Major Cancer Biology Students 2019

>15. Oktober 2019: Class of 2019 has arrived

So happy to be there - so happy to have you here! The new students were officially welcomed and introduced to the DKFZ by the Deputy Chairwoman of the Scientific Council, Prof. Nina Papavasiliou, and by the Scientific Coordinator, Prof. Ilse Hofmann
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Sahana ASOKAN (India)

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University Education
10/2019 – Present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology, Heidelberg University and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
08/2015 – 05/2019: B.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Industrial Biotechnology
Title of Bachelor's Thesis
Purification and Biochemical Characterisation of 4-hydroxyisoleucine synthase from Trigonella foenum-graecum

Internships/Work Experience
12/2018 – 05/2019: Bachelor's thesis "Purification and Biochemical Characterisation of 4-hydroxyisoleucine synthase from Trigonella foenum-graecum" in the research group of Dr. Ramaswamy, Senior Professor, Structural Biology Laboratory, Institute of Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, India
06/2018 – 12/2018: Student Innovative Project on "Synthesis of Stable 20-HETE-Conjugates for Cardiovascular Therapeutics" in the research group of Dr. C.D. Anuradha, Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory, Anna University, Chennai, India
06/2018 – 06/2018: Technical Training Program Student at the Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan
05/2018 – 06/2018: Internship on the "Basics of Perl Programming" under Mr. Raja Renga Bashyam, Webstars, Coimbatore, India
05/2016 – 06/2016: Internship project entitled "Recombinant Cloning and Expression of Industrial Enzyme" under the guidance of Dr. Rajkumar Rajagopal, Managing Director, Cellzyme Biotech India Private Limited, Coimbatore, India

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Prompted by the personal experience on witnessing the harsh aftermaths of conventional therapeutics and medication, I was motivated to probe the depths of Cancer Biology. My interest lies in the field of Cancer Stem Cells which is one of the potent targets for the development of cancer therapies. I would like to work in the area of Tumor-Specific therapies, treatment of Cancer Cells with fewer side effects and also in the identification of novel anticancer drug targets and development of diagnostic kits for early detection, which may be possible by determining the cell signaling dysfunctionalities in tumor development, eventually translating my findings into potential therapeutics. With the strong foundation of my Master's program, I would like to pursue my Ph.D. degree and embark my career in research for the betterment of the society!

Contact: s.asokan (at) dkfz.de
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Srijita BANERJEE (India)

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College/University Education
10/2019 - Present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences with a Major in Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
07/2015 - 05/2019: B.Tech Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Determination of Factors responsible for Paracetamol induced mortality of the hMSCs

Internships/Work Experience
December 2018 to April 2019: Bachelors Thesis "Determination of Factors responsible for Paracetamol induced mortality of the hMSCs" in a research group of Centre for BioMaterials, Cellular and Molecular Theranautics under the guidance of Dr. Dwaipayan Sen, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
January 2018 to November 2018: Minor Project "Treatment of DOR activated hMSCs on paracetamol induced liver injury in mice" in a research group of Centre for BioMaterials , Cellular and Molecular Theranautics under Dr. Dwaipayan Sen, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
May 2018 to July 2018: Summer Training Program. Project entitled "Plumbagin Downregulates Wnt Signaling in Human Cervical Cancer Cell Line (Hela)" in the Department of Oncogene Regulation under the guidance of Dr. Chinmay Kumar Panda at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, India

Publications
Datta, L., Mukherjee, A., Banerjee, S., and Sen, S. (2017) Computational modeling for evolution of HSP90A homologues. International Journal of Emerging Trends and Technology in Computer Science 6(3):404- 409.
Banerjee, S., Bhattacharya, A., and Sen, S. (2018) Healthcare IoT (H-IoT). Applications and ethical concerns. in Machine Learning and IoT. A Biological Perspective.Sen, S., Datta, L., Mitra, S. (eds). CRC Press, Boca Raton. pp. 247-263.
Mullick, M., Banerjee, S., and Sen, D. (2019) Amelioration of acetaminophen-induced liver injury via delta opioid receptor–activated human mesenchymal stem cells—an in vivo approach. Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine 5:263-269. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40883-019-00101-w

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
The only definition to cancer is that it cannot be defined, reason being its heterogeneity, always enthralling me the most. This genesis happened when my father, being a professor inculcated love for the subject and sowed seeds of interest that blossomed soon with an irresistible urge to acquire knowledge. It was during the second year of my bachelor course when I had taken cancer biology as a subject, I got introduced to the idea of cancer stem cells and the cells of origin. I was astounded by the mechanisms involving metastasis, cancer relapse and how analogous cancer forms had nonidentical origin. After finishing my graduate studies, I wish to apply for doctoral fellowship in order to carry out research on the mechanisms and pathways involved in cancer stem cells and how they contribute to cancer relapse and metastasis.

