Postdoctoral Fellows

Ariel Bensimon, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained his Masters in Medical Sciences at Tel Aviv University (Israel). During his PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), he characterized cellular signaling networks by targeted proteomics, with a focus on the DNA damage response. In the Superti-Furga lab, he combines CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering with MS-based proteomic technologies, to gain a deeper understanding of such networks.

Johannes Bigenzahn, MD PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

Ruth Eichner, MD PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Medicine at the Technical University Munich (Germany) and did a Master in Molecular Oncology at the University of Toulouse III (France). In parallel to her residency in hematology/oncology, she obtained a PhD in medical life sciences from the TU Munich for her work on the molecular mechanism of immunomodulatory drugs, describing a solute carrier as important mediator of their anti-tumor effects. She is interested in better understanding the regulation of solute carrier expression particularly in cancer and currently joined the lab to address these questions using genome-wide approaches.

Enrico Girardi, PhD

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Biotechnology at the University of Padova (Italy), and obtained his PhD in Biophysics from King’s College London (UK) in 2009. After a postdoc at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in San Diego (USA), he joined the Superti-Furga group where his focus is now on the systematic characterization of drug-transporter interactions by genetic and biochemical methods.

Mari Hashimoto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained her Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Chiba University (Japan) in 2013. Her PhD project at laboratory of Prof. Chiba is focused on physiology and pharmacology, especially about cytochrome p450s, using gene-knockout and humanized mice models. She currently joined the laboratory of Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga as an intern to study solute carriers to understand relationship between biological systems and their environment in a systematic way.

Leonhard Heinz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduated from the University of Vienna in Microbiology and obtained his PhD from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) on the identification of novel components involved in the innate immune system. Combining his original expertise with state-of-the-art technology present in the lab, he is currently focusing on the interaction of innate immune signaling processes and lipid metabolism.

Alvaro Ingles-Prieto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Biochemistry at the University of Salamanca and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Granada. During his Ph.D., he characterised the structure, stability and catalytic activity of ancestral proteins. He next joined the Institute of Science and Technology Austria as a Postdoc, where he developed an approach to activate membrane receptors with light. He joined the Superti-Furga group to investigate interaction networks of solute carriers.

Kai-Chun Li, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained Master’s degree in Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Cheng-Kung University (Taiwan) and completed PhD in Graduate Institute of Toxicology in National Taiwan University (Taiwan). She is interested in cancer biology and is current focusing on studying the relationships between solute carriers, cell metabolism and genetic lesions during oncogenesis.

Konstantinos Papakostas, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Performed studies in Applied Biology and obtained his PhD working on the molecular mechanism of membrane transporters in the University of Ioannina Medical School (Greece). His research in the lab involves applying systems-wide approaches to study SoLute Carriers (SLCs) and their implications in metabolic processes, and also elucidating their transport mechanisms.

Tea Pemovska, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and her master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Drug Innovation at University College Utrecht and Utrecht University (The Netherlands), respectively. Completed her PhD in Personalized Cancer Medicine/Chemical Systems Biology in the group of Dr. Krister Wennerberg at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki (Finland). She is interested in translational cancer systems biology as well as the identification of novel cancer cell vulnerabilities that can be exploited for effective treatment of patients.

Manuele Rebsamen, PhD

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained a MSc in medical biology and subsequently a PhD at the University of Lausanne, (Switzerland). As an EMBO and Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow, his research focuses on the link between nutrient availability and cell growth, investigating in particular the pathways that sense amino acid levels to control mTOR activation. He works now on the proteomic and genetic network involved amino acid sensing and on the physiological role of SLC38A9, with a focus on the immune system.

Vitaly Sedlyarov, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Bioengineering and Bioinformatics in Lomovosov Moscow States University, Russia and Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands (MSc). Obtained PhD in molecular biology and immunology from Univeristy of Vienna, Austria for work on systems biology of postranscriptional regulation of inflammation resolution. Joined the Prof. Superti-Furga lab in September, 2016 as a bioinformatics postdoctoral fellow with the main focus on regulation of immune homeostasis and metabolism by membrane transporters.

PhD Students

Vojtech Dvorak, MSc

PhD Student

Obtained his Master’s degree in Animal Physiology and Immunology from Masaryk University in Brno. During his studies he was also part of the team at 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 SLCs in cancer.

Patrick Essletzbichler, MSc

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 investigating the role of SoLute Carriers (SLCs) in the homeostasis of cells.

Felix Kartnig, MD

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.

Anna Moskovskich, MSc

PhD Student

After completing her Bachelor program in General biology, she studied „Medical biosciences” in the Linkoping University (Sweden) and “Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine” in University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (Austria). Since 2013 she is a PhD student in the lab of Giulio Superti-Furga. Her work focuses on the role of host SoLute Carrier proteins in viral replication.

