The Postdoc-NeT Fellows 2016 (Research Focus: Molecular Bioscience)

Richard Balint

Balint

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester, UK





Research field and research interests:
Tissue engineering, Bioreactors, Synthetic Biology, Stem Cells, Conductive Biomaterials, Drug Testing, Tissue and Disease Models

Publications:

  • Balint R, Cassidy NJ & Cartmell SH (2014): Conductive Polymers: Towards a Smart Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering, Acta Biomaterialia, 10, 2341.    
  • Balint R, Cassidy NJ & Cartmell SH (2013): Electrical Stimulation: A Novel Tool for Tissue Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Part B, 19, 48.
  • Balint R, Richardson SM & Cartmell SH (2015): Low-density Subculture: A Technical Note on the Importance of Avoiding Cell–Cell Contact During Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Expansion, J Tissue Eng Regen Med, 9, 1200.

Professional career interests:
I am equally interested in academic and industrial positions. In academia, I would endeavour to establish my own research group upon/soon after my relocation to Germany. In industry, I am primarily interested in product development (as this appears to be the best fit for my skill set), but I would like to move towards the business/financial side of the biotechnology industry with time. Therefore, it is very important for me that an industrial position should have prospects, i.e. allowing one to move up in the company as his/her career progresses.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
I am planning to apply for a Humboldt fellowship and for Junior Group Leader positions in Germany in the future. This tour is the ideal place for me to find future collaborators and hosts. I am also interested in the industrial positions available in Germany.

Website: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richard-balint-1aab3269/de

Ian Barr

Barr

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley, USA





Research field and research interests:
Enzymology- interested in electron transfer reactions, in RNA modifying enzmes, in the interaction between iron-sulfur enzymes and oxygen

Publications:

  • Barr I, Smith AT, Chen Y, Senturia R, Burstyn JN, Guo F (2012): Ferric, not ferrous, heme activates RNA-binding protein DGCR8 for primary microRNA processing, PNAS, 109, 1919-1924.
  • Barr I, Weitz SH, Atkin T, Hsu P, Karayiorgou M, Gogos JA, Weiss S & Guo F (2015): Cobalt (III) protoporphyrin activates the DGCR8 protein and can compensate microRNA processing deficiency, Chemistry and Biology, 22, 793-802.
  • Barr I, Latham JA, Iavarone AT, Chantarojsiri T, Hwang JD & Klinman JP (2016): Demonstration of de novo carbon-carbon cross-linking within the peptide substrate (PqqA) in the presence of the Radical SAM enzyme (PqqE) and its peptide chaperone (PqqD), Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291, 8877-8884.

Professional career interests:
I am looking for an academic job. I would like to teach at least part time, and have a small research group of my own, possibly at a larger institute.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
I want to explore job opportunities outside of the United States where I can pursue research I find interesting.

Amanda Blythe

Blythe

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Western Australia, Australia





Research field and research interests:
Structural Biology, Protein - Protein Interactions, Protein - Nucleic Acid Interactions, Protein Crystallography

Publications:

  • Blythe AJ, Yazar-Klosinski B, Webster MW, Chen E, Vandevenne M, Bendak K, Mackay JP, Hartzog GA & Vrielink A (2016): The yeast transcription elongation factor Spt4/5 is a sequence-specific RNA binding protein, Protein Science, doi: 10.1002/pro.2976.
  • Blythe AJ, Fox AH & Bond CS (2016): The ins and outs of lncRNA structure: how, why and what comes next? Biochimica Biophysica Acta, 1859(10), 46-58.
  • Helder S*, Blythe, AJ*, Bond CS & Mackay JP (2016): Determinants of affinity and specificity in RNAbinding proteins, Current Opin Struct Biol., 38, 83-91.

Professional career interests:
I am aiming at working in an academic research environment with the long term goal of running my own research group.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…to learn more about working in the various types of German research institutes and to network with other like-minded post-docs from around the world.

Website: https://au.linkedin.com/in/amanda-blythe-6236b8a8

Lisa Bohlmann

Bohlmann

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia





Research field and research interests:
Microbiology, Biochemistry, Infectious Diseases

Publications:

  • Bohlmann L, Tredwell GD, Yu X, Chang C-W, Haselhorst T, Winger M, Dyason JC, Thomson RJ, Tiralongo J, Beacham I, Blanchard H & von Itzstein M (2015): Functional and structural characterization of a heparanase, Nature Chemical Biology, 12, 955-957.    
  • Bohlmann L, Chang CW, Beacham I & von Itzstein M (2015): Exploring bacterial heparinase II activities with defined substrates, ChemBio Chem, 16(8), 1205-1211.
  • Ronkina N, Johansen C, Bohlmann L, Lafera J, Menon MB, Tiedje C, Laass K, Turk BE, Iversen L, Kotlyarov A & Gaestel M (2015):    Comparative Analysis of Two Gene-Targeting Approaches Challenges the Tumor-Suppressive Role of the Protein Kinase MK5/PRAK, PLOS ONE, 10(8), e0136138.

