WHO ARE WE?

DIANA PAULY

PROF. DR. RER. NAT.

Immunologist by training
Research manager and mentor by duty

I studied humanbiology at the University in Greifswald. For my PhD and first postDoc years I enjoyed Berlin and joined the research community at the Robert Koch-Insitute. I got in touch with experimental ophthalmology during my time at the university of Regenburg.

PROJECT

SciFiMed, RPE Project, Complement in NMOSD

(in Regensburg: Complement gene therapy, POCT-NeutCov)

FUN FACT

In the morning at least two coffees are needed (three result in a coffee flash).

SUPERPOWER

ELISA development and antibody expertise

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VERONIKA EHINGER

M.SC.

Project coordinator

After my M.Sc. (Cell Biology and Physiology) at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and the master thesis at the Eye Clinic in Mainz on the development of a porcine retinal explant model, I worked at the University Marburg as a research assistant (Molecular Cell Physiology, Prof. Bogdan) and project manager (3R-SMART, Dr. Linklater). I started my scientific project manager career in 2019 at the SPP2127 (JLU Gießen) and joined SciFiMed as a project coordinator and the Pauly laboratory in Marburg in 2021.

PROJECT

SciFiMed & lab organisation

FUN FACT

I really really try to remember things without writing them down – with little success. If you see me without my notebook, something is wrong!

Also, I have wild, movable lymphnodes.

SUPERPOWER

Juggling many projects in parallel without losing control.

Finding information on the internet – fast.

Baking brownies.

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PRATITI BANERJEE

PHD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

I did my B.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Burdwan, India and have a M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology from School of Tropical Medicine, India. I received my doctoral degree from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India where I worked to develop a biomarker based predictive model for early detection of degeneration in Multiple Sclerosis.

PROJECT

SciFiMed - www.scifimed.eu

FUN FACT

I am still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!

SUPERPOWER

Mass Spectrometry, Multiplex Assays, Predictive Modelling

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HANNAH WOLF

M.SC.

PhD Student

I studied Biology and specialised in experimental neuroscience at the University of Regensburg. My passion for Complement and NMOSD came to life during an internship and my master thesis at Prof. Pauly's lab. I worked on the characterisation of a retinal explant cultivation system and investigated the role of complement in NMOSD-IgG dependent retinal degeneration. I am very excited to continue my research in Marburg.

PROJECT

Complement in NMOSD

FUN FACT

I can lift very heavy people.

SUPERPOWER

Retinal explant cultivation, Immunohistochemistry

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JULIANE SCHIKORA

M.SC.

PhD student

I studied Molecular Medicine at the University of Regensburg and got in touch with ophthalmology while working on age-related macular degeneration during my bachelor studies. Especially the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) caught my interest, so I happily took the opportunity to work in Prof. Pauly’s lab. In my current project I research the maturation of the RPE and the role of the complement system in this process.

PROJECT

RPE project

FUN FACT

As a child I wanted to be an astronaut.

SUPERPOWER

Cell culture, Immunocytochemistry, qPCR

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AARON DORT

Biological technical assistant

I made my abitur with focus on biotechnology in Gießen. Afterwards I completed my professional education as BTA at the Adolf-Reichwein school in Marburg. Then I started working in the molecular oncology (IMO) at the Philipp-University of Marburg since I joined the Pauly laboratory as technical assistance in the SciFiMed-project.

PROJECT

SciFiMed

FUN FACT

Want to be well read, but doesn't like to read. Prefers to learn by listening.

SUPERPOWER

Western Blot, Cell culture, getting things done

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LARISSA GÜMPELEIN

B.A.

M.D. student

I studied administration at a pharmaceutical company and graduated as B.A. As I got in touch with diseases and treatments, I was fascinated by them and eager to understand diseases and their underlying molecular mechanisms. This is why I chose to study medicine and why I am really excited to leanr more about the complement system at Prof. Pauly’s lab.

PROJECT

Complement in NMOSD

FUN FACT

My brother and my boyfriend have the same first name.

SUPERPOWER

Fast learner with future superpowers in the lab

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STELLA SCHAYAN-ARAGHI

MD student

I am a medical student at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. I gained my first experience in research at the German Cancer Research Center and the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg. During a program of the German Federal Volunteer Service I was able to work for two large studies in the field of preventive oncology.

PROJECT

RPE Project

FUN FACT

I enjoy medical education research and advocacy

SUPERPOWER

Future cell culture and complement expert

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MELANIE BIEKER

B.SC.

Research assistant

Before I started to study human biology at the Philipps-University in Marburg I was trained as a biology laboratory technician. I completed my bachelor studies with a specialisation in tumour biology in 2021 and continued on as a master student.

I had always a keen interest in tumour biology and immunology which grew during my studies. I am looking forward to learn more about the complement system and its involvement in tumour biology, as well as support the group with ELISA and assay development.

PROJECT

Assay development

SUPERPOWER

My quick perception, my training as a laboratory technician and several years of work experience especially in ELISA.

CONTACT

biekerm@students.uni-marburg.de

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KNOPPERS

Technical Emotional Assistant

As soon as I heard that the group needed some support to motivate people after failed experiments and other mishaps or to celebrate with everyone in happy times I came to Marburg. I live in the office and sometimes visit the labs.

PROJECT

All projects are my heart projects

FUN FACT

I only have two moods - either I'm super happy or I'm super angry

SUPERPOWER

Motivation, mood changes, good listener but I don't talk too much

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