Contact: s.banerjee (at) dkfz.de
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Milica BEKAVAC (Serbia)

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University Education
10/2019 – present: MSc in Molecular Biosciences - Major Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
10/2015 – 07/2019: Bachelor with Honours in Biology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Highest Degree: Bachelor with Honours in Biology

Internships/Work Experience
03/2019 – 05/2019: Laboratory for Reproductive Endocrinology and Signaling, University of Novi Sad, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Silvana Andric
07/2018 – 08/2018: Laboratory for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Novi Sad, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Danijela Kojic

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Despite the tremendous progress made in the field of cancer research over the years, the effectiveness of treatments for some types of cancer (e.g. GBM) is still very poor. Due to the complexity of this disease, a better comprehension of all the intricacies of its development, progress and persistence is needed in order to create more effective therapies. I am particularly interested in the molecular basis of cancer recurrence, the nature of cancer stem cells and the possibilities of targeting these cells in therapy. Nevertheless, my goal during master studies at DKFZ is to expand my knowledge in general aspects of cancer biology and master different laboratory techniques, to be able to analyse a certain problem from various angles and approach it with confidence. After my master studies, I plan to continue working towards defining my career path in science by pursuing a PhD.

Contact: m.bekavac (at) dkfz.de

Barbara BETZ (Germany)

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University Education
10/2015-12/2018: Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) at the University of Konstanz, Germany
09/2018-01/2019: Exchange Semester at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
10/2019-Present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology at the DKFZ/University of Heidelberg

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Towards a DNA polymerase for direct 5mC detection by directed evolution

Internships/Work Experience
07/2017-08/2017: Internship in the group Neuronal Control of Metabolism of Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, Germany
04/2018-08/2018: Internship and Bachelor Thesis in the group Organic and Cellular Chemistry of Prof. Dr. Andreas Marx, University of Konstanz, Germany
02/2019-08/2019: Internship in the division Metabolic Dysfunction and Cancer of Dr. Mauricio Berriel Diaz, Helmholtz Institute of Diabetes and Cancer in Munich, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
During an internship in the field of cancer research, I discovered my passion for this challenging topic of biomedical sciences. The disease attracted me as a highly fascinating subject to study due to its diversity and interdisciplinarity. With the focused Master's program at the DKFZ, I expect to gain more understanding of the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis and insights into several disciplines including cellular as well as computational biology. I aim to improve my theoretical knowledge in cancer biology and practical skills to contribute to cutting edge research and the development of new therapies. I am convinced that this will be an excellent fundament for a following PhD in the field of cancer research.

Contact: b.betz (at) dkfz.de
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Hannah BRIESCH (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 - Present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
10/2015 - 03/2019: B.Sc. in Molecular Medicine, University Ulm, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Molecular Medicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Tumor-suppressive Effect of Liposomal Curcumin on patient-derived Glioblastoma cells

Internships/Work Experience
10/2018 - 03/2019: Internship and Bachelor Thesis at the Division of Experimental Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Ulm, Germany
10/2017 - 03/2019: Teaching Assistant in the course of Microscopic Anatomy, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Anatomy, University Ulm, Germany
10/2016 - 03/2019: Teaching Assistant in the course of Mathematics for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine students, Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University Ulm, Germany
8/2017 - 9/2017: Internship in Institute of Molecular Virology, University Ulm, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Even though immense research has been done in the last years, cancer remains the second leading cause of death. My fascination for this research field has grown ever since I started to learn about the complexity and heterogeneity of cancer during my bachelor studies. Therefore, as a master student of Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology, I am keen on deepening my knowledge in oncology as well as in the current approaches in cancer therapy. I am especially interested in tumor immunology and the opportunities of immunotherapy as well as cancer initiation and cancer stem cell research. Furthermore, I am excited to get the opportunity to learn from different research groups at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) and improve my practical skills in order to be well prepared for a PhD.

