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Recent Graduates

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These students recently defended their theses and are now continuing on with their careers:


Current position
Thesis title
Maxime Audin
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
NMR studies of the archaeal exosome complex
Iuliia Boichenko
post-doc, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
The CULT domain of cereblon: a pharmacological target and teratogenicity gateway
Andrey Fadeev
post-doc, MPI for Infection Biology, Berlin, Zychlinsky lab
The role of Tight Junction Protein 1a and Leukocyte Tyrosine Kinase in the development and organisation of pigment cells in the Zebrafish
Li Guo
self-employed, market development and consulting, Karlsruhe
Molecular taxonomic characterization of the human parasitic population of the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis in Cambodia and development and evaluation of methods for the genetic study of Strongyloides ratti

Ole Herud

post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
The role of auxin during pattern formation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Manuela Kieninger
post-doc, Oxford, UK
Molecular aspects of the genetic switch regulating phenotypic plasticity of feeding structures in Pristionchus pacificus and its relevance for evolution
Eungcheon Lim
post-doc, Harvard
A large-scale computational framework for comparative analyses in population genetics and metagenomics
Jorge Quintana
post-doc, MPI-EVA, Treutlein lab
Genome-wide analysis of organ-specific DNA methylation patterns in Arabidopsis thaliana
Danelle Seymour
post-doc, Stanford Medical School, USA
Exploring the Genetics and Genomics of Arabidopsis thaliana and its Relatives
Diep Tran
post-doc, ENS, Paris, France, Navarro lab
Biochemical Basis of Autoactivity of a Pair of Plant NLR Immune Receptors
Maricris Zaidem
post-doc, NYU, Purugganan lab
Identification of genetic modifiers of ACCELLERATED CELL DEATH 6 (ACD6) in natural Arabidopsis thaliana accessions


Current position
Thesis title
Albina Asadulina
scientist, BrainLab, Munich
Image analysis platforms for exploring genetic and neuronal mechanisms regulating animal behavior
Carolin Ewers
consultant, CFCS consult, Essen
Structure and function of poly-HAMP histidine kinases
Xuefang Gao
post-doc, EMBL, Hamburg
Characterization of Draxin as a potential secreted Netrin-1 modulator in vertebrate neural development
Iwan Grin
post-doc, Uiversity Clinic Tuebingen
Assisted secretion of a trimeric autotransporter adhesin from Salmonella

Joerg Hagmann

analyst, Computomics GmbH, Tuebingen
Characterizing short-term evolution of DNA methylation in A. thaliana using next-generation sequencing
Anitha Jeyanthan
scientist, Immunocore, Oxford, UK
Functional characterization of the inverse FBAR-containing proteins srGAP1 and Carom
Julia Kamenz
post-doc, Stanford University School of Medicine
Temporal coordination of the metaphase to anaphase transition
Taylor Kessinger
post-doc, University of Kenntucky, USA
Inferring and understanding adaptation from patterns of genetic diversity
Klaus Kopec
IT strategy analyst, accenture, Frankfurt
Remote protein homology as a spyglass to the past
Verena Kottler
post-doc, University of Wuerzburg
Pigment cell organization and genetic analysis of color pattern formation in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
Arpita Kulkarni
post-doc, Harvard University, USA
The reproductive biology of Strongyloides nematodes - sex determination, chromatin diminution and germ-line organization
Duygu Kuzuoglu
post-doc, UCSF, USA
Elucidating the role of the CCR4-NOT complex in miRNA-mediated gene silencing
Michael Lorenz
project manager, Eurofins
A Single Herpesvirus Protein Can Mediate Vesicle Formation in the Nuclear Envelope
Subhashini Muralidharan
co-founder, Surul Software Labs GmbH
Causes and Consequences of Hybrid Incompatibilities in Arabidopsis thaliana
Ancilla Neu
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Structure, dynamics and function of proteins in the mRNA decay pathway
Paolo Panza
post, doc, UCSF, USA
Characterization of a novel interaction between Islr2 and Vasorin and its role in retinal axon routing at the vertebrate optic chiasm
Nadine Randel
post-doc, Janelia Farms, USA
Neuronal connectome of a visual eye circuit in Platynereis dumerilii
Franka Scharfenberg
in transition
Struktur und Evolution der AAA Metalloprotease N-Domänen
Anna Schneider
project manager, BioNTech, Mainz
Novel insights into the catalytic repertoire of non-LTR retrotransposons
Allana Schooley
post-doc, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
The lysine demethylase LSD1 regulates nuclear envelope formation at the end of mitosis
Vahan Serobyan
post-doc, NYU, USA
Modes of Inheritance and Adaptive Values of Mouth-Form Dimorphism in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
Eshita Sharma
post-doc, Oxford Genomics Center, BSG University of Oxford, UK
Transcriptome Assembly and Molecular Evolutionary Analysis of Sex-Biased Genes in the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
Vladislav Susoy
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Developmental Plasticity, Ecology, and Evolutionary Radiation of Nematodes of Diplogastridae
Silvia Wuertenberger
inside sales, nanotemper Technologies, Munich
On the Function of Variable Regions in the F-BAR Proteins SrGAP3 and Syndapin1
Fabio Zanini
post-doc, Stanford University, USA
Population genomics of intrapatient HIV evolution


