Major Cancer Biology Students 2021

>18.-22. October 2021: DKFZ Welcome Week for Class of 2021

It was great to meet the new students, for the first time in person!
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>Where in the world do our new students come from? - Have a look at their profiles below!

Vuslat AKÇAY (Turkey)

Brenda BESEMER (Germany)

Simay DOLANER (Turkey)

Sergei DUMPIS (Russian Federation)

Noemi FRICKE (Germany)

Charlotte GECK (Germany)

Tim KEMPCHEN (Germany)

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University Education
10/2021 – Today: M.Sc. Molecular Biosciences – Major Cancer Biology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and the DKFZ, Germany
10/2018 – 09/2021: B.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine at the University of Bonn, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biomedicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis: Assessing the effects of drug treatment on patient-derived organoids

Internships/Work Experience
03/2021 – Today: Student research assistant in the research group of Prof. Dr. Hölzel, Institute of Experimental Oncology, University of Bonn, Germany
03/2021 – 08/2021: Bachelor Thesis in the research group of Prof. Dr. Hölzel, Institute of Experimental Oncology, University of Bonn, Germany
11/2019 – 11/2020: Student assistant at IFM Therapeutics, Bonn, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
What does it mean if cells break the rules of an organism?
Today, cancer research encompasses nearly all facets of life science ranging from cellular biology and genetics to developmental biology and immunology. To unravel the underlying mechanisms and understand the progression of cancer it is necessary to have a look at the problem from as many perspectives as possible.
I am particularly intrigued by the complex interactions of cancer cells and the immune system. What fascinates me about cancer immunology is the interdisciplinarity of the field.
I hope to increase my knowledge within the diverse field of cancer biology and get in touch with the fascinating research at the DKFZ. My goal is to gain a wide-ranging understanding of cancer and taking the chance to learn something new every day. After my master studies, I would like to pursue a PhD in the field of cancer immunology.

Contact: timnoah.kempchen (at) dkfz.de
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Jens MAILE (Germany)

Lina MERG (Germany)

Sercan ÖZ (Turkey)

María PARRA REYES (Spain)

Umberto POZZA (Italy)

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University Education
18/09/2017-12/03/2021 Bachelor in Biotechnologies, University of Ferrara

Highest Degree: Bachelor in Biotechnologies
Title of Bachelor Thesis: Lung Carcinoma metastasis: Calcium signaling between autophagy and apoptosis (Lab of Signal transduction, Prof. Paolo Pinton, University of Ferrara)

Internship
10/01/2020- 01/06/2021 Internship in Lab of Signal transduction, University of Ferrara (Prof. Paolo Pinton). Working on 3 Main projects:
-ER-Mitochondria Calcium crosstalk in Cancer progression
-Bap-1 and autophagic flux in Cancer
-Marsican bear: Mitochondrial dysfunctions and Calcium signaling

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Cancer is the most complex and heterogeneous pathology: how a normal cell can transform and take advantage of normal biological processes to damage human's health is fascinating and terrifying at the same time. My aim is to discover new pieces of this intricate and obscure puzzle by continuing my scientific research, always thirsty of knowledge and highly motivated. I want to contribute to the progress of science with new insights, solutions and strategies to fight cancer, leading to new therapeutical outcomes which could save many people's lives. The unceasing research I follow in science research and in everyday life is exemplified by a line spoken by Ulisse in Dante's Inferno "Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live your lives as brutes, but to be followers of worth and knowledge."

Contact: umberto.pozza (at) dkfz.de
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Lino ROHRER (Germany)

Korbinian SCHELZIG (Germany)

Bruno SCHÖNFELDER (Germany)

Ezgi ŞEN (Turkey)

Yannick THROM (Germany)

Pravin VELMURUGAN (India)

Priyanka VENKATESH (India)

Niklas VEOČIĆ (Germany)

Franziska WERNER (Germany)

Elisabeth WIPPICH (Germany)

Tara ZIEGELBAUER (Germany)

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University Education
2021-2023 M.Sc. Cancer Biology at the Ruprecht- Karls University and the DKFZ in Heidelberg, Germany
2017-2021 B.Sc. Molecular Medicine at the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany

Highest Degree: B.Sc. Molecular Medicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis: Chronic granulomatous disease: Impact of the NADPH
oxidase 2 on myeloid cell differentiation

Internships/Work Experience
April-July 2021: 3-Month Internship at the AG Fischer in the DKFZ in Heidelberg, Germany
Dec 2019 - April 2021: Student Research Assistant at the AG Henneke in the Centre for Chronic Immunodeficiency (CCI), Freiburg, Germany
May-Aug 2020: Bachelor-Thesis "Chronic granulomatous disease: Impact of the NADPH
oxidase 2 on myeloid cell differentiation" at the AG Henneke in the Centre for Chronic Immunodeficiency (CCI), Freiburg, Germany
March 2019: Internship at the Maurer´s Lab at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Cell Research (IMMZ) Institute in Freiburg, Germany
Feb-April 2018: Internship at the BROAD Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA: "Molecular design of the human Telomerase gene for cancer inhibition studies"
Jul-Sep 2017: 3 months internship at the Department of Biological and Chemical Development at Bayer AG, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans

 

Contact: tara.ziegelbauer (at) dkfz.de
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Eleni ZIMMER (Germany)

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University Education
10/2021 - present: M.Sc. in Molecular Biosciences - Major Cancer Biology at the DKFZ German Cancer Research Center and the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany
10/2018 - 08/2021: B.Sc. in Molecular Medicine, Ulm University, Germany

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Molecular Medicine
Title of Bachelor Thesis: The Molecular Dialogue Between Cancer-associated Fibroblasts and Tumor Cells in ATM-deficient Pancreatic Cancer

Internships/Work Experience
10/2020 - 09/2021: Research Internship and Bachelor Thesis in the research group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Kleger, Department of Internal Medicine I, Ulm University Medical Center, Germany
12/2019 - 09/2021: Research Assistant in the research group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Kleger, Department of Internal Medicine I, Ulm University Medical Center, Germany
10/2019 - 04/2020: Teaching Assistant in the Mathematics course for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine students, Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Ulm University, Germany
08/2019: Research Internship in the Institute of Molecular Virology, Ulm University, Germany

Scientific Interests/Future Plans
Cancer cells have obtained tremendous capabilities which allow them to manipulate signaling pathways, to evade immune destruction and to develop therapy resistance. Encouraged by a huge fascination for the complex mechanisms that underly the development and progression of one of the most heterogenous diseases, I am eager to explore the multifarious field of cancer research.
It particularly fascinates me to understand the molecular and cellular processes by which cancer cells are crosstalking with their tumor microenvironment including cancer-associated fibroblasts, immune cells, blood vessels and nerves, and the opportunities to target these specific interactions.
At the DKFZ I hope to expand my understanding of cancer from different perspectives, to boost the quality of my research and to network with other scientists. After completing my master's degree I plan on pursuing a PhD and on working in biomedical science with the primary objective of contributing to a better comprehension of cancer disease.

Contact: eleni.zimmer (at) dkfz.de
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