Contact: h.briesch (at) dkfz.de

Martha BUHMANN (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 – present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
10/2016 - 09/2019: B.Sc. Biomedical Science (Major in Tumor Biology) at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Analysis of KMT2D's binding affinity towards histone H3 N-terminus

Internships/Work Experience
02/2019 – 08/2019: Research Assistantship and Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Uta-Maria Bauer, Institute of Molecular Biology and Tumor Research (IMT), Marburg, Germany
05/2019 - 07/2019: Teaching Assistantship for Biochemical Practicals for Medical and Biomedical students, Prof. Dr. Uta-Maria Bauer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
10/2017 – 03/2018 and 10/2018 – 03/2019: Student Assistantship in the department of Mathematics, Dr. Dorothea Strauer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
09/2018: 4-week Internship at the "Zentrum für unerkannte und seltene Erkrankungen" (Center for Undetected and Uncommon Diseases) at the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg (UKGM), Marburg, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
The mechanisms by which single cells escape the immensely regulated cellular mechanisms of a heathy organism, hide from the immune defense, replicate rapidly and subsequently snowball into life-threatening cancers astonished me during my Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science. Therefore, I want to learn more about the different characteristics of (becoming) cancer cells to archive a better understanding of this menacing disease. During the Master's course at the DKFZ, I aim to explore different fields associated with cancer research, like tumor genetics and epigenetics or cancer immunology, as well as to improve my practical skills in the lab to be prepared for a PhD and a future academic career in the worldwide fight against cancer.

Contact: m.buhmann (at) dkfz.de
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Iva BULJAN (Croatia)

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University Education
10/2016-7/2019: B.Sc. Molecular Biology at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
10/2019-present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Highest degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with Honor
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Directed evolution of tryptophan synthase

Internships/Work Experience
10/2018 – 6/2019: Research internship in prof. Iva Tolić's biophysics of cell division group on Institute Ruđer Bošković in Zagreb (Croatia)
7/2018 – 9/2018: Summer research internship at International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) in biochemistry group of prof. Teymuras Kurzchalia at Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (Germany)
9/2017 – 7/2018: Research internship at the Zoology Department of Faculty of Science in Zagreb (Croatia)

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Deep understanding of cellular processes and mechanisms enables us to act on a molecular level and design approaches to cure numerous diseases, which is why I find molecular medicine intellectually intriguing and exciting research area. Nevertheless, cancer has been one of the biggest challenges of molecular biosciences so far, because of its heterogeneity and complexity. Therefore, as a master student of Molecular Biosciences with Major in Cancer Biology, I desire to deepen my knowledge in oncogenesis, gene expression patterns in cancer cells, as well as to gain insight into numerous approaches to cancer research. I hope my knowledge and skills could help in development of more specific and less invasive ways of treatment of this deadly disease. Being part of research effort at DKFZ, which is at the cutting edge of today's scientific endeavor, greatly motivates me to continue pursuing PhD in molecular biosciences.

Contact: i.buljan (at) dkfz.de

Roman DOLL (Germany)

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University Education
10/2016-09/2019: B.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine, University of Bonn, Germany
10/2019-present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biomedicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Genetically Engineered TSC1-Deficiency as a Human in vitro Model for Tuberous Sclerosis

Internships/Work Experience
01/2019-07/2019: Internship and Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn, Germany
10/2017-03/2018: Student assistant, Life & Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES), University of Bonn, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
With life expectancies rising in industrial nations as well as the developing world, cancer is destined to increase its share in the global burden of disease and mortality over the course of the coming decades. Due to the astounding biological intricacy underlying the formation and spread of malignant tumors, a multitude of disciplines, e.g. genetics, epigenetics, immunology, stem cell biology and many more have to join forces to acquire a complete picture of the disease's different manifestations. Exactly this complexity and the scientific elaborateness necessary to make progress is what fuels my desire to enter the field of cancer research. During my master's degree at the DKFZ, I wish to deepen my knowledge about cancer biology as well as to refine my methodological and personal proficiency for my future career.

