Doctoral Researchers


Preshit R. Wagh

PhD defense: 6. September 2019
Thesis topic: ”Parkin and PINK1 mitigates severity of acute pancreatitis and accelerates recovery of exocrine pancreas

Marina Sturm

PhD defense: 5. April 2019
Thesis topic: “Investigation of the pH and temperature dependent properties of tetramyristoyl cardiolipin and its behavior in model membranes”
Current Occupation: DESY, Hamburg

Daniel Trnka

PhD defense: 28. Juni 2019
Thesis topic: “Functional characterization of human class I and class II mitochondrial glutaredoxins”
Current occupation: study of medicine

Anna Laporte

PhD defense: 22. Mai 2019
Thesis topic: “Site-specific intracellular generation and detection of hydrogen peroxide and protection against oxidative stress in insulin-producing cells”


Dr. Florian Berg
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 31.12.2014
PhD defense: 25.03.2015
Supervisor: Christiane A.Helm
(Institute of Physics)

Thesis topic: "Atomic force microscopic studies of the effects of reactive oxygen species on organic monolayers and DNA molecules"

Current occupation: Dräger (Lübeck)

Sebastian Gohlke
RTG member: 29.10.2014 - 02.02.2015
Supervisor: Christine Stöhr
(Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology)

Thesis topic: "Effect of nitric oxide on plasma membrane properties and plasma membrane proteins in tomato root cells"

Current occupation: Doctoral researcher, Bielefeld University


Dr. Renko Kensbock
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 21.12.2017
PhD defense: 21.12.2017
Supervisor: Christiane A. Helm
(Institute of Physics)

Thesis topic:"Interactions of mono- and divalent cations with cardiolipin monolayers"

Current occupation: Medical student, University of Greifswald


Petia Apostolova
RTG member: 01.11.2017 - 06.2018
Supervisor: Uwe Lendeckel
(Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Supervisor: Uwe Lendeckel

Thesis topic: "Impact of Tafazzin knock-out on cellular and mitochondrial function"

Current occupation: publishing industry

Marcel Imber
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 22.10.2018
PhD defense: 22.10.2018
Supervisor: Haike Antelmann
(Institute for Biology-Microbiology, Freie Universität Berlin)

Thesis topic: "Thiol-redox proteomics of Mycobacterium smegmatis in response to ROS, RNS and antibiotics".

Lisa Morlock
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 28.09.2018
PhD defense: 28.09.2018
Supervisors: Uwe T. Bornscheuer
(Institute for Biochemistry)

Thesis topic: "Investigation on the general activity and uncoupling of the catalytic cycle of different Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases”

Dana Thal
RTG member: 20.11.2014 - 08.10.2018
PhD defense: 08.10.2018
Supervisors: Heike Kahlert, Michael Lalk
(Institute for Biochemistry)

Thesis topic: „Investigation of the antioxidative and radical scavenging impact of natural compounds in-vitro and on cell metabolism”

Current occupation: Scientific consultant, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases (INNT)

Associated Doctoral Researchers


Anika Sahr

6. März 2019
Thesis topic: „Untersuchungen zum Einfluss des Mas-Rezeptors auf die Funktion von β-Zellen“
Current Occupation: Ferring GmbH, Kiel


Dr. Andreas Gröning
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 31.08.2015
PhD defense: 31.08.2015
Supervisor: Christiane A. Helm
(Institute of Physics)

Thesis topic: "Wechselwirkungen reaktiver Sauerstoffspezies mit Lipid-Modellmembranen"

Current occupation: Teacher

Dr. Stefanie Taßler
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 30.09.2015
PhD defense: 30.09.2015
Supervisor: Gerald Brezesinski
(Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces)

Thesis topic: "Physical-Chemical Investigation of newly synthesised Lysine-Based Amino-Functionalised Lipids for gene transfection in 2D and 3D model systems"

Current occupation: Postdoc Synchrotron SOLEIL, France

Stefan Zander
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 30.09.2015

Supervisor: Fritz Scholz
(Institute of Biochemistry)

Current occupation: Public service

2016 - 2017

Dr. Jan Muschiol
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 31.08.2015
PhD defense: 06.06.2016
Supervisor: Uwe T. Bornscheuer
(Institute of Biochemistry)

Thesis topic:
"Engineering of enzymatic redox cascades involving oxygenases"

Current occupation: Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark

Dr. Ujjwal Mukund Mahajan
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 30.11.2016
PhD defense: 06.06.2016
Supervisor: Julia Mayerle
(Klinik für Innere A)

Thesis topic: "Tumor specific delivery of siRNA coupled superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles,
targeted against Polo-like kinase 1, stops progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma"

Current occupation: Postdoc, Ludwig Maximillian's University Munich

Dr. Manuela Gellert
RTG member: since 01.10.2014
PhD defense: 28.08.2017
Supervisor: Christopher H. Lillig
(Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Thesis topic: "A thiol-disulphide switch in the regulation of cytoskeletal dynamics"

Current occupation: Postdoc, University Medicine Greifswald & Co-PI within the RTG 1947


Dr. Heba S. Mohamad
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 29.06.2018
PhD defense: 29.06.2018
Supervisor: Christiane A. Helm
(Institute of Physics)

Thesis topic:
"Surface Forces Characterization of Polyelectrolyte Monolayers and Multilayers"

Current occupation: Postdoc, University of Greifswald

Dr. Thomas Plötz
RTG member: 01.10.2014 - 21.09.2018
PhD defense: 21.09.2018
Supervisor: Sigurd Lenzen
Institute of Clinical Biochemistry (Hannover Medical School)

Thesis topic:
"Studien zum Mechanismus der Lipotoxizität in pankreatischen Beta-Zellen"