PhD Students


I was born in Corfu, Greece on 06.18.1991. I started my research oriented path by obtaining my BSc degree in Biology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Apart from the theoretical knowledge I gained through the courses provided by my school, during my undergraduated dissertation I took advantage of opportunities to learn more applied skills. Read more…
I am an American PhD student studying cell polarity in fungus at the Institute of Biology Valrose within the tripartite CNRS/INSERM/Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. I received my Bachelors in Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Subsequently, I worked in the chemical industry as a laboratory technician. Read more…
I studied Biotechnology at University of Leon (Spain) and completed my studies at VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands) as part of the ERASMUS program. As an undergrad, I performed an internship in the group of Dr. Mar Fernandez-Borja (Sanquin, The Netherlands), where I became fascinated by the beauty and challenges of cell biology research. Hereafter, I enrolled in the Master of Biomolecular Sciences at VU Amsterdam where I had the opportunity of performing two additional internships. Read more…
E-Ming Rau
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Eric van Leen is a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Yohanns Bellaïche at the Curie Institute in Paris. There he investigates the role of spindle orientation during morphogenesis in the pupal notum. Before starting his PhD, Eric obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Utrecht University where he focused on Molecular Life Sciences. To complete the necessary training for his Master’s degree, he worked in multiple labs. Read more…
Filippo Ioannou
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Janine Cravo is a Portuguese PhD student in the van den Heuvel at the Utrecht University. She started her undergraduate studies in 2007 by enrolling in the Biomedical Sciences bachelor degree at University of Algarve. Later in 2010, she joined the Master’s in Biomedical Science in the same university. Janine joined the Isabel Palmeirim’s lab at the Center for Biomedical Research to develop her Master’s thesis. Read more…
I am Nuria Abajo Lima and I am from Barcelona (Spain). I studied Chemical Engineering at the IQS School of Engineering (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona) and a Master in Bioengineering at the same university. I am doing the PhD in Trevor Dale’s lab at Cardiff University and my project is based on a collaboration with Cellesce focusing on the development of a novel biophysical technique for the fractionation of organoid subtypes. Read more…
Rukshala hails from the island of Sri Lanka where her high school studies piqued her interest in scientific research. In search of even better weather and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, she moved to the notoriously rainy state of Bremen in Germany, where she studied Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen. After obtaining her degree, she moved to Heidelberg to work at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Takashi Hiiragi. Read more…
Sara Pompe was born on the 4th of July in 1986 in Neubrandenburg, former East Germany. After her achievement of the general qualification of the university entrance level (A-levels) in June 2006, she to the USA (CT) to work as an Au-Pair for one year. Thereby, she got to know the American way of life as well as made experience in life itself. In September 2007 she came back to Germany to start her academic studies in biology (Bachelor) at the Georg-August University of Goettingen, which is part of the excellence initiative and has an outstanding scientific environment. During that time she developed a high interest in Neurobiology. Read more…
Shailaja is currently a PhD student in Dr. Etienne-Manneville’s lab at the Institut Pasteur, Paris and is affiliated with the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) and the Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France. She received her B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Zoology from Christ University, Bangalore, India in 2014. Read more…
Victoria was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and studied Biotechnology in the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. She later did her master’s degree in Neuroscience at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and is now a graduate student in Mike Boxem’s group, in Utrecht University. Read more…
I’m a developmental biologist born in China, and grew up in Toronto. I received my HBSc. and MSc. from the University of Toronto. I am a huge fan of genetic tricks, prokaryotes, protists, evo-devo, disordered proteins, beautiful cellular structures, and fancy microscopes. Read more…
I am Indian by nationality and come from a city named Chennai from southern India. Currently, I am a PhD student working in Sandrine Etienne – Manneville’s lab in Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Before beginning my PhD project, I was pursuing my Master’s in Biotechnology and Biomedical engineering from NIT Rourkela, India. Prior to which, I did my Bachelor’s in Biotechnology from SRM University Chennai, India again. Read more…
York-Christoph Ammon is a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Anna Akhmanova. He studied molecular biomedicine in Bonn, Germany, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in summer 2012. During his bachelor thesis, he worked in the lab of Prof. Christa E. Mueller. The scope of his bachelor thesis were structure-activity-relationship studies of novel adenosine A2A receptor antagonists. Afterwards, he studied Drug Research in Bonn. For his master thesis he worked again under the supervision of Prof. Christa E. Mueller. Read more…