Contact: r.doll (at) dkfz.de
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Henrik ELLINGHAUS (Germany)

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University Education
10/2016-08/2019: B.Sc. Biology at the University of Bremen, Germany
08/2018-03/2019: Exchange semester at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
10/2019-present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg with the Major in Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Titel of Bachelor Thesis
Establishment of tools for the isolation and visualization of subcellular structures in Arabidopsis thaliana

Internships/Work Experience
01/2018-08/2018: Research Project at the University of Bremen in the Marine Ecology Group of Prof. Christian Wild
01/2019-03/2019: Internship at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in the Genetics Group of Prof. Marc Pilon
04/2019-08/2019: Research project and Bachelor Thesis at the University of Bremen (Germany) in the Molecular Genetics Lab of Prof. Rita Groß-Hardt

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
A large share of the population suffers from various types of cancer, making it a major cause for millions of deaths each year. On the other hand, the mechanism of cancer cell development, their genetic components and the principle of metastasis fascinate me and make me curious to explore more in the fields of cancer research.
However, I am further interested in other parts of Biology such as Evolution, Genetics, Marine Biology and more. I am convinced that it can help a lot to always take a look besides the main track and be diligent and open-minded when it comes to new things.
I would like to collect as many different experiences as possible in various fields to become a multifarious scientist and figure out what suits me best.

Contact: h.ellinghaus (at) dkfz.de

Julie HAENLIN (France)

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University Education
10/2016- 07/2019: B.Sc. at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg
09/2018- 02/2019: exchange at Karolinska Institutet in Biomedicine, Stockholm (Sweden) with Erasmus program
10/2019- present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences with a Major in Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Sciences in Biosciences
Title of Thesis
Ubiquitin dependent ER associated degradation and localization of EVI in human cells

Internships/Work Experience
01/2018-07/2018: Student Scientific Assistant at DKFZ Heidelberg HT Sequencing Unit (quality management & IT)
04/2019-07/2019: Internship & Bachelorthesis at the division of Signaling and functional Genomics (B110) of Prof. Boutros
08/2019-09/2019: Internship at Centre de Biologie Intégrative (CBI) at Université Toulouse3 Paul-Sabatier

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Cancer as an endogenous disease is characterized by its extraordinary complexity at all levels and its ability of surmounting common and tissue-specific barriers, which makes it so difficult to seize but also fascinating. I am still surprised each day how healthy cells can become deregulated in such way that they not only avoid all checkpoints but also give rise to a self-developing "tumour-organ". As a consequence, studying and deepening in the Cancer Biology at the source of Cancer research, the DKFZ, as well as exploring and learning about the developing potential of target options and treatments means a lot to me. My goal for the coming years is to learn and practice as much as I can in the offered research fields, in order to be able to decide about my future specialisation and being well formed to step into a PhD.

Contact: j.haenlin (at) dkfz.de
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Nick HIRSCHMÜLLER (Germany)

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University Education
2019 - present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany
2016-2019 Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Molecular Biotechnology

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Histopathology analysis for detecting tumor features related to invasion and prognosis – novel automated approaches

Internships/Work Experience:
02/18 – present: PEPperPRINT GmbH
04/19 – 08/19: Internship and Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Heidelberg University Hospital

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Despite decades of research, new findings about carcinogenesis and how cancerous cells manage to evade numerous cellular control mechanisms in order to grow are published on a regular basis. This reflects the immense complexity of cancer and its acute relevance in research. It is that complexity and heterogeneity, that makes it so challenging to treat and diagnose. In the past years, machine learning has opened an exciting new field in cancer research, especially regarding the diagnosis of cancer, in which I gathered firsthand experience during my bachelor thesis. I intend to continue my academic career in the field of data science and hope to one day contribute to the better understanding of cancer and thereby improving its treatment.

Contact: n.hirschmueller (at) dkfz.de
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/nick-hirschmüller-0631a8197

Ivana KARABOGDAN (Germany & Croatia)

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University Education
10/2019 – present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
10/2016 – 09/2019: B.Sc. Molecular Biology at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Molecular Biology
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Analysis of the neural-specific regulation of hunchback via CRISPR/Cas9 in Drosophila melanogaster

Internships/Work Experience
05/2019 – 09/2019: Bachelor Thesis in the group of PD Dr. Joachim Urban, Institute of Developmental Biology and Neurobiology (iDN), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Although immense research has been done in the past years, cancer is still a feared disease and an increasing global health issue, which is responsible for millions of deaths each year. Therefore, I intend to contribute to cancer research and a better understanding of this dreadful disease. In addition, I strive to be a part in the development of safe and effective methods to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Among the diverse fields of cancer research, I am particularly interested in immunotherapy and virotherapy. During my Master studies at the DKFZ, I aspire to deepen my knowledge in both of these fields, gain further insight into other intriguing fields of cancer biology and gain experiences in a cutting-edge environment for research. It is my aim to pursue a PhD in biomedical research in my future.

