Dr. Christina E. Weinberg, née Lünse

Principal Investigator at Leipzig University
Postdoc with Ronald R. Breaker at Yale University, USA
PhD at University of Bonn with Günter Mayer, Thesis: Riboswitches as new antibacterial drug targets
Diplom in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Bonn, Thesis with Michael Famulok on primary micro RNA processing

2020 Postdoc fellowship Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation
2016 6-month return fellowship, DFG, LU1889/2-1, host: Mario Mörl
2-year research fellowship, DFG, LU1889/1-1;
2-year research fellowship, German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD), declined

Jan A. Dewald, MSc.

Pre-Doc Award of the Research Academy Leipzig with Christina Weinberg (Leipzig University)
Master of Science in Biochemistry (Leipzig University)
Research assistant with Bachelor degree in the lab of Andreas J. Müller (University of Magdeburg)
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg); Thesis in the laboratory of Andreas J. Müller (University of Magdeburg)
Internship at Strathclyde University Glasgow in the group of Paul Herron

Activities and interests
almost any kind of ball sport (football, volleyball, handball etc.), bouldern, jogging, badminton, board games, casual gaming

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail:

Jessy-Lee Fournes, BSc.

since 2021
Master’s student in Biochemistry (Leipzig University)

Bachelor of Science in Bioanalytics (Hochschule Coburg), Thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Dirk Kuhlmeier at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology Leipzig

Assistent scientist at the Institute for Sensor and Actuator Technology Coburg

Activities and interests
any kind of outdoor activity (hiking, riding, climbing etc.), fitness, literature, baking, travelling

phone: +49 341 97 36923 mail:

Paul M. Tarlatt

since 2020
Biochemistry studies at Leipzig University

2019 – 2020
Orientation studies at TU Braunschweig – lectures in several natural science courses

Work Experience
since 2022
Research project at Rudolf Schönheimer Institute for Biochemistry – Antibody staining of larval Drosophila neuroblasts to determine spindle orientation during mitosis

2022 – 2023
Tutor for Principles of Biochemistry at Leipzig University

since 2021
Student assistant at Rudolf Schönheimer Institute for Biochemistry

Activities and interests
Member of junior-GBM (Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in Leipzig, podcasts, fitness, nutrition, travelling

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail:

Madhusmita Mahapatra

2020 – present

Integrated BS-MS student at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur, India, Dept.: Engineering Biology

Research Experience:
2022 (May to July)

Summer Intern at Molecular Biology section in the division of Virus Research and Therapeutics at CSIR- CDRI, Lucknow, India
Project: In silico SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid gene sequence analysis and its translation

2022 (December)
Winter Internship at Gene Manipulation Lab at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, India, Experience on Bio-materials, Nanoparticles

Awards and achievements:

  • DST- INSPIRE Scholarship holder (ongoing),
  • Smt. and Shri. B. Satyavrata Memorial Award for highest Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) until semester 4 at IISER
  • DAAD- Working Internship in Science and Engineering (WISE) programme scholarship awardee (2023)

Activities and interests:

Sports like Long distance running, Badminton; Ex- leader of the design team of LaVida (Biology Club of IISER), Hobbies like travelling, singing, dancing, drawing

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail:

Former Group Members

  • Lisa-Maria Wagner (intern, research assistant)
  • Anna Szynkarek (bachelor’s thesis)
  • Elena Jadzewski (internship)
  • Dr. V. Janett Olzog (master’s & PhD thesis)
  • Lena I. Freist (master’s thesis)
  • Dominik Tegl (bachelor’s thesis)
  • Andrine Frank (internship)
  • Richard Friedrich (master’s thesis, pre-doc)
  • Maria Dittmar (internship, master’s studies, Münster University)
  • Melanie Schulz (master’s thesis)
  • Yuliia Lihanova (master’s thesis)
  • Lena Philipp (bachelor’s thesis)
  • Caroline De Feyter (bachelor’s thesis, Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Marina Wolff (research assistant)

Group Fotos


Left to right: Christina Weinberg, Anna Szynkarek , Jan Dewald, Janett Olzog


Back row: Dominik Tegel, Richard Friedrich
Middle row: Lena Freist, Melanie Schulz, Jan Dewald
Front row: Janett Olzog, Christina Weinberg
Left to right: Richard Friedrich, Dominik Tegl, Melanie Schulz, Lena Freist, Janett Olzog, Jan Dewald, Christina Weinberg


Back row: Richard Friedrich, Janett Olzog
Front row: Christina Weinberg, Yuliia Lihanova


Christina Weinberg, Janett Olzog
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