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Who we are: Personal development and scientific discovery rely on curiosity, creativity, and multiple perspectives. As a team we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds thrive, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or country of origin. We value and foster collaboration within and outside our group, and we welcome multiple approaches and points of view.


Lida Holowatyj-den Toom

Sekretariat/Administrative assistant working Thursdays 8am - 5pm
D1.065, Tel. 77383, sofch[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Dr. Ignacio Sottorff

Ignacio studied biotechnology with emphasis in natural product chemistry in the Universidad de Concepcion, Chile (2009). There, he characterized the saponins produced by a sea cucumber using chromatographic (HPLC, TLC, CC) and spectroscopic methods (LC-MS/MS) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mario J. Silva. He then moved forward in his career to pursue a master degree in marine chemical biology in Scripps Institution of Oceanography-University of California at San Diego, USA. In the sunny California, he shifted gears and specialized in microbial natural products chemistry, working in different methods of chemical purification (resin based, HPLC-DAD-ELSD) and structure elucidation (HRLCMS, NMR), at the Prof. Dr. Willian Fenical´s group. Subsequently, Ignacio continued his education with a DAAD-funded doctoral project at GEOMAR-Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research at Kiel, Germany. There, he developed a project combining microbiology and microbial natural products chemistry to study the actinobacterial diversity of Easter Island (Chile) and their secondary metabolites, supervised by Prof. Dr. Johannes F. Imhoff (2019). In the Daumman Lab he is working on an ERC-funded project for the isolation and characterization of lanthanide chelators from microorganisms.

igsoch[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Dr. Katherine Fisher

Katie completed her M.Chem. at the University of Oxford in 2015. This involved a undertaking a year-long research project in developing methodology for late stage fluorination for application to PET imaging. She then undertook a D.Phil. in Biomedical Imaging (Inorganic Chemistry) in the group of Professor Stephen Faulkner at the University of Oxford. Her D.Phil. thesis explored the fundamental magnetic and electronic properties of the rare earth elements in order to further their use in applications such as medical imaging. Always willing to learn something new, Katie has also undertaken short research projects in ultrasound and MRI. She is now undertaking a Postdoctoral Research position in the Daumann group working on the ERC project, offering expertise in lanthanide chemistry.

kafich[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Niko Jonasson

Model complexes for Fe/α-ketoglutarate dependent oxidases for the elucidation of demethylation mechanisms in TET-enzymes, PhD Student (since July 2018)

Niko studied for a Masters Degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the University of Heidelberg and conducted his research for his master thesis in our laboratory in collaboration with the Comba group. He did his Bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Gade and previously conducted research internships at the university of Innsbruck and Harvard university.

Email: niko.jonasson[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de, Lab: D2.062, Phone: 77423

Violeta Vetsova

Model complexes for REE-Methanoldehydrogenase Enzymes, PhD Student (since December 2018)

Violeta studied for a Masters Degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the LMU with emphasis on inroganic and organic chemistry. She prepared her Bachelor Thesis in organic chemistry the group of Prof. Paul Knochel and presviously was an intern at Bayer in Wuppertal and in our group. She continued her PhD with us after completing her Masters Thesis on Model complexes for REE-Methanoldehydrogenase Enzymes.

Email: violeta.vetsova[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de, Lab D3.061, Phone: 77475

Helena Singer

Biochemistry of the Lanthanides and Actinides. PhD Student (since January 2019).

Helena studied for a Masters Degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the LMU with emphasis on inorganic and physical chemistry. She prepared her Bachelor Thesis in inorganic chemistry the group of Prof. Dirk Johrendt and presviously was an intern with Prof. Bein and Prof. Kornath and well as in the group of Dr. Zwickenpflug at the Walther-Straub-Institute. She is currenty pursuing her PhD with us after completing her Masters Thesis in the working group of Dr. Steinritz at the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxikology, German armed forces. She is also working on the MZL Project: Vernetzes Curriculum Biologie/Chemie.

Email: helena.singer[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de, Lab: D3.062, Phone: 77476

Tri Phi

Biochemistry of the Lanthanides. PhD Student (since October 2019).

