People

Dr. Christina E. Weinberg, née Lünse

Education
2017-present Principal Investigator at Leipzig University
2013-2016 Postdoc with Ronald R. Breaker at Yale University, USA
2009-2012 PhD at University of Bonn with Günter Mayer, Thesis: Riboswitches
as new antibacterial drug targets
2004-2009 Diplom in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Bonn, Thesis with
Michael Famulok on primary micro RNA processing

Awards
2020 Postdoc fellowship Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation
2016 6-month return fellowship, DFG, LU1889/2-1, host: Mario Mörl
2013
2-year research fellowship, DFG, LU1889/1-1;
2-year research fellowship, German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD), declined

V. Janett Olzog, MSc.

Education
since 2018 PhD student
2017-2018 
Pre-Doc Award of the Research Academy Leipzig with Christina Weinberg (Leipzig University)
2015-2017
Master of Science in Biochemistry (Biotechnology and Environmental Biochemistry, Leipzig University)
2012-2015
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Thesis in the laboratory of Mario Mörl (Leipzig University)

Activities and interests
since 2019             member of the t.e.a.m. program for graduate students
since 2017             member of the student initiative btS Leipzig
since 2016            partner acrobatic, dancing Rock’n’Roll

phone: +49 341 97 38523 mail: janett.olzog@uni-leipzig.de

Richard Friedrich, MSc.

Education
2020-2021
Winner of Pre-Doc Award of the Research Academy with Christina Weinberg (Leipzig University)
2017-2020
Master of Science Biochemistry (Leipzig University)
2014-2017
Bachelor of Science Biochemistry; Thesis in the laboratory of John T. Heiker (Leipzig University)

Activities and interests
board game nights, beard culture, beer tasting, blood donation, and – of course – biochemistry!

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail: richard.friedrich@uni-leipzig.de

Jan A. Dewald, BSc.

Education
2019-present
Master of Science in Biochemistry (Leipzig University)
2019
Research assistant with Bachelor degree in the lab of Andreas J. Müller (University of Magdeburg)
2015-2019
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg); Thesis in the laboratory of Andreas J. Müller (University of Magdeburg)
10/2017-02/2018
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: jan.dewald@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Lena Freist, BSc.

Education
2019-present
Master of Science in Biochemistry (Leipzig University)
2016-2019
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Thesis in the laboratory of Andrea A. Robitzki (Leipzig University)

Activities and interests  
horseback riding, reading all kinds of books, board game nights with friends and caring for my two crazy cats     

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail: lena.freist@uni-leipzig.de

Melanie Schulz, BSc.

Education
2018-present
Master of Science in Biochemistry (Leipzig University)
2015-2018
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Thesis in the laboratory of Thorsten Berg (Leipzig University)
08/2019 – 02/2020
Erasmus + exchange semester at Stockholm Universitet; Laboratory internship at the working group of Henrietta Nielsen (Stockholm University)
08/2016 – 03/ 2017
Student assistant in the working group of Gerd Poeggel (Leipzig University)

Activities and interests  
pen and paper role play, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, casual gaming and caring for plants.          

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail: melanie.schulz@uni-leipzig.de

Dominik Tegl

phone: +49 341 97 36974 mail: dominik.tegl@uni-leipzig.de

Former Group Members

  • Yuliia Lihanova
  • Lena Philipp
  • Caroline De Feyter
  • Marina Wolff