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Our team

Our goal is to create an inclusive, collaborative & multicultural environment that supports researchers with passion for discovery and innovation.

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Konstantinos D. Kokkaliaris, PhD

Group Leader

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Johanna Hofmann, MSc

PhD Student

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Sabrina Falco, MSc

PhD Student

Johanna Hofmann, MSc

PhD Student

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Anna Luise Weber

Bachelor Student

Shiba Barlian

Technical Assistant

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Somaya Landolsi, MSc

PhD Student

Dr. Konstantinos D. Kokkaliaris
Group Leader

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Dr Konstantinos Kokkaliaris studied Biology at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), before moving to the University of Edinburgh (UK) for his Master's by research in Life/Biomedical Sciences. He received his PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) for thesis work at Helmholtz Center Munich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Timm Schroeder and research visit at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (USA, hosts: Moore/Lemischka group).

During his PhD work, he identified novel factors supporting long-term self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) ex vivo and patented his findings with Helmholtz Center Munich (Blood, 2016).

​For his postdoctoral training, he moved to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich – Switzerland), where he co-developed novel approaches for 3D quantitative multiplexed tissue imaging  (Nature Methods, 2018) and mapped the spatial organization of the bone marrow microenvironment (BMM) at the single-cell, protein level and tissue-wide scale (Nature Biotechnology, 2017). Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Konstantinos joined the groups of Prof. David Scadden at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University and Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (USA). There, he completed his work on the spatial distribution of HSCs in relation to multiple niche components simultaneously (Blood, 2020), contributed to the characterization of BMM's complexity at the transcriptome and protein level (Cell, 2018; Cell Stem Cell, 2018) and extended his studies into cancer biology.

 

Supported by the Mildred Scheel Career Center program, Konstantinos is currently an independent group leader at the University Hospital and Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany).

Anna Luise Weber
Bachelor Student

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Anna Luise completed her training as Medical Technician in Koblenz, before working as a full-time technician at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany. Her work was focused on regulatory mechanisms governing mitochondrial function and animal longevity in the nematode C. Elegans (Tharyam et al., Nature Metabolism, 2020). Following her passion to continue her studies, Anna Luise is currently performs her bachelor thesis in our group.king

Johanna Hofmann, MSc
PhD student

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Johanna studied Biology at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg and competed her thesis on the behavior of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei. Following her BSc studies, Johanna worked as a research assistant on Hematology/Oncology at the University Hospital & Goethe University Frankfurt, which further sparked her enthusiasm for research. For her Master’s studies, she focused on microbiology, infection and molecular tumor biology investigating the combinatorial effects of radiation and targeted molecular therapies against colorectal cancer.

Shiba Barlian
Technical Assistant

Shiba completed her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science with distinction at Western Sydney University in Sydney, Australia. Due to her performance, she was included in Dean’s Merit list (top 10% of her class). Shiba also completed a Diploma of Laboratory Technology majoring in Pathology Testing at TAFE at New South Wales, Australia. Shiba has then moved to Germany and joined the group as a Medical Technical Assistant.

Sabrina Falco, MSc
PhD student

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Sabrina completed her undergraduate studies in Biomolecular Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In her Bachelor's thesis, she investigated the dynamics of mutated p53 using single-cell time-lapse microscopy. Her interest in immuno-oncology led her to continue her studies on tumor biology, and immunology. During her Master's thesis at the Institute for Experimental Cancer Research of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Sabrina established a spheroid model for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and investigated the influence of the 3D microenvironment on the efficacy of BH3 mimetics.

Somaya Landolsi, MSc
PhD student

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Somaya obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kuwait University, where she majored in Molecular Biology and minored in Biochemistry. Her bachelor’s thesis focused on the association of APOC2 gene variants with metabolic syndromes. Somaya joined the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena and acquired a Master’s degree in Molecular life sciences. Somaya completed her master’s thesis at the Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology in the University Hopsital in Jena. focusing on the stemness characteristics and therapy resistance of human prostate cancer cells.

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