Dinara Sharipova

Dinara is a Master student of Novosibirsk State University, which is located in the middle of Siberia in the scientific town called Akademgorodok. There, she is studying cell biology and genetics, and doing her research project in the laboratory of developmental epigenetics under the supervision of Prof. S.M. Zakian and S.P. Medvedev. Her research topic is related to cell modeling in neurodegenerative disorders on patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells. During her Bachelor’s studies, she worked with Huntington’s disease cell model and now, for her Master’s, she is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the progression of Parkinson’s disease. In spite of such neuroscientific direction in her research, she had always been fascinated by embryology and developmental biology – dating back to an embryology course in her university.

This summer, she is doing an internship in the Vastenhouw lab –  an opportunity to work with zebrafish embryos and to study the transcriptional landscape during early zebrafish development.

Apart from science, Dinara is interested in dancehall dancing, horseback riding, skating, and travelling.

Cindy Horenburg

Cindy was born and raised in the lovely city of Dresden. In her twenties she moved to Zittau where, besides studying molecular biotechnology, she started climbing and through it discovered the beautiful nature of the region as seen from the mountain peaks. During her Bachelor thesis research, she learned to appreciate the zebrafish as a model organism and jumped into the new era of genome editing with the world-changing CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Currently, Cindy is part of the Regenerative Biology and Medicine master program in the CRTD, which allows her to extend her practical skills and deepen the knowledge in rotations with different labs in Dresden. For the 2017 summer term, she joined the Vastenhouwlab, bringing her genome editing skills to our studies of nuclear architecture. In her free time, she loves outdoor activities andjam sessions with other musicians.

Camilo Riquelme Guzmán

Camilo is from Santiago, Chile, a big city surrounded by hills and mountains (next to the Andes!). Here he pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Chile and, in his second year, joined a microbiology laboratory (BEM) where he learned about peptide antibiotics. After that, he decided to jump from prokaryotic to eukaryotic and joined Enrique Brandan’s lab at the Catholic University of Chile, where he studied the role of the extracellular matrix in muscle fibrosis. Throughout the 4 years that he spent there, he became very interested in development and decided to make a big change in 2016. He moved 12,500 kilometers to Dresden to join Nadine Vastenhouw’s lab at MPI-CBG as a PhD student. Currently, Camilo is investigating the role of chromatin structure in the regulation of zygotic genome activation in zebrafish. In his free time, he likes outdoor activities such as climbing and biking, or just going out to see the wonders of nature.

Mykola Markadeiev

Mykola was born in Ukraine and has a passion for trekking, skydiving and (suddenly) table-tennis. He studied Molecular Biology and Genetics in Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, where he took part in projects on liver regeneration and gerontology. Willing to explore Europe, the spirit of scientific adventure brought him to Dresden, doing his Masters in Regenerative Biology and Medicine. There he participated in research on murine neurogenesis, zebrafish regeneration and stem cell niches of Drosophila. He joined the Vastenhouw lab to help the project of Carine Stapel on single molecule RNA imaging.

Lucia Selfa

Lucia was born in Madrid and started her studies in Biomedical Sciences in Alcalá de Henares. By the end of her degree, her interest to discover the world dragged her to join the Erasmus program and move to Amsterdam, where she had her first contact with epigenetics during her Bachelor Thesis at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, participating in a haploid genetic screen of inhibitors targeting epigenetic modifiers.  Willing to explore other fields in science, as well as other countries and cultures, she joined the Master’s Program in Regenerative Biology and Medicine in Dresden. After looking into adult neurogenesis and planarian regeneration, she has now joined the lab to help understanding the role of histones in transcriptional regulation.