Professional career interests:
My aim is to work in a stimulating research environment and to have a secure job. I am interested in both academia and industry for my future career.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…it is an invaluable opportunity to network with experts from different career fields and get first-hand insights into different German research locations.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-bohlmann-b65774a9?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Shane Caldwell

Caldwell

Present position and affiliation:
PhD Student (graduating before tour), McGill University, Canada





Research field and research interests:
Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Computational Molecular Modelling

Publications:

  • Caldwell SJ*, Huang Y & Berghuis AM (2016): Antibiotic binding drives catalytic activation of aminoglycoside kinase APH(2'')-Ia, Structure, 24(7),1011-1013.
  • Caldwell SJ* & Berghuis AM (2012): Small-angle x-ray scattering analysis of the bifunctional antibiotic resistance enzyme aminoglycoside (6')-acetyltransferase-Ie/aminoglycoside (2'') phosphotransferase-Ia reveals a rigid solution structure, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 56(4), 1899-1906.
  • Shi K, Caldwell SJ*, Fong, DH & Berghuis AM (2013): Prospects for circumventing aminoglycoside kinase mediated antibiotic resistance, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 3(22).

Professional career interests:
Tenure-track academic position

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
I am interested in meeting other professionals in the life sciences and to assess potential postdoctoral opportunities, as well as to start potential future colloborations.

Website: www.superhelical.com

Yaping Chen

Chen

Present position and affiliation:
PhD Candidate (graduating before tour), Monash University, Australia





Research field and research interests:
Immunology, Antibody response, Autoimmunity, Chronic infection, HIV

Publications:

  • He J, Zhang X, Wei Y, Sun X, Chen Y, Deng J, et al. (2016): Low-dose interleukin-2 treatment selectively modulates CD4+ T cell subsets in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, Nature Medicine, Online advanced.    
  • Leong YA, Chen Y, Ong HS, Wu D, Man K, Deleage C, et al. (2016): CXCR5+ follicular cytotoxic T cells control viral infection in B cell follicles, Nature Immunology, Online advanced.
  • Chen Y & Yu D (2015): TCF-1 at the Tfh and Th1 Divergence, Trends Immunol., 36(12).

Professional career interests:
Translational immunotherapy work which is related to both bench work and clinical trial, not pure academia. Finally own my own research group.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
It is a good chance to observe the edge-cutting technology in Germany and set up a broader network for my future career.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yaping-crystal-chen-332a3b81

Iván Conejeros Espinoza

Espinoza

Present position and affiliation:
Lecturer in Chemistry, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile





Research field and research interests:
Immunology/Innate Immunity, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Phagocytes

Publications:

  • Conejeros I, Gibson AJ, Werling D, Muñoz-Caro T, Hermosilla C, Taubert A & Burgos RA (2015): Effect of the synthetic Toll-like receptor ligands LPS, Pam3CSK4, HKLM and FSL-1 in the function of bovine polymorphonuclear neutrophils, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 52(2), 215-25.
  • Ehrenfeld P, Conejeros I, Pavicic MF, Matus CE, Gonzalez CB, Quest AF, Bhoola KD, Poblete MT, Burgos RA & Figueroa CD (2011): Activation of kinin B1 receptor increases the release of metalloproteases-2 and -9 from both estrogen-sensitive and -insensitive breast cancer cells, Cancer Letters,    301(1), 106-18.
  • Muñoz-Caro T, Mena S, Conejeros I, Alarcón P, Hidalgo MA, Burgos RA, Hermosilla C & Taubert A (2015): Eimeria bovis-triggered neutrophil extracelular trap formation is CD11b-, ERK1/2-, p38 MAP kinase-and SOCE-dependent, Veterinary Research, 46, 23.

Professional career interests:
Continue acquiring experience in order to establish myself as an independent researcher.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…I have a genuine interest to take my next step in my scientific career in Germany because Germany offers state of the art facilities, an innovation-based economy and excellent possibilities for career development. The PostDoc-Net allows me to know from fist hand the scientific interests of important Universities and Research Institutions. I am very optimistic in to find a match within the scientific interests of these institutions.

