Major Cancer Biology Students 2009

9th December 2011: DKFZ-HIGS Graduation Ceremony

In 2011, more than 100 PhD students from various University faculties and about 15 Master students from the 2009 class of Major Cancer Biology have successfully completed their studies at DKFZ and earned their academic degree from the University. On Friday afternoon all DKFZ was invited to the Grand Lecture Hall to congratulate and celebrate them, guided by the Scientific Director of the Board, Prof. Dr. O.D. Wiestler.

Six successful students of the Major Cancer Biology class of 2009 who received their certificates during the DKFZ Graduation Ceremony
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more pictures from the 2011 DKFZ-HIGS Graduation Ceremony on December 9th:

13th October 2009: Welcome to the 23 international students who have joined Major Cancer Biology for the Winter Term 2009/2010:

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On October 13, 2009 the students of the year 2009 were welcomed at the DKFZ by Prof. Jörg Hoheisel, Chairman of the Scientific Council, and by the Program Coordinator Dr. Ilse Hofmann.

Asrar ALI KHAN (India)

College/University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing M.Sc., Heidelberg University
07/2004–05/2008: B.Tech, Vellore Institute of Technology University, India

Highest Degree
B.Tech Biotechnology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Fabrication and characterization of dextran based magnetic microspheres as drug delivery systems

Internships
06/2006: Two weeks in King Saud University, Riyadh, K.S.A
05/2007–06/2007: Four weeks in Shanta Biotechnics Lmtd., Hyderabad, India
06/2008-07/2008: Three weeks training in Biozone Research Ltd. Chennai, India
07/2008-08/2009: Thirteen months as Project Assistant in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India

Research Interest/Future Plans
My current primary interest lies in Cancer Stem Cell research. I am interested in understanding the differences in the signaling pathways (like Bmi-1, Wnt-β-catenin, Notch etc.) between cancer and normal stem cells and also their resistance to classical anti-tumor treatments.
My secondary interest lies in microRNAs and their relation to cancer. Specifically, I am interested in finding out which miRNAs act as oncogenes or tumor suppressors and their potential applications in cancer treatment.
For now my future plan is to pursue a PhD based on the strong foundation and research interests that I will have developed at the end of my master’s course.

Maximilian BILLMANN (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
10/2006–08/2009: Bachelor studies at Dresden University of Technology

Highest Degree
BSc in Molecular Biotechnology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Influence of estrogens on molecular parameters on the colon – comparison of aromatase-, estrogen receptor alpha and estrogen receptor beta knockout mice with their wild-type parental strains

Internships/Research Assistant
08/2009–10/2009: 6-week internship, DKFZ Heidelberg, Division of Vascular Oncology and Metastasis (Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Augustin)
08/2008–09/2008: 6-week internship, The University of Manchester, UK, Faculty of Life Sciences (Laboratory of Dr. Schwappach)
03/2008–10/2008: Research Assistant, Dresden University of Technology, Department of Biology, Molecular Biotechnology (Dr. Kurth)


Research Interest/Future Plans
While trying to deepen my general understanding of cancer biology, the properties of tumor immunology and virology as well as vascular oncology and metastasis have recently drawn my particular attention. Mechanisms which use the body’s defences or viral components to selectively attack cancer cells seem to provide a powerful tool in cancer therapy in future. Moreover, diminishing the size of malignant tissue by controlling angiogenesis in my opinion gives rise to another potent approach. Thus, I am more than eager to become acquainted with my fields of interest within the program’s most stimulating environment.

Jan ENGELHARDT (Germany)

University Education
10/2009-present: pursuing M.Sc., Heidelberg University and DKFZ
10/2006-09/2009: B.Sc. in Genetics, University of Salzburg (Austria)

Highest Degree
B.Sc. Genetics

Title of Bachelor Thesis
1. Tuberculosis - Characterisation of a global contagious disease
2. Purification and crystallographic trials of HuR recognition motifs (RRM) 1&2

Internships
08/2009-09/2009: Department of Molecular Biology, Aberger Lab - Signalling Pathways in Cancer, University of Salzburg (Austria)
07/2007-09/2007: Sandoz GmbH, Division of Cell Culture Process Development, Kundl (Austria)

Research Interest/Future Plans
Within the field of cancer biology I am particularly intrigued by the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling self-renewal and differentiation of cancerous stem cells. Furthermore I am eager to acquire knowledge about the immunological aspects underlying tumorgenesis and the interplay of infection and cancer development. I choose this Major “Cancer Biology” as it imparts profound knowledge about these research fields and provides hands-on experience at the cutting edge.

