from Würzburg, Germany
at present: PhD student in Akhtar lab
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Tel. +49 (0) 761 5108-695
Fax +49 (0) 761 5108-720
10/09-present IMPRS-MCB program
05/09 Diploma in Biomedical Chemistry from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany
Research interests and goals
I am interested in any kind of natural science, and therefore decided to study the interdisciplinary subject of biomedical chemistry at the University of Mainz, in order to gain a very broad knowledge. However, towards the end of my studies, I got more and more interested in the things happening on a molecular level in biological systems and especially in the techniques to study these processes. During my diploma thesis in the field of DNA repair, I realised the high impact of chromatin on cellular events. To work in this exciting area I applied to the MPI in the hope of studying in a lab specialised in Epigenetics or Chromatin Regulation, where they have access to the latest techniques. After doing rotations in three different labs, I joined the lab of Asifa Akhtar, to investigate the regulation of transcription in Drosophila dosage compensation.
- Khobta, A., Lingg, T., Schulz, I., Warken, D., Kitsera, N., Epe, B. (2010). Mouse CSB protein is important for gene expression in the presence of a single-strand break in the non-transcribed DNA strand. DNA Repair, 9: 985-993.