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ivan_Conejeros

Roey Elnathan

00012 Elnathan

Present position and affiliation:
Foundation Fellow in Nanobiotechnology, University of South Australia, Australia




Research field and research interests:
His interdisciplinary research has focused on the development and application of new technologies in the fields of biomaterials, bioengineering and bio/chemo sensors. His scientific expertise is in the fields of materials science, surface chemistry, biomaterials, porous materials, and self-assembly, with demonstrated capabilities in both nanomaterial fabrication and characterisation. His research expertise, particularly in but not limited to silicon nanowires, provides major opportunities for collaboration and commercialisation with industry partners in nanobiotechnology and related disciplines.

Publications:

  • Reya M*, Elnathan R*, Ditcovskic R, Geiseld K, Ellenbogen T, Richteringd W, Voelcker H & Isa L (2016): Tunable optically active vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays by means of soft nanoparticle templating, Nano Letters, 16, 157.    
  • Elnathan R, Delalat B, Brodoceanu D, Alhmoud H, Harding FJ, Isa L, Kraus L & Voelcker NH (2015): Maximizing transfection efficiency of vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays, Adv. Funct. Mater, 25, 7215.
  • Elnathan R, Isa L, Brodoceanu D, Delalat B, Harding FJ, Kraus T & Voelcker NH (2015):  Versatile particle-based route to engineer vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays and submicron pores, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 7, 23717.

Patents:
Functionalized nanostructures for detecting nitro-containing compounds, Nanostructure and processes for fabricating the same, Novel nanostructures and process of preparing same.

Professional career interests:
My work at UniSA has been funded at Division level, not through specific project grants. This has matched my career goals of independently forging research linkages with specialists in Australia and overseas in a range of disciplines. To a large extent, my original field of material science is the idea platform for identifying and pursuing multidisciplinary objectives. In September 2015, I took up a five-year position as a full-time Foundation Fellow (research-only) in nanobiotechnology at the FII, UniSA. This will give me full capacity to undertake the projects from both academia and companies.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
My scientific advances demonstrate my enthusiasm for sharing ideas and skills with collaborators in both my own field and related fields. Thus, through this exciting opportunity of Postdoctoral Researchers' Networking Tour, I would like to forge a German-Australian network of researchers in both universities and industry that will underpin the translational potential of my research.  The outcomes of this opportunity is likely to lead to further collaboration and commercial opportunities between UniSA/German universities /institutes and, creating R&D employment opportunities in both countries. Among my priorities is to foster diversity of gender and background within teams, in the knowledge that this is likely to generate higher levels of conceptual innovation and scientific productivity.

Website: http://people.unisa.edu.au/roey.elnathan

Diego Espinosa

Espinosa

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, USA





Research field and research interests:
Infectious diseases with particular interest in pathogenesis and vaccinology of viral and parasitic infections

Publications:

  • Stettler K, Beltramello M, Espinosa DA, Graham V, Cassotta A, Bianchi S, Vanzetta F, Minola A, Jaconi S, Mele F, Foglierini M, Pedotti M, Simonelli L, Dowall S, Atkinson B, Percivalle E, Simmons CP, Varani L, Blum J, Baldanti F, Cameroni E, Hewson R, Harris E, Lanzavecchia A, Sallusto F & Corti D (2016): Specificity, cross-reactivity and function of antibodies elicited by Zika virus infection, Science, aaf8505.    
  • Espinosa DA, Gutierrez GM, Rojas-López M, Noe AR, Shi L, Tse SW, Sinnis P & Zavala F. (2015):     Proteolytic Cleavage of the Plasmodium falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein Is a Target of Protective Antibodies, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 212(7), 1111-9.
  • Espinosa DA, Yadava A, Angov E, Maurizio PL, Ockenhouse CF & Zavala F (2013):  Development of a chimeric Plasmodium berghei strain expressing the repeat region of the P. vivax circumsporozoite protein for in vivo evaluation of vaccine efficacy, Infection and Immunity, 81(8), 2882-7.

