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Dr. Claus D. Kuhn, University of Bayreuth.

Claus D. Kuhn, Principal Investigator
Claus is and always has been interested in understanding how RNAs and proteins interact and how these interactions bring about biological function. He is an X-ray crystallographer by training, yet is becoming more and more interested in next-gen sequencing applications to decipher the structures and functions of non-coding RNAs.
Scientific CV

E-mail: claus.kuhn@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4356


Vlada Gorbovytska, PhD Student, University of Bayreuth.

Vlada Gorbovytska, PhD Student
Vlada studied biochemistry in Bielefeld and Bayreuth and decided to enter the mysterious field of enhancer RNAs for her PhD. She is investigating their biological function by combining biochemistry, next-gen sequencing and structural biology.

E-mail: vlada.gorbovytska@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4391 or -4354


Iana Kim, PhD Student, University of Bayreuth

Iana Kim, PhD Student
Iana studied biochemistry in Voronezh and Moscow (Russia) and joined our lab to become an expert in planarian flatworms. Using modern biochemistry paired with next-gen sequencing she investigates why planarian stem cells require a special class of small non-coding RNAs, so-called piRNAs, for their function.

E-mail: iana.kim@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4353 or -4354


Felix Klatt, PhD student, University of Bayreuth

Felix Klatt, PhD Student
Felix, a native of Berlin, studied biochemistry in Bayreuth and decided to stay in the Bavarian province to tackle the Mediator kinase module using structural biology techniques.

E-mail: felix.klatt@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4353 or -4354


Silke Spudeit, Lab technician, University of Bayreuth

Silke Spudeit, Lab Technician
Silke, the only Frankonian in the lab, is supporting the scientific endeavors of all lab members. In addition, she is taking care of cell culture and the myriad other organizational tasks that need to be done to keep the lab running.

E-mail: silke.spudeit@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4386 or -4354 


Lisa-Marie Schneider, PhD Student
Lisa is interested in understanding the effect of neuronal enhancer RNAs on promoter-proximal pausing. For her work she combines "old-school" in vitro biochemistry with next-generation sequencing applications and work in zebrafish.

E-mail: lisa-marie.schneider@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4391 or -4354 


Anna Liznar, Master Student
Anna is interested to understanding piRNA function in planarians. In particular, she is focussing on trying to understand how piRNAs are involved in mRNA turnover. To achieve her goals she is mainly using computational biology.

E-mail: liznar.anna@web.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4353 or -4354 


Robin Weinmann, Master Student
Robin is interested in understanding how Med12 activates CDK8 and CDK19. For this he mainly uses in vitro biochemistry.

E-mail: robin.weinmann@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4353 or -4354


Ezgi June Olgac, Practical Student
June is here for the summer as a visiting student from Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey). She works with Lisa in trying to understand the impact of eRNAs on promoter-proximal pausing of Pol II.

E-mail: june.olgac@metu.edu.tr
Phone +49 (0)921 / 55-4391




Alumni

Franziska Langhammer, Master Student


Melanie Müller, Master Student


Martin Kuric, Master Student



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