Big Congrats to Elisa for her group leader position & to Hae-Na for her Master’s

Exciting News:

Elisa got accepted as a CRC1218 research group leader and will open her own lab very soon:
For further details about her research and potential open positions feel free to contact her directly:

and Hae-Na defended successfully her master thesis about mitochondria trafficking in Purkinje neurons. She will stay in close proximity and start her PhD work in Elisa’s group.

Get-together picture after Hae-Nas online zoom defense in our kitchen in CECAD

Good Bye Gulzar

Gulzar is leaving us to start a new postdoc period in the Lab of Magdalena Götz in Munich. We miss a friend and a highly regarded colleague. It won’t be same without you! We wish you all the best for your new start and scientific adventures 😉

The ‚corona mask picture‘ gives an impersonal impression but we do like each other from time to time 🙂

Esther defended her PhD Work

Yet another online PhD Defense took place. We watched her defense via zoom and can attest: she did great! Congratulations. Esther concentrated on glia cells and observed the role of NEMO/NF-кB signaling in microglia and astrocytes reacting to brain injury. She is off now to another adventure in life 😉 We will see her back in the lab after her maternity and parental leave.

Congrats to Dr. Wani! Another great online PhD Defense

Gulzar discovered important new functions of a mitochondrial protease in adult neural stem cells during his time as a PhD student. His work was supported by the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research. Unfortunately personal contact was still limited due to corona regulations but we tried our best to celebrate this great day! Gulzar and his expertise will stay a little longer in the lab 😉 Needless to say: We are very happy about that.

Paper Dinner

We had dinner together to celebrate the acceptance of our paper. We revealed that mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum contacts in reative astrocytes promote vascular remodeling: here you go 😉 Congrats especially to the first author Jana who left us for good to explore non-academic job possibilties. We miss her a lot, wish her all the best and hope for a lot of coffee visits.