Tri continued his Master’s studies at the LMU after receiving his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry there. With majors in biochemistry and organic chemistry, he conducted lab rotation with Thomas Carell (LMU), Thorsten Bach (TU Munich) and Dieter Edbauer (DZNE), covering topics of epigenetics, neurodegenerative diseases and total synthesis. For his master’s thesis he hopped the pond and joined the lab of Prof. Chris Chang at the University of California, Berkeley working on novel amino acid-specific bioconjugation reactions. Outside the lab, he is a member of the student initiative btS e.V. and organizes local network events and workshops to give life science students an early insight into industry. Moreover, he enjoys browsing the world wide web for cat gifs and dank memes.

Email: Tri.phi[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de, Lab: D3.062, Phone: 77476

Sophie Gutenthaler

Synthesis and characterization of bioinspired lanthanide chelators (PhD Student since April 2020)

Sophie studied for a master’s degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the LMU Munich after completing her bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the same university. She prepared her bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Klüfers and was a research intern in the groups of Dr. Schredelseker at the Walther Straub Institute, Prof. Trapp at the LMU and Prof. Duhme-Klair at the University of York. Before starting her PhD with us, she prepared her master thesis in our group working on bioinspired lanthanide chelators.

Lab D2.062, Phone: 77418/77423

sophie.gutenthaler[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Annika Menke

Investigations of Fe(IV)=O complex reactivity against synthetic nucleobases (PhD Student since April 2020)

Annika studied for a master’s degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the LMU Munich with emphasis on inorganic and organic chemistry after completing her bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in a transnational chemistry program (Regio Chimica) at the Albert-Ludwig university of Freiburg and université de l’Haute Alsace Mulhouse. She prepared her bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Weber and was a research intern in the groups of Prof. Newman at the university of Ottawa, Prof. Carell at the LMU and in our group. Before starting her PhD with us, she prepared her master thesis in our group working on complex formation of cisplatin with 5-methylcytosine.

Lab D3.061, Phone: 77475

annika.menke[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Rachel Janßen

Investigations of Fe(IV)=O reactivity in epigenetics (PhD Student since May 2020)

Lab D3.061, Phone: 77475

rachel.janssen[@]cup.uni-muenchen.de

Rachel studied for a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry (B.Sc.) at the LMU Munich and subsequently completed her master‘s degree in Chemistry (M.Sc.) at the LMU with emphasis on organic and inorganic chemistry. She prepared her Bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Klüfers and was a research intern in the group of Prof. Knochel and our group. Before starting her PhD with us, she prepared her master thesis in our group working on the synthesis of pyrroloquinoline quinone derivatives as model complexes.

Ioana Ciubotaru

MDH Biomimetics (Master's Thesis)

Lab D3.061, Phone: 77475

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Jan Kruse

Master Student

Benedikt Nißl, Hiwi, Lehre

Remy aka Puriflash XS

Cherished Labmember that runs our columns...

Labpets

Neons, shrimps and snails (since April 2016)

Alumni

Dr. Henning Widmann, geb. Lumpe

Synthetic Models for REE-Methanoldehydrogenase Enzymes, (PhD Student June 2016 - December 2019, Postdoc January 2020 - September 2020)

Henning started his studies back in 2009 through participating in the Bachelor program of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the LMU Munich. He prepared his bachelor thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. Dirk Trauner. After seven months of “work & travel“ in New Zealand, he continued his studies and started the Master’s program of the LMU in October 2013. He prepared his Master Thesis In the group of Prof. Dr. Paul Knochel and finished his studies in March 2016 by obtaining the Master’s Degree in chemistry.

Dr. Berenice Jahn

Mechanistic Studies of REE-Dependent Methanoldehydrogenase, PhD Student (January 2017 - August 2020)

In 2009 Bere started her undergraduate studies in chemistry and biochemistry at the LMU Munich. She prepared her bachelor thesis in nanochemistry in the group of Prof. Dr. Bettina Lotsch. During 2014 she did an internship abroad in the group of Prof. Dr. Jenny Martin at the UQ in Australia (structural biology). In 2016 she prepared her master thesis in cell biology in the group of Prof. Dr. Angelika Vollmar and finished her postgraduate studies in August 2016 by obtaining the Master´s degree in Biochemistry.