Current position
Thesis title

Valentina Ahl

at home
The Alu RNP structure required for the retrotransposition of the human Alu element
Yashodar Babu
post-doc, University of Seattle, Washington, USA
Influence of Suspensor Development on Embryogenesis and its Cell Fate Specification in Arabidopsis thaliana
Andreas Boland
post-doc, MRC Cambridge, UK
Structural characterization of eukaryotic mRNA decay factors involved in post-transcriptional gene regulation
Vasuki Chellamuthu
research fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Novel structures of PII signal transduction proteins from oxygenic phototropic organisms
Chris Dooley
scientist, Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
On the Origin and Differentiation of Melanophores in Zebrafish, Danio rerio
Nathalie Widmann
post-doc, MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
Functional characterisation of the interplay between Ndc1, Nup53 and Nup155 in nuclear pore complex biogenesis
Jose Farias
post-doc, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Evolutionary Relationships Beyond Fold Boundaries
Julia Hildebrandt
technician, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Population genetic studies in the parasitic nematode Onchocerca ochengi
Igor Iatsenko
post-doc, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Molecular mechanisms of Caenorhabditis elegans - Bacillus interactions
Ivan Kalev
software engineer, SIG Dublin, Ireland
Fragment-based methods for structure determination with sparse data
Jixiang Kong
post-doc, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria
Cell fate specification and maintenance in the female gametophyte and transcriptional profiling of early embryos in Arabidopsis thaliana
Belinda Loh
post-doc, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart
The CCR4-NOT deadenylation complex functions in the Nonsense Mediated mRNA decay pathway
Melanie Meyer
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany
Natural variation in dauer formation in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus and molecular mechanisms of intraspecific competition
Martin Mechelke
post-doc, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany
On the application of Bayesian statistics to protein structure calculation from nuclear magnetic resonance data
Jathish Ponnu
post-doc, John Innes Center, Norwich, UK
Modulation of Developmental Transitions by Trehalose-6-phosphate Signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana 
Daniel Slane
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Analyse zur globalen Genexpression in Geweben des frühen Arabidopsis thaliana Embryos
Benjamin Vollmer
post-doc, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
The membrane interaction of Nup53 and its implication in nuclear pore complex assembly


Current position
Markus Conzelmann
patent specialist, CureVac, Germany
Ancient peptidergic neurons regulate ciliary swimming and settlement in Platynereis dumerilii
Vinicius Costa Galvao
post-doc, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Regulation of flowering time by DELLA proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana
Dara Forouzan Boroojeni
student, Keck Graduate Institute, USA
The archaeal proteasome is regulated by a network of AAA ATPases
Marlene Holder
post-doc, Skirball Institute, NYU, USA
Structural analysis of a bidirectional nuclear transport receptor, Importin13
Stephanie Heinrich
post-doc, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of spindle assembly checkpoint signaling in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
William Ho
post-doc, CSIRO, Australia
Structural and Functional Analysis of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis thaliana
Alessandro Mongera
post-doc, UC Santa Barbara, USA
The Role of Neural Crest in Vertebrate Evolution:Tissue-specific Genetic Labeling in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Reveals Neural Crest Contribution to Gills, but Not to Scales
Amrita Mukherjee
post-doc, King's College London/MRC Center for Dev Neurobiology, UK
Role of Drosophila LPPs in Germ Cell. Migration and Survival
Felix Ott
panel diagnostic, CeGaT, Germany
An Integrated Data Analysis Suite and Programming Framework for High-Throughput DNA Sequencing
Simon Perathoner
platform manager, University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
Potassium Channels and Growth Control: Identification and Characterisation of Mutations Affecting Proportional Growth of the Fin in the Cyprinid Danio rerio
Ruchika Sachdev
post-doc, UC Berkeley, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Functional Characterization of the Nup93 Complex in Nuclear Pore Complex Assembly
Ratna Tripathy
post-doc, IMP, Austria
Identification and Functional Analysis of Genes Controlling Germ Cell Migration and Gonad Formation
Andreas Weller
Full Stack Python Developer, KAYAK, Berlin
Genome Evolution in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus


