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 (University of Leipzig)
2014-2017 Bachelor of Science Biochemistry; Thesis in the laboratory of
John T. Heiker (University of Leipzig)

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

Yuliia Lihanova, BSc.

Education
2018-present Master of Science in Biology (Leipzig University)
2015-2018 Bachelor of Science in Biology; thesis in the laboratory of
Alexandra Müllner-Rhiehl (Leipzig University)
04/2018-present Student assistant at the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Evolutionary
Genetics, Leipzig
04/2018-06/2018 Student assistant in the working group of Wolfgang
Zimmermann (Microbiology and Biotechnology) at Leipzig
University

Activities and interests
playing the piano at a professional level
captain of an amateur team at the intellectual competition “What? When? Where?” (Что?Где?Когда?)
Sports lover: figure skating, football (esp. Italian professional league)

phone: +49 341 97 36923 mail: yuliia.lihanova@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

Former Group Members

  • Lena Philipp
  • Caroline De Feyter
  • Marina Wolff