechnology (MSc) University of Madras, India & Microbiology (BSc) Bharathidasan University, India
Nationality: Indian

Barkha Srivastava
Research Topic: Immunogenetics of the host response to Influenza A infection
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schughart, Experimental Mouse Genetics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biotechnology, Barkatullah University Bhopal, India and Parasitology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Nationality: Indian

 

 

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Graduation 22nd January 2010

 

Nadja Bakocevic
Research Topic: Functional characterization of follicular T-helper cells and dendritic cells in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue: a two photon microscopy study
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Förster, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biochemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality: Serbian

 

Nupur Bhatnagar
Research Topic: Innate immunity in HIV-1 infection
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schmidt & Dr. Hans Heiken, Department of Clinical Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Microbiology (BSc), University of Delhi; Biotechnology (MSc), AIIMS, India
Nationality: Indian

 

Nicole Dietrich
Research Topic: Signal induction in host cells by listeriolysin the cholesterol dependent cytolysin of Listeria monocytogenes – consequences of Ca2+ mobilisation
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Weiß, Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Jan Hänisch
Research Topic: Signal dependent activation of actin-polymerisation during Salmonella invasion
Supervisor: Dr. Theresia Stradal, Signalling and Motility Group, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic background: Biotechnology, University of Münster, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Florian Klauschies
Research Topic: Infection of the respiratory epithelium by Canine distemper virus: importance of lipid rafts for virus entry and exit
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Herrler & Prof. Dr. Ludwig Haas, Institute for Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation
Academic Background: Biology, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Manju Nagarajan
Topic: Molecular aspects for the control of immune surveillance by blood-borne sphingosine 1- phosphate (S1P)
Supervisor: Dr. Markus Gräler, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Genomics (MSc), Madurai Kamaraj University, India & Biochemistry/Biotechnology (BSc), Bharathiyar University, India
Nationality: Indian

 

Quan Qiu
Topic: Role of the receptor for poliovirus/CD 155 in the differentiation of T cells. T cells as putative reservoir for poliovirus replication
Supervisor: Dr. Günter Bernhardt, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (MSc), Shanghai Second Medical University; Biotechnology (BSc), Soochow University, China
Nationality: Chinese

 

Fabienne Rehren
Topic: Inhibition of the Coxackievirus B3 induced Cytokine Expression by Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist
Supervisor: PD Dr. med. Albert Heim, Dept. of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Julia Schipke
Topic: Mutation of the large tegument protein VP1-3 of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Supervisor: PD Dr. Beate Sodeik, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Nationality: German

 

Swati Shukla
Topic: Influence of intestinal bacteria on the antibody repertoire of B-1 cells.
Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiss, Research Group Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
Academic Background: Biochemistry (BSc) & Biomedical Sciences (MSc), University of Delhi, India
Nationality: Indian

 

Rachel Thomas
Topic: Genetic susceptibility factors associated with HIV-1 disease progession and CMV reactivation in co-infected patients
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Witte, Dept. of Clinical Immunology, Hannover Medical School
Academic Background: Environmental Technology and Management (MSc), De Montfort University, England & Biological Sciences (BSc), University of Guelph, Canada
Nationality: Canadian & British

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Graduation 26th June 2009

 

Mandy Glaß

Research Topic: Characterization of the essential cytomegalovirus protein pUL77 as basis for the development of new antivirals and of a replication-deficient DISC-vaccine

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Messerle, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic background: Biochemistry, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Jessica Janus

Research Topic: Identification of host and viral factors mediating axonal transport of herpes simplex virus type 1

Supervisor: PD Dr. Beate Sodeik, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Lydia Janus

Research Topic: Transmission of Mice Minute Virus in mouse population

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Hedrich, Central Animal Laboratory, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Vanessa Jensen

Research Topic: Influence of environmental factors on intercellular signaling and secondary metabolite production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Supervisor: Dr. Susanne Häußler, Research Group Cell Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, University of Bielefeld & University of Kiel, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Stefan Pachnicke

Topic: Molecular mechanisms of anthelmintic resistance

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Institute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Marcel Pietrek

Topic: Characterization of proximal elements in the signaling cascade induced by KSHV K15

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

Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Halina Tegetmeyer

Topic: Functional characterization of the autotransporter adhesins of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nina Baltes, Institute for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic Background: Biology, University of Dresden, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Sarvari Velaga

Topic: Structure, organogenesis and function of solitary intestinal lymphoid tissue

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India & University of Skövde /Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Nationality: Indian

 

Tetyana Yevsa

Topic: Development of a Bordetella bronchiseptica-based technology platform to deliver vaccine antigens by the mucosal route