Professional career interests:
I am mostly interested in company-like settings, as I identify myself with their goal-oriented philosophy. An ideal research environment would entail a collaborative, multi-disciplinary and bench-to-beside approach.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…it is a unique window to the German job market and a great opportunity to network with young leading scientists.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diego-espinosa-1957b515?trk=hp-identity-name

Perrine Friedel

Friedel

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, USA





Research field and research interests:
Molecular and Cellular Physiology / Neuroscience, Structure, Function and Post-translational Regulation of Ion Transporters in Pathophysiological Conditions

Publications:

  • Friedel P, Kahle KT, Zhang J, Hertz N, Pisella LI, Buhler E, Schaller F, Duan JJ, Khanna AR, Bishop PN, Shokat KM & Medina I (2015): WNK1-regulated inhibitory phosphorylation of the KCC2 cotransporter maintains the depolarizing action of GABA in immature neurons, Science Signaling, 8(383), ra65.
  • Kahle KT, Merner ND, Friedel P, Silayeva L, Liang B, Khanna A, Shang Y, Lachance-Touchette P, Bourassa C, Levert A, Dion PA, Walcott B, Spiegelman D, Dionne-Laporte A, Hodgkinson A, Awadalla P, Nikbakht H, Majewski J, Cossette P, Deeb TZ, Moss SJ, Medina I & Rouleau GA (2014): Genetically encoded impairment of K-Cl cotransporter KCC2 functional regulation in human idiopathic generalized epilepsy, EMBO Reports, 15(7), 731-815.
  • Friedel P, Bregestovski P & Medina I (2013): Improved method for efficient imaging of intracellular Cl- with Cl-Sensor using conventional fluorescence setup, Frontiers Molecular Neuroscience, 10, 6-7.

Professional career interests:
I aspire to new challenges and would like to dedicate my expertise and creativity to translational research. Working in a start-up or SME will be stimulating and will provide opportunities to diversify my work in a rewarding environment.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
To participate in Postdoc-Net tour is an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the job market and career opportunities in Germany. I will be able to meet experts, learn from their success, get their advice and share with them my knowledge and experience. A good occasion to build relevant connections and increase my professional network to pursue a career in Germany.

Website:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Perrine_Friedel
https://www.linkedin.com/in/perrine-friedel-0a625992

Patricia Heyn

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Researcher, MRC HGU, IGMM, University of Edinburgh, UK

Research field and research interests:
Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology
Specifically I am interested in how nuclear processes such as gene expression, chromatin organization and replication are coordinated in fast proliferating cells of relevance for both embryogenesis and carcinogenesis.

Publications:

  • Heyn P, Kircher M, Dahl A, Kelso J, Tomancak P, Kalinka AT & Neugebauer KM (2014): The earliest transcribed zygotic genes are short, newly evolved and different across species, CellReports, 6, 285-292.
  • Heyn P, Stenzel U, Briggs AW, Kircher M, Hofreiter M & Meyer M (2010): Road blocks on paleogenomes--polymerase extension profiling reveals the frequency of blocking lesions in ancient DANN, NAR,    38(16), e161.
  • Heyn P, Kalinka AT, Tomancak P & Neugebauer KM (2015): Introns and gene expression: Cellular constraints, transcriptional regulation, and evolutionary consequences, Bioessays, 37, 148-54.

Professional career interests:
My ambition is to pursue a scientific career in Germany and to lead my own research program in the future. Therefore I am very keen to get insights into the scientific program and structures at the different universities and research institutes during the on-site visits with focus on potential compatibility with my own research interests.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…this is a unique opportunity to establish and intensify contacts with the german scientific community while working abroad and will be beneficial for my future scientific career in Germany.

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patricia_Heyn2

Taewan Kim

0006 Kim

Present position and affiliation:
Research Scientist, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA




Research field and research interests:
Noncoding RNAs such as microRNA and long noncoding RNA in cancer and their therapeutic application.

Publications:

  • Kim T, Veronese A, Pichiorri F, Lee TJ, Jeon YL, Volinia S, Pineau P, Marchio A, Palatini J, Suh SS, Alder H, Liu CG, Dejean A & Croce CM (2011): p53 Regulates Epithelial–Mesenchymal Transition Through MicroRNAs Targeting ZEB1 and ZEB2, Journal of Experimental Medicine, 208, 875-883.
  • Kim T, Cui R, Jeon YJ, Lee JH, Lee JH, Sim H, Park JK, Fadda P, Tili E, Nakanishi H, Huh M, Kim SH, Cho JH, Sung BH, Peng Y, Lee TJ, Luo Z, Sun HL, Wei H, Alder H, Oh JS, Shim KS, Ko SB & Croce CM (2014): Long-range Interaction and Correlation between MYC Enhancer and Oncogenic Long Noncoding RNA CARLo-5, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 4173-4178.
  • Kim T, Jeon Y-J, Cui R, Lee J-H, Peng Y, Kim S-H, Tili E, Alder H & Croce CM (2015): Role of MYC-regulated long noncoding RNAs in cell cycle regulation and tumorigenesis, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 107, 10.1093/jnci/dju505.

