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The meeting is organized by a group of students of the Graduate School for Biological Sciences of the University of Cologne and the International Graduate School in Development Health and Disease.

Members of the Organizing Committee

Marie Albert has obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and proceeded with her Master's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne. In Cologne, she performed her Master's thesis in the lab of PD Dr. Hamid Kashkar dealing with the role of BCL2 proteins in apoptosis. For her PhD, she continued this work with special focus on the impact of ubiquitination on BCL2 proteins.

Nadine Frey studied Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne. She did her Master Thesis in the lab of Prof. Dr. Siegfried Roth at the Institute of Developmental Biology, Cologne where she used differential transcription analyses by RNA-sequencing to investigate potential new dorsoventral patterning genes in Tribolium castaneum. Since October 2013 she is doing her PhD and continues analyzing the data of her Master Thesis project.

Melanie Fritsch completed her Bachelor´s degree at the University of Cologne. During her Master´s in Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne, she performed a 3-month internship at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in the group of Mads Gyrd-Hansen examining the role of deubiquitinases in innate immune signalling. She conducted her Master´s Thesis in the group of PD Dr. Hamid Kashkar, investigating the role of E3 ligases in innate immunity. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the lab of Hamid Kashkar, focusing on the regulation of programmed cell death in response to bacterial infection.
Saskia Günther completed her Bachelor in Biology at the University of Cologne and her Master in Biology at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, where she performed a 5-month internship at the University of California, Los Angeles in the group of Prof. Dr. Alexander van der Bliek, investigating mechanisms of mitochondrial fission and fusion. In 2013, she returned to Cologne for her Master’s Thesis, analyzing the role of ceramide synthases in the ER/mitochondria crosstalk in the group of PD Dr. Hamid Kashkar. For her PhD she stayed in the Kashkar lab, focusing on cell death during bacterial infection.
Daniela Gurská studied Molecular biology and biochemistry of organisms at Charles University in Prague. In 2011, she received her MSc in Cell and developmental biology at the same university defending her thesis project considering evolutionary conservation of transcriptional regulation of housekeeping genes. In 2012 she started at Copenhagen University as visiting student, continuing later on in 2013 as research assistant at Marine biological section conducting molecular research and behavioral studies using box jellyfish as model organism. Since May 2014 she is doing her PhD at University of Cologne investigating the changing roles of Hox3 genes in insect evolution.

Sandra Heuser received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Applied Biology and performed her Bachelor thesis at the "Marine Scotland" marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, Scotland. For her Master’s degree she returned to the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. She performed her Master’s thesis at the Institute of Virology, University Cologne and worked with Human Papillomavirus 16 (HPV16) in the Group of Dr. Steger. She started her PhD thesis in February 2013 at the Institute of Virology, Cologne in the group of Prof. Akgül analysing the oncoprotein E7 of HPV 8.

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Charalampos Mantziaris studied biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He completed the M.Sc. in Biological Sciences program at the University of Cologne. He is currently working on his PhD focusing on the “Neuronal mechanisms underlying inter-segmental coordination in the stick insect” under the supervision of Prof. Ansgar Büschges.
Janine Milbradt studied biology at the University of Cologne. She finished her Master in Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne in the Institute for Genetics. Since November 2013 she is a PhD student in the research group of Prof. Dr. Brunhilde Wirth at the Institute of Human Genetics. She is currently investigating the role of a cytoskeleton bundling protein (PLS3) in the development of osteoporosis and osteogenesis imperfecta.
Juliane Mundorf received her Bachelor in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Afterwards, she studied Developmental Biology at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, where she completed her Master's thesis working on Hox dependent gene regulation in the Drosophila male stem cell niche. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cologne in the group of Mirka Uhlirova investigating transcriptional control mechanisms downstream of JNK signaling in tissue homeostasis and tumor development using Drosophila as a model organism.
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Stephanie Schwab studied Biotechnology at the University of Furtwangen and received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. In 2010 she worked for one year at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne before starting her Master of Biological Sciences studies at the University of Cologne. After receiving her Master of Science degree in 2013 she spent six months as Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Since January 2014 she is a PhD student in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dohmen at the Institute for Genetics in Cologne. In her PhD project she is investigating the biogenesis of the 26S proteasome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
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