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Crossroads in Biology 2012

Members of the Organisational Committee 2012

Lori Borgal completed her BSc in Neuroscience and her MSc in Anatomy & Neurobiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, where she worked on cell transplantation strategies for Parkinson's disease. She then worked as a research associate in psychosocial oncology & interdisciplinary education before moving to Cologne to start a PhD in Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics in the Benzing/Schermer lab. Her PhD thesis work focuses on the role of primary cilia in cell signaling, and how this is altered in kidney cyst formation and cancer.

Volker Böhm studied Biological Sciences with focus on biochemisty at the University of Cologne and completed his bachelor studies in the lab of Prof. Dr. Günter Schwarz, investigating the active site of the plant nitrate reductase. As a member of the IGSDHD graduate school, he currently pursues his PhD in the lab of PD Dr. Niels Gehring and he focuses on the molecular function and interactions of UPF1 in nonsense-mediated mRNA decay.
Jesse Denson studied Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne. She is currently a PhD student in the lab of Professor Jens Brüning at the Institute for Genetics. During her undergraduate studies she investigated the use of hypothalamic cell lines as a model for studying glucose and leptin signaling in energy homeostasis. Her current research focuses on unraveling the role of the cytokine ‘Interleukin-6’ in body weight regulation and behavior.

Benedikt Drosse studied Biological Sciences at the Technical University of Aachen. He completed his diploma thesis in the group of PD Dr. Christof Sautter at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich on whole transcriptome profiling of an iron biofortified rice line. He is now a PhD student in the group of Dr. Maria von Korff at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. His focus of research is the genetic regulation of pre-anthesis development in barley and its contribution to flowering time in response to the photoperiod.

Martin E. Hess studied Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne and is a member of the CECAD Graduate School. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the group of Prof. Jens C. Brüning (Institute for Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Preventive Medicine; Cologne), working on the role of Fto in energy homeostasis.
Vipul Patel studied bioinformatics at the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen and is now a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in the group of Korbinian Schneeberger at the Department of George Coupland. His research is focused on developing new methods for Next-Generation-Sequencing or Third-Generation-Sequencing.
Anna-Lena Steckelberg studied Molecular Medicine at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg. After her Diploma Thesis on mucosal immunology in the group of Prof. Andreas Diefenbach, she joined the PhD program IGSDHD of the University Cologne. She is currently working in the lab of PD Dr. Niels Gehring, where she is investigating the assembly and function of splicing-dependent messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) complexes.

Theo Zografou studied Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne and is now working as a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Plant Developmental Biology, George Coupland) in the Group of Franziska Turck. His research is focused on the identification of plant Polycomb Response Elements by ChIP-Seq and the understanding of gene regulation by Polycomb Group Proteins.

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