Team Renkawitz Lab

(September 2022, from left to right: Gamze, Madeleine, Janina, Benjamin, Mauricio, Kasia, Jörg)

Malte Benjamin BraunBenjamin studied molecular biotechnology at University of Bielefeld and RWTH Aachen. In his master thesis he worked on the subject of genetically encoded FRET based zinc sensors at the Institute of Immunology. In 2019 he joined the Renkawitz lab and the IRTG 914 graduate program of the SFB 914 for his PhD. His main research interest is to achieve a better understanding of the spatio-temporal dynamics and molecular principles of macropinocytosis in immune cells.

Artur Kuznetcovdent. med. student performing his doctoral research, Medical Faculty, LMU Munich.

Janina Kroll. Janina studied biology at LMU Munich and human biology at Philipps-University Marburg. During her master thesis she conducted a functional analysis of LPA receptors in ovarian cancer cells at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Tumor Research. In 2019 she joined the Renkawitz lab and the IRTG 914 graduate program of the SFB 914 for her PhD. Her main research interest is to elucidate the mechanisms and factors of nucleokinesis during leukocyte trafficking.

Jörg Renkawitz. Jörg studied biochemistry at the LMU Munich and the TU Munich, with research stays at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, the Gene Center, the ETH Zurich and the NIH-US National Cancer Institute. For his PhD research, he investigated the molecular mechanisms of DNA repair in the lab of Stefan Jentsch at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry. In 2014, he joined the lab of Michael Sixt at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria in Vienna for his postdoctoral research to study the principles of cellular navigation through three-dimensional micro-environments. In 2018, Jörg has been awarded with the endowed Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship for Molecular Medicine (Foundation Experimental Medicine) and established his research group at the Biomedical Center Munich. Jörg’s research has further been awarded and supported by the Life Science Award Austria in Basic Research, the Junior Research Award of the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, the EMBO LTF postdoctoral fellowship, the ISTFELLOW postdoctoral fellowship and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation (BIF) PhD fellowship.

Mauricio Ruiz. Mauricio studied Molecular Biotechnology and Biochemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM). During his master he employed intestinal organoids for oncology research during a research stay at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In his master thesis at the Schmidt-Supprian lab (TranslaTUM) he developed sequential and inducible gene editing strategies. Mauricio joined the Renkawitz lab and the IRTG 914 graduate program for his PhD in 2019, where he is investigating cell shape coordination of migrating immune cells. He also joined the DFG-funded Priority Programme SPP2332 Physics of Parasitism to study the mechanobiology of Toxoplasma gondii dissemination by immune cells.


Madeleine Schmitt. Madeleine studied biomedicine at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg. During her master thesis she established and characterized tumor models in Drosophila melanogaster at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2019 she joined the Renkawitz lab and the IRTG 914 graduate program of the SFB 914 for her PhD. Madeleine's research focuses on investigating the mechanisms of centrosome coherence during immune cell migration in complex 3D microenvironments.

Kasia Stefanowski. Lab technician 

Alumni Team Members:


Gamze Naz ÖztanGamze joined us in 2022 for her master thesis (Biology, LMU Munich) to perform research on centrosomes during  immune cell migration.

Bingzhi Wang. Bingzhi joined us in 2021/22 for an internship and for his master thesis (Biochemistry, LMU Munich) to perform research the hijacking of immune cells by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Petra Kameritsch. Petra joined our lab from 2018 to 2022 as a senior postdoc ('Privatdozent') to establish custom-made micro engineered assays to study macropinocytosis and cell migration. During her time in the lab, Petra contributed to the review article 'Kameritsch & Renkawitz, Trends in Cell Biology 2020'.

Florian Leymarie. Florian joined us in 2021 for an internship during his Master Immunology (University of Paris).

Rifat Ara RezaRifat joined us in 2020/21 for her master thesis (Biology, LMU Munich) to perform research on the mechanisms of macropinocytosis by immune cells. She contributed to the protocol guideline article Clausen et al, European Journal of Immunology 2022. She is now doctoral researcher with Prof. Nicolai Siegel, Biomedical Center, LMU.

Monika HermannMonika joined us in 2020 for an internship during her Master Biochemistry (Gene Center, LMU). She is now doctoral researcher with Prof. Peter Murray (MPI of Biochemistry, IMPRS). During her time in the lab, Monika contributed to the research article 'Kroll et al, bioRxiv 2023'.

Maximilian Götz. Max joined us in 2019 for an internship during his Master Biochemistry (Gene Center, LMU). He is now doctoral researcher with Prof. Julian Stingele (Gene Center, LMU)

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