Andrea Pauli (Andi)
firstname.lastname@example.org / Germany / Since September 2015
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. For her post-doctoral studies (2009-2015), Andi traded flies for fish and joined Alex Schier’s lab at Harvard University, USA. Since 2015, Andi has had her own lab at the IMP, first as a junior group leader and since 2022 as a senior group leader. Andi’s lab has been funded by the ERC, the FWF START Prize and a FWF-funded SFB RNADeco, the HFSP organization, the EMBO Young Investigator Programme (EMBO YIP), and a Whitman Center Fellowship from the Marine Biological Labs in addition to core funding from the IMP and Boehringer Ingelheim.
email@example.com / Germany / Since May 2019
Andreas graduated from the University of Hamburg in Molecular Life Sciences (B.Sc.) in 2016. Here, he first approached developmental biology in the labs of Peter Bommert and Arp Schnittger. Andreas then moved to Tübingen, Germany, where he completed his Biochemistry studies (M.Sc.) at the Eberhard Karls University in January 2019. For his thesis, he studied kinase activity during meiotic recombination in yeast in John Weir’s lab at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society. In the Pauli lab, Andreas is interested in studying the process of fertilization. Andreas was awarded a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD fellowship for his PhD studies in 2020. In his spare time, Andreas likes to travel; the best locations are those where he can use his skis as well.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Russia / Since March 2019
Anastasia studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Lomonosov Moscow State University (2009-2014). Her diploma project focused on understanding structural features of Hansenula polymorpha TERT (Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase). Already during her diploma studies Anastasia became interested in the function of newly predicted peptides in eukaryotic cells – a topic she decided to pursue for her PhD during which she investigated the function of a mitochondrial peptide encoded by a misannotated lncRNA, LINC00116/Mitoregulin. Anastasia joined the Pauli lab in March 2019 to investigate mitochondrial functionality and co-regulation of mitochondrial and cytoplasmic translation during development. Anastasia was awarded the VIP2 fellowship and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship for her studies in the Pauli lab. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys reading detective stories, knitting and snowboarding.
email@example.com / El Salvador / Since September 2019
Victoria pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in USA where she graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 2013. For her PhD, she joined Stefano Di Talia’s lab to study cell cycle synchronization in Drosophila development at Duke University, USA. Victoria received several honors and awards including an HHMI International Student Research Fellowship, a Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship, a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant and the prestigious Weintraub award for her PhD studies. She joined the Pauli lab in September of 2019, where she will be studying mechanisms of gamete binding and fusion in zebrafish. Victoria was awarded the HFSP postdoctoral fellowship for her studies in the Pauli lab. In her free time, Victoria enjoys dancing, crafting DIY projects and learning about different cultures through cooking and music.
firstname.lastname@example.org / The Netherlands / Since January 2023
Jonne received a BSc in Biology in 2020. During the corona pandemic, she worked on phase I trials in the oncology department of a university hospital. In 2021, she enrolled in the master’s program of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Utrecht University. She has worked on identifying a new apoptotic pathway after DNA damage using haploid genetic screens in the group of Thijn Brummelkamp at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. For her final project, she joined the fertilization team in the Pauli lab. Besides feeding her curiosity on a broad spectrum of biological subjects by reading, watching documentaries and visiting museums, she enjoys dancing, hiking, cooking, spending time with friends and being creative!
Krista Gert (née Briedis)
email@example.com / United States / Since September 2017
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 was awarded a DOC fellowship for her PhD studies in the Pauli lab. Krista’s other interests include marine biology and conservation, and she enjoys baking, figure skating, learning foreign languages, and riding her bike around Vienna.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Luxembourg / Since February 2023
Laurine obtained her BSc in Life Sciences in 2021 from the University of Montpellier (France), where she also pursued a Master’s in Epigenetics, Genetics, and Cell Biology. During her first year of her Master’s, Laurine joined the lab of Maud Borensztein at the Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier, where she worked on understanding the molecular mechanisms upon X-Chromosome reactivation during the specification of the germline. For her final semester, she joined the Pauli lab and is working in the fertilization team. In her free time, Laurine likes to travel, read, dance, and enjoy coffee with friends.
email@example.com / Ukraine / Since March 2023
Roksolana received a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna in 2022. During her undergraduate studies she spent two years in the Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology in the lab of Yasin Dagdas, optimizing proximity labeling-based interactomics approaches to discover novel autophagy players that play a role in plants during virus infection. For her Master’s project she joined the Pauli lab. In her free time, she likes reading, going on long walks, traveling, and spending time with friends.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Germany / Since October 2017
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.
email@example.com / Spain / Since September 2019
Laura studied biology in Valencia, Spain (2007-2012). She then obtained a master’s degree in Plant Biology and Biotechnology from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. For her PhD (20015-2019), Laura joined Michael Hothorn’s laboratory at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, to investigate the metabolism of inorganic polyphosphates in plants. During her PhD, Laura discovered a bicistronic transcript controlling the expression of a cell cycle regulator. In parallel, she uncovered a novel polyphosphate-binding domain using structural biology and quantitative biochemistry. Her findings sparked her interest in translational regulation, a topic which she will focus on during her postdoctoral studies in the Pauli lab. Laura was awarded a SNF postdoctoral fellowship, the EMBO postdoctoral fellowship and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship for her studies in the Pauli lab.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Austria / Since September 2015
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.
