Institutions: Universität Konstanz
I studied Life Science (which is similar to chemical biology) at the University of Konstanz and became interested in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and quantitative analyses during my Master's. In my PhD project I combine experimental analyses with modeling and parameter estimation approaches to quantitatively analyse regulation of apoptosis at the level of the Bcl-2 protein family.
I am a PhD student working the group of Zoya Ignatova. Cellular and extracellular changes like crowding and osmotic stress conditions play a major role in protein aggregation. A change in the cytoplasmic composition is the result of an interplay between high osmotic pressures outside the cell volume and the cellular response to it in terms of uptake of K+ and secondary organic osmolytes. My research focuses on elucidating the role of natural osmolytes (known also as chemical chaperones or compatible
Institutions: University of Rostock
Tools: quantitative western blot analysis, Stochastic models, quantitative western blot analyses, differential algebraic equations, stimulus response experiments, Mathematica, Matlab, ODE, Computational and theoretical biology
Tools: Molecular biology techniques (RNA/DNA), Fluorescence and confocal microscopy FRAP/FLIP, quantitative western blot analysis, fluorescence spectroscopy, rtPCR, Spectroscopy and structural analysis, Biochemistry and protein analysis
The focus of our research is the protein biogenesis and how stress-related factors modulate it. Protein biogenesis in general comprises various processes, i.e., translation, protein folding, each of which responds differently to external stress stimuli. Using systems biology approaches we seek to understand the interplay between these processes in fine-tuning the protein pattern and proteins’ abundance under osmotic stress conditions.
From 2005 to 2008 I was group leader at the Institute for System Dynamics at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2008 I am now Professor of Systems Biology at the University of Luxembourg.
The research of the Systems Biology Group at the University of Luxembourg is focussed in the area of experimental and theoretical systems biology. We are applying different modelling techniques (mainly ODE and logical) to biological systems to develop suitable computational models. The analysis of these models
Expertise: carbon catabolite regulation in Gram positive bacteria, Bacterial Cell Biology, microscopy, protein-protein interactions, functional protein expression, Bacillus subtilis, Molecular Biology
Tools: interaction analysis techniques especially SPR measurements, Cell culture, Western blot analyses, Immunofluorescence, 2-D Gel Electrphoresis, Dynamic modelling, quantitative western blot analysis, Protein chemical methods (protein overproduction, Fluorescence and confocal microscopy, Chromatography