Martin FALKE (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
10/2006–09/2009: Bachelor studies at University of Rostock

Highest Degree
BSc in Medical Biotechnology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Generation of a microglia-specific expression plasmid

Internships
08/2008-10/2008: Clinic for Neurology, Neurodegeneration Research Lab, University of Rostock

Student assistant
11/2008-06/2009: Clinic for Neurology, Neurodegeneration Research Lab, University of Rostock

Research Interest/Future Plans
Molecular pathways and genetic mutations causing cancer. Probably, this knowledge will help to investigate new treatment opportunities for several forms of tumor diseases. Furthermore, I would like to work with Oncolytic viruses, which seem to be a very promising method to activate apoptotic pathways in malignant cells. The Master programme "Cancer Biology" at DKFZ provides optimal possibilities to gain my knowledge in these fields of research.

Robert GLAVAN (Romania)

University Education
10/2009–present: Pursuing M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences with specialization in Cancer Biology (Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, Germany)
09/2005–06/2008: B.Sc. Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)

Highest Degree
B.Sc. Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Fluorescence microscopy studies in mammalian and prokaryotic systems:
1. Surface mutations of Dnmt3a at the interface with Dnmt3L result in both abnormal nuclear distribution and loss of function in vivo (Prof. Dr. Albert Jeltsch - Biochemistry department, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)
2. Design of a chromosomal positioning marker to assess the dynamics of the rRNA transcription-dependent distribution of RNA polymerase in bacterial cells (Prof. Dr. Georgi Muskhelishvili - Genetics department, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)

Internships
07/2008–02/2009; 06/2007–09/2007: Epigenetic regulation of rDNA expression via intergenic and promoter derived small RNA molecules (Prof. Dr. Ingrid Grummt - Cell Biology and Tumor Biology department; DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany)
02/2007–05/2007: Design of a DNA differential methylation pattern determination assay (Prof. Dr. Albert Jeltsch - Biochemistry department; Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany)
07/2006–08/2006: Bacterial Helicase I structure elucidation via X-ray crystallography (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Alves - Biophysical Chemistry department; Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany)

Research Interest/Future Plans
The initiation and progression of a heterogeneous group of diseases, generically perceived as cancer is closely interconnected with the alteration of the gene expression pattern via epigenetic mechanisms. Cytosine methylation and histone tail modifications represent early and consistent hallmarks of oncogenesis, which in contrast to genetic lesions, are potentially reversible and therefore allow for conceivable therapeutic intervention. Linking fundamental research to the curative perspective of a disorder as dreadful and elusive as malignancy provides me additional motivation and a higher purpose to my scientific quest. My lifelong goal is to reach a professional status that allows me to bring a significant contribution to the basic understanding of human pathology and propagate this knowledge. My short-term aspiration is to continue with a step in the right direction by building the skills that will allow me to pursue a PhD degree in the field of Epigenetics.

Derek W. GUSTAFSON (U.S.A.)

University Education
Currently: Pursuing a MSc from the Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg and the DKFZ
06/2009: Earned a BSc from the University of California, Los Angeles

Highest Degree
Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Undergraduate Research Experience
"The identification of direct targets of Notch in hematopoiesis"; Matteo Pellegrini Lab, UCLA

Research Interest/Future Plans
Although my research interests tend to vary with time, they always seem to encompass many topics of cancer research and treatment. They currently include the development and research of immunotherapy, oncolysis, as well as gene therapy. I hope to one day help improve these treatments by helping to identify new drivers of tumorigenesis and the mechanisms by which they occur.