Contact: i.karabogdan (at) dkfz.de

Chieh-Yu LEE (Taiwan)

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University Education
10/2019 – present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
09/2015 – 06/2019: B.Sc. Biochemical Science and Technology at National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemical Science and Technology
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Studies on CD44v6 Expression in Colon Cancer Cells from the Perspective of Alternative Splicing by Minigene Reporter Assay

Internships/Work Experience
09/2017-09/2019: Research internship and Bachelor thesis in the group of Dr. Edward Chern, Department of Biochemical Science and Technology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
07/2019: Teaching assistant in Lab course for Core Biotechnology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
02/2019-06/2019: Teaching assistant in Biochemistry Lab course, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
07/2018-08/2018: Summer intern in Research and Development Division, Taiwan Liposome Company, Taipei, Taiwan
08/2016: Summer intern in OBI Pharma, Taipei, Taiwan

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Cancer stem cell, which associated with drug resistance and easy recurrence, is the reason why cancer is hard to be completely cured. In my Bachelor thesis, I probed into the mechanism of alternative splicing in colon cancer cells which possess more stemness. This mechanism is fascinating, as the progression of cancers can be controlled by focusing on a small group of cancer stem cells within the niche. Gaining background of cancer research from my undergraduate lab work, I would like to expand my expertise to related areas, such as metastatic niche, and cancer stem cells. Moreover, my curiosity is by no means limited to these topics. I would like to learn as much as possible during my studies at the DKFZ to cultivate myself into an interdisciplinary talent.

Contact: c.lee (at) dkfz.de
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Nina LOBETO KRAMER (Spain & Switzerland)

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University Education
9/2015-6/2019: B.Sc. Marine Biology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
10/2019- present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (Biology)
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Sex-specific additive genetic variance and negative intersexual genetic correlation for lifespan in the long-lived Alpine swift

Internships/Work Experiene
07/2019 -08/2019 Scientific Internship, Children's National Hospital, Department of Genetics and Metabolism, U.S., Dr. Marshall Summar
05/2018 – 08/2018 Bachelor thesis research, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien and University of Aberdeen, Switzerland, France and Scotland, Dr. Pierre Bize
04/2017 Scientific Internship, Kinderspital Zürich, Department of rare metabolic diseases, Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Med. Matthias Baumgartner

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
What fascinates me most about cancer is its immense heterogeneity and the challenges that come with attempting to treat it. In this context I have developed a keen interest in personalized medicine approaches and the development of treatment regimens that are based on specific biomarkers. I am interested in how genomic information, gathered from patient biopsies, can help identify tumour specific biomarkers and how they can be used to stratify patients and decide on treatment options. After completing my Master program here at the DKFZ, my goal is to work toward the development of better and more personalized cancer treatments.

Contact: n.lobeto (at) dkfz.de

Ceren ÖZERDEM (Turkey)

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University Education
10/2019 - Present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences - Major Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
09/2018 - 02/2019: Erasmus Programme in Biology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
09/2015 - 06/2019: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Characterization of a novel inhibitor for an important mitotic gene using breast cancer cell lines

Internships/Work Experience
02/2019 – 06/2019: Senior project at Bilkent University, Laboratory of Cancer Systems Biology (Asst. Prof. Ozgur Sahin), Ankara, Turkey
06/2018 – 08/2018: Summer Internship at The Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism (Asst. Prof Kivanc Birsoy), New York, NY, USA
02/2018 – 05/2018: Internship at Bilkent University, Laboratory of Cancer Systems Biology (Asst. Prof. Ozgur Sahin), Ankara, Turkey
07/2017 – 08/2017: Summer Internship at Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, Laboratory of Neuro-Genomics (Asst. Prof Yavuz Oktay), Izmir, Turkey
06/2016 – 07/2016: Summer Internship at Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, Laboratory of Neuro-Genomics (Asst. Prof Yavuz Oktay), Izmir, Turkey

