linking experts together

“Identifying the mode of action of a lead molecule in a biological system is a major challenge and can – to our conviction – only be tackled in an interdisciplinary way. Thus we built a multidisciplinary team at targenomix competent in a wide range of disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and last not least systems and computational biology. An unmet range of competences, enthusiastic and highly skilled scientists and the culture of a start-up company – this is what makes targenomix unique!“

 

Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer

Director of the MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology and research director at targenomix

 

our teamwork in perfection …

Dr. Alexander Bartholomäus has a scientific background in applied bioinformatics. He studied molecular biology and bioinformatics at the University of Potsdam. Alexander has experience in analyzing biological networks and automated image analysis for large-scale phenotyping. During his PhD at University of Potsdam and University of Hamburg he integrated RNA-Seq, Ribosome Profiling, and RNA secondary structure datasets to study the role of translation regulation and its interplay with RNA secondary structure. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Thomas Degenkolbe studied biology at the University of Potsdam. He did his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam working on the identification of drought tolerance markers in a diverse population of rice cultivars by gene expression and metabolite profiling. In 2008 Thomas joined Lothar Willmitzer’s group as a postdoctoral researcher and focused on the analysis and interpretation of metabolomics data of plants challenged with changing environmental conditions. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Anett Döring studied biology and earned her PhD in molecular plant physiology at the University of Potsdam in 2013. After her graduation Anett was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam. Her area of focus includes live-cell imaging, thus performing spinning disc confocal laser microscopy to visualize and understand structural and dynamic behavior of compartments inside plant cells. Anett acquired a high degree of technical specialization, data processing, and image analysis in the field of microscopy. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Anne Endler’ research interests are in cell biology, plant cell wall, and proteomics. After finishing her studies in Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam, Anne went to Switzerland to perform her PhD at the University of Zurich investigating the vacuolar membrane proteome. From 2010 until 2014 she studied cellulose synthesis as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology using cell biological and genetic approaches. [publications] [contact]

Norma Funke started as a lab technician at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam in 2001. During that time she collected a thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of molecular and biochemistry lab techniques. Norma further specialized in the field of cell biology, when she joined the DOE Plant Research Lab at the Michigan State University in Michigan, USA in 2007, before she came back to the Max Planck Institute in 2008. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Sascha Gille has a scientific background in the field of molecular biology and molecular plant physiology. He studied biology at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Upon completing his studies Sascha worked as a scientific consultant at TIB MolBiol GmbH in Berlin. In 2006 Sascha started his PhD work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, working on plant cell walls. Soon after, he moved to Michigan State Universities Plant Research Lab in the United States to continue his research in this field. In 2010 Sascha received his PhD in molecular plant physiology from the University of Potsdam. From 2010 – 2013 Sascha joined the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California-Berkeley in the US, where he worked in the field of biofuels from plant biomass. In 2013 Sascha joined Bayer CropScience AG, Germany as a lab and project leader in Weed Control Research. In the beginning of 2017 he took over as the project leader for the collaboration with targenomix GmbH.[publications] [contact]

Dr. Thomas Herter has a scientific background in biochemistry and analytical chemistry. He studied biology and did his PhD at the Humboldt University Berlin in 2009. Thomas continued as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. The research was focused on nucleotide sugar measurements in plants using LC-MS and the characterization of enzymes which are important in the interconversion of these cell wall precursor molecules. In 2013 he joined the Systems Biology group of Dr. Joshua Heazlewood in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA, to investigate proteins involved in the biosynthesis of plant cell wall. He earned extensive experiences in proteomics and metabolomics. Beyond this Thomas received his master in toxicology at the University of Leipzig in 2013. [publications] [contact]

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Dr. Jan Hummel was an information technology freelancer before he completed his diploma degree in computer science at the University of Potsdam in 2004. He gained his PhD in 2010 for his research on machine learning from mass spectroscopy data in the Bioinformatics group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam. Jan has since held a postdoctoral research fellow position at the MPIMP, continuing to work on software and data bases for metabolomics analyses before he joined targenomix in 2014. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Sabine Kahlau has a scientific background in the field of molecular plant biology with focus on plant organelles. Sabine studied biology at RWTH Aachen and received her doctoral degree in 2008 from the University of Potsdam. During this time and her postdoctoral research experience at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in Perth, Australia, she focused on the analysis of plastid- and photosynthesis-related gene expression. Her research covered various model plants (e.g. Arabidopsis, tomato, and tobacco) and organs (e.g. leaves and fruits). As a laboratory head at the biotech company Qiagen, she was responsible for PCR-based tests in the field of food security, including detection of food-related pathogens, genetically modified crops and tests for food authentication. [publications][contact]

Dr. Sabrina Kleeßen has a scientific background in the field of computational and systems biology. She received a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics from the Free University of Berlin in 2008 and a master’s degree from the University of Potsdam in 2010. Before joining targenomix in 2014, Sabrina was working as a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam. Her main research interest focuses on devising computational approaches, originating from constraint-based optimization and network concepts, to integrate high-throughput read-outs from various cellular components. [publications] [contact]