Pavel Vopalensky

Pavel comes from a small village close to Jihlava, Czech Republic and grew up surrounded by the mild hills of the Bohemian-Moravian highlands frisking in pine scented forests, golden fields and blossoming meadows. To better comprehend the beauty of nature, he went to study biochemistry and biotechnology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. Afterwards, he continued with PhD studies at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Prague elucidating the evolutionary origin of the vertebrate eye. He decided to stay in evo-devo for his first postdoc and joined the group of Prof. Detlev Arendt at EMBL Heidelberg. Here, while analyzing the developmental cell lineage and the dynamic gene expression in the marine worm Platynereis dumeriliiPavelgot interested how is differential gene expression orchestrated at the molecular level. Therefore, he joined Dr. Nadine Vastenhouw’s lab in fall 2015 to investigate transcriptional regulation underlying the first lineage decisions in zebrafish development. In his free time, Pavel likes singing in a choir or playing drums and exploring countryside hiking or biking together with his family.

Vania Tsata

Vania* comes from Athens, Greece, where she also did her undergrad studies in the Biology Department. She absolutely loves coffee and finds it necessary to start the experimental or any other day with a cappuccino. Vania discovered her passion for science during her undergrad thesis, in the lab of Dr. Poulopoulou in Athens Medical School. There, she investigated the role of neuroligins in the glutamatergic signaling of T-lymphocytes of healthy and autistic children. Vania moved to Dresden in November 2012 to join the group of Dr. Stephan Speier as a research assistant, focusing on β-cell physiology. In October 2013, Vania joined the Master’s Program in Regenerative Biology and Medicine offered by the TU and the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden. After joining the Vastenhouw lab for a 3-months rotation and fascinated by the developmental transitions of the vertebrate embryo and also zebrafish as a model organism, she decided to stay a bit more and complete her master thesis in the lab. Now she is working on the role of histone level in setting the timing for zygotic genome activation.

*Or “Vasiliki Tsata”, which is her formal name, and also crucial info for her photo to make sense. LH

Maximilian Krause

Max was born with a view to the Baltic Sea, close to Rostock, Germany. The center of his early life and education was Brandenburg. Predisposed by the surrounding lakes and rivers, he volunteered for one year at the Institute for Freshwater Fisheries in Potsdam-Sacrow. Inspired by this first scientific experience, he decided to further move into science. While studying Biochemistry in Jena, he worked as an assistant in the Lab of Cornelis Calkhoven, where he learned about the effects of cEBP on metabolism and aging. After gaining international experience with internships in the US and Norway, Max did his Diploma thesis 2011 in the Institute for Age research in Jena, investigating the role of PML bodies in senescence and apoptosis. In 2012 Max was awarded the DIGS-BB fellowship. He decided to make the switch from death to birth by joining Dr. Nadine Vastenhouw’s lab, studying the influence of histone modifications on early transcription activation in zebrafish embryos.

Carine Stapel

Carine was born in The Netherlands where she studied Biomedical Sciences in the beautiful city of Utrecht. After finding her passion for research during an internship on genome stability in the lab of Marcel Tijsterman, Carine decided that she wanted to see more of science/the world. This led to a summer internship at Sloan-Kettering in NYC where she worked on miRNAs in the lab of Jidong Liu. Not ready to leave the US, she went on to do her Master’s thesis research at Harvard University in the lab of Alex Schier. This is where she met Nadine. Fascinated by the question how transcription is activated during development, she decided to follow Nadine to Dresden. Here she is using single molecule RNA imaging to better understand zygotic genome activation.

Mate Palfy

Mate is from Budapest, Hungary where he also did his undergraduate training in Biology. He got a first taste for research while working in the Network Biology group at ELTE University; here he studied the role of endocytosis in regulating signaling pathways. For his Master’s project he switched fields and countries and went to the Max F. Perutz laboratories in Vienna to work on the cell biology of cilia using C. elegans as a model. Mate started his PhD in the Vastenhouw lab in September 2013 and is trying to unravel how transcription is repressed before zygotic genome activation in zebrafish. In his free time he loves doing outdoor sports including mountain biking, trail running and cross-country skiing.