Professional career interests:
Independent principal investigator role in either academy or industry

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
I am currently looking for an independent principal investigator position, communicating with several universities in US and China. I am also very interested in the PI position in Germany as well. It will be a great opportunity to compare the research environment and atmosphere of the three countries and decide where I will be working in near future.

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Taewan_Kim

Tonya Kueck

0004 Kueck

Present position and affiliation:
Post Doctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, USA





Research field and research interests:
After majoring in Biology I specialized in biomedical and molecular science. Afterwards, I completed a PhD in Virology, studying HIV-host cell interactions. Currently, I am undertaking postdoctoral studies in innate immunity and RNA biology in the context of HIV infection, as well as other viruses. During this time, I have acquired expertise in high-throughput screenings, gene splicing, RNA sequencing and RNA-protein interactions. In broad terms, I am interested in the cell biology of viral replication, and I am keen on applying the latest technologies in cellular and molecular biology to address critical biomedical questions.

Publications:

  • Kueck T, Foster TL, Weinelt J, Sumner JC, Pickering S & Neil SJD (2015): Serine Phosphorylation of HIV-1 Vpu and its Binding to Tetherin Regulates Interaction with Clathrin Adaptors, PloS Pathogens, 11(8), e1005141.    
  • Kueck T & Neil SJD (2012): A Cytoplasmic Tail Determinant in HIV-1 Vpu Mediates Targeting of Tetherin for Endosomal Degradation and Counteracts Interferon-induced Restriction, PloS Pathogens, 8(3), e1002609.
  • Galao RP, Le Tortorec A, Pickering S, Kueck T & Neil SJD (2012): Innate Sensing of HIV-1 Assembly by Tetherin Induces NFκB-dependent Proinflammatory Responses, Cell Host and Microbe, 12(5), 633-44.

Professional career interests:
For the next steps in my career, I want to keep developing my knowledge and technical skills in my area of expertise. I am proficient in a wide array of techniques and have in-depth knowledge in the field of virology. Thus, I am currently exploring the possibility of leading my own research group, whether in an academic institution or within the biomedical industry.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
I have been pursuing my research career at the UK and USA for nearly 10 years and feel out of touch with the German research community. By taking part in the Postdoctoral Researchers' Networking Tour 2016 I am hoping to learn more about the German system and to establish connections that can help and guide my way back to Germany. I would also like to learn more about funding opportunities in Germany, especially those aimed at German nationals that have been trained in world-leading science institutions and want to return to Germany.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonya-kueck-661924120

Himanshu Kumar

Kumar

Present position and affiliation:
Senior Researcher, Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku, Finland





Research field and research interests:
Probiotics, Host-microbiome/probiotics Interactions, Next Generation Probiotics, Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs

Publications:

  • Kumar H, Lund R, Laiho A, Lundelin K, Ley RE, Isolauri E, Salminen S (2014): Gut microbiota as an epigenetic regulator: pilot study based on whole-genome methylation analysis, MBio, 5(6), e02113-14.
  • Kumar H, Salminen S, Verhagen H, Rowland I, Heimbach J, Bañares S, Young T, Nomoto K & Lalonde M (2015): Novel probiotics and prebiotics. Road to the market, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 32, 99-103.
  • Kumar H, Wacklin P, Nakphaichit M, Loyttyniemi E, Chowdhury S, Shouche Y, Mättö J, Isolauri E, Salminen S (2015): Secretor status is strongly associated with microbial alterations observed during pregnancy, PloS One, 10(7), e0134623.

Professional career interests:
I would like to establish myself as an scientist working in the area of probiotics/microbiome clinical research in a research institute and in close collaboration with industrial partners.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
My field of research and expertise i.e. microbiome and probiotics in health and disease, has seen an unprecedented growth and applications in health and disease. As I am looking for next steps in future positions, this will be an exciting opportunity to discuss this emerging field with experts from academia and industry.

Website: https://fi.linkedin.com/in/drhimanshu

Carmen Mirabelli

Mirabelli C

Present position and affiliation:
Post-doc, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium





Research field and research interests:
I exclusively worked in the virology field with a particular attention to viral-host interactions and antiviral response. From my phD onwards, I focused on enterovirus infection. I am intrigued by the broad cellular tropism and the enormous array of diseases these viruses can cause. Among the determinant of infection of these viruses, I am interested in the potential effect of the host microbiota on enterovirus systemic pathogenesis.

