Get to know our team

Niko Dalheimer

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: neurobiology and molecular cellbiology
  • Favorite organism: Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) – master of regeneration
  • Motivation for iGEM: iGEM is a chance for me to create an own project, to gain experience in the lab and to make new friends. I like the idea of solving a problem through independent and interdisciplinary work by using genetic engineering methods
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Eva Dörfer

  • Course of studies: Biology
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: neurobiology
  • Favorite organism: Folivora (sloth) – I don’t need to explain that, right?
  • Motivation for iGEM: I love doing lab work and working as a team. Also iGEM is a great opportunity for me to get a lot of practice and to get new friends!

Adrian Engels

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: phytopathology, biotechnology and immunology
  • Favorite organism: Magnaporthe oryzae – fungus which infects rice by a turgor pressure of 80 bar
  • Motivation for iGEM: I like to utilize my know-how and my skills from different fields of study at a self-determined project scope. I am especially excited to gain more experiences during the project and to meet many people from different backgrounds.
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Jenny Heinrich

  • Course of studies: Bio- und Chemieingenieurwissenschaften (biological and chemical engineering)  
  • Semester: 4 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: biotechnology 
  • Favorite organism: Theobroma cacao – cacao tree, there is nothing better than hot chocolate! 
  • Motivation for iGEM: iGEM is a good opportunity for me to work on a scientific project independent and to make new friends with others.

Dorothée Klein

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: biotechnology, humanbiology and neurobiology
  • Favorite organism: tardigrades (moss piglets) – survival artists
  • Motivation for iGEM: I see iGEM as an opportunity to pursue my passion for biology while broadening my knowledge. I love to work in a motivated team on our project to solve real world problems. Additionally I like to challenge my skills and to get to know my boundaries.
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Marcel Meyer

  • Course of studies: Biophysics
    Semester: 7 (diploma)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: biophysical chemistry e.g. biology of structures
  • Favorite organism: Saccharomyces cerevisiae – for pizza dough and beer!
  • Motivation for iGEM: I like to do science in self-responsibility and to work on a fascinating project with a motivated team. In the course of this, I hope to find friendship and lots of fun

Lara Peters

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: humanbiology and microbiology, the effect of the microbiome on humans is an exciting topic for me
  • Favorite organism: bacteria producing lactic acid – healthy and delicious!
  • Motivation for iGEM: In my opinion the time at the university is a chance to gain experience and knowledge – therefore, iGEM is an unique opportunity!. Also I am confident that during that time I will make new friends and getting in contact with many other people.
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Lukas Punstein

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: marine biology, biotechnology
  • Favorite organism: Noctiluca scintillans – causes “milky seas”/bioluminescence in the ocean – beautiful
  • Motivation for iGEM: I really like working together as a team and to realize such an ambitous project. Doing own research is exciting for me because it is beyond the normal research possibilities in a bachelor’s programm.

Marlene Schlosser

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: plant physiology and phytopathology
  • Favorite organism: Mimosa pudica – a plant that moves!
  • Motivation for iGEM: iGEM is a great way to do research on your own and to learn a lot of new things as well as to apply already learned skills. Also I find it interesting to meet teams from all around the world and work with them.
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Laura Tscholakov

  • Course of studies: Bio- und Chemieingenieurwissenschaften (biological and chemical engineering)
  • Semester: 4 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: biotechnology
  • Favorite organism: Aspalathus linearis (rooisbos) – tea time!
  • Motivation for iGEM: I like to work at a self-determined project. To expand already obtained knowledge and learn new skills at the lab will be a great experience. Also I am excited about meeting many people with the same interest at the laboratory.

Saskia Zeilfelder

  • Course of studies: Biowissenschaften (Bio Sciences)
  • Semester: 6 (B. Sc.)
  • Favorite field in biology/ lecture: neurobiology and biotechnology
  • Favorite organism: Alphenidae – snapping/pistol shrimps
  • Motivation for iGEM: It is a great opportunity to gain lab ecperience and to make new friends. I am really excited about the results of our project.
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Principal Investigators

Prof. Dr. Michael Schroda

  • Primary Principal Investigator
  • Division: Molecular Biotechnology and Systems Biology
  • Major Research Interest:
      • Functions an mechanisms of molecular chaperons in the chloroplast
      • Regulation of (trans)gene expression at the chromatin level
      • Molecular mechanisms of acclimation to temperature stress
      • Acclimation of plant cells to disturbances (change in environmental conditions, loss of gene function)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel

  • Secondary Principal Investigator
  • Division: Microbiology
  • Major Reseqrch Interest:
      • Biosynthesis of light-harvesting pigments (unicellular algae, cyanobacteria, cyanophages)
      • Assembly of light-harvesting phycobiliproteins
      • Sensorproteins in Bacteria and Archaea
      • Molecular mechanisms of biofilm dispersal in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Jun. Prof. Dr. Felix Willmund

  • Instructor
  • Division: Molecular Genetics of Eukaryots
  • Major Research Interest:
      • Pathways of protein folding and quality control in the chloroplast
      • Molecular consequences of abiotic stress for proteome homeostasis