Current position
Thesis title
Sören Alsheimer
imaging specialist, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Germany
On Teleost Muscle Stem Cells and the Vertical Myoseptum as Their Niche
Vikram Alva-Kullanja
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany
On the Evolution of Proteins from Peptides
Jörg Braun
post-doc, UMassMed Worcester, USA
Mechanism of microRNA-mediated mRNA Decay
Simone Eisenbeis
scientist, University Hospital Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Engineering of chimeric proteins from fragments of two major folds : the (beta alpha) 8 - barrel and the (beta alpha) 5 - flavodoxin-like fold
Markus Conzelmann
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Ancient peptidergic neurons regulate ciliary swimming and settlement in Platynereis dumerilii
Marcus Hartmann
scientific staff, MPI Dev Bio, Germany
Trimeric autotransporter adhesins and the coiled-coil standard model
Stephanie Helbig
scientist, Boehringer, Austria
The proteintoxin colicin M from Escherichia coli: active site and specific resistance
Simone Kienle
post-doc, FOM institute AMOLF, Netherlands
Microevolution in Pristionchus pacificus: Genetic Diversity and Natural Variation in Vulva Induction
André Koch
post-doc, NCI Netherlands
Identification of Aurora Kinase Substrates in Schizosaccharomyces pombe by Chemical Genetics and Quantitative Phosphoproteomic
Irina Kulemzina
post-doc, A Star, Singapore
The Role of Cohesin Associated Factors, Pds5,Scc3, and Wpl1 during Cohesion Establishmentand Maintenance in Budding Yeast
Berit Lochmann
post-doc Uni Tübingen, Germany
Histone H3 and its Centromeric Variant Cse4 Co-Occupy the Centromeric DNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Christoph Malisi
scientific analyst, Computomics, Germany
Computational methods for designing protein ligand interactions
Ruxandra Molnar
no information
Molecular Evolution and Mutation Accumulation Lines in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
Nagarajan Paramasivam
post-doc, DKFZ, Germany
Identification of Surface Structures Common to Gram-Negative Bacteria that are Suitable for Vaccine Development
Christin Römer
no information
Functional analysis of colicin M and its immunity protein
Evelyn Sauer
post-doc, Biozentrum University of Basel, Switzerland
Structural and biochemical characterization of the bacterial LSm protein Hfq and its complexes with regulatory sRNAs
Sebastian Schultheiss
managing director, Computomics, Germany
Persistence and scientific reproducibility in genome informatics: theory and application
Martin Schumacher
Field staff, Brenntag, Germany
Cohesin-assoziierte Proteine und ihre Funktion bei der Schwesterchromatid-Kohäsion
Lisa Schuster
construction, Munich
Molecular analysis of horizontally acquired cellulase genes in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
Shahid Shakeel Ahmad
post-doc, Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Germany
Structure and function of the autotransporter protein YadA
Nino Shervashidze
post-doc, Center for Computational Biology, Paris, France
Scalable graph kernels
Amit Sinha
post-doc, UMassMed Worcester, USA
Gene Expression Studies on the Evolution of Development and Innate Immunity in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
Anusha Srikanth
no information
Dissection of the Role of FT and FD in the Regulation of Flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana
Vikash Verma
post-doc, University of Michigan Medical School, USA
Post-Translational Modifications of the Lysine Residues in the SMC Coiled Coils are Required for Cohesin Ring Closure
Normann Warthmann
post-doc, Australian National University, Australia
Finding the Causal Genes: Developing Tools for Natural Variation Research
Eva-Maria Willing
Post-doc, MPI for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Next Generation Population Genomics in the Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
Ines Wolff
associate editor, Springer Verlag, Germany
Evidence for an Enzymatic Activity of Exuperantia Necessary for bicoid mRNA Localization


Current position
Thesis title
Moritz Ammelburg
patent attorney trainee, Fish and Richardson, Germany
AAA proteins and the origins of proteasomal protein degradation
Regina Bohnert
analyst, Molecular Health, Germany
Computational methods for high-throughput genomics and transcriptomics
Yi-Yen Chen
post-doc, National Cancer Institute, Holland
Tracing tissue specific reporter lines reveals heterogeneity across the dorso-ventral axis in zebrafish enveloping layer
Isabella D'Anna
swimming teacher, Italy
Analysis of the association between Pristionchus and beetles with emphasis on the special case of P. uniformis
Sebastian Fröhler
head bioinformatics, Signature Diagnostics/Roche, Germany
Algorithms for the analysis of the primary and tertiary structure of genomes
Heiko Keller
post-doc, University of Frankfurt
Structural evolution of human alu ribonucleoprotein particles
Steffen Lau
no information
Zur transkriptionellen Regulation der embryonalen Regulatoren Monopteros und Bodenlos in Arabidopsis thaliana
Daniela Lazzaretti
post-doc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen
Characterization of the human GW182 proteins and their role in microRNA-mediated gene silencing
Frauke Mager
no information
Structural insights into the proteintranslocase TOM from Neurospora crassa and Homo sapiens
Korbinian Schneeberger
group leader, MPI for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
Whole genome analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana using Next Generation Sequencing
Bettina Rohweder
post-doc, University of Regensburg
Design of protein binding pockets : evaluation of computationally designed binding pockets in the periplasmic binding protein fold; engineering the enolase magnesium II binding site
Xiaoyue Wang
platform leader, Perkin Elmer, China
platform leader, Perkin Elmer, China