Graduate school on malaria funded!

We are happy to announce that our lab will be part of the DFG-funded  Graduate School IRTG 2290 “Crossing boundaries: Molecular Interactions in Malaria”. The International Research Training Group consists of 10 groups located in Berlin and 10 groups from Canberra, Australia. Up to 20 new PhD students will investigate diverse aspects of malaria in the coming 4.5 years.

We also have a fancy flyer: Advertisment_IRTG2290

And more info is available from the website of the graduate school. Also fancy!

Research update: Review on the expanding universe of ribonucleoproteins

RNA-protein interactions have been studied intensively in recent years. Particularly novel methods such as mRNA interactome capture led to discovery of hundreds of novel RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). However, many of these recently identified RBPs lack classical RNA-binding domains.

In our review The expanding universe of ribonucleoproteins: of novel RNA-binding proteins and unconventional interactions, we discuss features of RNA-protein interactions and propose a more RNA-centric view: maybe RNA evolved to bind certain proteins rather than vice versa?


The article is open access and available here: Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology (2016)

or here: pubmed link


Bachelor student invasion!

We are proud to host two Bachelor students who are conducting their final thesis in our lab.



Victoria Riebe (BSc Biology) is working on CRISPR/Cas9 in bacteria.



Valentina Tovazzi (BSc Biophysics) is testing Salmonella proteins for RNA-binding activity.

Goodbye Tobias!

Todays is Tobias’ last day in the lab. As part of his Master studies in Molecular Life Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, he did a 6 month internship (so called Projektmodul) in our group. Tobias worked on the purification of tagged mutant versions of the protein Cas9 from Streptococcus pyogenes which is a key enzyme of the famous CRISPR system.


We will miss him in our team and wish all the best for his further studies!




From left: Benedikt, Senthil, Julie, Davide. Missing in the picture: Erika, Tobias.

Its thursday, Feb. 4th 2016 11:11 am and we tried to celebrate Karneval in Berlin. What other place to go here than the “Ständige Vertretung?” Unfortunately, we were all but alone 🙂