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Dr. sc. Gabrijela Dumbović, Group leader

Gabrijela Dumbovic is a Group Leader at the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She received her Ph.D. in 2017 working on long non-coding RNAs from macrosatellite repeats in colon cancer in the laboratory of Dr. Perucho & Dr. Forcales at the Institute for Predictive and Personalized Medicine of Cancer in Barcelona, Spain. She carried out her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Rinn at BioFrontiers in the U.S. where she worked on long non-coding RNA biology and novel aspects of subcellular RNA localization regulation. She joined the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics in the lab of Dr. Grün for a brief period before starting her lab to specialize in high throughput single-molecule RNA imaging and quantitative single cell biology. Her lab studies long non-coding RNAs and subcellular RNA localization regulation in relevant disease models.

Luise-Elektra Keller, Ph.D. student


Luise received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leipzig. She then completed her Master's degree in Molecular Medicine at the Charité in Berlin. During her Master's degree, she completed an internship in the working group of Prof. Dr. Nils Blüthgen (Computational Modelling in Medicine at the Institute of Pathology of the Charité) to analyse transcriptional changes in response to microenvironment in colon cancer organoids. Internship in the group of Dr Matthias Truß at the Charité was dedicated to the analysis of the therapeutic significance of a potential non-canonical hedgehog signalling pathway in therapy-resistant ALL in relapse. Luise wrote her master's thesis at the Robert Koch Institute with Dr. Oya Cingöz on the molecular and functional characterisation of reporter-tagged HIV-1 envelopes.


Rebeca obtained her Bachelor in Biotechnology and later received her Masters in Biotechnology from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, in 2020. She developed her Masters' project in the group of Dr. Barazzone at Instituto Butantan focusing on the development of new vaccine candidates against a neglected tropical disease, where she gained experience in molecular biology and protein biochemistry. Before joining Dr. Dumbović's lab for her PhD, she worked as MTA in the Cardiovascular Phisiology group headed by Prof. Heineke at the Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, where she had her first contact and got interested in the study of long non-coding RNAs and their effects in health and disease.

Berkay Erdem, Technical assistant

Annika Bamberger, Student assistant

Annika received her B.Sc. degree in Bioinformatics in 2022 from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt. She completed her bachelor’s project in the Molecular Bioinformatics group of Prof. Koch, working on the statistical characterization of protein structure graphs. Now, Annika is studying for a master’s degree in Bioinformatics at Goethe University, planning to gain more experience in the fields of sequence analysis and computational RNA biology.

Berkay received his M.Sc. degree in 2021 from Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He completed his Master’s project in The Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in the group of Prof. Englert where he obtained experience in animal experiments and molecular biology. In his Master’s project he focused on the novel genome editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 using modal organism Danio rerio and achieved the improvement of knock-in efficiency via modifications in the components of CRISPR/Cas9 system. After his graduation, he continued to work as a scientific assistant in the group of Prof. Englert in the Fritz Lipmann Institute

Rebeca Cordellini Emídio, Ph.D. student

Merle Jäckering, Student assistant

Merle completed her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Medicine at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. During her thesis she investigated the influence of the protein alpha-synuclein on Alzheimer's disease in a transgenic animal model. Currently, she is pursuing a Master degree in Molecular Medicine at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

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