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Team Members

Jump To: PhDs, Visiting 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.
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.
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 started her PhD in 2018.01. She is evaluating photoswitchable reagents for subcellular control over the tubulin cytoskeleton.
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 diverse families of photoswitches to modulate cell survival and biophysical properties, and with a strong sideline in fluorescence.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926
J. Felber Jan Felber, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold Group, LMU Munich; Work Internship: Bayer)

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.
Room: C1.009; Phone: +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.
Room: K0.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035

Visiting Scholars

R. Shah Ruchira Shah, M.Sc.
(JRF: Jayakannan lab, IISER Pune; SRF: Pawar lab, Pune)

Ruchira joins us from the University of Pune as a CeNS Scholar from 2018.10-2019.04, working on biological evaluations of our topoisomerase inhibitors.
Room: K0.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
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.
Room: C1.009; Phone: +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.
Room: C1.009; Phone: +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 returns for a Masters working on tubulin biochemistry.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77232

Project CytoSwitch

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

Yelena joined the Group in 2016.09 with a broad background in chemical biology, and co-leads the CytoSwitch translational project.
Room: K0.036; Phone: +49 89 2180-71035
T. Petersen Tilmann Petersen

Tilmann joined the Group in 2018.03 to ensure the translational progress of the CytoSwitch project.
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 Tech)

Elena joined the Group in 2018.10 as a synthetic chemist with particular experience in photoactive compounds. Elena heads the compound creation for the CytoSwitch project.
Room: C1.009; Phone: +49 89 2180-77925

Project NanoCapture

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

Petar joined the Group in 2017.04 with a background in in vivo mouse imaging and neuroscience. Petar co-leads the NanoCapture project, and sidelines on compounds against neurodegeneration.
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 in vitro and in vivo experience in molecular genetics and treatments. She is responsible for biology & histology in the NanoCapture project.
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 joined the Group in 2018.07 with experience in in vivo biology disease models and in clinical trials. Julia is responsible for the in vivo assays in the NanoCapture project.
Room: K0.032 (BioSysM); Phone: +49 89 2180-71034


Positions Open!

F. Heck Fabian Heck

Fabian joins Alex for an F-Praktikum synthesising cruel and unusual tubulin inhibitors. Stay tuned!
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926
F. Kiss Ferdinand Kiss

Ferdi joins Li for an F-Praktikum synthesising topoisomerase inhibitors. And doing QM calculations. And exploring isomerisation pathways.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926
A. Q Annika Q

Annika joins Adrian for an F-Praktikum synthesising wavelength-tuned photoswitches.
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77232
R. Saeb Rakan Saeb

After a BSc in early 2018, Rakan rejoins Li for more work on topoisomerase inhibitors and for crystallising anything that can crystallise!
Room: C1.011; Phone: +49 89 2180-77926