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Our Awesome Group Members

Jump To: PhD & Postdoc, Masters, Interns, NanoCapture

PhD Students & Postdoc

L. Gao Li Gao, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Trauner, LMU; Industry: Bayer)
Li was the first to join the Group, starting his PhD in 2017 and helping enormously to get our research running. With a background in organic synthesis, he works on semisynthetic & fully synthetic photoswitchable tubulin inhibitors (1,2,3), with a sideline in topoisomerase inhibitors.
li.gao@cup.lmu.de; K0.036/C1.011; +49 89 2180-71035
Adrian Müller-Deku, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Didier, LMU; Industry: Solvay and Bayer)

Adrian started his PhD in 2017 with a background in organic and inorganic synthesis. His projects focus on the synthesis of tubulin-targeted photoswitchable inhibitors (1) and chemical biology reagents. He is also in charge of Synthesis Denksports. (CeNS Award)
adrian.mueller-deku@cup.lmu.de; C01.011; -77232
A. Sailer Alexander Sailer, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Holzgrabe, Würzburg & Szklarzewicz, Cracow)

Alexander started his PhD with us in 2018. With a background in synthetic chemistry, he has been applying then-"emerging" (now emerged) photoswitches to modulate microtubule dynamics and function (1,2,3). (DAAD scholar)
alexander.sailer@cup.lmu.de; C1.011; -77926
J. Felber Jan Felber, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold, LMU; Industry: Bayer)

Jan joined us in 2018 for his MSc, then after a stint at Bayer returned for his PhD. Jan balances organic synthesis with in vitro biology, researching probes and prodrugs for redox biology (1,2,3). (Römer MSc prize, Studienstiftung PhD scholar)
jan.felber@cup.lmu.de; C1.009; -77925
Markus Müller, M.Sc
(M.Sc: Gulder, TUM; Industry: Boehringer-Ingelheim)

Markus joined us for his PhD in 2019, with a background in organic and natural product synthesis. He is researching photoresponsive TRP channel probes, and pushing the boundaries of chemical probe methods.
markus-mueller@cup.lmu.de (NB: hyphen!); C1.009; -77231
B. Winkler Ben 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).
benedikt.winkler@cup.lmu.de; C1.011; -77232
L. Zeisel Lukas Zeisel, M.Sc
(Internship: Toste, UCB; M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold; Industry: Bayer)

Lukas joined us in 2019 for his MSc, interned at Bayer, then returned for his PhD in 2020. Having trained in organic synthesis, he is synthesising redox-activated prodrugs for cell and in vivo biology (Römer MSc prize, Lindau scholar and FCI-Kekule PhD scholar).
lukas.zeisel@cup.lmu.de; C1.009; -77925
Lena Poczka
(medical student)

Lena joined us in 2020. With a medical studies background, she is pursuing Dr. med. research into redox biology under Dr. Julia Thorn-Seshold (FöFoLe / GRK2338 Lungentoxikologie Dr. med. scholar).
lena.poczka@cup.lmu.de; K0.036; -71035
M. Maier Dr. Martin Maier
(MSc & PhD: Trauner, LMU/NYU)

Martin joined us in 2020 with extensive experience in total synthesis and in photopharmacology. He is now postdoc'ing on the synthesis of redox biology probes and prodrugs.
martin.maier@cup.lmu.de; C1.009; -77925
P. Mauker Philipp Mauker, M. Sc
(Internship: Hall, Newcastle; M.Sc: Thorn-Seshold; Industry: Bayer)

Philipp did his MSc with us in 2019 on synthesis of fluorogenic compounds and cell-permeation probes, and returned in 2020 for his PhD expanding this concept to genetic tags and markers of axon injury.
philipp.mauker@cup.lmu.de; C1.011; -77926
E. Fajardo Ruiz Elena Fajardo Ruiz, M. Sc
(M.Sc: Bonnet, Montpellier / LMU Munich)

Elena joins us for her PhD from 2020, with experience in synthetic biology and microbiology. She researches hybrid chemical-genetic methods for photocontrol of microtubule dynamics and protein localisation, and applications of cell-permeation probes.
elena.fajardoruiz@cup.lmu.de; C0.065; -77224

Project NanoCapture


NanoCap on Zoom

Biologist Dr. Julia Thorn-Seshold (PhD: Schüller, LMU Hospital; Postdoc: Rothenfusser, LMU Hospital) joined in 2018 with experience in in vivo disease models and in a clinical trial; she leads the NanoCapture project and is the senior biologist in the group. Constanze Heise (Immunopharmacology, LMU Hospital) joined in 2019 and is the project lab scientist. Chemical biologist Dr. Annabel Kitowski (PhD: Bernades, Lisbon; joined 2020) completes the team with analytics, in vitro work and the chemistry behind the in vivo studies.
K0.032 (BioSysM) +49 89 2180-71034; CH: C0.057, -77224.
julia.thorn-seshold@cup.lmu.de; constanze.heise@cup.lmu.de; annabel.kitowski@cup.lmu.de

Interns

Sabrina Doerrich

Sabrina and Lukas join forces on redox chemistry (2021.03).
J. Brandmeier Julia Brandmeier

Julia and Philipp explore the magical world of Phosphorus (2021.03).

Positions vacant. Just apply!