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos Guzmán, Research Group Vaccine Research, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Microbiology, Odessa National University, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian

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Graduation 30th January 2009

Janet Krege

Research Topic: The role of the immune system of the upper respiratory tract in immunity and tolerance

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Nationality: German

Sara Bartels (neé Leschner)

Topic: Tumor specific gene expression by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhiumurium

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiss, Research Group Molecular Immmunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Nationality: German

Julia Micklinghoff

Topic: Pathogenesis of tuberculosis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Franz-Christoph Bange, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Pharmacy, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

Florence Njau

Topic: Effects of TNF alpha receptor blockage on C. pneumoniae-infected dendritic cells in vitro and in vivo

Supervisor: Dr. Anette Wagner, Department of Rheumatology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine (BSc), Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; Molecular Biology (MSc), Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Nationality: Tanzanian

Girish Ramachandran

Topic: Functional characterization of Streptococcus suis OFS – protein.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Valentin-Weigand, Institute for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover

Academic Background: Biotechnology (BSc), Dr. G.R.D College of Science, India; MSc Human Genetics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, India; Molecular Genetics (MSc), University of Leicester, England

Nationality: Indian

Melanie Rust

Research Topic: Helicobacter type III secretion system: Protein secretion, protein interaction and gene regulation

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christine Josenhans, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

Malgorzata Szczodrak

Topic: Dissection of dynamic actin rearrangements during host-pathogen interaction

Supervisor: Dr. Klemens Rottner, Research Group Cytoskeleton Dynamics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biotechnology & Molecular Biology, University of Agriculture, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Milena Tosiek

Topic: Molecular and functional characterisation of regulatory T cells in infectious disease and autoimmunity

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Buer, Research Group in Mucosal Immunity, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Pharmacy, Medical University of Lodz, Poland

Nationality: Polish

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Graduation 27th June 2008

Vanessa Barroso

Research Topic: Interaction of extracellular matrix components with group C and G streptococci

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Singh Chhatwal, Research Group Microbial Pathogenicity, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

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

Nationality: Portuguese

 

Davide Ferraris

Research Topic: Structural analysis of host-pathogen interaction

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinz, Research Group Structural Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Chemistry, University of Turin, Italy

Nationality: Italian

 

Julia Heinzmann

Research Topic: Functional characterisation of a 38Kb pathogenicity island of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gerald-F. Gerlach, Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Microbiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic Background: Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Marcin Lyszkiewicz

Topic: Imaging of early events during Listeria monocytogenes infection in the intact spleen

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiss, Research Group Molecular Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biotechnology & Immunology, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Nationality: Polish

 

Patrick Olbermann

Research Topic: Helicobacter pylori virulence factors: Aspects of bacterial variability, host response and adaption

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christine Josenhans, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, Georg August University Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Julia Pulverer

Topic: Imaging activation of the interferon system

Supervisor: Dr. Hansjörg Hauser, Research Group Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biotechnology and Food Engineering, University of Agricultural Science, Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austrian

 

Kerstin Radtke

Topic: Biochemical characterization of Herpes Simplex Virus receptors for the microtubule motors dynein and kinesin

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Upneet Sandhu

Topic: Establishment of a mouse immunisation model for strictly controlled antigen expression

Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wirth, Research Group Gene Regulation and Differentiation, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Microbiology & Biochemistry (BSc), University of Mumbai, India / Biotechnology (MSc), University of Essex, UK

Nationality: Indian

 

Sven Christian Sensken

Topic: Signaltransduction of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) and its receptor S1P1 in the immune system

Supervisor: Dr. Markus Gräler, Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Nuno Viegas

Topic: In vivo function of listeriolysin in the murine spleen during the early phase of Listeria moncytogenes infection

Supervisor: Dr. Siegfried Weiss, Research Group Molecular Immmunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biotechnological Engineering, University of the Algarve, Portugal

Nationality: Portuguese

 

 

Caroline Zaoui

Topic: Intercellular communication in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: analysis of the molecular mechanism underlying the Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS) transduction

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wehland, Research Group Cell Biology & Dr. Susanne Häußler, Research Group Chronic Pseudomonas Diseases, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biochemistry (BSc), Claude Bernard University, Lyon 1 (France); Microbiology (MSc) René Descartes University, Paris 5 (France)

Nationality: French

 

Beata Zygmunt

Topic: Development and characterization of novel vaccine candidates against HCV

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos Guzmán, Research Group Vaccine Research, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Molecular Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland & International Max Planck Research School, Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: Polish

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Graduation 25th Janary 2008

 

 

Sebastian Seth

Research Topic: Analyzing the function of CD155 in T cell priming and differentiation