email@example.com / Austria / Since November 2018
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 Nematostella in Vienna and Bergen. In 2016, Carina joined the Vienna Biocenter as a research assistant (Bell lab, IMBA), focusing on Polycomb biology in mouse embryonic stem cells. In the Pauli lab, Carina works on translational regulation in zebrafish. In her free time, she enjoys playing billiards and singing in a choir.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Germany / Since January 2023
Jakob obtained a BSc in Molecular Biotechnology from Technical University Dresden in 2019. Subsequently, he worked on identifying promising biomarkers for successful radiotherapy in the group of Anna Dubrovska. Due to his interest in regeneration and developmental biology, he enrolled in the master’s program of Regeneration and Technology at Utrecht University. During this program, he worked on the detection of viral replication dynamics in the group of Marvin Tanenbaum at the Hubrecht Institute and joined the Pauli lab for his final master’s project. He enjoys running, playing chess, and learning languages.
email@example.com / Austria / Since February 2022
Josef received a BSc in Biology in 2019 and an MSc in 2022 from the University of Vienna. During his studies, Josef joined the lab of Luisa Cochella at the IMP to study neuronal development in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. For his master’s thesis, he switched topics and worked on therapy resistance in breast cancer in the lab of Jos Jonkers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. By joining the Pauli lab in February 2022, Josef returned to the IMP and the field of developmental biology and is interested in translational inhibition in the early zebrafish embryo and different somatic cell types. In his free time, he likes to do sports, cooking, baking and listening to music.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Austria / Since June 2021
Marcus studied genetics at the University of Vienna, where he first approached developmental biology in the Genikhovich Group, working on the role of Wnt- and BMP-signaling in axis formation in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Building the bridge between his interests, he studied developmental biology and genetics with a focus on cancer and disease at the University of Vienna. He completed his Master studies in the Distel group at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute of Vienna (CCRI), where he established a NUP-98 fusion mediated acute myeloid leukemia model in zebrafish. After obtaining his master’s degree in 2020, Marcus helped to develop a platform for NGS-based Covid-19 mutation monitoring in Austria, assuring the nationwide Covid-19 variant surveillance. In the Pauli lab, Marcus is working with Laura on translational regulation.
email@example.com / India / Since November 2022
Lalitha is from India and finished undergrad education there in April 2019 before moving to the Netherlands in 2020 for her master’s. During her master’s, she worked on projects in the areas of mRNA transcription, splicing and decay regulation. Captivated by gene expression regulation, Lalitha joined the Pauli lab in November 2022 to work on understanding translation regulation in early embryonic development in Zebrafish. Beside the scientific aspect of biology, she also cares deeply about science education and communication. Outside science, Lalitha enjoys cooking, reading, running, and painting.
Dori the Zebrafish
firstname.lastname@example.org / Deep Sea
email@example.com / El Salvador / Since April 2023
- Fatma Afify (VBC Summer Student), July–August 2022
- Anna Bandura (Intern), January 2021–June 2022
- Sara Berent (Intern), September 2020–January 2021
- Mirjam Binner (Intern), November 2019–January 2021
- Lena Bohaumilitzky (Intern), March–August 2020
- Krista Briedis (VBC Summer Student & Master student), July 2016–August 2017
- Luis Enrique Cabrera Quio (PhD Student), December 2015–March 2021
- Mireia Codina Tobias (VBC Summer Student), July–August 2021
- Lisa Daniel (Intern), December 2018–June 2019
- Nina El-Asrag (Intern), September 2016–September 2017
- Jean Pierre Elbers (Bioinformatician (joint with the Obenauf lab)), November 2022–April 2023
- Sarah Herberg (PhD student), November 2015–April 2019
- Theresa Humer (PhD Student), October 2020–December 2022
- Alisa Jimenez Garcia (Intern), September 2021–March 2022
- Lisa Kainacher (Intern), February 2021–January 2022
- Tomáš Kazmar, PhD (Computer Scientist (joint with the Zimmer lab)), May 2016–January 2019
- Hannah Keresztes (Intern & Master student), May 2021–November 2022
- James Kiraly (VBC Summer Student), July–August 2019
- Anna Kogan (Intern), October 2020–March 2021
- Anja Koller (Intern), May–November 2021
- Tiago Lubiana Alves (VBC Summer Student), July–August 2017
- Ziyaurrahman (Ziya) Marhama Sirajudheen (Intern), March–April 2021
- Eduardo Martinez Barrios (Intern), June–August 2021
- Tetiana Mylenko (Intern), April 2022–April 2023
- Lorena Olifiers (Intern), July–September 2020
- Alicia Peschel (Intern), April–June 2016
- Lisa Renz (Intern (Sept 2017) & Master student), February 2018–January 2019
- Friederike Schlumm (Technician), April 2018–December 2020
- Felicia Spitzer (Intern), November 2017–March 2018
- Benjamin Steinmetz (intern (2018) & Master Student (2019)), January 2019–December 2019
- Jessica Stock (PhD Student), November 2016–July 2022
- Xue Strobl (Master Student (joint with the Cochella lab)), October 2017–December 2018
- Clara Veal-Phan (Intern), April–August 2022
- Sabrina Wohlhaupter (Intern), January–March 2017
- Teresa Zanin (Intern), June–July 2018