Team

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Lab retreat to MeckPom 2013

 

As in the previous two years the group went to the idyllic Gutshaus Rensow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in May to enjoy stimulating scientific discussions in a beautiful setting.

 

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Nikolaus Rajewsky

Head of the Group

 

Contact information:

E-mail: rajewsky at mdc-berlin dot de

 

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Salah Ayoub

Technician

 

Contact information:

E-mail: salah dot ayoub at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Start date:

December 2008

 

Funding:

MDC

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Andrei Filipchyk

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: andrei.filipchyk at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 4267

Start date:

August 2012

 

Funding:

CBS-GRK 1772

"Deep analysis of biological data. Methods for multi-feature RNAs comparison."

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Stefanie Grosswendt

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: stefanie dot grosswendt at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Start date:

April 2011

 

Funding:

MDC

"I am studying microRNA biology in vivo using C.elegans as a model organism. Specifically, I am trying to investigate mechanisms of microRNA target site recognition by experimental identification of microRNA:mRNA interaction sites."

Petar Glazar

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: petar dot glazar at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 3044

Start date:

November 2013

 

Funding:

DFG

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Margareta Herzog

Lab Manager

 

Contact information:

E-mail: margareta dot herzog at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2972 (lab), -2973 (lab)

Start date:

March 2011

 

Funding:

MDC

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Andranik Ivanov

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: andranik dot ivanov at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 4248

Start date:

January 2010

 

Funding:

G.I.F.

"I am studying transcriptional regulation in mouse pancreatic, myoblast and stem cells. My main interests are engaged with computational integration of gene expression data with chromatin/DNA modification/occupancy data (transcription factors, DNA modifying enzymes and RNA Pol II)."

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Marvin Jens

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: marvin dot jens at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2989

Start date:

May 2009

 

Funding:

MDC

"I studied physics in cologne and joined the computational team of the lab as a PhD student in 2009. Besides developing tools for stringent filtering and analysis of high-throughput data, I also study theoretical aspects of gene regulation. I am particularly interested in the flow of information between the transcriptome as a whole and RNA-binding proteins and small RNAs, and how to reconstruct details of these interactions."

 

Filippos Klironomos

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Contact information:

E-mail: to follow

Phone: +49 30 9406 4267

Start date:

November 2013

 

Funding:

DEEP

"I am trying to develop novel transgenic techniques in C.elegans. So far, I studied transgenic techniques in human, mouse and chicken thus I want to apply this experience to C.elegans research, especially the germ line development field. A particular aim is to develop conditional knock out systems."

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Sebastian Mackowiak

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: sebastian dot mackowiak at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2992

Start date:

May 2009

 

Funding:

MDC

"My research interests are in the computational analysis of animal small RNA deep sequencing data. In particular, I am focusing on the identification of miRNAs and their target genes. Currently, I am trying to computationally detect functional small peptides (so called “micro peptides”) in flies."

 

Luisa Maier

Technician

 

Contact information:

E-mail: luisa dot maier at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Start date:

September 2011

 

Funding:

DFG

Sebastian Memczak

Sebastian Memczak

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: sebastian dot memczak at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2991

Start date:

September 2011

 

Funding:

DEEP

"I am interested in the molecular pathways involved in carcinogenesis. In particular I want to elucidate the interplay of microRNAs and de-regulated cell cycle progression as one hallmark of cancer. To this end I use a variety of human and murine cell culture model systems."

Panagiotis Papavasileiou

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail:

panagiotis dot papavasileiou at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2991

Start date:

August 2013

 

Funding:

MDC NYU Exchange programme

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Marta Rodriguez-Orejuela

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: marta dot rodriguez at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone. +49 30 9406 2979

Start date:

July 2013

 

Funding:

DFG

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Agnieszka Rybak-Wolf

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Contact information:

E-mail: agnieszka dot rybak at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2972

Start date:

October 2009

 

Funding:

MDC

"I am interested in the function of microRNAs and the microRNA processing machinery during stem cell differentiation, development and regeneration. A particular focus is on how these factors regulate embryonic and adult neurogenesis. Currently I’m pursuing two projects: a) microRNAs and microRNA regulators in planaria regeneration b) in vivo targets of DCR-1 in C.elegans (in collaboration with Marvin Jens)."

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Jordi Solana Garcia

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Contact information:

E-mail: jordi dot solana at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Start date:

April 2011

 

Funding:

MDC

"I am interested in the regulation of stem cells from an evolutionary point of view. I use planarians as an illustrating model since they have totipotent stem cells –neoblasts- that drive their tissue homeostasis and their striking regeneration capabilities. Planarians also offer an evolutionary point of view to discern the conservation of these mechanisms in other metazoans."

