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Our Awesome Group Members

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PhD Students

Markus Müller, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Gulder, TUM; Ind: Boehringer-Ingelheim; PhD Ex: Miller, UCB)

Markus joined us for his PhD in 2019, with a background in organic synthesis. He researches photoresponsive TRP channel probes (ACIE), and is pushing the boundaries of chemical probe methods (Boehringer Exploration co-applicant; BaCaTec scholar; Joachim Herz fellow). (NB: hyphen!); C2.028; -77259
B. Winkler Benedikt Baumgartner, Winkler, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Schneider, ETH Zürich; Industry: Roche Diagnostics)

Ben joined us in 2019 for a PhD involving photoredox probes and TRP channel modulators (Boehringer-Ingelheim PhD scholar).; C2.026; -77044
L. Zeisel Lukas Zeisel, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold; Industry: Bayer; PhD Ex: Myers, Harvard)

Lukas joined us in 2019 for his MSc, interned at Bayer, then returned for his PhD in 2020 on selenium-based redox prodrugs (Chem, Pat. 1, Pat. 2, NatComm, JACS, PE, Synthesis, ACS Cent Sci). (Römer MSc prize, Lindau scholar, FCI-Kekule PhD scholar, Otto Bayer fellow, CeNS Publication award).; C2.028; -77021
P. Mauker Philipp Mauker, M. Sc
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold; Industry: Bayer; PhD Ex: Urano, Tokyo)

Philipp joined us for his MSc in 2019 on controlling cell entry and cell exit. He returned in 2020 for his PhD, and added photochemical tagging methods (Studienstiftung PhD scholar, Joachim Herz fellow).; C2.026; -77263
Carina Schmitt, M. Sc
(M.Sc Thorn-Seshold)

Carina joined us for her OC-F Prak on redox (2020), returned for her MSc in chemical-genetic photocontrol (2021), then started her PhD in 2022 to expand these concepts and bring them together, all while tackling a new element in the TS lineup (Studienstiftung PhD scholar).; C2.028; -77021
Lucas Dessen Weissenhorn

Lucas joined us from 03.2023 for his MD/PhD thesis on basic and translational redox biology, working at the intersections of chemical probes, cell biology, and disease models for inflammation and ferroptosis (FöFoLe MD/PhD scholar).; C2.084; -71034
Carmen Zecha

Carmen joined us from 09.2023 for her MD/PhD thesis on basic and translational chemical biology, working at the intersections of chemical probes, photophysics, imaging and cell biology.; C2.084; -71034

Postdocs and Masters Students

Dr. Julia Thorn-Seshold, née Ahlfeld
(PhD: Schüller, LMU Hospital; Postdoc: Rothenfusser, LMU Hospital)

Julia joined in 2018 with experience in cell biology and in vivo disease models. She led the BMBF GO-Bio NanoCapture project from 2021, and is the senior scientist in charge of biology in the group (Joachim Herz Fellow, CeNS Investment fund).; C2.084, -77224
Dr. Martin Reynders
(M.Sc & PhD: Trauner, NYU)

Martin joined us in 2021 with experience in photopharmacology, synthesis and chemical biology. He works on photoswitchable tools for protein control in cells (SPP1926 Young Investigator grant; CeNS Young Investigator award).; C2.026; -77263
Julia Brandmeier

After completing an excellent Pharma BSc with Philipp in 2021, then a research exchange in Australia supported by a PROSA-LMU scholarship, Julia rejoins us from 06.2022 for her MSc on redox prodrugs for inflammation, and redox-triggered photochemistry.; C2.026; -77263


Lara Miletic

Lara rejoined our group in 2023, after doing praktikum with Philipp in 2022. She now works on photocaging approaches with Carina.
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Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee joined Michaela in 07.2022 as a postdog, with extensive experience in motivational barking, good behaviour, and astonishing feats of mountain climbing (occasionally assisted by Markus).