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Jessica Thalmann

Research Topic: Functional characterization of chlamydia trachomatis protein CT166 and host cell response in chlamydial persistence

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klos, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

 

Maike de Buhr

Research Topic: Analysis of Cd14 as a candidate gene for experimental inflammatory bowel disease

Supervisor: Prof. Hans-Jürgen Hedrich, Central Animal Laboratory, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, University of Münster, Germany & University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Nationality: German

 

Nicolas Fasnacht

Research Topic: Analysis of infection of mice with Trichuris muris

Supervisor: Dr. Werner Müller, Research Group Experimental Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic background: Chemical Engineering/Biotechnology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Nationality: Swiss

 

Kay Johswich

Research Topic: Cell responses to inflammatory mediators and bacterial pathogens

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Klos, Department of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Priyanka Narang

Topic: The reaction of the innate immune system towards an infection with the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Gunzer, Research Group Immunodynamics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biomedical Science (BSc), University of Delhi; Biotechnology (MSc), AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Nationality: Indian

 

Peter Reichardt

Topic: T-cell activation by varying antigen presenting cells (APC) and by altered peptide ligands - consequences in vitro und in vivo

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Gunzer, Research Group Immunodynamics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Human Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Stefanie Weiß

Topic: Purification and characterisation of N- WASP and WASP associated protein complexes

Supervisor: Dr. Theresia Stradal, Research Group Signaling and Motility, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany

Nationality: German

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Graduation 6th July 2007

 

Simon Berberich

Research Topic: Dynamic expression of chemokine receptors and integrins regulate B cell migration between the peritoneal cavity and the periphery

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

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt & Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Tanja Bosse

Research Topic: Dissection of Rho-GTPase function in c-Met-induced actin reorganization

Supervisor: Dr. Klemens Rottner, Research Group Cytoskeleton Dynamics, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Maren Mönkemeyer

Research Topic: New pathogenic immune mechanisms in viral coinfections with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1 – Role of apoptosis and genetic susceptibility

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schmidt, Department of Clinical Immunology, Hannover Medical School

Academic background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Angelika Waltermann

Topic: The identification, subcellular localization and functional characterization of 6K1 of plum pox virus and other members of the genus Potyvirus

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Edgar Maiss, Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, Leibniz University Hannover

Academic Background: Human Biology, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Claudia Welz

Topic: Identification, characterization, and expression of latrophilin-like proteins in parasitic nematodes

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Institute for Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Nationality: German

 

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Graduation 16th February 2007

 

Eva Gellermann (neé Brüning)

Research Topic: Identification and functional characterisation of intracellular interaction partners of the KSHV (Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus) latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA-1) protein.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Schulz, Department of Virology, Hannover MedicalSchool , Germany

Academic Background: Biology, Hannover Medical School

Nationality: German

 

Michael Düwel

Research Topic: Functional properties of the Coated Vesicle-Associated-Kinase of 104 kDa (CVAK104) in clathrin-mediated vesicular trafficking

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ernst Ungewickell , Department of Cell Biology, Center for Anatomy, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Heidi Imhoff

Research Topic: The Role of Lipid Rafts in Canine Distemper Virus Infection

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Herrler & Prof. Dr. Ludwig Haas, Institute of Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation

Academic background: Biology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Susanne Lerch

Research Topic: Epitope mapping of the Classical Swine Fever Virus glycoprotein E2

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volker Moennig, Institute of Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation

Academic Background: Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Nationality: Germany

 

Petra Lüthje

Research Topic: Molecular basis of pirlimycin resistance in coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from cases of bovine mastitis

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schwarz, Institute for Animal Breeding, Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL), Mariensee

Academic Background: Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Simone Reinwald

Research Topic: Molecular and Functional Characterization of regulatory T cells – Tracing new molecules associated with regulatory phenotype

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Buer, Junior Research Group in Mucosal Immunity, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig

Academic Background: Biology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Kristina Theusner

Research Topic: Herpes Simplex Virus triggers Myosin II Activation during Cell Entry

Supervisor: PD Dr. Beate Sodeik, Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ( BSc), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK ; Molecular Biology (MSc), Georg August University Göttingen, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Ulrike Wittkop

Topic: Characteristics of Chlamydophila pneumoniae infection in human dendritic cells

Supervisor: Dr. Annette Wagner, Department of Rheumatology, Hannover Medical School

Academic Background: Biology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Nationality: German

 

Tim Worbs

Topic: Chemokine Receptor CCR7 contributes to intranodal T cell motility and functional organization of the intestinal immune system

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

Academic Background: Biotechnology, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

Nationality: German

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