Publications:

  • Mirabelli C, Pelletier I, Téoulé F, Vidalain PO, Brisac C, Tangy F, Delpeyroux F & Blondel B (2016): The CREB3-Herp signaling module limits the cytosolic calcium concentration increase and apoptosis induced by poliovirus, Journal of General Virology, doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000544.    
  • Mirabelli C, Surdo M, Van Hemert F, Lian Z, Salpini R, Cento V, Cortese MF, Aragri M, Pollicita M, Alteri C, Bertoli A, Berkhout B, Micheli V, Gubertini G, Santoro MM, Romano S, Visca M, Bernassola M, Longo R, De Sanctis GM, Trimoulet P, Fleury H, Marino N, Mazzotta F, Cappiello G, Spanò A, Sarrecchia C, Zhang JM, Andreoni M, Angelico M, Verheyen J, Perno CF & Svicher V (2015): Involvement of Key Genetic Elements in the C-terminus domain of HBV Surface Antigen in mechanisms Underlying Levels of Serum HBV-DNA in Vivo, Journal of Infection, 70(3), 288-98.
  • Cento V, Mirabelli C, Salpini R, Dimonte S, Artese A, Costa G, Mercurio F, Svicher V, Parrotta L, Bertoli A, Ciotti M, Di Paolo D, Sarrecchia C, Andreoni M, Alcaro S, Angelico M, Perno CF & Ceccherini-Silberstein F (2012): HCV genotypes are differently prone to the development of resistance to linear and macrocyclic protease inhibitors, Plos One, 7(7): e39652.

Professional career interests:
I would like to pursue an academic carrier by specifically studying trans-kingdom interactions and in particular human viral pathogen-host microbiota interactions. The challenges of this new emerging field range from the development of new bench top tools to population studies and I am very excited to invest my enthusiasm in this journey.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
It is an excellent occasion to explore the opportunities and main axes of research of several German institutions in the academic and private sector. And in particular, to understand whether and how my ideas, projects and aspiration could fit into this rich scientific panorama. I am also fan of gathering with people with the same interests and perspectives, it is always inspiring and enriching! 

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carmen_Mirabelli

Elisabeth Nyakatura

Nyakatura

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA





Research field and research interests:
Generation of Immunotherapeutics against Viruses

Publications:

  • Wec AZ*, Nyakatura EK*, Herbert AS*, Howell KA, Holtsberg FW, Bakken RA, Mittler E, Christin JR, Shulenin S, Jangra RK, Kuehne AI, Bharrhan S, ZA Bornholdt, Flyak AI, Saphire EO, Crowe JE Jr., Aman MJ, Dye JM, Lai JR, Chandran K (2016): A ‘Trojan Horse’ Bispecific Antibody Strategy for Broad Protection against Ebolaviruses, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aag3267
  • Frei JC*, Nyakatura EK*, Zak SE*, Bakken RR, Chandran K, Dye JM & Lai JR (2016): Bispecific Antibody Affords Complete Post-Exposure Protection of Mice from Both Ebola (Zaire) and Sudan Viruses, Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep19193.    
  • Nyakatura Ek, Frei JC & Lai JR (2015): Chemical and Structural Aspects of Ebola Virus Entry Inhibitors, ACS Infect. Dis., 1(1), 42-52.

Patents:
Multispecific antibodies for cross-neutralization of multiple filovirus glycoproteins (US filed provisional patent 2015), Antibody therapeutics agains filovirus infections and uses thereof (US filed provisional patent 2016)  

Professional career interests:
My ultimate scientific career goal as principal investigator is to lead a research team with which I can make a contribution to fighting infectious diseases. For this I envision to combine organic chemistry with biochemistry and virology to study and engineer novel immunotherapeutics combating viruses.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…it provides an outstanding opportunity to not only gain insights into leading German institutions in the field of molecular biosciences, but also to meet experts and likeminded young investigators to perhaps even foster future collaborations.

Consuelo Olivares-Yañez

Olivares

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile





Research field and research interests:
Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology Research Interests: Metabolic and Inflammatory Disease, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Infection Biology

Publications:

  • Feeney KA, Hansen LL, Putker M, Olivares-Yañez C, Day J, Eades LJ, Larrondo LF, Hoyle NP, O'Neill JS & van Ooijen G (2016): Daily magnesium fluxes regulate cellular timekeeping and energy balance, Nature, 532, 375-9.
  • Larrondo LF, Olivares-Yañez C, Baker CL, Loros JJ & Dunlap JC (2015): Decoupling circadian clock protein turnover from circadian period determination, Science, 347, 1257277.
  • Olivares-Yañez C, Emerson J, Kettenbach A, Loros JJ, Dunlap JC & Larrondo LF (2016): Modulation of Circadian Gene Expression and Metabolic Compensation by the RCO-1 Co-repressor of Neurospora crassa, Genetics Early.

