Doctoral candidates

In addition to the interdisciplinary development of the graduate programmes, the Jena Alliance "Life in Focus" directly funds individual doctoral projects with an interdisciplinary orientation. All doctoral projects are located in one of the participating graduate schools of the Jena Alliance.
Kristina Schädel Kristina Schädel Image: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Kristina Schädel

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Topic: Pea aphids and their facultative bacterial endosymbionts: exploring the occurrence, effects and mechanism of a widespread symbiosis

Supervisors: Prof. Jonathan Gershenzon, Dr. Grit Kunert

Contact: kschaedel@ice.mpg.de

 

Pooja Snehrashmi Mehta Pooja Snehrashmi Mehta Image: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Pooja Snehrashmi Mehta

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Topic: Recruitment and maintenance of the Nicotiana attenuata root microbiome

Supervisors: Prof. I.T. Baldwin, Prof. Dr. E. Kothe

Contact: pmehta@ice.mpg.de

 

Romy Rietschel Romy Rietschel Image: Hans Knöll Institute

Romy Rietschel

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

Topic: Natural products in reconstituted microbiomes

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Hertweck, Prof. Dr. A. A. Brakhage

Contact: romy.rietschel@leibniz-hki.de

 

Mahnoor Zulfiqar Mahnoor Zulfiqar Image: Private

Mahnoor Zulfiqar

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute for Analytical Chemistry

Topic: Integrative analysis of metabolomics and transcriptomic data

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Steinbeck, Prof. Dr. G. Pohnert

Contact: mahnoor.zulfiqar@uni-jena.de

 

Carlos Sevilla Carlos Sevilla Image: Private

Carlos Sevilla

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Topic: Quantum information processing with spatially modulated photons

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Tünnermann, apl. Prof. Dr. U. Zeitner, Dr. F. Steinlechner

Contact: carlos.sevilla@iof.fraunhofer.de

 

Ayda Nemati Vesali Azar Ayda Nemati Vesali Azar Image: JSMC

Ayda Nemati Vesali Azar

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM)

Topic: Stimulus release from structured glass surfaces

Supervisors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. L. Wondraczek, Dr. P. Stallforth

Contact: ayda.azar@uni-jena.de

 

Gaukhar Zhurgenbayeva Gaukhar Zhurgenbayeva Image: Private

Gaukhar Zhurgenbayeva

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute for Applied Optics and Biophysics

Topic: Organ-on-chip: quantitative imaging of microbial dynamics

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. C. Eggeling, Prof. Dr. M. T. Figge

Contact: gaukhar.zhurgenbayeva@uni-jena.de

 

Raquel Alonso-Roman Raquel Alonso-Roman Image: Hans Knöll Institute

Raquel Alonso-Roman

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

Topic: The interaction of Candida albicans with antagonistic bacteria in a Gut-on-Chip model

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. B. Hube, PD Dr. A. Mosig

Contact: raquel.roman@leibniz-hki.de

 

Evans Osahon Iyamu Evans Osahon Iyamu Image: Private

Evans Osahon Iyamu

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)

Topic: Hydrophobicity for exchange of signals

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. E. Kothe

Contact: evans.osahon.iyamu@uni-jena.de

 

Trang Vuong Trang Vuong Image: JSMC

Trang Vuong

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Matthias Schleiden Institute

Topic: Biotic interactions of different stages of a green algal life cycle in a natural-structured microverse environment

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. M. Mittag

Contact: trang.vuong@uni-jena.de

 

Stefanie Lawrinowitz Stefanie Lawrinowitz Image: Hans Knöll Institute

Stefanie Lawrinowitz

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

Topic: Secondary metabolome dynamics in structured artificial microhabitats

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. D. Hoffmeister, Prof. Dr. E. Kothe

Contact: stefanie.lawrinowitz@uni-jena.de

 

Christian Hayn Christian Hayn Image: Private

Christian Wolfgang Hayn

Allocation: Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM), Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)

Topic: Investigating the molecular differences underlying the functional impairment of aged muscle stem cells

Supervisors: Dr. J. v. Maltzahn

Contact: christian.hayn@leibniz-fli.de

 

Antonella Belén De Costa Guardamagna Antonella Belén De Costa Guardamagna Image: Private

Antonella Belén De Costa Guardamagna

Allocation: Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM), FSU Jena - Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics/ Biophysics

Topic: Labile heme: visualization and management of an indispensable cell stressor

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. S. Heinemann

Contact: antonella.de.costa.guardamagna@uni-jena.de

 

Jisna Jose Jisna Jose Image: JSMC

Jisna Jose

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institut of Microbiology

Topic: The basis of resilience in the A. thaliana leaf microbiota

Supervisors: Dr. M. Agler, Prof. Dr. I. T. Baldwin

Contact: jisna.jose@uni-jena.de

 

