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Our Awesome Group Members

Jump To: PhDs, Postdocs & Scholars, Masters, Interns, CytoSwitch, NanoCapture

PhD Students

L. Gao Li Gao, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Trauner group, LMU; Work Internship: Bayer)

Li was the first to join the Group, in 2017.01. With a background in organic synthesis, he now works on the synthesis of topoisomerase-targeted pharmacogenic prodrugs and photoswitchable inhibitors, as well as semisynthesis of natural product photoswitches.
li.gao@cup.lmu.de; C1.011; +49 89 2180-77926
A. Müller-Deku Adrian Müller-Deku, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Didier group, LMU; Work Internships: Solvay and Bayer)

Adrian joined the Group in 2017.10 and has a background in organic and inorganic synthesis. His projects focus on the synthesis of tubulin-targeted photoswitchable inhibitors and chemical biology reagents.
adrian.mueller-deku@cup.lmu.de; C01.011; +49 89 2180-77232
Y. Kraus Yvonne Kraus, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Gerisch group, MPI; Work Internships: BCA Augsburg and MPI)

Yvonne joined the group in 2017.05 then started her PhD in 2018.01. She is evaluating photoswitchable reagents for subcellular control over the tubulin cytoskeleton.
yvonne.kraus@cup.lmu.de; C0.065; +49 89 2180-77227
A. Sailer Alexander Sailer, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Holzgrabe group, Würzburg / Szklarzewicz group, Cracow)

Alexander started with us in 2018.06, working on the synthesis of diverse families of photoswitches to modulate cell survival and biophysical properties, and with a strong sideline in fluorescence.
alexander.sailer@cup.lmu.de; C1.011; +49 89 2180-77926
J. Felber Jan Felber, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold group, LMU Munich; Work Internship: Bayer)

Jan joined us in 2018.01 for a Masters and returned after a stint at Bayer, starting his PhD in 2018.11. Jan's background is in organic synthesis which he has balanced with in vitro biology, focussing on the synthesis and applications of probes for redox biology.
jan.felber@cup.lmu.de; C1.009; +49 89 2180-77925
F. Ermer Franziska Ermer, Vet. StEx

Franziska is a veterinarian who joined the Group in 2018.09. She works on testing our compounds for anticancer activity in vivo in mouse models and has a particular focus on angiogenesis and vascular disruption.
franziska.ermer@cup.lmu.de; K0.036: -71035 / C0.065: -77224

Postdocs & Visiting Scholars

K. Loy Dr. Kristina Loy
(PhD: Bareyre, LMU Biomedical Centre)

Kristina joins us the group from 2019.04 as a cell & molecular biology postdoc, working on biological evaluations of redox prodrugs and tubulin reagents.
kristina.loy@cup.lmu.de; K0.036; +49 89 2180-71035
M. Klingenberg Dr. Marcel Klingenberg
(PhD: Diederichs, DKFZ Heidelberg)

Marcel joins the Group from 2019.04 as a cell & molecular biology postdoc, working on biological evaluations of anti-angiogenic agents and topoisomerase inhibitors.
marcel.klingenberg@cup.lmu.de; K0.036; +49 89 2180-71035
D. Höfler Dr. Denis Höfler
(PhD: List, MPI Mühlheim; Work in Industry: Frauenhofer Institute)

Denis joins the Group in 2019.06 as a highly experienced synthetic chemist, working on redox-active probes and prodrugs as well as in vivo imaging agents.
denis.hoefler@cup.lmu.de; C1.009; +49 89 2180-77231
K. Pańczyk Katarzyna "Kasia" Pańczyk, M.Sc.
(PhD: Waszkielewicz lab, Jagiellonian University Kraków)

Katarzyna joins the Group from 2018.12-2019.05 as a DAAD Visiting Scholar, to synthesise photoswitchable modulators of TRPM function.
katarzyna.panczyk@uj.edu.pl; C1.009; +49 89 2180-77925

Masters Students

S. Rieth Sonja Rieth

Sonja joined the Group in 2018.11 with a background in synthetic chemistry. Her Masters project focusses on the synthesis of novel topoisomerase inhibitors.
rieth.sonja@campus.lmu.de; C1.009; +49 89 2180-77925
R. Bingham Bekkah Bingham

Bekkah did her BSc with us in 2017, and came back for internships in 2017 and 2018, on synthesis and characterisation of MRI-active and fluorescent nanoparticles. After an exchange to Umea University, in Feb 2019 she returned for a Masters on tubulin biochemistry.
r.bingham@campus.lmu.de; C1.011;+49 89 2180-77232
L. Zeisel Lukas Zeisel

Lukas joined the group in 2019.05 with a background in organic synthesis and pharmaceutical chemistry. In his MSc he is synthesising tricky redox-activated prodrugs for cell biology.
l.zeisel@campus.lmu.de; C1.009;+49 89 2180-77926

Project CytoSwitch

CytoSwitch Team
Dr. Yelena Wainman (PhD: Leeper/Brindle, Cambridge; Postdoc: Mazitschek, Harvard) joined the Group in 2016.09, with a background in chemical biology, and co-leads the CytoSwitch translational project. Dr. Elena Longhi (PhD: Licandro, Uni. Milan; Postdocs: de Cola, Uni. Strasbourg; Marder, Georgia Tech) joined in 2018.10 as a synthetic chemist with experience in photoactives, and heads compound creation in the project. Tilmann Petersen (VivoCell, Pioneers.io) joined in 2018.03, with a background in biotech and tech entrepreneurship, to ensure the project's translational progress. Dr. Wen-Hsin Liu (PhD: Sun Yat-Sen University; Postdoc: Jeremias, Helmholtz; Fässler, MPI) joined in 2019.03 and with her experience in in vivo biology is responsible for the project's in vivo science.
Rooms: K0.032/036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71034/71035 (EL: Room: C1.009; Phone: 77925).
yelena.wainman@cup.lmu.de; tilmann.petersen@cup.lmu.de; elena.longhi@cup.lmu.de; wen-hsin.liu@cup.lmu.de

Project NanoCapture

NanoCap Team
Dr. Petar Marinković (PhD: Misgeld, TUM; Postdoc: Herms, DZNE) joined the Group in 2017.04 with a background in in vivo imaging and neuroscience, and co-leads the NanoCapture translational project. Dr. Julia Ahlfeld (PhD: Schüller, LMU Hospital; Postdoc: Rothenfusser, LMU Hospital) joined the Group in 2018.07 with experience in in vivo disease models and in clinical trials, and is responsible for the project's in vivo science. Constanze Heise (Prev: Immunopharmacology, LMU University Hospital) joins the Group in 2018.04 as a highly experienced lab scientist running in vivo assays in the project. Monique Preuße (Prev: Immunopharmacology, LMU University Hospital) also joins the Group in 2018.04 as a lab scientist for in vitro and in vivo work in the project.
Rooms: K0.032/36 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71034/71035 (CH/MP: C0.057, -77224).
petar.marinkovic@cup.lmu.de; julia.ahlfeld@cup.lmu.de; constanze.heise@cup.lmu.de; monique.preusse@cup.lmu.de

Interns

Positions Open!

P. Ruppel Paula Ruppel

Paula joins Li for a summer research internship synthesising photoswitchable toxins and fluorophores. Expect high Stokes shifts.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926