Anna Skucha, MSc

PhD Student

Obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). After completing internships in Dr. M. Carty lab, NUI Galway, Ireland and Dr. S. Dorner lab, MFPL, Vienna, Austria, she has continued as a PhD student in the Superti-Furga’s lab under a shared supervision by Dr. Florian Grebien – LBI-CR Vienna, Austria. The current project (supported by Maria Sklodowska ITN) is focusing on identification of critical interactors of MLL fusion proteins that contribute to development of leukemia.

Technical Assistants

Manuela Bruckner, BSc

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 is involved in the study of Solute Carriers (SLCs) under the supervision of Manuele Rebsamen.

Christoph Klimek, MSc

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, BSc

Technical Assistant

Did a bachelor and master degree course at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna (FH Campus Wien). After working 6 months in the wash and media kitchen at CeMM she did a 6-month internship in the Giulio Superti-Furga Lab, where she was supervised by Dr. Nikolaus Krall and Dr. Enrico Girardi. After the internship she went to London to work on her Master Thesis at the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at the King´s College London to investigate nuclear/cytoplasmic shuttling of mechanosensitive transcriptional co-activators in cardiomyocytes. At the moment she works together with Enrico Girardi and Giuseppe Fiume on SLCs.

Svenja Onstein, MSc

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 Daniel Lackner.

Melanie Pieraks, MSc

Technical Assistant

Bachelor studies in “Life Science Engineering” at the University of Applied Science, HTW Berlin, Germany and Master studies in “Biotechnology”. During the work on her Master thesis she investigated the in vivo cellular localization of ten ABCC6 mutants, which have been identified in infants suffering from a rare disease called GACI (Generalized arterial calcification of infancy). Her main research focus will be on the study of protein complexes involved in cancer proliferation and drug resistance in assistance and in collaboration with Johannes Bigenzahn

Stefania Scorzoni, MSc

Technical Assistant

Holds a master degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2012. After two years as Research Assistant in the analytical chemistry laboratory of Prof. Benedetto Natalini, at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia (Italy), she joined the Superti-Furga laboratory. She now works on the link between nutrient availability and cellular metabolism under the supervision of Dr. Manuele Rebsamen.

Ismet Srndic, MSc

Technical Assistant

Studied genetics and microbiology at the University of Vienna during his bachelor's. His master's was in molecular biology; did his thesis in the lab of Renée Schroeder at Max F. Perutz Laboratories where he investigated unconventional splicing - intrasplicing in various human cell lines. Currently he is working with Tea Pemovska for the pharmacoscopy project.

Adrijana Stefanovic, MSc

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.

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Giuseppe Fiume, MSc

Project Scientist

Studied in Pisa Biological Sciences as Bachelor's and Biology applied to Biomedical Sciences as Master's Degree. He was also student in biology at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His interests lie in biochemistry, molecular- and personalized medicine. He performed traineeships at the Philipps Universität, Marburg, Germany and at the TU Graz, Austria. At the moment he works together with Enrico Girardi and Sabrina Lindinger on genetic interactions screenings.

Ulrich Goldmann, PhD

Data Scientist

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 at CeMM, his expertise is large-scale data analysis, integration and visualization as well as applied statistics, machine learning and web development.

Daniel Lackner, PhD

Scientific Project Manager

Undergraduate studies in Biology and Genetics in Vienna, Austria. For his graduate work he moved to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, where he used genomic approaches to study gene expression regulation in fission yeast. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge, he decided to go further west to do his post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, USA. There, he studied telomere biology and aging with a focus on large-scale approaches. After returning to Austria, he joined a small biotech company in Vienna, where he led a team to generate human knock-out cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9. In 2018, he joined the Superti-Furga lab as scientific project manager.

Mattia Pizzagalli, BSc

Guest Student

Studied Biochemistry at Boston College in Boston, MA where he worked for four years in a proteomics lab studying reactive cysteine residues within the mitochondrial proteome and how oxidative modifications may lead to the development of breast cancer. In the Superti-Furga lab he works with Ariel, using CRISPR/Cas9 genetic engineering and MS-based proteomics approaches to gain a better understanding of the interactome of SLC proteins.

Mag. Vera-Desiree Sodl

Executive Assistant

Vera-Desiree studied Law at the University of Vienna, where she specialized in Business Law. Her personal interests lie in the field of IP and Law of Contract. After graduation, she gained experience in a Start Up Company before she decided to take her life into a different direction and moved to Costa Rica for two years to practice her Spanish skills and learn about different cultures and nature.

At the GSF lab, Vera is the Executive Assistant to Prof. Superti-Furga and always curious about the team’s scientific work and projects.

Gernot Wolf, PhD

RESOLUTE 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.