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Kathrin Theil

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: kathrin dot theil at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2972

Start date:

September 2010

 

Funding:

e:BIO

"I am interested in the role of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) in posttranscriptional gene regulation. My research centres on i) the mechanisms underlying translational control by RBPs and on ii) competition effects in posttranscriptional gene regulation. To address my questions, I employ cell culture and transgenics in C. elegans combined with high-throughput methods like mass spectrometry and transcriptome-wide methods like PAR-CLIP."

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Francesca Torti

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: francesca dot torti at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2972

Start date:

February 2012

 

Funding:

International PhD program at the MDC

"My interest lies in identifying evolutionary preserved roles of small RNAs involved in oocyte to embryo transition. My specific aim is to learn more about in vivo targets and function of small non-coding RNAs and RNA-binding proteins expressed in the germ line of C.elegans. To characterize and validate on protein level the direct impact of these regulatory processes, I will use molecular biology methods, such as iPARCLIP, RNAi and in vivo SILAC."

 

Alex Tschernycheff

Administration

 

Contact information:

E-mail: tschernycheff at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2999

Fax: +49 30 9406 3068

Start date:

May 2006

 

Funding:

MDC

 

Ulrike Ziebold

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Contact information:

E-mail: uziebold at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2103

Fax: +49 30 9406 3068

Start date:

September 2011

 

Funding:

DFG-KFO218/0

"Tumorsuppressors and oncogenes. Growth control within normal and cancer stem cells. Epigenetic contribution to proliferation and stemness."

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Christine Kocks

Associate PI

 

Contact information:

E-mail: christine dot kocks at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 3537

Start date:

January 2012

 

Funding:

MDC

"I am interested in systems biology approaches to study gene regulation in tissue development, repair and regeneration. I will use C. elegans and Planaria as model systems and try to apply or refine genetic techniques for the microscopic tracking of individual RNA-protein complexes. In close collaboration with the Rajewsky lab I hope to uncover evolutionarily conserved mechanisms that will further our understanding of human stem cells and cancer."

Max Delbrueck Fellowship

Benedikt Obermayer

Max Delbrueck Fellow

 

Contact information:

E-mail: benedikt dot obermayer at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2970

Start date:

December 2012

 

Funding:

MDC

"After previous research on theoretical models for biopolymer physics and prebiotic evolution, I have now moved into computational and data-oriented work in systems biology. I am mainly interested in statistical inference methods for biophysical and evolutionary aspects of post-transcriptional gene regulation."

Former Lab Members

Catherine Adamidi

was a Senior Scientist in our lab

works now with Tom Tuschl

Current address:

Rockefeller University, New York, USA

 

Kevin Chen

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now Assistant Professor with his own group

Current address:

Rutgers University, NJ, USA

 

Antigoni Elefsinioti

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now a PostDoc at Bayer Health Care

Current address:

Bayer Health Care, Berlin, Germany

 

Dominic Gruen

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now a PostDoc with Alexander van Oudenaarden

Current address:

Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 

Marc Friedlaender

was a Ph.D. student

presently an EMBO PostDoc with Roderic Guigo

has just been appointed Assistant Professor in RNA Biology at the University in Stockholm

CONGRATULATIONS!

Current Address:

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain

 

Anna-Carina Jungkamp

was a Ph.D. student

is now a PostDoc with Nils Bluethgen

Current Address:

Charite, Berlin

 

Toshiaki Kogame

was a Ph.D. student

is now a doctor at Kyoto Medical University

Current Address:

Kyoto Medical University, Kyoto, Japan

 

Azra Krek

was a Ph.D. student

is now a staff scientist at Sloan-Kettering, New York

Current Address:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

 

Svetlana Lebedeva

was a Ph.D. Student

is now a PostDoc with Rene Ketting

Current address:

IMB Mainz, Germany

 

Jonas Maaskola

was a Ph.D in our lab

Current address:

tbc

 

Pinar Oenal

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now a PostDoc with Steve Small

Current address:

New York University, New York USA

 

Lena von Oertzen

was a TA in our lab

Current address:

tbc

 

Marlon Stoeckius

was a Ph.D. student

is now a PostDoc with Antonio Giraldez

Current Address:

Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

 

Nadine Thierfelder

was a Ph.D. Student

is now an account executive at Hill+Knowlton Strategies GmbH

Current address

Hill+Knowlton Strategies GmbH, Frankfurt a.M., Germany 

 

Minnie Zhou Fang

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now a PostDoc with Ria Baumgrass

Current address:

DRFZ, Berlin, Germany