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Research Fellows

An inspiring postdoctoral experience goes beyond lab research

What makes a postdoctoral experience truly special? Well, it encompasses continuous scientific training, professional networking and mentoring support for career development.

The IRI Independent Research Fellow Programme is designed to facilitate the transition to an independent research group leader position. It grants full access to the shared facilities from the IRI and associated partners. Fellows also receive administrative support for third party funding and junior positions applications.

The opportunity is offered to outstanding postdoctoral researchers with an impressive research productivity record proposing an innovative research project that ideally bridges research interests and expertise of different IRI laboratories.

Qualified and highly motivated candidates are encouraged to join. Please contact Dr. Stefanie Scharf.

Our alumni make a difference in science and society

IRI Life Sciences has yet produced a number of alumni, whose contributions for science and society have been significant. They have excelled and aquired reputable positions as researchers or started honorable tasks like teaching school children – we collected some of their stories.

During his time at IRI Life Sciences from 2016 - 2020, Adrian Granada aimed to understand how the internal cellular and organism clocks affect the dynamics of cellular fates upon DNA damage. Specifically, how the circadian clock and the cell cycle determine the heterogenous responses to radiation in breast cancer cells. He combined quantitative long-term live imaging of single cells with mathematical modelling.

The research project is supported by IRI members Simone Reber and Nils Blüthgen and published: Granada et al., 2020 "The effects of proliferation status and cell cycle phase on the response of single cells to chemotherapy. Mol Biol Cell. 2020 Feb 12:mbcE19090515.

Adrian´s research project at IRI Life Sciences paved the way for his successful proposal within the BMBF call "e:Med – Maßnahmen zur Etablierung der Systemmedizin" - Juniorverbünde in der Systemmedizin".

Since March 2020 he has his research group at the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The project focused on algorithm and software development for automated quantification of Microtubule dynamic-instability parameters in the Imglib2/Fiji environment and to model Mitotic dynamics as a few parameter reaction-diffusion system.

The research project was supported by IRI member Simone Reber and Stephan Preibisch (MDC/BIMSB) and published: Kapoor et al., 2018 "MTrack: Automated Detection, Tracking, and Analysis of Dynamic Microtubules"

Varun left the IRI in November 2017 and joined the imaging platform at the Institute Curie as a facility engineer.

The project ”The role of RNA‐protein interactions in exosomes during bacterial infection“ aimed to proof the hypothesis of active bacterial RNA transport via exosomes into the cytoplasm of the host cell during Salmonella infection as effectors to modulate the host's immune response.

The research project was supported by IRI member Benedikt Beckmann.

Senthil left the IRI in February 2018 and continues his career in the group of Prof. Atina Zouni at Humboldt-Universität.

The project ”Network analysis of the therapy-induced DNA damage response in colorectal cancer“  aimed to characterize the complex signaling network of the DNA damage response. The special focus were the differences between the dynamics of key kinases in drug-sensitive compared to drug-resistant cell lines. Experimental as well as theoretical approaches were applied to characterize these network variations in time, applying varies DNA-damage inducing stimuli.

The research project was supported by IRI members Nils Blüthgen, Christine Sers and Matthias Selbach.

Dorothea left the IRI in July 2018 and decided to leave sciences to teach childeren at elementary school.