Team

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Lab retreat to MeckPom 2014

 

As in the previous three years the group went to the idyllic Gutshaus Rensow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in September 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

 

 

Evgenia Afanaseva

Postdoc

 

Contact information:

E-mail: evgeniia dot afanaseva at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2972

Start date:

December 2014

 

Funding:

HFSP

"research statement to follow"

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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

"I am mainly involved in Planaria projects, implementing diverse techniques (RNAi, injections, FACS, etc.). My tasks include lab organization; monitoring and establishment of lab processes, implementation and optimization of protocols, data generation and verification, import/export of biological materials, purchasing of supplies, contact to commercial representatives, management of equipment, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, maintenance of animals (S. mediterranea, C. elegans), and running internal databases (development and administration)."

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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:

CSB-GRK 1772

"I work on post-transcriptional gene regulation, specifically on RNA-RNA interactions. I computationally recover them from new generation sequencing data, which triggers my side interest in data processing, data filtering and machine learning. My major aim is a discovery of RNA-RNA interactions networks, relevant for both homeostatic and pathological processes."

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Jonathan Froehlich

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: jonathan dot froehlich at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2996

Start date:

January 2014

 

Funding:

MDC

"I am investigating the biological role of regulatory elements in RNA.  For this, I work with the roundworm C. elegans and establish methods for efficient genome editing."

 

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:

DEEP

"research statement to follow"

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."

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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

Postdoctoral Reseacher

 

Contact information:

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

Phone: +49 30 9406 2989

Start date:

October 2013

 

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: filippos dot klironomos at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2992

Start date:

November 2013

 

Funding:

DEEP

"My research within systems biology is focused on post-transcriptional regulation. I use theoretical and computational methods to study the effects of stochastic fluctuations in post-transcriptional regulation. Additionally, I am interested in statistical inference methods and especially in causally identifying microRNA-target interactions."

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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 2973

Start date:

September 2011

 

Funding:

DFG

"circRNA biology and functions."

 

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

"In order to improve the understanding of biogenesis and function of circular RNAs, I am working on their screening in a variety of organisms and cell cultures. In particular, I'm interested in the impact of circular RNAs in development and differentiation of D. melanogaster."

 

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

"text to follow"

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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 circular RNAs expression, biogenesis and function in mammalian brain. A particular focus is on investigating their possible role in the control of neuronal identity and regulation of  adult neurogenesis."

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Marcel Schilling

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: marcel dot schilling  at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 4267

Start date:

November 2013

 

Funding:

e:BIO

"I am interested in the post-transcriptional code, with a focus on small RNAs. In silico prediction of miRNA genes and target sites have been challenging tasks for computational biologists over the last years. I am trying to identify small regulatory RNAs and the mechanisms underlying their function based on sequencing data. Using this knowledge I want to help understanding disease pathogenesis, particularly the transition from acute to chronic inflammation."

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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:

DFG/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, including vertebrates."

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Christin Stottmeister

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: christin dot stottmeister at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Start date:

April 2014

 

Funding:

Boehringer Ingelheim

"My aim is to elucidate the role of circular RNAs in neuronal differentiation and disease. Therefore I use human cell culture in gain- and loss-of-function studies, as well as pulldown approaches."

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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."

 

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."

 

Vera Zywitza

Ph.D. Student

 

Contact information:

E-mail: vera dot zywitza at mdc-berlin dot de

Phone: +49 30 9406 2973

Fax: +49 30 9406 3068

Start date:

April 2014

 

Funding:

MDC

"My research centers on the question how stem cells are regulated post transcriptionally. Therefore, I study RNA-protein interactions in the stem cell model system S. mediterranea."

Associated PI

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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

"We study coding and regulatory functions of conserved small ORFs in animals by means of computational and experimental approaches."

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 

 

Francesca Torti

was a Ph.D. Student

Current address

tbc

 

Minnie Zhou Fang

was a PostDoc in our lab

is now a PostDoc with Ria Baumgrass

Current address:

DRFZ, Berlin, Germany