Young Scientists Talks 2022

Alexandra-Ioana Forrai | DRFZ in Humboldt University of Berlin
Alexandra Forrai is in the second year of her PhD. She has sailed through seas of biochemistry and molecular medicine and finally settled on the island of innate immunity, in the Romagnani lab at the DRFZ in Berlin. Here, she strives to establish a CRISPR screen in natural killer cells in order to elucidate the roles of core regulatory genes in the different subsets. Out of the lab, she prioritizes learning, cultivating creativity and enriching her life with new and old hobbies.
Florent Fauchere | BIH Center of Immunomics Charité-University Hospital, Berlin
Florent studied life science in Tours (France) and Umea (Sweden) and did his master’s in Strasbourg (France) with a focus on molecular biology and immunology. In 2018 he moved to Berlin to write his master’s thesis and in 2020 he started his PhD in AG Thiel and within the CRU Food Allergy and Tolerance (Food@). There, he studies the immune circuits of food allergy and the mechanisms leading to desensitization at the cellular level.
Claudia Garrido | Julius Wolff Institute at Charité-University Hospital, Berlin
Beatrice Masante | Politecnico di Torino
Beatrice Masante is a PhD Student in Bioengineering and Medical and Surgical Sciences at the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Politecnico di Torino. She belongs to the Biomechanics group, more specific in the Bioreactors subgroup. The main objective of the Bioreactor group is to design and develop advanced bioreactors for basic cell and tissue research, drug discovery, in vitro personalized disease modeling, and cell-based personalized regenerative therapies. They support the bioreactor design with computational tools that allow the development of the optimal geometries, the definition of the suitable operating culture conditions and quantitative analyses of mass transport and flow-induced shear stress.
Adibeh Rahmani | Julius Wolff Institute at Charité-University Hospital Berlin
Adibeh Rahmani studied Veterinary medicine in Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran and she is now pursuing her PhD studies in the group of Molecular Traumatology headed by Dr. Serafeim Tsitsilonis in Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, Julius Wolff Institute. Her main research interests include animal models, bone health, fracture healing and polytrauma.
Julian Weihs | Charité-University Hospital Berlin
Julian Weihs is captivated by how our cells do their job and how we could support them when they lose their native function. He studied biology at the Humboldt University Berlin in his bachelor degree and molecular medicine at the Charité in his master program. When he is not pipetting liquids from one tube into another, he enjoys long walks and going to the theater.
Kimberly Hartl | Charité-University Hospital Berlin
Kimberly Hartl is a PhD student in the lab of Michael Sigal at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the Max-Delbrück-Center (MDC). She did her Master’s studies in infection biology in the group of Thomas F. Meyer in the Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology where she established human 3D primary culture systems of the gall bladder. Her current research covers the investigation of carcinogenic processes in the context of colitis for which she applies mouse models and colon organoid cultures. She is enrolled in the curriculum of the Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) and volunteers as a PhD student representative for the life sciences department of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Zehra Uyar-Aydin | Technical University of Berlin
Zehra Uyar-Aydin is a PhD Student in the Bartfeld Lab of the Technical University Berlin. During her PhD, she worked on developing a human in vitro model for the bone marrow plasma cell niche. As part of the Medical Biotechnology research group she also gained expertise in the multi-organ-chip technology that helps to mimic the physiological situation more accurately and can be used as a platform to cultivate our model in and as a system for drug and substance testing.
Dongwei Wu | Technical University of Berlin
Dongwei Wu is doing his PhD program under the supervision of Prof. Jens Kurreck at Technische Universität Berlin. He has been working on 3D bioprinting research since his undergraduate studies. His research interest is the bioengineering of 3D cancer models for in vitro drug testing.
Jonas Kath | BIH at Charité-University Hospital Berlin
Lucas Engelhardt | Ulm University
Lucas Engelhardt received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Scientific Computing Center Ulm and the Institute for Orthopeadic Research and Biomechanics in the field of invers dynamics of musculoskeletal modelling and distal radius fracture healing simulations. Still belonging to Ulm University he and his team are aiming to transfer bone healing simulation into a practical usable application.
Jet Moolenaar | Julius Wolff Institute at Charité-University Hospital Berlin
Jet Moolenaar is a MSc student in Biomedical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Currently she is doing her master thesis at the Julius Wolff Institute, where she is working in the Computational Mechanobiology group headed by Prof. Dr. Sara Checa. With her project, she seeks to develop a semi-automated computational pipeline to be used in the preoperative planning of bone fracture fixation.
Andrea Matzen | University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein Kiel
Andrea Matzen studied vetenarian medicine in Hannover. Now, she is in the third year of the PhD studies in the Group of Molecular Cardiology headed by Prof. Oliver Müller at the UKSH Kiel.
Henriette Thau | BIH Center for Regenerative Therapies
Henriette Thau is a biotechnology master student at Technical University Berlin. She started working at the BIH Center of Regenerative Therapies in March 2022. As part of the cardiovascular research group of Professor Dr. Emmert, in her master thesis she investigates the effects and mechanism of endothelial damage inhibitor solutions on primary saphenous vein graft endothelial cells. When she is not working in the lab, she enjoys studying Korean as well as getting to know Korean culture and food.
Maria Vittoria Mascolini | University of Padua
Maria Vittoria Mascolini is a bioengineering researcher currently in the 2nd year of her PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Padova (Italy). Her research activities are mainly focused on the coupled application of in vitro experimentations and in silico tools to investigate the mechanical functionality of biological tissues. Her principal topics are the investigation of the cornea and the lower urinary tract, to evaluate the reliability of therapies and medical devices used to treat their pathological conditions.
Alexandra-Maria Chitroceanu | Charité-University Hospital Berlin
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