Péter Lénárt

group leader

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Péter is originally from Budapest, Hungary. He completed his PhD in 2004 at EMBL, Heidelberg followed by a postdoc at IMP, Vienna. Since 2008 he is back to EMBL, first as staff scientist and since 2011 as group leader at the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit.

Natalia Wesolowska

postdoctoral fellow

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Natalia is from Poland. She did her PhD with Yikang Rong at the NIH where she worked on Drosophila telomere organization. She is now investigating the mechanism by which actin facilitates nuclear envelope breakdown in the starfish oocyte.

Cristina Pineiro-Lopez

postdoctoral fellow

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Cris is from Spain. She arrived from Gáspár Jékely's lab, and is now working on how rearrangements of the cellular architecture and the cytoskeleton during meiosis affect egg and embryo polarity.

Masha (Mariia) Burdyniuk

PhD student

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Masha comes from Ukraine. She did her Masters in Heidelberg University. For her PhD project she is exploring how actin- and microtubule-driven mechanisms of chromosome capture are coordinated with one another during starfish meiosis.

Imola Aprill

technician

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Imola will help with organizing the move of the lab to the MPI-BPC in Göttingen, Germany.

Andrea Callegari

technician

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Andrea is originally from Italy and joined the lab after completing his PhD in Suliana Manley's lab at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Celina Geiss

undergraduate

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Celina is helping Natalia with the analysis of her electron microscopy data.

 

Alumni

Michal Fleszar

undergraduate

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Michal spent a year in the lab learning molecular biology techniques and becoming a real electron microscopy expert. He is now back to Scotland continuing his studies at the University of Dundee.

Philippe Bun

postdoctoral fellow

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Philippe worked out the mechanism underlying contraction of the F-actin network required for chromosome congression in starfish meiosis that appears to be driven by filament disassembly rather than myosin activity. He is now back to Paris setting up an imaging facility.

Johanna Bischof

PhD student

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In her PhD work, Johanna showed how gradients of biochemical activities shape surface contraction waves in oocytes. She then moved on as a postdoc to work with Michael Levin at Tufts University in Boston.

Kálmán Somogyi

technician

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Kálmán was supporting the lab for more than 6 years. He recently moved to Rocio Sotillo's lab at the German Cancer Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany.

Joana Pinto

PhD student

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During her PhD project Joana revealed how centrioles are eliminated during the meiotic divisions in starfish oocytes, preparing the egg for fertilization. She then moved on to a postdoc to Nate Goehring's lab at the Crick Institute.

Ermin Hadzic

postdoctoral fellow

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Ermin established protocols for proteomics in starfish oocytes and used this to identify novel regulators of actin nucleation. He then moved back to his home country, Luxembourg to an administrative position enjoying "no stress" and a "colossal salary".

Masashi Mori

postdoctoral fellow

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Masashi characterized the contractile actin network necessary for chromosome transport in meiosis and discovered the separate structure of the actin shell. He is now Assistant Professor at Osaka University.

Laura Kessler

undergraduate

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Laura is masters student at the University of Konstanz. During her internship she initiated the investigation of actin structures during maturation of the Xenopus oocyte.

Manuela Adriano Moreira

trainee

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During Manuela's time as a trainee in the lab, in cooperation with Ermin, she investigated the localization of actin nucleators in the starfish oocyte.

Hiroshi Kondo

undergraduate

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Hiroshi spend about a year in the lab as part of his Master's studies. He assisted Masashi in investigating meiosis-specific functions of actin during starfish oocyte meiosis. He is starting his PhD work in Erik Sahai's lab at the Crick Institute.

Sarah Thome

undergraduate

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Sarah studied biotechnology in Esslingen and did her bachelor thesis in our lab to identify and characterize regulators of actin-driven chromosome transport in starfish oocytes. She is now Research Assistant in Xuan Li's lab at the University of Cambridge.

Imre Májer

undergraduate

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Imre studied physics in Budapest and spent 6 months in the lab before starting his Master's at ETH Zürich. Imre initiated the analysis of the contraction wave at polar body formation, what became the basis for Johanna's project. Imre is now doing his PhD in South Korea.

Klaske Schukken

undergraduate

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Klaske studied at the Cornell University and spent a summer with us to study whether starfish oocytes contain localized polarity determinants. Klaske is now a PhD student in Floris Foijer's lab at theUniversity Medical Center Groningen.

Henning Falk

undergraduate

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Henning spent two months in the lab as part of the practicals in his Masters Program. Henning worked on quantifying the dynamics of the F-actin meshwork involved in chromosome transport in starfish oocytes. He is now a PhD student with Alexander Aulehla at EMBL.