Franziska HADERK (Germany)

College/University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc, Heidelberg University
10/2006–09/2009: BSc, Ulm University

Highest Degree
BSc in Molecular Medicine

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Evaluation of Human Cell Lines for the Production of Replication Deficient Adenovirus Vectors

Internships/Student Assistant
08/2008-01/2009: Student assistant at the division of “Gene Therapy” at the University of Ulm (director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kochanek)
Topics: Quantitative analysis of sialic acid-α2-6-galactose on the surface of amniocytes by FACS assay, staining assay via FITC (fluoresceinisothio-cynate), cultivation of cell lines under sterile conditions, amplification of adenovirus in human cell lines, double caesium chloride gradient purification of adenovirus
01/2008–05/2008: Student assistant at the division of “Gene Therapy” at the University of Ulm (director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kochanek)
Topics: Screening of human cell lines for infectability with adenovirus vectors by fluorimetric assay and FACS assay, fluorescence microscopy, cultivation of human cell lines under sterile conditions, transduction of cell lines with adenovirus vectors, production of electro-competent bacteria
08/2007: Internship at the division of “Gene Therapy” at the University of Ulm (director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kochanek)

Research Interest/Future Plans
During my studies in Molecular Medicine, I developed a major interest in virology, cancerogenesis and gene therapy. Although improvements of vectors and used protocols are necessary, I think gene therapy via viral vectors might become a future way of cancer treatment. Besides that, I am very interested in cancer stem cells and I hope to gain insight into this field during my Master studies.

Markus JABS (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing M.Sc., Heidelberg University
10/2006–09/2009: Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Highest Degree
B.Sc. Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Expression analysis of two potential Noto target genes in late embryogenesis and spermatogenesis

Internship
07/2008–08/2008: Group of Achim Gossler, Institute for Molecular Biology, Hannover Medical School

Research Interest/Future Plans
During my studies in biology, my interest became focused on the molecular aspects of life and its alterations leading to disease. In the future, I would like to research cancer not only to gain more knowledge or to contribute to possible treatments of it. I am also fascinated by cancer, because knowing its mechanisms is often connected with a better insight into physiological functions. Besides understanding the cellular aspects of carcinogenesis, I am also interested in pathogens like viruses, which can induce tumor formation.

Sarah JURMEISTER (Germany)

University Education
10/2009-present: pursuing MSc, Heidelberg University
10/2006-07/2009: Bachelor studies in Molecular Cell Biology, Heidelberg University

Highest Degree
BSc in Molecular Cell Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis:
Intracellular Release of DNA from Papillomavirus Capsids

Internships
09/2008-10/2008: DKFZ Heidelberg, research group Tumorvirus-Specific Vaccination Strategies
10/2008-11/2008: European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg, research group Signal Transduction - Disease Proteins

Research Interest/Future Plans
After gaining an insight into the role of viruses in the causation of cancer during my bachelor studies, I would now like to obtain a broader understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in malignant transformation and cancer development. I am particularly fascinated by the signal transduction pathways involved in tumorigenesis. Furthermore, I am interested in approaches for the investigation of aberrant gene expression in cancer cells to identify potential therapeutic targets and prognostic markers.

Nergis KARA (Turkey)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc in Molecular Biosciences, Heidelberg University and DKFZ
09/2006–06/2009: BSc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, Turkey.

Highest Degree
BSc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Title of Bachelor Project
Proliferation analysis of oncogenic Ras expressing BJ fibroblasts in the presence and absence of p38 inhibiton.

Internships
01/ 2009–06/2009: Determination of the role of the pro-apoptotic regulator, ASC gene, in Behcet’s patients. (Research advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nesrin Ozoren). Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University
10/2008–12/2008: Determination of protein-protein interactions of Bri3 gene product by using yeast-two-hybrid system. (Research advisor: Assist. Prof. Dr. Necla Birgul-Iyison). Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University.
06/2008–09/2008: The role of p38 in signaling events downstream of oncogenic Ras. (Research advisor: Prof. Dr. Robert A. Weinberg). Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Research Interests/Future Plans
Having gained research experience in studying the mechanisms of various signaling pathways in carcinogenesis, I now look forward to deepening my knowledge on more specific research areas of tumor formation and its cellular aspects. Specifically, I am interested in studying cancer metastasis formation in terms of deciphering related signaling pathways and constitution of necessary tumor microenvironment that leads to invasion. Besides, I also find it very exciting to determine the role of microenvironment on cancer stem cells and develop cancer-stem cell directed therapy strategies accordingly.

