Postdoctoral Fellows

Johannes Bigenzahn

Guest Scientist

Studied medicine at the Medical University Vienna (Austria), which he completed in 2010. Thereafter he joined the lab of Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga to obtain a PhD in the area of translational cancer research with a focus on the role of protein complexes in cancer cell proliferation and drug resistance. He uses advanced microRNA-based RNAi and CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering as well as TAP-MS-based proteomic technologies, to gain a deeper understanding on cellular signaling adaptation in response to drug perturbation.

Andras Boeszoermenyi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Andras is a structural biologist, with a passion for NMR spectroscopy and chemical probe development. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Structural biology from the University of Graz in Austria and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and the adjacent Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In the Superti-Furga lab, Andras is working on the development of chemical probes to interrogate the roles of solute carrier proteins in immune signaling and metabolic processes.

Fabian Frommelt

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich (ETH). Fabian obtained a PhD in Systems Biology at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology (IMSB) at ETH Zürich working on protein-protein interactions and protein complex analysis by applying protein co-fractionation techniques in combination with quantitative proteomics. In the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga he is focusing on deciphering protein interaction networks and applying proximity labelling techniques for solute carries (SLCs) within the RESOLUTE consortium.

Zuzana Gelova

Postdoctoral Fellow

Zuzana studied Molecular and Cell Biology at the Palacky University in Olomouc and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from CEITEC - Masaryk University in Brno. During her PhD, she participated in screens for novel antibody fragments, their characterization and utilization in the modulation of hormonal activity in plants. After, she moved as a postdoc to IST Austria and studied receptor-ligand binding, the downstream protein-protein interactions in a novel signaling cascade and its impact on plant growth and development. Now, at the Superti-Furga lab, she is focusing on characterization and functional validation of new high-affinity binders to SLC transporters within the RESOLUTE consortium.

Selene Glück

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied biology with a focus in virology at the University of Zürich and obtained her PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). During her PhD work she characterized two mechanisms that prevent the innate immune DNA sensor, called cyclic GMP-AMP synthase from being activated by self-genomic DNA. In the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga she is interested in the intercellular communication through solutes released from stressed mammalian cells, the interplay of these solutes with xenobiotics or peptidic factors and their physiological consequences.

Ann-Katrin Hopp

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Molecular Biology at the University of Saarland and the University of Strasbourg and obtained her PhD from the Department of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at the University of Zurich. During her PhD, she characterized ADP-ribosylation and its turnover in mitochondria and developed a keen interest in cell metabolism. In the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga, she is interested in understanding the interplay between key regulators of cellular energetics and solute carriers.

Rene Ladurner

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna where he worked at the MFPL and GMI for his Master’s degree and at the IMP on the role of cohesin proteins for his PhD. As a postdoc at Stanford University he investigated centromere assembly and mitotic RNA-DNA hybrids. He joined the Superti-Furga lab in 2022 to work as a Project Scientist on validating SLC protein interactions as part of the RESOLUTE consortium.

Shao Thing Teoh

Postdoctoral Fellow

Shao received his PhD in Biotechnology from Osaka University, Japan, where he applied metabolomics in the study of butanol tolerance in microbes. He then transitioned to cancer research as a postdoc at Michigan State University, USA, where he studied the role of sialic acid metabolic dysregulation in breast cancer metastasis. As a RESOLUTE project scientist in Superti-Furga Lab, he aims to apply his metabolomics experience towards identifying substrates and elucidating biological roles of ‘orphan’ solute carriers (SLCs).

Gernot Wolf

Senior Scientist

Graduated from the Karl-Franzens Universität Graz in Molecular Microbiology and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. During the second part of his Ph.D. studies and the following five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, he investigated the restriction of transposable elements by the KRAB-zinc finger protein family. At the Superti-Furga lab, he will spearhead the generation of loss- and gain-of-function cell line models for more than 450 SLCs as part of the RESOLUTE consortium.

Bioinformaticians

Manuel Bichler

Front-end Web Developer

Studied strategic management and tourism at the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria). Worked in Marketing & PR for a sports company in Zurich. Started a mobile first events startup. Gained programming experience in a digital agency in Vienna. Joined RESOLUTE in 2020 as web developer.

