Prof. Dr. Dominik Niopek

Professor & Head of Department

Research Interest: Protein Engineering, Synthetic Biology, CRISPR

Hobbies: Hiking, Reading, Annoying neighbors by playing drums

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Dr. Jan Mathony

Junior Group Leader

Research Interest: Switchable Proteins, Allostery, CRISPR

Hobbies: Hiking, Photography, Music

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Dr. Holger Schäfer

Student Counselor, Teacher

Research Interest: Molecular and cell biology

Hobbies: Watching movies in an oldfashioned theatre, Listening to baseball broadcasts (Go Giants), Death Valley hiking

Dr. Cornelius Domhan

Study Program Manager, Student Counselor, Teacher

Research Interest: Antibiotics

Hobbies: Burg Hohenrechberg, Furnologie

Petra Fellhauer

Personal Assistant

Hedwig Sauer-Gürth

Technical Assistant

Heidi Staudter

Technical Assistant

Research Interest: Supporting the group

Hobbies: Botany, Birding

Sabine Aschenbrenner

Technical Assistant

Research Interest: Launching into a cosmic odyssey, where experimentation becomes an art form, sculpted through the eternal dance of time and quality optimization

Hobbies: Elder Scrolls Online

Luca Brenker

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Transcriptional/Translational Regulation, CRISPR, Endogenous Sensors

Hobbies: Hiking, Cooking, Triathlon

Nicholas Southern

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Protein Engineering, Bacteriophages, Retrons

Hobbies: Traveling, Music, Video Games

Benedict Wolf

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: ML, Protein Engineering, Computational Biology

Hobbies: Photography, Bouldering, FPV drones

Ann-Sophie Kröll

Ph.D. Student

Research Interest: Genome Editing, Protein Engineering, Protein Switches

Hobbies: Quidditch, Basketball

Pegi Shehu

Master Student, Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interest: Protein Design & Engineering, Antibodies, Immunology

Hobbies: Reading, Singing, Coffee time, Traveling

Paul Kittner

Master Student, MobiTech

Research Interest: Designing the smallest of machinery to fulfill the grand dreams from tomorrow.

Hobbies: Bouldering, Chess, Competitive Programming

Simon Westermann

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Genome Editing, Protein Engineering, Protein Evolution

Hobbies: Running, Gaming

Frido Petersen

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Protein engineering, CRISPR

Hobbies: Watching and playing Football, enjoying a good cup of coffee

Nele Pascale Happ

Bachelor Student, MobiTech

Research Interest: Genome Editing, Thermal Protein Switches

Hobbies: Swimming, Hiking, Books

Alisa Hovsepyan

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Machine Learning, Protein Engineering, Bioinformatics

Hobbies: Playing the guitar, reading, visiting classical concerts

Merlin Marquard

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Protein engineering, phage-assisted evolution, protein switching behaviour

Hobbies: Drumming, orchestral composing; reading, creative writing, bouldering, wrestling, MMA, calisthenics, snowboarding; coffee head

Cedric Marquard

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Phage-Assisted Evolution, Protein Engineering

Hobbies: Bouldering, Ballroom and Latin Dance, Drumming, Yoga

Kira Hoffmann

Bachelor Student, MoBiTech

Research Interest: Protein Engineering, Thermal Protein Switches

Hobbies: Reading, Volleyball, Puzzles

David Noé

Bachelor Student, Biomedicine & Bioinformatics UZH

Research Interest: Regulation of CRISPR, Ribozymes

Hobbies: Home-Barista, Indie-Music & Drumming, Kitesurfing, Reading


  • Joshua Eigenmann (Intern)
  • Dr. Pinku Sarmah (Post-doc)
  • Kaloyan Staykov (Pre-registration Pharmacist)
  • Dustin Schilling (Intern)
  • Michelle Emmert (Intern)
  • Lennart Dignas (Intern)
  • Dario Andrea Prifti (HiWi)
  • Stefanie Grosse (Post-doc)
  • Mareike D. Hoffmann (PhD student)
  • Philipp Münch (B.Sc. thesis, M.Sc. thesis)
  • Philipp Becker (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Melis Kazandöven (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Klara Eisenhauer (Intern)
  • Jan Birkel (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Janus Kröner (B.Sc. thesis, Biomol. engineering, TU Darmstadt)
  • Tobias Stadelmann (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Dustin Zielinski (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Felix Bubeck (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Niklas Urbanek (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Michael Jendrusch (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Daniel Heid (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Stefan Holderbach (Intern)
  • Adrian Huck (Intern)
  • Andreas Bietz (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Hendrik Landerer (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Christina Stengl (Intern)
  • Thore Bürgel (Intern)
  • Judith Notbohm (Intern)
  • Julia Botta (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Stefanie Reisenauer (Intern)
  • Laura Dietz (Intern)
  • Manuel Mastel (Intern)
  • Sara Dionisi (Intern)
  • Max Waldhauer (Intern)
  • Clarissa Schäfer (HiWi)
  • Carolin Gebhardt (PhD Student)
  • Alexander Pattberg (M.Sc. Thesis)
  • Jan Kalkowski (Intern)
  • Luis Hauptmann (B.Sc. thesis)
  • Juliane Rohland (Intern)
  • Maximilian Fidlin (HiWi)