Class of 2019

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Anika


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience
Molecular cloning, C. elegans genetics and microinjections, Yeast-two hybrid assay, CRISPR/Cas9, Fluorescence microscopy

Projects / research
Bachelor thesis: “Metabolic control of mitochondrial and peroxisomal morphology and homeostasis in Caenorhabditis elegans"

Scientific interests and goals
I am very interested in cellular mechanisms and the connections between cellular homeostasis and the formation of diseases.


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Christin


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience
PCR, molecular cloning, cell culture, immunostaining techniques, working with a model organism (C. elegans): habituation, microinjections, fluorescence microscopy methods

Projects / research
Bachelor thesis: “Studying cuticula development / biogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans"; observation of two closely related genes encoding for structural, cuticula-associated proteins and how the defects progressed during development in mutant nematodes.

Scientific interests and goals
During my bachelor studies I have become highly interested in structural cell biology and the processes which occur between different cell types and tissues, especially during development and serious illnesses like cancer or neurodegenerative diseases. I would like to learn more about specific pathways involved in these processes and be part of a research community that works on identifying targets for promising therapies and do my own personal contribution to it.


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Kristina


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience
Immunohistochemistry, PCR, Cloning, In-situ hybridization, DNA and RNA extractions, Calcium imaging, Behavioral experiments with zebrafish

Projects / research
Bachelor thesis: “Nitroxoline as inhibitor for Metallo-Beta-lactamases" at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main (Institut für medizinische Mikrobiologie)
08.2018-06.2019: Studying the role of oxytocin in Danio rerio at the Max Planck Institute for Brain research (Schuman Department)
06.2018-10.2018: Assisting MEG and EEG studies at the Max Planck Institute for empirical aesthetics (Neuroscience Department)
02.2018-04.2018: Classification of the behavior of Apis melifera at the Institut für Bienenkunde Oberusel


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Melanie


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience
Molecular cloning, PCR, Agarose gel electrophoresis, fluorescence microscopy, microinjection, C. elegans

Projects / research
August 2019, Bachelor thesis: “Structure function analysis of the extracellular domains of the DPY-1 proteins during cuticula formation in Caenorhabditis elegans" 

Scientific interests
I was always very interested in biological processes during my training as a pharmaceutical technical assistant. During my biology studies I learned a lot in this field and strengthened my interest in cell biology. My goals are to better understand molecular mechanisms and cellular signalling pathways.


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Till


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience
Basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, western blot, molecular cloning, SDS-PAGE, DNA and RNA
extraction), working with eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell cultures, preparation and manipulation (catching, feeding, opening of the head capsule and microinjections into the brain) of the modelorganism Apis mellifera (western honeybee), breeding and embryo collection of the red flour beetle
 (Tribolium castaneum) and working with a fluorescence light sheet microscope.

Projects / research
2019 - Bachelor thesis: "Effects of glutamate, picrotoxin, and CNQX on the muscle activity of the honeybee (Apis merliffera carnica)" at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main

Scholarships
August 2018 - December 2018 - Erasmus+: study abroad in Helsinki, Finland in the faculty of agriculture and forestry.

Scientific interests / goals
I´m interested in early embryogenesis, genetic manipulation of eukaryotic organisms and product
development.


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Thamari


Previous college /university
University of Westminster, UK

Highest degree
BSc (Hons)

Major subjects
Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry

Lab experience
DNA extraction methods, Molecular cloning, RT qPCR, Western Blot, SDS PAGE, Batch Fermentation, GCMS, Cell Culture techniques, Microscopy
2017-2019 Research Assistant at Biotechnology Unit, Industrial Technology Institute, Sri Lanka
Contributed to establishment and validation of a rapid molecular based Salmonella detection test service at the Biotechnology Unit, ITI. 

Projects / research
2015 - 2016: BSc final year research project: "Effect of surface material on Pseudomonas aeruginosa- PAO1 biofilm formation and development."
2017 - 2019: Development of a rapid molecular based diagnostic test for the detection and quantification of food borne pathogens
2017 - 2018: Development of an efficient bacterial consortium for bioremediation of petroleum contaminated soil    

Scholarships
2013-2016 University of Westminster Ken Bird Memorial Scholarship
2019-2021 Goethe Goes Global Scholarship

Scientific interests / goals
I am particularly interested in understanding the biogenesis, structure and functions of macromolecular complexes using novel microscopy techniques and computational modelling to unravel their underlying functions in development and disease.


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Vanessa


Previous college /university
Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt

Highest degree
BSc

Major subjects
Biology

Lab experience

Immunoblot assays (western blot analysis, immunoprecipitation, Co-immunoprecipitation and pulldowns), SDS-Page, immunohistochemistry, histological sectioning, PCR, cloning, immunofluorescence microscopy, cell culture, cell transfection for ectopic gene expression and siRNA knockdowns.

Projects / research

2019, Bachelor thesis: “Regulation of Rab7 activity by USP32-dependent deubiquitination" at the Institute of Biochemistry II, Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Scholarships

04/2020 – 04/2021 | Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
09/2018 – 01/2019 | Erasmus+, study exchange in Prague

Scientific interests / goals

I am interested in understanding the dynamics and diversity of protein modifications, particularly ubiquitination. Ubiquitination is present in nearly every cellular process, as it is intertwined with the progression of many incurable human diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, there is great therapeutic potential in targeting this system. After the completion of this master's program, I can definitely foresee myself pursuing a PhD in this research field, perhaps somewhere overseas.