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
I find it exciting to explore the heterogeneity of the cancer cells, how they alter their microenvironments, evade immune defense and manipulate signaling pathways, in an attempt to contribute to a cancer-free world. The idea of making even the slightest contribution in cancer therapeutics to help cancer patients excites me, because I have experienced how devastating cancer can be. That is why my ultimate goal is to pursue an academic career where I conduct my own research on personalized cancer treatment. In DKFZ, I will have the opportunity to discover different cancer-related subjects that would allow me to understand cancer biology more deeply and help me determine the certain path that I want to take in cancer research. I will also be able to extend my knowledge in various subjects such as epigenetics, stem cells and bioinformatics, which would make me an equipped scientist that I aim to become.

Contact: c.oezerdem (at) dkfz.de
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/ceren-özerdem-89b5a3133

Ferdinand POPP (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 - present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
10/2016 - 09/2019: B.Sc. Biosciences at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biosciences
Title of Bachelor Thesis
"Novel strategies for selecting engineered AAV capsids with gene therapy potential on RNA level"

Internships/Work Experience
07/2017 ­- present: Student assistant supervisor for the practical "Methods of Molecular Bio­science – part molecular biology" by apl. Prof. Dr. Suat Özbek, University Heidelberg, Germany
06/2018 – present: Working student in digital health software development at Gotthardt Healthgroup AG, Heidelberg, Germany
07/2019 - 09/2019: Bachelor Thesis in the research group Virus-Host Interactions of Prof. Dr. Dirk Grimm, BioQuant, Heidelberg, Germany
06/2019 – 07/2019: Research Internship at the Deep Sequencing Facility under David Ibberson, BioQuant, Heidelberg, Germany
03/2019 – 04/2019: Internship at the Digital Accelerator Division as part of the Advanced Analysis Team, QIAGEN, Hilden, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Despite the advancement of scientific methods and treatments, cancer keeps disrupting lives. In order to contribute, I accepted the challenge to study cancer biology. Due to the complexity of this research domain, I believe that computational biology bears a massive potential for a scientific breakthrough. Breakthroughs are unpredictable like black swans, but can be harboured by diverse teams with people from different disciplines, countries, and backgrounds. Therefore I look forward to contributing to the development of novel strategies during my interdisciplinary Master´s program here at the DKFZ.

Contact: f.popp (at) dkfz.de
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Cecilia REYNERI (Italy)

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University Education
10/2019 - Present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences - Major Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
09/2016-07/2019: B. Sc. In Biotechnology at Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Biotechnology
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Tumor-derived exosomes impact on pre-metastatic niche formation via immune cell modulation

Internships/Work Experience
11/2018-5/2019: Internship at the Molecular Biotechnology Center in the group of Prof. Dr. Bussolati Benedetta, Laboratory of Renal and Vascular Pathophysiology, Torino

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
During my Bachelor studies, I was most impressed by cancer cells, being the perfect example of how both fascinating and terrible the Nature can be at the same time: cancer cells are extremely plastic, can adapt to the microenvironment, mask themselves from the immune system and avoid drugs, thus making cancer one of the main causes of death and far away to be cured. I am especially interested in the relationship of the tumor with its microenvironment and in the metabolic reprogramming of cancer and stromal cells. As a Master student at DKFZ, I aim to explore different fields of cancer research and to develop technical skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a PhD and for a future career in this field.

Contact: c.reyneri (at) dkfz.de

Deepak SAYEERAM (India)

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College/University Education
08/14-05/18- B.E. Biotechnology, B.M.S College of Engineering, Bengaluru, India
10/2019- present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences with a Major in Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology
Title of Bachelors Thesis
Purification and characterization of lipase from Yarrowia Lipolytica

Internships/Work experience:
05/10/18-30/6/19: Research Assistant, Research and Development Laboratory (Under Dr. Divijendra Natha Reddy), Department of Biotechnology, B.M.S College of Engineering, India
12/06/17-04/08/17: Internship at String Bio, Fermentation Department (Under Mr. Sandeep Kumar), India
06/16 and 01/17: Internship at Techniques in genetic engineering (Mr. Sreedhar Bhat), Sreedhar Bhat Laboratory, India

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
It is really impressive to know as to how the cancer cells exhibit such a diverse nature. Although they may belong to the same subtype, their functional mechanisms vary a lot. I am very keen to learn about the genetic and epigenetic aspects of cancer, as they could pave a way for discovering multiple biomarkers which could then be exploited as targets for various drugs. I believe that pursuing my Masters degree at the DKFZ, shall train me in different aspects of cancer biology and provide a strong platform for my doctoral studies and carry out independent research, so that I am capable enough to serve the cancer inflicted people.