Ena KOLUNDZIC (Croatia)

University Education
10/2009- present: pursuing MSc, University of Heidelberg
10/2005-07/2009: Faculty of Sciences, Biological Department, University of Zagreb

Highest Degree
B.Sc. Molecular Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Transposons and their role in eukaryotic evolution

Research Interests/Future Plans
During my studies, I have developed an interest for mechanisms of cancer development and regulation of cancer cells, especially cancer stem cells. I am also interested in molecular genome analysis and investigating how alternations in the genome are involved in formation of tumors. This Master program offers insights in all cancer related topics, as well as experience in cutting-edge research and I am looking forward to acquiring knowledge in these fields.

Reinhard LIEBERS (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc. Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and DKFZ
09/2006–08/2009: BSc. Applied Biology course at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Rheinbach, Germany
09/2008–06/2009: BSc. Molecular Genetics course at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland

Highest Degree
BSc. (Honours) Molecular Genetics
BSc. Applied Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Characterization of the Bacillus subtilis putative DNA-binding and helicase-like proteins YwqB & YwqA (supervised by Dr. David H. Edwards, University of Dundee, Scotland)

Internship
06/2009–08/2009: Professor Anthea Letsou's lab, Eccles Institute for Human Genetics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; research on the neurodegenerative disease Adrenoleukodystrophy on the model organism drosophila.

Research Interest/Future Plans
During my studies I have developed a major interest for epigenetics and its' role in cancer. Even though I am especially intrigued by epigenetic modifications, my field of interest also spreads into other research areas such as viral gene therapy and oncolysis. I look forward to acquiring knowledge and gaining experience in these and other fields in order to be able to make a sound decision on a topic for my MSc.-Thesis and ultimately my PhD.

Natalie NEUBERT (Germany)

College/University Ecuation
10/2009-present: Pursuing a MSc in Molecular Biosciences from the Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg and the DKFZ
09/2008-09/2009: Student Exchange at Ecole supérieure de biotechnologie Strasbourg, France
09/2007-05/2008: MSc in Microbiology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
10/2005-08/2007: Vordiplom Biology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Highest Degree
Master of Science in Microbiology

Title of Master Project
Iron lung Pyrobaculum aerophilum: Dissimilatory iron reduction near 100°C

Internships
06/2009-09/2009: DKFZ Heidelberg, Division Vascular Oncology and Metastasis (Laboratory of Prof. Dr. Augustin)
04/2005: Institut für Blutgruppenforschung, Cologne, Germany

Research Interest/Future Plans
Coming form a field that does not directly focus onto cancer, I am highly motivated to get to know the different approaches in cancer research that are present at the DKFZ. So far especially oncolytic viruses captured my attention. The insights that I will gain during the two coming years will help me to decide which direction in cancer research to chose for a PhD and for my further career.

Julia NEUGEBAUER (Germany)

University Education
10/2009-present: pursuing M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences, Heidelberg University and DKFZ
10/2006-07/2009: Bachelor studies in Molecular Cell Biology, Heidelberg University

Highest Degree
B.Sc. in Molecular Cell Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Validation of the mitotic phosphatase hCdc14B as potential drug target

Internships
08/2009-09/2009: Institute of Biosignal Transduction, National Cheng Kung University Taiwan, research group of Prof. Ju-Ming Wang
11/2008-12/2008: DKFZ Heidelberg, research group Preclinical Target Development
09/2008-10/2008: Institute of Biochemistry, University of Leipzig, research group of Prof. Beck-Sickinger

Research Interest/Future Plans
Having gained some insight into cancer drug target validation during my Bachelor studies, I would now like to deepen my understanding of molecular pathways involved in carcinogenesis. I am particularly interested in tumour immunology, apoptosis evasion and the role of epigenetics in cancer. Moreover, I hope to gain greater insight into promising strategies for cancer treatment like immunotherapy and cancer stem cell targeting therapies. I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the future development and improvement of cancer therapies in my Master thesis and PhD studies.