Eirini Christodoulaki

Bioinformatician

Studied Mathematics (BSc) and Molecular Biology and Biomedicine (MSc) at the University of Crete in Greece. During my PhD research at the Institute of Population Genetics of the Veterinary Medicine University of Vienna I focused on population genetics and specifically on genomics of adaptation/polygenic adaptation and the impact of pleiotropic effects during adaptation. Joined the Prof. Superti-Furga lab in January 2021 as a Data Scientist with the main focus on solute carrier research (RESOLUTE project). My expertise is on large-scale data analysis and visualization, statistics and mathematical modeling.

Evandro Ferrada

Computational Biologist

Obtained his PhD at the University of Zurich, working on molecular evolution. He carried out postdoctoral work at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and at the Department of Genome Sciences of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. As a researcher at CeMM he brings expertise on molecular evolution, evolutionary systems biology, and the integration of large-scale data analysis. In June 2021 he joined the REsolution Consortium where he is contributing to the analysis of human genetic variation and to the functional characterization of solute carriers using large-scale mutagenesis data.

Andrea Garofoli

Data Scientist

Studied Computer Science (BSc) at the University of Perugia and Bioinformatics (MSc) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. During his PhD studies, carried on in Basel's Institute of Pathology, he focused on the use and the development of computational analyses to improve translational cancer research. He joined the lab of prof. Giulio Superti-Furga as a Data Scientist in 2021 as part of the REsolution consortium.

Ulrich Goldmann

Senior Bioinformatician

Studied Computer Science (BSc) at the Vienna University of Technology and Molecular Biology (MSc) at the University of Vienna. After graduation, he worked as Data Analyst at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. Later, Ulrich obtained a PhD at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, on the bioinformatic analysis of the cell surface proteome (surfaceome) by integrative analysis of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics data. He joined Prof. Superti-Furga's group in 2017 as Data Scientist and is currently working as Data Manager in the RESOLUTE project. Ulrich's expertise is large-scale data management, analysis, integration and visualization as well as applied statistics, machine learning and web development.

Chengzhe Tian

Bioinformatician

Chengzhe received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he used mathematical modeling to dissect the molecular origins of single-cell heterogeneity. He then transited into experimental sciences where he combined time-lapse microscopy and computational modeling to study the proliferation-quiescence control of single drug-treated cancer cells. As a Project Scientist in the RESOLUTE consortium, he aims to use computational approaches to characterize the roles of solute carriers.

PhD Students

Vojtech Dvorak

PhD Student

Obtained his Master’s degree in Animal Physiology and Immunology from Masaryk University in Brno. During his studies he was part of the team at the Institute of Biophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where he also worked on his bachelor and diploma thesis, both focused on Circulating Tumour Cells. He started his PhD studies in the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga in 2018 with the main focus on the development of chemical probes targeting SLCs.

Patrick Essletzbichler

PhD Student

Completed his Master’s degree in Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. After internships at Haplogen GmbH, Vienna (Austria) and the Veit Hornung lab at the University Hospital Bonn (Germany) he worked for his Master’s thesis in the Feng Zhang lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston (USA), harnessing the RNA-targeting CRISPR/Cas13 system. He started his PhD in the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga in 2017 and is currently investigating the hypusine pathway using a combination of functional genetic screens, proteomics and genome engineering approaches.

Ben Haladik

Visiting PhD Student

Studied at Goethe University Frankfurt where he obtained his Master’s degree studying the spatial distribution of cancer cells in Hodgkin Lymphoma with computational image analysis. In 2018 he joined Kaan Boztug’s laboratory and then in 2019 he started a collaborative project under the co-supervision of Giulio Superti-Furga. Here, he studies differential drug effects in pediatric leukemias with image-based screenings.

Felix Kartnig

PhD Student

Studied human medicine at the Medical University of Vienna (Austria), finishing his degree with a diploma thesis on the molecular mechanisms of three dimensional tissue integrity and inflammation in the human synovium in Priv. Doz. Kiener’s lab. He thereafter joined the lab of Prof. Superti-Furga to do his PhD studies in the field of molecular medicine. His main focus is the study of intercellular interplay in autoimmune disease facilitating high content high throughput microscopy.

Yee Kwan Law

PhD Student

Obtained his integrated Masters’ in Biochemistry (Molecular & Cellular) from the University of Oxford. Completed his research project in James Naismith’s lab at the Rosalind Franklin Institute (UK), focusing on the structural biology of carbon-carbon bond-forming enzymes. In 2021, he joined the Superti-Furga lab as a PhD student to investigate the role of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters in mediating resistance to cytotoxic drugs.