Contact: d.sayeeram (at) dkfz.de
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Jennifer SCHIEBER (Germany)

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University Education
10/19 – present: German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Master of Science Molecular Biosciences Major Cancer Biology, Heidelberg, Germany
03/16 – 08/19: Hochschule Furtwangen University, Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Technical Medicine, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
09/18 – 12/18: Edinburgh Napier University, Study semester abroad in Biomedical Sciences, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Highest degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Technical Medicine
Title of Bachelor's Thesis
Optogenetic regulation of PD-1 pathway via SHP2 trapping

Internships/Work Experience
02/19 – 07/19 Research assistant and Bachelor's thesis in the Tumor Biology group at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, Germany
03/18 – 08/19 Research assistant and internship in the Tumor Biology group at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, Germany (Title of report: Immunohistochemical characterization of patient-derived microtumors as a model system of human cancer)

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
The future of personalized medicine will bring great opportunities in treating patients specifically for their cancers. The idea that personalized treatment can enhance the efficacy fascinates me. During this Master's programme, I hope to expand my knowledge about different aspects of cancer biology such as its complexity and heterogeneity, the various signalling pathways and the interaction with the immune system. I want to contribute my efforts in understanding the characteristics of cancer, for example the changes in the transcriptome, proteome and metabolome. This knowledge will enable me to proceed with my academic career. In the future, I see myself taking part in this field of research during a PhD and then as a scientist in Research & Development. My goal is to apply the knowledge of my studies to evaluate personalized cancer therapies in order to fight cancer specifically and successfully.

Contact: j.schieber (at) dkfz.de
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Ann-Katrin SCHLOSSER (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 – present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
10/2016 – 09/2019: B.Sc. Biosciences at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biosciences
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Regulation of Polo-like kinase 4 via CUL4-DDB1-VprBP

Internships/Work Experience
05/2019 – 09/2019: Research Internship and Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hoffmann, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
03/2019 – 04/2019: Research Internship in the group of PD Dr. Christian Thiel, Dietmar-Hopp Metabolism Centre, Centre for Child and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
04/2016 – 05/2016: Internship in the group of PD Dr. Dimo Dietrich, Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Bonn, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
The complex and diverse ways which enable cancer cells to develop their unique characteristics helping them to evade our immune system and to form a whole organized tissue fascinated me most since I started my studies in the field of biomedicine. I am excited to get the opportunity to work and learn at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) and to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and molecular pathways of tumorigenesis. However, my ambition is not only to explore causes and mechanisms of carcinogenesis, but to use new insights in basic cancer research for the development of novel ways of cancer diagnosis and therapy. In future, I would love to work in the field of translational cancer research and investigate these kinds of questions while continuing towards a PhD and an academic career.

Contact: a.schlosser (at) dkfz.de
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Karolin STUMPF (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 - present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany
09/2018 – 12/2018: Semester abroad at the University of Victoria, Canada
10/2016 – 09/2019: B.Sc. Biomedical Science, Focus: Tumor Biology at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cell lines

Internships/Work Experience
02/2019-09/2019: Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Elke Pogge von Strandmann, Center for Tumor Biology and Immunology, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
01/2019 – 02/2019: Internship in the department of Molecular Neurooncology and Neuropathology at the Medical Research Center Seltersberg, Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen, Germany, Prof. Dr. med. Till Acker
10/2017 – 03/2018: Student assistant in the department of Mathematics at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany, Dr. Dorothea Strauer
01/2014 – 02/2014: Internship at the Hesse State Laboratory, Gießen, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Being the second leading global cause of death in our aging society, cancer has become one of the most foregrounded diseases within biomedical research. My deep fascination for this research field has grown ever since I started learning about the complexity and heterogeneity of cancer as well as about the great interdisciplinarity in cancer research. Studying Cancer Biology at the DKFZ provides me with the excellent opportunity to not only improve my technical and methodological proficiency but also to deepen my knowledge about the molecular mechanisms behind and the novel treatment options against this dreadful disease. I am particularly interested in the involvement of the tumor microenvironment within tumor initiation and progression as well as in novel immunologic or virologic therapy approaches. Based on my passion for science and the ideal fundament laid by this Master's program, I would like to pursue a PhD in the future and to continue my academic career by contributing to cancer research, especially in the field of tumor immunology.