Teresa PANKERT (Germany)

University Education
10/2009-present: pursuing MSc, Heidelberg University
09/2006-07/2009: Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Highest Degree
Bachelor of Science in Molecular Life Sciences

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Methods for Isolation, Detection, Quantitation, and Qualification of platelet derived Microparticles

Research Interest/ Future Plans
During my Bachelor program I developed a special interest in subjects as and cellular biology, immunology and genetics. In focusing on cancer biology, I see a perfect chance to combine all of my academic interests. Additionally, aside from my personal scientific preferences, I also consider cancer research to be a subject that affects society more profoundly than other fields of research. In my future, I particularly would like to deepen my knowledge and also my practical skills in the fields of tumor immunology, the relation between infection and cancer and eventually integrate these areas into the investigation of cancer preventive methods.

Susann RAHMIG (Germany)

University Education
10/2009-present: Pursuing MSc, Heidelberg University
10/2006–08/2009: Bachelor studies in Molecular Biotechnology at Dresden University of Technology

Highest Degree
B.Sc. in Molecular Biotechnology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Molecular characterization of Malus sylvestris using microsatellites and S-allele analysis

Research Interest/Future Plans
While pursuing my bachelor studies I found that I am particularly interested in genetics and genetic methods. What intrigues me most about cancer is how a small number of mutations can influence molecular pathways and cell fate thus leading to tumors. The knowledge of these mutations and their effects are the basis for possible treatment of cancer by means of gene therapy. Therefore I want to gain an insight in the field of gene therapy. Furthermore I’d like to learn more about the role of stem cells in tumorgenesis and the mechanisms that give rise to cancer stem cells. But since cancer research itself is a very broad field I am looking forward to explore other cancer related areas of research at the DKFZ that might also interest me.

Elena RÜNGELER (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: Pursuing M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences, Major: Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
10/2006–08/2008: B.Sc. in Applied Biology, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
09/2008–09/2009: B.Sc. (Hons.) in Molecular Biology, University of Dundee, Scotland

Highest degree
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Molecular Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Peptide aptamers in the yeast two hybrid system

Internships
07/2009–08/2009: Bayer CropScience, Monheim. Bioavailability and Formulations.
07/2007–08/2007: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn. Institute for Virology
07/2006–08/2006: Bayer CropScience, Stilwell, Kansas. Toxicology.

Research Interest/Future Plans
I am particularly interested in cell cycle regulation, gene therapy concentrating on approaches with viral vectors, and genetic mutations that occur during tumorgenesis. Moreover, I would like to broaden my knowledge of the molecular aspects of stem cells and stem cell self-renewal as well as angiogenesis and the way it can be controlled in cancer cells.
Therefore, I am looking forward to extending my knowledge of topics allied to cancer and gaining experience in gene therapy to be one day involved in developing and improving procedures to treat malignant tumors.

Deniz SENYILMAZ (Turkey)

University Education
2009–present: MSc at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
2005–2009: BSc at Middle East Technical University

Highest degree
BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Title of Bachelor project
Investigation of cross resistance in MCF-7/Zol adenocarcinoma cell line

Internships
July–September 2008: Newcastle Universty, Institute of Human Genetics, United Kingdom
June–July 2008: Gulhane Military Medical School, Department of Medical Genetics, Turkey

Research Interest
The topics which mostly interest me are cell cycle regulation, metastasis, tumor immunology and oncolytic viruses. However, I am planning to evaluate my years in DKFZ for searching other research areas which are likely to draw my attention rather than restricting myself.

Mehmet TAKAR (Turkey)

University Education
10/2009–present: MSc in Molecular Biosciences, Heidelberg University and DKFZ
09/2006–06/2009: BSc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, Turkey

Highest Degree
BSc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Title of Bachelor Project
Assessment of TRAIL induced apoptosis on melanoma cells via long-term proliferation and colony formation assays

Internships
01/2009–06/2009: Determination of the role of the adaptor protein ASC in melanoma development (Research advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nesrin Ozoren) Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University

10/2008–12/2008: Determination of downstream effectors of Wnt/ β-catenin pathway via shRNA knockdowns (Research advisor: Assist. Prof. Dr. Necla Birgul-Iyison) Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University

06/2008–09/2008: Comparative effects of mTOR inhibitors in growth and proliferation in cancer cells (Research advisor: David Sabatini) Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA

Research Interest/Future Plans
I am highly interested in the signaling pathways deregulated in various types of cancer. In order to develop therapeutic strategies accordingly, metabolic circuitry of cancer should be deciphered. In this sense, I aim to understand the dynamics of both epigenetic and genetic alterations undergone during tumorigenesis and accomplishing my goal, I would like to broaden my perspective in genome wide approaches with which cancer signaling pathways could be uncovered. In addition to this, I am interested in the novel therapeutic strategies which utilize different imaging modalities such as MRI to overcome the problem of delivery to the site of tumor cells.