Professional career interests:
For me this is the perfect opportunity to make a change in my field of research. My training has been basically in molecular genetics in fungus and I would like to apply my knowledge in this field (genetics) and take it to the study of diseases and the development of therapies. I would like to take this opportunity to explore in a new field of research and learn new techniques and knowledge.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
Germany is a country that cares and appreciates the scientific development, there are multiples Research Institutions, beside universities and Companies. I think that for my scientific formation the experience of work there would be an amazing opportunity.

Website:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/consuelo-olivares-ya%C3%B1ez-723a7645
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Consuelo_Olivares

Francisco W. Puerta Martínez

Martinez

Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA





Research field and research interests:
I am currently working at the Neuro-Oncology Department, specifically in the 'Brain Tumor Research Program'. Although my research activities focus primarily on metastasis, I'm also interested in related fields such as cancer biology, tumor immunology, immunotherapy, oncoltytic virotherapy and molecular biology.

Publications:

  • Puerta Martínez F, Cruz R, Lu F, Plasschaert R, Deng Z, Rivera-Molina YA, Bartolomei MS, Lieberman PM & Tang Q (2014): CTCF Binding to the First Intron of the Major Immediate Early (MIE) Gene of Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Negatively Regulates MIE Gene Expression and HCMV Replication, Journal of Virology, 88(13), 7389-7401.
  • Puerta Martínez F & Tang Q    (2012): Leucine Zipper Domain Is Required for Kaposi Sarcoma- associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) K-bZIP Protein to Interact with Histone Deacetylase and Is Important for KSHV Replication, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 287(19), 15622-15634.
  • Puerta Martínez F, Cosme RSC & Tang Q (2010): Murine cytomegalovirus major immediate-early protein 3 interacts with cellular and viral proteins in viral DNA replication compartments and is important for early gene activation, Journal of General Virology, 91, 2664-2676.

Professional career interests:
I am looking forward to developing a solid career in the biomedical field either in academy/research or industry. Specifically, I am interested in doing high-level research that will lead to the development of new and more efficient therapies to treat, or even cure, current human disease such as cancer. I am excited about the possibility of becoming part of a new generation of scientist that will take science to the next level.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
The 'PostDoc-NeT 2016' is such an amazing opportunity to 1) interact with scientists from all over the world that are doing outstanding research in Molecular Biosciences and related fields, 2) take a closer look at the world's most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany, 3) look at potential career opportunities, and 4) establish collaborative research networks.

Andrea Rodrigues Sabbatini

Sabattini

Present position and affiliation:
PhD Student (graduating before tour), School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas, Brazil




Research field and research interests:
I am a Pharmacist with Masters and PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology. I concluded my PhD at University of Campinas (Unicamp) - School of Medical Sciences - Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. My research line is on resistant hypertension and I have been working with cardiovascular clinical research. I have background in arterial stiffness evaluation techniques by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, techniques of non-invasive beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring (Finometer), DNA extraction, genotyping, ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay), and also in activities related to conduction of clinical research such as subject recruitment, study design and statistical analysis. I have interest in continue working in the cardiovascular field to contribute to new researches through my knowledge and also to continue improving my experience in this field. For this reason I am open to new opportunities in this area also in different perspectives of cardiovascular researches.  

Publications:

  • Sabbatini AR, Barbaro NR, de Faria AP, Modolo R, Ritter AM, Pinho C, Amorim RF, Fontana V & Moreno H (2016): Increased Circulating Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-2 Is 5 Associated With Resistant Hypertension, Journal of Clinical Hypertension.    
  • Sabbatini AR, Fontana V, Laurent S & Moreno H (2015): An update on the role of adipokines in arterial stiffness and hypertension, Journal of Hypertension, 33(3), 435-44.
  • Sabbatini AR, Faria AP, Barbaro NR, Gordo WM, Modolo RG, Pinho C, Fontana V & Moreno H (2014): Deregulation of adipokines related to target organ damage on resistant hypertension,    Journal of Human Hypertension, 28(6), 388-92.

Professional career interests:
I would like to continue working with research aiming a promising career in the bioscience field in Germany.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
The PostDoc Net allow us to know about the development of researches in different and important institutions in Germany and also allow us to interact to outstanding researchers in the field of molecular bioscience. It can extend the interaction among scientific communities increasing the communication and the knowledge through different researches and experiences related to this field. Also, the PostDoc-NeT can promote exchange of knowledge to contribute and to improve the scientific knowledge through efforts among promissing researchers.