Contact: karolin.stumpf (at) dkfz.de
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David VONHÖREN (Germany)

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University Education
10/2016 – 9/2019: B.Sc. Biomedical Science, Focus: Tumor Biology at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
10/2019 – present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Biomedical Science
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Analysis of PRMT effects on the c-Myb dependent gene expression and establishment of a fluorescence-based PRMT activity assay

Internships/Work Experience
10/2018 – 11/2018: Internship in the group of Prof. Dr. Sven Bogdan, Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
03/2019 – 7/2019: Student assistant with tutoring activities in the department of Medicine, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
01/2019 – 8/2019: Bachelor Thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Uta-Maria Bauer, Institute of Molecular Biology and Tumor Research, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Despite that huge progress has been made in the treatment of cancer, it still remains one of the leading causes of human death. Therefore, I am especially interested in the development of novel anti-cancer therapies including immunotherapy, virotherapy as well as drug design. During my Master studies at the DKFZ I would like to extend my knowledge about cancer, given that the understanding of tumorigenesis is a prerequisite for its treatment. Moreover, I wish to lay the foundation for my doctoral studies and a successful research career.

Contact: d.vonhoeren (at) dkfz.de
LinkedIn profile: linkedin.com/in/david-vonhören-740169196/

Nathalie WILKE (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019-present: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences, Major Cancer Biology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany
10/2015-09/2018: B.Sc. Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Preclinical evaluation of arsenic compounds for the treatment of malignant diseases

Internships/Work Experience
04/2018-09/2019 Bachelor's Thesis and research assistant in the group "Experimental Oncology" of Dr. Dr. Prokop, Kliniken der Stadt Köln gGmbH, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology
08/2017-09/2017 Internship in the group "Experimental Oncology" of Dr. Dr. Prokop, Kliniken der Stadt Köln gGmbH, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Cancer is one of the greatest challenges to humankind and tremendously fascinating at the same time. With many factors contributing to cancerous diseases, it seems impossible to unravel all those mechanisms and mysteries. Constantly developing technologies and various approaches to target the different properties of cancer cells have already improved the treatment of patients in a great scale. During my master studies I desire to gain the abilities to contribute to the understanding of the complex processes associated with cancer which may also help to develop preventive measures. I am especially interested in investigating how cells evade the immune system and how specific resistances to therapies can be overcome in the field of personalized medicine. Finding new ways to successfully target cancer cells requests an interdisciplinary research environment which I am looking forward to explore at the DKFZ. By gaining insight into the multidisciplinary biomedical topics in this program I aim to broaden my methodological skills and discover which direction I want to pursue during my PhD.

Contact: n.wilke (at) dkfz.de

Lea WÖLBERT (Germany)

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University Education
10/2019 - Present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences - Major Cancer Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
09/17 – 06/18: Exchange year at the Department of Life Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
10/15 – 09/19: B. Sc. in Molecular Medicine at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Molecular Medicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis
Investigations on novel small molecule compounds as potential inhibitors of the anaphase promoting complex/cyclosome

Internships/Work Experience
24/08/2015 – 05/09/2015 Internship at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Department of Chemical Biology, Dortmund

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Tumorigenesis is a highly complex process and influenced by a multitude of internal and external factors, resulting in heterogeneous and unique malignant entities. I am especially fascinated by how such factors can enable, accelerate or prevent carcinogenesis and the variety of the molecular pathways that are involved. Investigation on signalling mechanisms in cancer and potential causes for their dysregulation might not only help understand its development but could also have implications for prevention and therapy. Particularly this connection between individual genetic, inflammatory, environmental, and various other factors and how they influence treatment and prognosis of the developing tumour is why I first became interested in cancer biology. Therefore, I aim to pursue a Ph.D. degree in this fascinating field of research after expanding my skills and knowledge at the DKFZ.

Contact: l.woelbert (at) dkfz.de

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