Egemen TUTUNCUOGLU (Turkey)

University Education
10/2009-Present: Msc. at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg
09/2005-06/2009: BSc. In Biology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Highest Degree
Bsc. in Biology

Title of Bachelor Thesis
Alterations in mRNA and Protein Expressions of Antioxidant Enzymes (CAT, SOD) in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats’ Kidney Tissues

Internships
07/2008-08/2008: Department of Crop Sciences, Plant Nutrition at Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany
06/2008-07/2008: Central Laboratory of Biotechnology Institute, Genomics Division at Ankara University, Turkey

Research Interest/Future Plans
I am highly interested in cellular pathways and molecular processes that occur during malignancy formation. I would like to learn more about molecular mechanisms and interactions involved in apoptosis. I feel that by revealing the roles of certain enzymes, transcription factors and proteins which participate in these pathways, development of preventative strategies and targeted treatments for diseases can be accomplished. In that sense, this Master’s program will be the bridge which will link my undergraduate work with my advanced graduate studies.

Claudia WEBER (Germany)

University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
10/2006–08/2009: BSc. Genetics at the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria

Highest Degree
BSc. Genetics

Title of Bachelor or other Thesis
1) Real-time PCR for quantification of mRNA: An introduction in the methods and characteristics.
2) The molecular mechanism of cancer metastasis


Research Interest/Future Plans
During my bachelor thesis I focused on the basics of cancer metastasis and I am now looking forward to an interdisciplinary study of cancer, molecular carcinogenesis, tumor microenvironment and tumor immunology. The molecular and cellular aspects of stem cells and tumorigenesis as well as stem cell self-renewal are for me right the most interesting scientific area. I think the Master programme “Cancer Biology” at the DKFZ provides insights on all cancer related topics, the molecular but also the therapy directed basics and offers great opportunities for further research. Research in molecular mechanisms is very challenging itself, but having the connection to medicine will increase my dedication as the aims and benefits for humanity become more concrete.

Thomas WILHELM (Germany)

College/University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing M.Sc. at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
10/2006-09/2009: B.Sc. in Genetics, University of Salzburg (Austria)

Highest Degree
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Genetics

Title of Bachelor Thesis
1) New candidate tumor suppressor genes in colorectal cancer
2) Retroviruses and cancer (with special emphasis on apoptosis suppression by HTLV-1)

Internships
08.2008-09.2008: Department “Molecular oncology and Immunotherapy”, University of Rostock
08.2009-09.2009: Department “Human Genetics”, University of Saarland, Medical Faculty

Research Interest/Future Plans
My interest in cancer development, molecular and cellular mechanisms, as well as possible therapeutic approaches peaked during my bachelor studies in the field of genetics. As I further my studies at the DKFZ, I look forward to increasing my knowledge in the fields of viro- and gene therapy which represent promising tools for future cancer treatment. I am also keen on gaining further insight into fundamental research in the areas of epigenetics, stem cells, and the role of cancer stem cells during carcinogenesis.

Dilan YILMAZ (Turkey)

College/University Education
10/2009–present: pursuing MSc at Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and DKFZ
09/2005-06/2009: Bachelor degree in Biology at Ege University

Highest Degree
BSc. in Biology

Subject of Bachelor Thesis
Female Infertility

Internships
08/2007-08/2007: Internship in Buca Seyfi Demirsoy Hospital, Bacteriology, Serology, Biochemistry Laboratories
07/2008-07/2008: Internship in Ege University Hospital Infertility Center, Andrology Laboratory

Research Interest/Future Plans
Although my bachelor studies were not related with cancer, this has been my personal interest. By the means of DKFZ, I am hoping to gain more knowledge about cancer stem cells, oncoviruses and tumor immunology. Also the idea of making cooperations with the other majors is very exciting. I believe that DKFZ will be the best place where I can get real practical experience.

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