PhD candidates

Seung Joon Kim

Nationality: South Korea        Master degree: Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Seung Joon Kim What was the title of your master thesis? Effects of Collagen gel stiffness on Cdc42 activities of Endothelial colony forming cells during early vacuole formation

What is the key objective of your PhD project? Development of a method for total RNA sequencing in single cells that allows circRNA quantification

What do you like best about your new location? Multi-culture, light life style

What do you still need to get used to? Language (Both German and English)

Publications
Kim SJ et al., “Matrix rigidity regulates spatiotemporal dynamics of Cdc42 activity and vacuole formation kinetics of endothelial colony forming cells.” Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 2014
Wan Q et al., “Differential activation and inhibition of RhoA by fluid flow induced shear stress in chondrocytes.” Cell Biol Int, 2013
Kim SG et al., “Characterization, amyloid formation, and immobilization of a novel SGNH hydrolase from Listeria innocua 11262.” Int J Biol Macromol, 2012

 


Aristotelis Misios

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Tamas Sztanka-Toth

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Marwan Zouinkhi

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Anna Didio

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Julia Simmler

Nationality: German        Master degree: University of Bayreuth, Germany

JuliaWhat was the title of your master thesis? Evaluation of the Drosophila Brahma Chromatin Remodelling Complex as a putative interactor of the Condensin subunit Cap-G

What is the key objective of your PhD project? To analyze the function of circRNA in muscle differentiation and in DMD

What do you like best about your new location? What I like most about Rome is that it is a beautiful city with a fascinating mix of ancient and modern elements. The food and the weather in Italy are also very nice!

What do you still need to get used to? Adjust my daily routine to Italian schedules as clocks here work somehow differently than they do in Germany and the organization is different.


Maria Luis Dias Casacao

Nationality: Portugal    –    Master degree: The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

MariaWhat was the title of your master thesis? The role of PABP4 in spatial memory and learning

What is the key objective of your PhD project? To clarify whether FUS controls the biogenesis of circRNAs with a relevant function in motoneuron (MN) activity and to study the subcellular localization on MN-specific circRNAs and whether their localization is affected in FUS mutant cells.

What do you like best about your new location? Rome is one of the planet’s most famous and ancient cities with outstanding history and empires which is very interesting when considering the amount of new places that we can explore during the programme.

What do you still need to get used to? Overall it’s important to get used to the different culture and the way by which Italians organize the daily tasks.

 


Patryk Polinski

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Ines Lucia Patop

Nationality: Argentina    –    Master degree: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

InesWhat was the title of your master thesis? Signaling by pheromone in Saccharomyces cerevisiae , effect of the physical interaction between the receptor Ste2 and the inhibitory protein Sst2.

What is the key objective of your PhD project? Unraveling Molecular and Physiological functions of circRNAs. Transcriptome analysis of D. melanogaster brain at SingleCell level: Deconstructing-Reconstructing circRNA function.

What do you like best about your new location? The campus is really nice, the Israelis are also super nice and the landscapes are beautiful.

What do you still need to get used to? Some details regarding the security controls, religious people and being away from home.

Publications
Bush A et al., “Ste2 and Sst2 form a paradoxical GPCR-RGS complex that enables ratiometric signaling”. MSB, Diciembre 2016, En prensa.
Basanta B et al.,  “SensAr: an arsenic biosensor for drinking water”. One Century of the Discovery of Arsenicosis in Latin America (1914-2014) As2014: Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, May 11-16, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2014. CRC press, United States. p. 325-27

 


Liviu Ionut Moldovan

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Iju Lo

Nationality: Taiwan    –    Master degree: Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich Germany

IJu.Lo_PhotoWhat was the title of your master thesis? The Evolution of FtsX Domain Proteins in Firmicutes Bacteria

What is the key objective of your PhD project? To find potential biomarkers and causative agents in aging and related neurological diseases from brain tissue and biofluid

What do you like best about your new location? Friendly people and food

What do you still need to get used to? Climate

 


Mateja Tesulov

Nationality: Austrian    –    Master degree: University of Vienna, Austria

workWhat was the title of your master thesis? Oxytocin receptor signaling in developing interneurons

What is the key objective of your PhD project? To dissect the role of axon-guidance-gene derived circRNA in brain development.

What do you like best about your new location? The people, that everything is “lekker” and “gezellig”, the canals, flowers and bicycles.

What do you still need to get used to? The dutch weather.

Publications
Tărlungeanu D. C., “Impaired Amino Acid Transport at the Blood Brain Barrier Is a Cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Cell 2016, Volume 167 , Issue 6 , 1481 – 1494

Andreia Gomes Duarte

Nationality: Portuguese    –    Master degree: Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon, Portugal

andreiaWhat was the title of your master thesis? Study of the effects of HGF treatment in cells derived from the bronchial epithelium of patients with cystic fibrosis: evaluation of its regenerative versus oncogenic properties

What is the key objective of your PhD project? To unravel the functional role of circRNAs in neurological pathologies and establish new therapeutic targets in TLE and ALS.

What do you like best about your new location? To be surrounded by the beauty of the canals, wide variety of green areas and to cycle everyday.

What do you still need to get used to? Different food and bad weather!

 


Sabine Seeler

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