Website:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andr%C3%A9a-sabbatini-0563a887
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Sabbatini

Kai Dun Tang


Present position and affiliation:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Research field and research interests:
Salivary diagnostics, Biomarker discovery and development using non-invasive body fluids, Molecular pathology, Heart Failure and Head and Neck cancers

Publications:

  • Tang KD, Liu J, Jovanovic L, An J, Hill MM, Vela I, Lee TKW, Ma S, Nelson C, Russell PJ, Clements JA, Ling MT (2015): Adipocytes promote prostate cancer stem cell self-renewal through amplification of the cholecystokinin autocrine loop, Oncotarget, 7(4), 4939.
  • Tang KD, Holzapfel BM, Liu J, Lee TKW, Ma S, Jovanovic L, An J, Russell PJ, Clements JA, Hutmacher DW, Ling MT (2015): Tie-2 regulates the stemness and metastatic properties of prostate cancer cells, Oncotarget, 7(3), 2572.
  • Tang KD, Ling MT (2014): Targeting drug-resistant prostate cancer with dual PI3K/mTOR inhibition, Current Medicinal Chemistry, 21(26), 3048-3056.

Professional career interests:
My ultimate goal is to translate research finding from wet-bench to clinical applications. Therefore, I am interested in working at the interface between academia and industry.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
By participating PostDoc-Networking tour 2016, I not only can expose my research to the broader community but also can provide me an opportunity to engage potential collaborators.

Website: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/tangk/

Jingjie Yeo

Yeo

Present position and affiliation:
PostDoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Singapore





Research field and research interests:
Molecular Bioscience, Biomaterials, Molecular Dynamics, Graphene, Natural and Recombinant Proteins, Lipids, Drug Delivery, Additive Manufacturing, Water Purification and Desalination

Publications:

  • Yeo JJ, Liu Z & Ng TY (2012): Comparing the effects of dispersed Stone–Thrower–Wales defects and double vacancies on the thermal conductivity of graphene nanoribbons, Nanotechnology, 23(38), 385702.    
  • Yeo JJ, Liu ZS & Ng TY (2013): Enhanced thermal characterization of silica aerogels through molecular dynamics simulation, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 21(7), 075004.
  • Yeo J, Cheng Y, Han YT, Zhang Y, Guan G & Zhang YW (2016):    Adsorption and Conformational Evolution of Alpha-Helical BSA Segments on Graphene: A Molecular Dynamics Study, International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 8(2), 1650021.

Professional career interests:
I am open to various options as I am still exploring: Research Scientist in private research firms, Professor or engineering and research management.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
First and foremost, I would like to gain first-hand insights into both public and private research in Germany as these are highly-acclaimed worldwide. Secondly, I would like to observe how industry and academia collaborate to add greater value to Germany's economy. Finally, through networking, I want to determine how I can gain a foothold into the research industry in Germany.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jjyeo

Haijing Zhong

Zhong

Present position and affiliation:
PhD Student (just graduated), Univeristy of Macau, China





Research field and research interests:
1. Drug discovery: Discovery of natural products for important molecular targets with special emphasis on modulators of protein-protein interactions and gene transcription            
2. Luminescent sensing methods: Detection of hazardous substances such as metal ions and toxins for quality control and food safety

Publications:

  • Zhong HJ, Lu L, Leung KH, Wong CC, Peng C, Yan SC, Ma DL, Cai Z, Wang HMD & Leung CH (2015): An iridium (iii)-based irreversible protein–protein interaction inhibitor of BRD4 as a potent anticancer agent, Chemical Sciences, 6(10), 5400-5408.
  • Zhong H-J, Lee B R, Boyle J W, Wang W, Dik-Lung M, Chan P W H & Leung C-H (2016): Structure-based screening and optimization of cytisine derivatives as inhibitors of the menin-MLL interaction, Chemical Communications, 52(34), 5788-5791.
  • Ma DL, He HZ, Leung KH, Zhong HJ, Chan DSH, Leung CH (2013): Label-free luminescent oligonucleotide-based probes, Chemical Society Reviews, 42(8), 3427-40.

Patents:
Method of Detecting Hepatitis C Virus, United State, 14/950,538, 2015/11/24, Dik-Lung MA (HK SAR, China), Chung-Hang LEUNG (HK SAR, China), Hai-Jing ZHONG (China), Bingyong HE (China).

Professional career interests:
To be a researcher in a university or an institute and focus on my research interests on discovery of natural products for important molecular targets with special emphasis on modulators of protein-protein interactions and gene transcription and development of detection methods of hazardous substances such as metal ions and toxins for quality control and food safety.

I participate in PostDoc-NeT because ...
…to have an insight into German science and research field.
…to seek for opportunities to study and work in Germany. …because I may work in universities or research institutes in Germany in the future.