Sophie Piech

PhD Student

Studied biochemistry at the University of Zurich where her research project centered on targeting tyrosine kinases with engineered proteins known as DARPins. She obtained her master’s degree at the University College London (UCL), focusing on drug design and chemical synthesis. In 2020 she joined the Superti-Furga lab as a PhD student to investigate the proteostatic regulation of RAS.  

Technical Assistants

Christoph Klimek

Technical Assistant

After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition, he followed up with a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology (Molecular Medicine) at the University of Vienna. In his Master’s thesis at the Institute of Cancer Research of the Medical University, Vienna he studied the dimerization properties of FAM3C/ILEI and of its homologues. He joined the GSF lab as Technical Assistant to focus on Quality Control in the RESOLUTE project.

Sabrina Lindinger

Technical Assistant

Obtained her Bachelor's of Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna . Following a 6-month internship in the GSF lab working under the supervision of Enrico Girardi and Nikolaus Krall and 6 months working at the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at the King´s College London, she returned to the GSF lab as a technical assistant in 2017. Until 2019 she worked under the supervision of Enrico Girardi to uncover relationships between SLCs and cytotoxic human drugs. This work led to a publication in Nature Chemical Biology. Currently Sabrina is working for the RESOLUTE consortium under the supervision of Abigail Jarret focusing on metabolomics sample preparation.

Svenja Onstein

Technical Assistant

She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Biology at the Technical University Dortmund. During her Master’s thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute in Dortmund, she studied the production of hydrogen peroxide in cells stimulated with EGF. Now she works on the creation of modified cell lines for the RESOLUTE project under the supervision of Gernot Wolf.

Stefania Scorzoni

Technical Assistant

Studied Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Perugia (Italy), obtained her degree with a master’s thesis in Pharmacology and worked two more years as Research Assistant in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. In 2014, she joined the Superti-Furga Laboratory working on the link between nutrient availability and cellular metabolism under the supervision of Manuele Rebsamen. She is currently developing new techniques for studying Solute Carriers (SLCs) together with Selene Glück.

Adrijana Stefanovic

Technical Assistant

Adrijana Stefanovic, MSc, is Technical Assistant at CeMM and an Austrian citizen born in Bosnia. She is a biologist and graduated in January 2005 in Genetics at the University of Vienna. During her Diploma thesis at the Krankenanstalt der Stadt Wien, Rudolfstiftung, she worked on intervertebral disc degeneration and characterized human Nucleus pulposus cells at the molecular as well as at the histochemical level. Since February 2005 she is a member of the Giulio Superti-Furga laboratory. Adrijana Stefanovic played a major role in organizing and setting up the Superti-Furga laboratory in Vienna, and she was working as Technical and Research Assistant in various projects.

Manuela Vollert

Technical Assistant

Performed studies in Biology with specialization in Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Vienna. Since 2009 she is technical assistant in Prof. Superti-Furga's group. She was involved in the study of Solute Carriers (SLCs) under the supervision of Manuele Rebsamen. She currently works with Johannes Bigenzahn on RAS regulators and with Alazne Dominguez on the human mini-cell project.

Management

S. Andreas Angermayr

Lab Manager

Studied Molecular Biology at the University of Graz including a semester at Heidelberg University. He finished his undergraduate studies with a master thesis on neuronal cell death at IMBB in Heraklion. After a short research stint in New Zealand, he did his PhD project on a metabolic engineering at the University of Amsterdam. For his postdoctoral training he joined the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria and, supported with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, followed the groups’ migration to the University of Cologne. He worked on the response of bacteria to antibiotics. He came onboard CeMM October 2019 to assist the GSF lab in the role of a lab manager.

Alvaro Ingles-Prieto

Communications & Business Development Manager

He studied Biochemistry at the University of Salamanca and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Granada. During his Ph.D., he characterised the structure, stability and catalytic activity of ancestral proteins. He next joined IST Austria as a Postdoc, where he developed an approach to activate membrane receptors with light. He started working at CeMM in 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the interactome of Solute Carrier (SLC) transporters. Since 2019, he is the Communications and Business Development manager of RESOLUTE and REsolution IMI consortia.

Tabea Wiedmer

Scientific Project Manager

Studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark). After an internship at a Swiss biotech company she moved to the University of Bern (Switzerland), where she obtained her PhD. She joined the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the RESOLUTE consortium, focusing on metabolomics and assay development, and in December 2019 became the Scientific Project Manager of RESOLUTE.