People

Andrea Pauli (Andi)

Principal Investigator

first.last@imp.ac.at / Germany

Andrea Pauli (Andi)

Andi studied biochemistry (1998-2002) in Regensburg, Germany, and molecular and cellular biology (2002-2004) at the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg in Germany. For her PhD, Andi joined the labs of Kim Nasmyth and Barry Dickson as a joint Ph.D. student at the IMP in Vienna, Austria to uncover post-mitotic functions for cohesin in Drosophila. In 2006, Andi moved with Kim’s lab to Oxford, UK where she obtained her D.Phil. (2009) and became an avid rower (Oxford Blues 2007-2008). For her post-doctoral studies (2009-2015), Andi traded flies for fish and joined Alex Schier’s lab at Harvard University, USA. During this time, she made two key discoveries that have since shaped her research: (1) translation is widespread outside of annotated protein-coding regions, and (2) newly identified short proteins can have fundamental functions. Since 2015, Andi has had her own lab at the IMP. Andi’s work has been funded by EMBO, HFSP, the NIH grant to independence (K99), the FWF START Prize, and a Whitman Center Fellowship from the Marine Biological Labs.

Luis Enrique Cabrera Quio (Quio)

PhD Student

verylast@imp.ac.at / Mexico / Since December 2015

Luis Enrique Cabrera Quio (Quio)

Quio studied Genomic Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010-2014). During his bachelor’s thesis, he worked on plant embryo development in the laboratory of Stewart Gillmor at LANGEBIO. In 2014, Quio moved to Norwich, UK, to study plant-pathogen interactions at The Earlham Institute (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre) and The Sainsbury Laboratory. There, he used next generation sequencing techniques to understand the evolution of wheat pathogens under the supervision of Diane Saunders and Sophien Kamoun. Quio joined the Pauli lab in December 2015, where he is studying the regulation of translation during early embryogenesis. Quio was awarded The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD fellowship in 2016. Quio’s hobbies include cooking new foods, watching musicals, and reading science fiction novels.

Krista Gert (née Briedis)

PhD Student

first.last@imp.ac.at / United States / Since September 2017

Krista Gert (née Briedis)

Krista is from the United States, where she attended North Park University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree (2010-2014) with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She later completed her Master of Science degree (2015-2017) in Experimental and Medical Biosciences at Linköping University in Sweden. After giving cancer research a try early in her master’s, she attended the VBC Summer School in 2016 and as a summer intern in the Pauli lab, returned to her favorite area of biology—development. Krista continued in the Pauli lab and completed her master’s thesis on the characterization of vertebrate fertilization factors in fish, and subsequently joined the lab as a Ph.D. student starting September 2017. Her Ph.D. work focuses on the molecular players and species-specificity of vertebrate fertilization. Krista’s other interests include marine biology and conservation, and she enjoys baking, figure skating, learning foreign languages, and riding her bike around Vienna.

Sarah Herberg

PhD student

first.last@imp.ac.at / Germany / Since November 2015

Sarah Herberg

Sarah studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Bayreuth in Germany (2009-2015). During her master’s, she completed a 6-month-long internship in the lab of Sir John Gordon in Cambridge, where she studied the expression of retrotransposons during Xenopus laevis embryogenesis. For her master’s thesis, she worked on cell cycle regulation during mitosis in the lab of Olaf Stemmann. In November 2015, she became the first Ph.D. student in the Pauli lab. Her project aims to unravel the molecular processes underlying fertilization. In May 2016, Sarah was awarded the DOC Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) for her Ph.D. work. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys reading and learning Spanish with our lab manager Karin.

Frieda Leesch

PhD Student

katrin.last@imp.ac.at / Germany / Since October 2017

Frieda Leesch

Frieda holds an M.Sc. degree in biochemistry from the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. She conducted her M.Sc. thesis (2015-2016) in the lab of Ruby Shalom-Feuerstein at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where she studied the function of microRNAs in skin development. Joining the Pauli lab as a Ph.D. student in October 2017, Frieda shifted her focus and is now interested in understanding translational regulation at the level of the ribosome during zebrafish development. In her free time, Frieda enjoys running and painting.

