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Meet the Team

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Annika Guse 
Principal investigator 
 

Orcid: 0000-0002-8737-9206

  • PhD in Molecular Biology Vienna University, AUT

  • BSc/MSc in Biology TU Braunschweig, GER 

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Sebastian Rupp
Postdoctoral Fellow
 

Sebastian investigates the mechanisms of receptor-mediated symbiont uptake.

 

Orcid: 0000-0002-0338-667X

  • PhD in Biology, University of Bern, CHE

  • BSc/MSc in Molecular Biosciences (Infectious Disease), Heidelberg University, GER
     

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Micaela Lobgesang
Secretary

With her amazing organizational skills, ideas for optimization and pragmatism, Micaela keeps the lab running when everybody else has lost control already a long time ago.

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Heike Hampel
Research Technician

Heike keeps the lab running and is dedicated to helping to optimize our experimental methods, an essential contribution to develop and emerging model system.

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Meghan Ferguson
Postdoctoral Fellow

Meghan uses genetics and cell biology to understand the role of the immune system in cnidarian symbiosis establishment.

Orcid: 0000-0001-8375-6142

  • PhD in Biology, University of Alberta, CAN

  • BSc in Biology, University of Alberta, CAN

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Petra Hausner
Animal Technician

Petra is taking the best care of our beloved anemones thereby making sure everybody can run experiments smoothly.

Sami

Sami El Hilali
Bioinformatician

Sami processes and integrates genomics resources to improve Aiptasia as a model organism.

Orcid: 0000-0003-4417-8399

  • PhD candidate, Université Côte d’Azur, FRA

  • MSc in Bioinformatics, Université de Bordeaux, FRA

  • BSc in Biomedical Lifescience, Université Paris V, FRA

Amit

Amit Landge
PhD candidate

Amit uses molecular and cell biology methods to understand light-sensing and DNA damage repair in the coral model organism Aiptasia.

 

Orcid: 0000-0002-4033-422X

  • PhD candidate Biology University of Konstanz 

  • BSc/MSc Biology, Thiruvananthapuram, IND

Ben

Ben Jenkins
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Ben is using spatial proteomics to map the sub-cellular architecture of the symbiotic cell-type in Aiptasia.

Orcid: 0000-0002-3803-6418

  • Postdoc, University of Oxford, UK

  • PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

  • BSc in Biochemistry, University of Exeter, UK

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Joachim Surm
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Interested in joining us? 
We have a vacant positions!
 

PhD researcher in cnidarian cell biology 

PhD researcher in cnidarian cell biology

We are looking for a PhD researcher.

Meet the Lab

Former Lab members

Soria Delva Postdoctoral Fellow Apr  2023 – Nov 2023

Marie Jacobovitz Postdoctoral Fellow Jun 2017 – March 2023; Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, split between Dey Group, EMBL Heidelberg, and Ganter Group, University Hospital Heidelberg

Sebastian Gornik Postdoctoral Fellow March 2018 – March 2023; Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at J. Lohmann Lab, Heidelberg University

Ira Mägele Lab Manager April 2017 – May 2022; Current position: Lab Manager at Holstein Lab, Heidelberg University

Mariko Kishimoto Postdoctoral fellow Januar 2019 – December 2021

Philipp Voss PhD Student Mai 2015 – March 2021; Current position: Technical Application Specialist for Sequencing, at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Liz Hambleton Postdoctoral Fellow March 2014 – December 2019; Current position: Group-leader at Vienna University

Victor Jones Postdoctoral Fellow September 2016 – January 2020; Current position: CSO of Prolific Machines

Natascha Bechtoldt Research Technician June 2013 – June 2019


Diana BryantAnimal Technician January 2015 – December 2018; Current position: Laboratory Technician at Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST), LUX

Lilian HillVisiting PhD Student May 2018 – December 2018; Current position: PhD student at Escola Nacional de Botânica Tropical of Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (ENBT / JBRJ), BRA

Madeline Bucher PhD Student November 2013 – December 2017; Current position: Senior coordinator at Angeles Initiative

Iliona Wolfowicz PhD Student November 2013 – June 2017; Current position: Founder of GoLimpets

Sebastian Baumgarten Visiting Researcher July 2015 – September 2015 and February 2016 – March 2016; Current position: Group Leader at Institut Pasteur

 
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