Corina Kleps has a scientific background in the field of molecular biology and biochemistry. She studied biotechnology at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and received her master’s degree in 2014. During her master thesis, Corina was working in the field of cell-free protein synthesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Potsdam. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Sebastian Klie has a scientific background in the field of computational and systems biology, particularly in omics data analysis. In 2006, he worked on approaches for proteomics data analysis and database storage at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, England. Sebastian received his doctoral degree in bioinformatics at the University of Potsdam in 2011. Until the beginning of 2014, Sebastian was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam. His research interests focus on computational approaches for integration of omics-data, analysis of transcriptional regulatory networks, and automated gene function prediction. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Pascal von Koskull-Döring has a scientific background in the field of plant molecular biology. He studied biology and received his doctoral degree at the University of Frankfurt in 2003. Until the beginning of 2008, Pascal was Junior Professor for Molecular Cell Biology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt with research focus on abiotic stress response in plants. He joined Bayer CropScience AG in 2008 as lab and project leader in the areas of Weed Control and Crop Efficiency Research. From 2012 to 2014 he gained experience as Innovation Manager within Corporate Development of Bayer AG in Leverkusen. Beginning of 2014, he returned to Bayer CropScience AG as project leader of the collaboration with targenomix GmbH. [publications] [contact]

Sylvia Lange finished her master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam in 2014 after studying biotechnology at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. During her master thesis at the MPIMP in Golm she studied plastid gene expression during ontogenesis in tobacco. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Marc Lohse obtained a strong background in plant molecular biology at the universities of Bonn and Potsdam and joined the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology after receiving his PhD in 2005. After working in the wet lab for more than 6 years, he took the opportunity to move on to the field of computational biology. In the following 7 years as a post-doctoral researcher he focused on transcriptomics analysis, genome-scale functional annotation, functional ontology development and the development of specialized software applications deploying omics technologies for wet lab researchers. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Nádia F. Martins has a scientific background in the field of photosynthesis. She studied biology at the Faculty of Sciences in Lisbon University and later undertook her PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. She completed her doctoral degree in 2013 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the same institute before joining targenomix in 2014. During her PhD, Nádia investigated the adjustment mechanisms of the photosynthetic electron transport chain with particular focus on the regulation of the chloroplast ATP synthase. Her research interests include photosynthesis, plant physiology, and biochemistry. [publications] [contact]

Axel Nagel has a background in electronic and computer engineering. He has started 1998 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics in the field of bioinformatics databases. In 2007 he moved to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. Axel has created the Gabi Primary Database (www.gabipd.org) and the MapMan Software Application (mapman.gabipd.org). His main fields of expertise are data visualization, data integration and high performance computing. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Jost Neigenfind has a scientific background in the field of computational and systems biology. He studied bioinformatics at the Free University of Berlin and received his PhD from the University of Potsdam in 2013. Until the beginning of 2014, Jost was postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. His research interests focus on algebraic and computational approaches for the analysis of chemical reaction networks and discrete optimization problems from systems biology. [publications] [contact]

Sandra Otto studied law at the University of Potsdam with focus on commercial law, corporate law, and media law. Beyond this, she successfully conducted a part-time further education in “Fachkraft für Rechnungswesen” at IHK Potsdam. At targenomix Sandra took over the responsibility for administrative duties. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Daniel Passon has a background in molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and structural biology. Daniel studied biology at the University of Bochum and received his doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Australia for his structural and functional analysis of human paraspeckle proteins. Following the PhD, Daniel worked as postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hamburg on the peroxisomal protein import machinery and studied the in vivo protein crystallization within peroxisomes for its potential as a crystallization platform and in cellulo structural solution in yeasts. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Kerstin Petersen studied biology at WWU Münster and University of Helsinki, Finland. For the diploma and PhD theses Kerstin joined Ralph Bock’s lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam. Here she focused on basic research of organellar gene expression and its use for biotechnological applications. After receiving her doctoral degree Kerstin worked on plant molecular chaperones in Elizabeth Vierling’s lab at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA as well as on coccolithophoric algae back at MPIMP. Beyond this she is completing the distance study “Agriculture/Agricultural Management” at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. [publications] [contact]

Steffi Schönefeld finished her education as a lab technician in 2012 and started working in the Algal Biomineralization group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. Steffi gained competence in a wide variety of molecular biology and cell biology techniques. She worked on the development of algal transformation systems and was responsible for the maintenance of a culture collection and the overall organisation of the lab. Steffi joined targenomix in 2016. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Florian Schröder exhibits expertise in various areas of plant science comprising molecular biology, metabolism, and physiology. Florian studied biochemistry at the University of Potsdam where he also graduated in the field of plant science in 2011. During his PhD thesis as well as postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, his research interests concern complex interactions in plants on multiple levels. As a result, Florian is familiar with a broad range of methods and experienced in analyzing and interpreting large datasets from metabolite profiling and beyond. [publications] [contact]

Dr. Dirk Steinhauser has a scientific background in general biology with focus on physiology and biochemistry as well as systems biology and bioinformatics. He studied biology at the University of Potsdam and received his doctoral degree in 2005 for the integrative analysis of data derived from high-throughput ‘omics technologies. His research at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology has been focused across many disciplines within a broader systems biology framework on a number of organisms ranging from bacteria to plants and mammals. As senior researcher at the MPIMP he led project groups focusing on cyanobacterial diversity and systems metabolomics. In his spare time, Dirk is actively involved in projects focusing on the protection and conservation of bat species illustrating his general interest in biology. [publications] [contact]

Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer is director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and serves targenomix as the chief scientific consultant. He has a scientific background in chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and metabolomics. After his studies in chemistry and his PhD in biophysics he worked several years with Prof. Schell on the Agrobacterium system before he became founding director of the gene technology center in Berlin (1986) and finally founding director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam (1994). He published more than 350 scientic publications (h-factor : 76). In addition to targenomix he was one of the founders of several other plant biotech companies (e.g. metanomics GmbH; Planttec GmbH). [publications] [contact]

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