March 8, 2017

Five new Marie Curie Fellows at FMI

Five FMI postdocs have been awarded the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship of the European Commission. The 2016 call for proposals sparked huge interest but only the most promising researchers from Europe and around the world have been awarded these individual fellowships. The support will enable the fellows to not only increase their scientific expertise significantly but also enhance their career.

Georg Kosche is a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Botond Roska. He is interested in the neuronal circuits that detect visual motion in the cortex.

Last year, Luke Isbel joined Dirk Schübeler’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow. As part of his Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, he will analyze how transcription factors compete with structural chromatin proteins, such as nucleosomes, for access to DNA.

Jennifer Harr is interested in a set of rare degenerative diseases called laminopathies, which arise as the interphase nucleus loses its integrity. She will work with C. elegans to identify novel factors that establish and/or maintain the 3D organization of the genome in wild type and compromised nuclei and to determine how this contributes to the maintenance of differentiated cell state. She works in the group of Susan Gasser.

Also working with C. elegans and as part of Helge Grosshans’ group, Benjamin Towbin will analyze how optimal allocation of resources between self-maintenance and reproduction influences fitness and lifespan.

Jessica Zuin, postdoctoral fellow in Luca Giorgetti’s group, aims to determine quantitatively how the 3D architecture of chromatin modulates enhancer action and thus transcription.

All of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellows are funded for two years.

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