Karin Panser

Lab Manager

first.last@imp.ac.at / Austria / Since September 2015

Karin Panser

Karin studied Molecular Biotechnology for her master’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna (2006-2011). During that time, Karin performed her master’s thesis work in Cambridge working with neurogenetics in Drosophila. She continued working with fruit flies in the Straw lab at the IMP, dissecting and staining thousands of fly brains. Joining the Pauli lab in 2015, she now takes care of thousands of zebrafish. She also works on characterizing selected small peptides involved in zebrafish development. Karin has a deep love for jellyfish and enjoys going to the theater, reading crime novels, and avoiding vegetables at all costs.

Carina Pribitzer

Lab Manager

first.last@imp.ac.at / Austria / Since August 2018

Carina Pribitzer

Carina obtained a BSc in Biology (2011) and a MSc in Genetics and Developmental Biology (2014) from the University of Vienna. For her Master’s thesis, she studied gene regulatory elements in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Afterwards she continued working with sea anemones at the University of Vienna and at the University of Bergen. In 2016, Carina started working as a research assistant in the Bell lab at IMBA, focusing on Polycomb biology in mouse embryonic stem cells. In the Pauli lab, Carina works on protein degradation systems in zebrafish. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing billiards and singing in a choir.

Friederike Schlumm

Technician

first.last@imp.ac.at / Germany / Since April 2018

Friederike Schlumm

Friederike joined our lab recently as a technician in a Boehringer Ingelheim collaboration. She obtained her master’s degree in neuroscience from the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany (2006-2012). Her thesis focused on nuclear calcium signaling in neurons and its influence on gene expression. Then she moved from cell culture work to organismal research and joined the lab of Alipasha Vaziri at the IMP in Vienna as a PhD student, where she was working on the neuronal dynamics in the zebrafish larval brain (2013-2018). Friederike is an active member of the Vienna skeptics community and a co-organizer of the Austrian science festival “WissensDurst”.

Benjamin Steinmetz

Master Student

first.last@imp.ac.at / Austria / Since January 2019

Benjamin Steinmetz

Benni obtained his BSc in Molecular Biotechnology (University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Vienna) in 2017. During his Master studies at the University of Vienna, he joined the Pauli lab at the IMP as research intern to identify the membrane proteome of zebrafish oocytes. As working with zebrafish is just the best, he eventually decided to continue working in the Pauli lab for his master thesis. His project focuses on zebrafish proteomics in regard to fertilization. In his free time, Benni enjoys climbing, sleeping or lying around on comfortable sofas while reading or watching TV.

Jessica Stock

PhD Student

first.last@imp.ac.at / Germany / Since November 2016

Jessica Stock

Jessica received a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the Free University of Berlin in 2015. She continued with an M.Res. degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Nottingham from 2015 to 2016. For her thesis, she investigated the role of Armadillo repeat proteins in Plasmodium berghei invasion and migration. Jessica has been a Ph.D. student in the Pauli lab since November 2016, working on the role and mechanism of Toddler signaling during the process of zebrafish gastrulation. Jessica is the lab’s TV show expert, enjoys listening to music, and plays volleyball in her free time.

Dori the Zebrafish

Mascot

not.that.we.know.of@imp.ac.at / Deep Sea

Dori the Zebrafish

Interns

Lisa Daniel

Intern

first.last@imp.ac.at / Austria / Since December 2018

Former members

  • Krista Briedis (VBC Summer Student (2016) & Master student (2017)), July 2016–August 2017
  • Nina El-Asrag (Intern), September 2016–September 2017
  • Tomáš Kazmar, PhD (Computer Scientist (joint with the Zimmer lab)), May 2016–January 2019
  • Tiago Lubiana Alves (VBC Summer Student), July–August 2017
  • Alicia Peschel (Intern), April–June 2016
  • Lisa Renz (Intern (Sept 2017) & Master student), February 2018–January 2019
  • Felicia Spitzer (Intern), November 2017–March 2018
  • Benjamin Steinmetz (Intern), September–December 2018
  • Xue Strobl (Master Student (joint with the Cochella lab)), October 2017–December 2018
  • Sabrina Wohlhaupter (Intern), January–March 2017
  • Teresa Zanin (Intern), June–July 2018