JUSCOR Board members

Overview photo JUSCOR Board members

Members of the Board 2020-2021

 

Aurélie Zbinden

Aurelie Zbinden

Board position: President
Lab: Polymenidou lab
Nationality: Swiss
Scientific background: Biochemist
Fun fact: Loves to create crazy PhD hats
Favorite book: The catcher in the rye
Favorite drink: A glass of Nero d’Avola



 

Auri is a PhD student that tries to understand how native TDP-43 protein can become pathological aggregates in ALS and FTD. She has studied Biochemistry at the University of Zurich, where she already was active for more than three years in the student organisation Atamoi. She loves the lab life and is always up for some social events. In private, she likes to drink red wine, read books and listen to music. Auri has decided to become a part of the DQBM JUSCOR to make sure that the junior scientists at the DQBM have a really loud voice in the Department and in University politics.
 

Tatjana Schmitz

Tatjana Schmitz

Board position: Vice President
Lab: Bodenmiller lab
Nationality: German
Scientific background: Molecular Medicine
Fun fact: Loves gardening
Favorite book: "The third twin" by Ken Follet
Favorite drink: Coffee



 

 

As a PhD student in the Bodenmiller lab, Tatjana focuses on the tumor immune environment of breast cancer and how this can be modelled in vitro and exploited to better understand immunosuppression. Outside the lab she enjoys hiking, doing sports, traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

 

Tomas Demeter

Tomas Demeter

Board position: Finances and Grants
Lab: Polymenidou lab
Nationality: Slovak
Scientific background: Molecular Biologist
Fun fact: enjoys playing PC games
Favorite book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Favorite drink: White Russian


 

Tomas is a PhD student in Polymenidou lab working on understanding the roles of RNAs in TDP-43 and FUS proteinopathies. He has studied Genetics, Molecular biology and Virology at the Charles University in Prague. In his free time he likes to play PC and board games, watch movies and hang out with his friends and colleagues. 

 

Laura de Vos

Laura de Vos

Board position: Finances and Grants
Lab: Polymenidou lab
Nationality: Belgian
Scientific background: Biochemist
Fun fact: I have the sweetest border collie in the world!
Favorite book: The one I am reading
Favorite drink: a good Gin Tonic

 

Laura is a PhD student in the Polymenidou lab working on understanding how the regulation of oligomerization could play a role against the development of TDP-43 proteinopathies. She enjoys hiking, bouldering and camping with friends and her dog, skiing, cooking and having quality time with family and friends. Laura joined the DQBM JUSCOR because she wants to make members feel welcome and supported. Additionally, she absolutely values the voice of a young researcher in the academic world.

 

Nils Eling

Nils Eling

Board position: IT
Lab: Bodenmiller lab
Nationality: German
Scientific background: Biotechnologist
Fun fact: Brews his own beer
Favorite book: Animal Farm
Favorite drink: West Coast IPA


Nils is a Postdoc in the Bodenmiller lab combining experimental model systems with imaging and single-cell data analysis. He previously switched from molecular cancer research (MSc) to statistical data analysis (PhD) and back to cancer research (Postdoc). Enjoys traveling, hiking, rowing, running and playing video games. 

 

Priyanikha Jayakumar

Priyanikha Jayakumar

Board position: Events

Lab: Kümmerli lab
Nationality: Malaysian
Scientific background: Microbiology
Fun fact: Loves planning trips (with great emphasis on food)
Favorite book: 1Q84 (by Haruki Murakami)
Favorite drink: A bold red wine

 

Priya is a PhD student in the Kümmerli Lab and is interested in understanding how and why bacteria orchestrate their lives. It is indeed fascinating that bacterial cells keep their hands down until they know they are capable to provide an effective response and cope with the immune system. Outside the lab, she enjoys trying out new food, both eating out and cooking, travelling and has been into yoga in the recent years. 

 

Ruchi Manglunia

Ruchi Manglunia

Board position: Events

Lab: Polymenidou Lab
Nationality: Indian
Scientific background: Biotechnology, Biophysics
Fun fact: Loves to find little restaurants around the city
Favorite book: If only I read books
Favorite drink: Provence Rosé

 

Ruchi Joined the Polymenidou Lab in September 2021 to study how phosphorylation affects the physiology and pathology of TDP-43. She wants to find answers to her questions using in vitro methods as well as cell culture. Outside the lab you will find her working on her Podcast directed towards rekindling curiosity in high-school students.

Elena Tantaradini

Elena Tantardini

Board position: Communication 
Lab: Polymenidou lab
Nationality: Italian
Scientific background: Pharmacist
Fun fact:  ex volleyball player, wannabe singer and videogames addicted!
Favorite book: fantasy books in general
Favorite drink: Gin Tonic with a slice of cucumber

 

In January 2019, Elena joined the Polymenidou lab as a PhD student, where she tries to elucidate mechanisms of toxicity of TDP-43 and FUS in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and FTD. In particular, she is eager to learn how FUS and TDP-43 regulates RNA homeostasis in the axon and at the synapse.    

 

Ivna Ivanković

Ivna Ivanković

Board position: Communication
Lab: Krauthammer lab
Nationality: Croatian
Scientific background: Molecular Biologist
Fun fact: Yoga teacher to be
Favorite book: The Metamorphosis
Favorite drink: White wine

 

Ivna is a molecular and computational biologist. She joined the Krauthammer Lab in 2020 to study cell-free DNA and its biomarker potential in cancer and pregnancy complications. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her pack, yoga and good food. She joined JUSCOR to connect with other DQBM young scientists and to make our voice in academia louder.

Désirée Schmitz

Desiree

Board position: Political Representative
Lab: Kümmerli lab
Nationality: German
Scientific background: Environmental Scientist (majoring in Biogeochemistry)
Fun fact: Some people call me the baking queen
Favorite book: Pope Joan
Favorite drink: Ginger beer (the spicy, alcoholic kind)

 

 

Désirée is a PhD student trying to understand how multispecies bacterial infections function and differ from infections caused by a single bacterial species. She is fascinated by questions like “How do pathogenic bacteria interact within a host and how does this change the disease outcome”? Besides being in the lab, every good day starts with running through the woods for her, offers some delicious food (can be self-made), a workout at ASVZ, and ends with spending time with family and friends.

 

Anjany Sekuboyina

Anjany Sekuboyina

Board position: All Rounder
Lab: Menze lab
Nationality: Indian
Scientific background: Master's in computer science. I work in the intersection of radiology and machine learning, trying to supposed doctors with computer-assisted diagnoses.

Fun fact: I spent 45 minutess 'googling' for one, but couldn't find one fun enough.
Favorite book: Catch-22
Favorite drink: Old-fashioned

In lab, I mostly take care of plants and sometimes code. Outside lab, I enjoy biking, bouldering, and yoga. With JUSCOR, I want to enable a sense of togetherness among the researchers in the department.