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Team Members

Jump To: PhD Students, Postdocs, Masters Students, Interns, Project CytoSwitch, Project 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 his 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.
ligaph@cup.lmu.de
Room: C1.011; Phone: +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
Room: C01.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77232
Y. Kraus Yvonne Kraus, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Gerisch group, MPI Biochemistry; Work Internships: BCA Augsburg and MPI Biochemistry)

Yvonne joined the group in 2017.05 then stayed for PhD studies from 2018.01. Yvonne is evaluating photoswitchable reagents for subcellular control over the tubulin cytoskeleton, as well as designing new approaches for topoisomerase inhibition.
yvonne.kraus@cup.lmu.de
Room: K00.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
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 photoswitches to modulate cell survival and biophysical properties.
alexander.sailer@cup.lmu.de
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926
J. Felber Jan Felber
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold Group, LMU Munich)

Jan joined the Group in 2018.01 for a Masters and will start 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.
felber.jan@cup.lmu.de
Room: C1.051A; Phone: +49 89 2180-77931
F. Ermer Franziska Ermer

Franziska is a veterinarian who joins the Group in 2018.09 to work on testing anticancer compounds in vivo in mouse models.
franziska.ermer@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035

Postdocs

M. Borowiak Dr. Malgorzata Borowiak
(PhD: Jalinot lab, ENS Lyon; Postdoc: Trauner group, LMU)

Malgorzata joined the Group in 2017.03 and has a background in cell and molecular biology. Her projects focus on the in cellulo evaluation of photoswitchable bioactive cytotoxins including antimitotics.
malgorzata.borowiak@cup.lmu.de
Room: K00.036 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71035

Masters Students

S. Rieth Sonja Rieth

Sonja joins the Group in 2018.11 with a background in synthetic chemistry. Her project focusses on the synthesis of novel topoisomerase inhibitors.
rieth.sonja@campus.lmu.de
Room: C1.051A; Phone: +49 89 2180-77931

Project CytoSwitch

Y. Wainman Dr. Yelena Wainman
(PhD: Leeper/Brindle lab, Cambridge; Postdoc: Mazitschek lab, Harvard)

Yelena joined the Group in 2016.09 and has a broad background in chemical biology. Yelena is co-leading the CytoSwitch photoswitchable anticancer drug project.
yelena.wainman@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
D. Mangelberger Dr. Doris Mangelberger
(PhD: Fritz Aberger, University of Salzburg; Postdoc: Andrzej Dlugosz, University of Michigan)

Doris joined the Group in 2017.09 as an in vivo biologist with particular experience in cancer treatments and signalling pathway blockade. Doris is heading the in vivo biology of the CytoSwitch photoswitchable anticancer drug project.
doris.mangelberger@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.036 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
T. Petersen Tilmann Petersen


Tilmann joined the Group in 2018.03 to ensure the translational progress of the CytoSwitch photoswitchable anticancer drug project.
tilmann.petersen@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.036 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
E. Longhi Dr. Elena Longhi
(PhD: Emanuela Licandro, University of Milan; Postdocs: Luisa de Cola, Universities of Münster then Strasbourg; Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Elena joins the Group in 2018.10 as a synthetic chemist with particular experience in photoactive and photoresponsive chemical design. Elena is heading the compound creation efforts in the CytoSwitch photoswitchable anticancer drug project.
elena.longhi@cup.lmu.de
Room: C1.051A / C1.059; Phone: +49 89 2180-77246

Project NanoCapture

P. Marinković Dr. Petar Marinković
(PhD: Misgeld group, TUM; Postdoc: Herms group, DZNE)

Petar joined the Group in 2017.04 and has a background in in vivo mouse imaging and neuroscience. Petar is the co-leading the NanoCapture project, and works on photoswitchable compounds against neurodegeneration.
petar.marinkovic@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.032 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71034
M. Fütterer Dr. Marina Fütterer
(PhD: Hrabě de Angelis group, Helmholtz Zentrum München)

Marina joined the Group in 2017.05 with experience in diverse aspects of in vitro and in vivo molecular genetics and treatment assays. Marina is heading the in vivo therapeutic assays in the NanoCapture project.
marina.fuetterer@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.032 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71034
J. Ahlfeld Dr. Julia Ahlfeld
(PhD: Schüller group, LMU University Hospital; Postdoc: Rothenfusser group, LMU University Hospital)

Julia joins the Group in 2018.07 with experience in in vivo biology disease models and in clinical trials. Julia is working on in vivo therapeutic assays in the NanoCapture project.
julia.ahlfeld@cup.lmu.de
Room: K0.032 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71034

Interns

Positions Open!

M. Wegert Marc Wegert

After an internship synthesising photoswitches with Adrian in 2018.02, Marc is back for more - this time doing wavelength-tuning of his compounds.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77246
R. Sachsse Ruben Sachsse

Ruben joined us in 2018.03 for a BSc thesis evaluating the biological mechanisms of some key photoswitchable toxins.
Room: K0.036 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
J. Habdank Jonas Habdank

Jonas joined us in 2018.06 for a BSc thesis synthesising photoswitchable cytotoxic drugs.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77232