Members

Prof. Dr Eric J. N. Helfrich

Prof. Dr Eric J. N. Helfrich

Science Funding Award

JQYA Member 2023, Emmy Noether Programme

Research area: Natural Product Genomics

Research focus: Development of machine learning-based genome mining algorithms for the targeted identification of non-canonical natural product biosynthetic pathways in bacterial genomes, and characterization of natural product pathways.

Prof. Dr Maxim Bykov

Prof. Dr Maxim Bykov

JQYA Member 2023, ECR Starting Grant

Science Funding Award

Research area: Chemistry at Extreme Conditions

Research focus: Maxim’s group employs high-pressure techniques such as laser-heated diamond anvil cells and large-volume multianvil presses to synthesize novel materials. Pressure serves as an invaluable tool for characterizing fundamental interactions and processes, as well as for unlocking the potential of unexpected chemical compounds. Analogous to the way pressure transforms graphite into diamond, high-pressure methods can be used to create new materials with ultra-high hardness, high energy density, and unconventional physical properties. Maxim is exploring a wide range of compounds including new nitrides, oxides, and carbides – virtually every class of compounds holds possibilities for new discoveries.

Dr. Elena Bykova, JQYA Member 2023, Emmy Noether Programme

Dr. Elena Bykova

Science Funding Award

JQYA Member 2023, Emmy Noether Programme

Research area: High-pressure crystallography, chemistry and mineralogy

Research focus: Behaviour of matter at extreme conditions, such as high pressures and temperatures, e.g. chemical and structural transformations in materials related to deep interiors of Earth and extra-terrestrial rocky planets.

Dr. Sebastian Eckart

Science Funding Award

JQYA Member 2023, ECR Starting Grant

JQYA Fellow 2022

Research area: Atomic Physics

Research focus: Sebastian is an experimental physicist and works in the field of atomic physics focusing on photo-ionization of single atoms and molecules by strong laser fields with tailored properties. Sebastian and his team use laser pulses with a duration on the order of a millionth of a billionth of a second (a femtosecond) and measure the produced particles (electrons and ions) in coincidence. Using this approach, Sebastian’s team investigates quantum phenomena such as tunneling, interference and entanglement on ultrafast time scales.

Dr. Anna Wanka, JQYA Member 2022, Emmy Noether Programme

Dr. Anna Wanka

Science Funding Award

JQYA Member 2022, Emmy Noether Programme

Research area: Sociology of age and ageing

Research focus: Ageing and age constructions, social practices of un/doing age, life course transitions / retirement and the re/production of social inequalities across the life course, ageing in a digitized world as well as ageing and space.

Dr. Andreas Schlundt, JQYA Member 2018, Emmy Noether Programme

Dr. Andreas Schlundt

Science Funding Award

JQYA Member 2018, Emmy Noether Programme

Research area: Structural biology of mRNA-regulation

Research focus: The tight control of mRNA stability essentially contributes to gene product levels during devlopment and immune responses, where misbalance is a major cause of disease. In this context, we investigate the role of RNA-intrinsic elements that are recognized by regulatory proteins. We are using an integrated structural biology approach to obtain atomic pictures of these RNA-protein complexes and derive mechanistic details for cancer progression and autoimmunity.

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