Renkawitz Lab - Team

(October 2019, from left to right: Kasia, Jörg, Petra, Benjamin, Janina, Madeleine, Mauricio)

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.

Petra Kameritsch. Petra studied physics at the LMU Munich. For her PhD thesis she analysed the localisation of transepithelial conductive pathways in the lab of Wolfram Nagel at the Institute of Cellular Physiology, LMU Munich. In 2000 she joined Ulrich

Pohl´s lab at the Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology and habilitated in 2015 working on gap junction dependent calcium signalling and its effect on the function of vascular cells. She joined Jörg Renkawitz´s group in October 2018. Her main research interest is to reveal new signalling pathways involved in the migration of dendritic cells.

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

Madeleine Schmitt

Kasia Stefanowski

Rifat Ara Reza. Master student

Former Team Members:

- Maximilian Götz, 10 weeks internship during master course Biochemistry, Gene Center, LMU Munich

- Monika Hermann, several months internship and 'HiWi' during master course Biochemistry, Gene Center, LMU Munich