MDC Lab Coats

Team Members

Daniela Panáková, Group Leader

I finished my PhD with Suzanne Eaton at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany in 2005. After a short postdoctoral stay in her lab, I moved to Boston, MA and worked with Calum MacRae at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital until 2011.  I established my independent research group at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in July, 2011 after obtaining Helmholtz Young Investigator Program Grant. I am interested in investigating the interactions between physiology and signaling pathways throughout development and in applying the obtained knowledge to understand the mechanisms underlying common disease states.


Alexander Meyer, Research Assistant

I graduated from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin with major in Biotechnology. I joined the lab in August 2011 as a Research Assistant. Besides cloning, ordering or regular lab chores, I also work on a collaborative project with Matt Poy lab, in which we investigate the role of cell adhesion molecule CADM1 in pancreatic development.


Marie Swinarski, PhD student

I finished my Bachelor's degree in Biology at the Free University of Berlin and got my Master's degree in Biology at the CAU Kiel. In my PhD thesis, I elucidate the role of the Wnt11 non-canonical pathway in the heart formation as well as in the patterning of the cardiac function using confocal microscopy and high-speed ratiometric calcium imaging.


Tareck Rharass, Postdoc

After obtaining my Master's degree in Cell biology and Physiology from University of Montpellier II, I joined the lab of Anne-Cecile Ribou at University of Perpignan Via Domitia in Perpignan, France. I finished my PhD in Biophysics in 2007 and decided to pursue my research interests further. I joined the lab of Dieter Weiss at University of Rostock in 2009, where I studied the role of ROS metabolism in activation of Wnt signaling. Currently, I elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie Wnt11 dependent attenuation of L-type calcium channel.


Laura Bartolini, PhD student

I finished my Master's Degree at University of Bologna in spring 2012 and soon after moved to MDC, Berlin. The main idea of my PhD project is to elucidate the role of electrochemical signals during angiogenesis. Particularly, I am interested how calcium fluxes regulate the tip cell behavior during vessel outgrowth using well-established zebrafish model.


Anne Merks, PhD student

Kitti Csályi, PhD student

Ines Uhlenhut, Bachelor student


Past members:

Laura Lleres Forero, Postdoc

Niels van der Maaden, Intern

Zahir Shivji, Intern

Marek Svoboda, Intern