Doktorand/innen 2015

Diese Doktorand/innen begannen 2015 in der IMPRS und 2016 mit ihren PhD-Projekten.

Jatin Arora
I was born in India where I did my bachelors in computer engineering in 2010. Then I worked as software engineer for more than 2 years. Subsequently, I moved to Paris to do my masters in bioinformatics and mathematical modeling at University Pierre and Marie Curie. During that time, I developed a profound interest in molecular evolution and diseases. Then I worked at Center of Molecular Medicine (CeMM) in Vienna for about a year. Presently, I am doing my doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Tobias Lenz at Max Planck Institute in Plön. My work focuses on the co-evolution of Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) locus and pathogens. Beside research work, I enjoy cooking, dancing and the discussions over coffee.

Gustavo Barrosso
I was born in Brazil, where I received my Bsc. in Biology from the Regional University of Blumenau and then my Msc. in Genetics and Evolution from the University of São Paulo. After that, I spent two years playing online poker full time. In the second semester of 2015 I joined the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology as an intern, working under the supervision of Dr. Julien Dutheil. We investigated the evolutionary aspects of Stochastic Gene Expression inside the mouse genome. As of 2016, I started my PhD on Population Genomics, where I will develop a model to account for spatial heterogeneity of parameters in the coalescent process. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports as well as playing Football, Chess, Poker and MtG.

Henry Göhlich
My hometown Rothenburg/Oberlausitz is situated in the far east of Germany and close to the polish border. I did my Master in Marine Biology at the University of Rostock. Afterwards, I worked as field assistant for several research institutes. My PhD project is based in the pipefish group of Dr. Olivia Roth at the Geomar and supervised by Dr. Carolin Wendling. It focuses on rapid evolutionary adaptation in response to anthropogenic stressors in a three-way host-parasite interaction. The model system consists of pipefish Syngnathus typhle as final host, bacteria of the genus Vibrio, and their associated temperate phages. I like to spend my free time outside playing beach volleyball, diving or exploring nature. Contact:
Alina Jeschke
I come from Hamburg, Germany and studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in both Kiel and Berlin. For my master thesis I worked at the MPI in Plön in the Community Dynamics group of the Evolutionary Ecology Department. I have now started my PhD project with Dr. Linda Odenthal-Hesse of the Evolutionary Genetics Department, working on meiotic recombination in canids. When I’m not at work I play volleyball and beachvolleyball and I love the ocean and the beaches around Kiel.

Ahmad Samer Kadib Alban
I was born and grow up in Aleppo, Syria. I graduated from Aleppo University in 2010 as a biotechnology engineer. I received my master’s degree in AgriGenomics in 2015 from Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, working within the genomic microbiology group at Kiel University under thesupervision of Prof. Dr. Tal Dagan. My main research focus is to study lateral gene transfer using networking and computational approaches. In my free time I go to the gym, play Xbox, ride bicycle and climb.

Juan Sebastian Lugo Ramos
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. I received my BSc and Masters in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where I studied the evolution of immune systems in primates. Currently, I am doing my PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, working on epigenetics and gene expression of different migration patterns of birds, in the Behavioral Genomics research group under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Liedvogel. We will use high throughput sequencing approaches to unravel the molecular mechanisms controlling different traits in the migratory behaviour using blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) as our model organism. I like to dedicate my leisure time to read, play clarinet and synthesizers or go to galleries and museums.


Niels Mahrt

Ezgi Özkurt
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. I studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. I received my B.Sc. in 2014 and continued my education at the faculty of Biology in the same university where I obtained my M.Sc. diploma in 2015. I am currently Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, working within the Environmental Genomics group, supervised by Dr. Eva Stukenbrock. I am currently working on the domestication-driven microbiome evolution of wheat. Besides, I am working on the genome evolution of hybrid fungi species Zymoseptoria Pseudotritici.

Malavi Sengupta
I am from Hyderabad, India, and I have completed my Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I am a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute in Plön, supervised by Dr. Tobias Lenz. My work will focus on unravelling the genomic organisation of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in three-spined sticklebacks. My interests include literature, music, and cinema.

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