Postdoctoral Fellows

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

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.

Nikolaus Krall, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studied Natural Sciences specializing in organic chemistry at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and subsequently performed his PhD at ETH Zurich, (Switzerland) where he developed novel strategies for the targeted delivery of potent cytotoxic drugs into solid tumors. He is interested in the translation of innovative therapeutic and diagnostic technologies from the bench to the clinic and the use of high-content screening technologies for the identification of small molecules that regulate immunological processes.

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

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.

Gregory I. Vladimer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Received his PhD in 2013 from the Program in Innate Immunity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (US) where he focused on inflammasomes and TLR signaling mediating both sterile and infectious induced inflammation. He moved to the Superti-Furga lab with a Long Term EMBO Fellowship and has mainly focused on drug screening and personalized medicine for hematological malignancies.

Melania Zauri, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Obtained her bachelor and master in Biotechnologies from Bologna University (Italy) with a master thesis on the transcription factor Myc in cancer stem cells. Later she obtained her PhD from Oxford Univeristy (UK) at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in the laboratory of Dr. Kriaucionis with a thesis on the role of epigenetic bases in the nucleotide salvage pathway and in cancer therapy. Her interests lie in the discovery of new avenues to target cancer with a particular focus on metabolic processes.

PhD Students

Adrián César-Razquin, MSc

PhD Student

Performed studies in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Navarra (Spain), and a master's degree in proteomics and bioinformatics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), which he completed in 2013.  His research interests lie in the fields of bioinformatics, molecular systems biology and statistical and mathematical modeling, which he currently applies to the study of SoLute Carriers (SLCs).

Felix Kartnig, MD

PhD Student

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.

Justyna Konecka, MSc

Technical Assistant

Completed Biotechnology and Master’s studies at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland). During her studies she gathered experience at TU Stuttgart (Germany) with focus on immunology and clinical pharmacology and in Vienna at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU). She is working on genetic interactions screens together with Enrico Girardi.

Noémi Mészáros, MSc

Technical Assistant

Obtained a Master’s Degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Biotechnology at Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). During her PhD studies at Max F. Perutz Laboratories (Vienna) she was investigating the role of the nuclear basket in Nuclear Pore Complex (NPC) biogenesis and nuclear envelope stability.

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

Monika Sabler, MSc

Technical Assistant

Performed studies in cell biology and physiology, and a MSc degree in zoology, with focus on cell biology and development, at the University of Salzburg (Austria), which she completed in 2011. Her research interests lie in personalized medicine, working in collaboration with Gregory Vladimer.

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.

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 Justyna Konecka 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.

Oscar López, BSc

Software Developer

Studied Telecommunications in the UPNA in Pamplona (Spain) with a specialization in Image and Sound. After that, he did a one year internship and then six months of employment contract at Volkswagen Navarra (Spain), where he developed and entire framework for maintenance management. He started in the lab in the middle of 2015, working in collaboration with Gregory Vladimer and Berend Snijder. His interests focus on software development and artificial intelligence.

Alexandra Stadler

Executive Assistant

Graduated from Commercial Highschool and started her career at Coopers & Lybrand. Worked as an Assistant to the Head of PwC Austria. After this, got educated as a Graduate Nurse (DGKS) and worked at Vienna General Hospital (AKH Wien) at the Clinical Department of Hematology and Hemostaseology. Later worked as an Assistant to the Board at holding companies (venture capital, private equity). At CeMM she is bringing together all her experiences and works as an Executive Assistant to Giulio Superti-Furga since April 2017.