Nino Eberhardt Nino Eberhardt Image: JSMC

Nino Eberhardt

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry

Topic: Photoinducible Localizable Modulators

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. H.-D. Arndt, Dr. P. Stallforth

Contact: nino.eberhardt@uni-jena.de

 

Justine Wagner Justine Wagner Image: Private

Justine Alexandra Wagner

Allocation: Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM), Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)

Topic: Molecular characterization of axonopathy-causing mutations in Atlastins

Supervisors: Dr. habil. C. Kaether

Contact: justine.wagner@leibniz-fli.de

 

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Marycolette Ezediokpo

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Topic: Volatiles in the root-mycorrhiza interaction

Supervisors: Prof. E. Kothe, Prof. em. W. Boland

Contact: mezediokpu@ice.mpg.de

 

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Mona Katrin Schurig

Allocation: Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM)

Topic: Impact of alterations in glycosylation patterns in disease and aging

Supervisors: Prof. C. Hübner

Contact: MonaKatrin.Schurig@med.uni-jena.de

 

Oskar Kohout Oskar Kohout Image: Private

Oskar Kohout

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Topic: Development of multi-photon sources and quantum information processing hardware for application in advanced quantum communication protocols

Supervisors: Dr. F. Steinlechner, Prof. A. Tünnermann

Contact: oskar.kohout@uni-jena.de

 

Sebastian Ritter Sebastian Ritter Image: Private

Sebastian Ritter

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Topic: Investigation of Single Photon Sources for Applications in Quantum Communication and Sensing

Supervisors: Dr. F. Eilenberger, Prof. A. Tünnermann

Contact: sebastian.ritter@uni-jena.de

 

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Emma Brambila Tamayo

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Topic: Multi-photon sources for quantum sensing and imaging

Supervisors: Dr. M. Gräfe, Prof. A. Tünnermann

Contact: emma.celina.brambila-tamayo@iof.fraunhofer.de

 

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Gregor Sauer

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)

Topic: Cavity-Enhanced Downconversion for Quantum Sensing and Communication

Supervisors: Dr. F. Steinlechner, Prof. A. Tünnermann

Contact: gregor.sauer@uni-jena.de

 

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Tanvi Bhagwat

Allocation: Jena School of Molecular Medicine (JSMM)

Topic: Investigating adaptive response mechanisms in autoimmune encephalitis with autoantibodies to the AMPA receptor by super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Supervisors: Prof. B. Qualmann, Prof. C. Geis

Contact: Tanvi.Bhagwat@med.uni-jena.de

 

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Sonja Türpitz

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Matthias Schleiden Institute

Topic: Modelling and computer simulation of multipartite lung microbiome systems

Supervisors: Prof. S. Schuster, Prof. A. Brakhage

Contact: sonja.tuerpitz@uni-jena.de

 

Alexander Iliou Alexander Iliou Image: HKI

Alexander Iliou

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

Topic: How to become a chloroplast? - Deciphering primary events in the evolution of phototrophic endosymbionts in a phagocytic predator

Supervisor: Dr. F. Hillmann

Contact: alexander.iliou@leibniz-hki.de

 

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Paula Seibold

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute of Pharmacy

Topic: Stimulation of basidiomycete indoleethylamine metabolism by spatiotemporal light and temperature gradients

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. D. Hoffmeister

Contact: paula.sophie.seibold@uni-jena.de

 

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Kerstin Unger

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute of Microbiology

Topic: Pathogenicity factors as public goods - rethinking the role of “pathogens” in beneficial plant microbiomes

Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Agler, Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe

Contact: kerstin.unger@uni-jena.de

 

Xiuqiang Chen Xiuqiang Chen Image: JSMC

Xiuqiang Chen

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

Topic: Microbiota-driven risk assessment, prevention and clearance of invasive aspergillosis

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. G. Panagiotou, Prof. Dr. A. Brakhage

Contact: Xiuqiang.Chen@hki-jena.de

 

Jonathan Hammer Jonathan Hammer Image: Franziska Barth

Jonathan Hammer

Allocation: Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), FSU Jena - Institute of Microbiology

Topic: Microbial Interactions

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. C. Jogler, Dr. M. v. Teeseling

Contact: jonathan.hammer@uni-jena.de

 

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Mohammad Sadegh Vafaeinezhad

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP), Institute of Physical Chemistry

Topic: Frequency conversion in fiber lasers for coherent Raman microscopy

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Popp

Contact: msadegh.vafaeinezhad@maxplanckschools.de

 

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Muyi Yang

Allocation: Abbe School of Photonics (ASP), Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP), Institute of Solid State Physics

Topic: Optical and structural properties of functional semiconductor nanostructures

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. I. Staude

Contact: muyi.yang@uni-jena.de