Class 2009

Melek Akyuz (Turkey)
Current position: Clinical Trial Manager, Palleos Healthcare, Wiesbaden, Germany
PhD Thesis and Group: "Role of the chaperone-assisted E3 ligase CHN-1/CHIP in lifespan regulations and stress response" (Prof. Thorsten Hoppe)
Contact: melekakyuz[at]

Sukru Anil Dogan (Turkey)
Current position: Investigator Scientist, Medical Research Council, Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge, UK
PhD Thesis and Group: “Mitochondrial Aspartyl-tRNA Synthetase (DARS2) Deficiency and Tissue-Specific Consequences of Defective Mitochondrial Translation” (Prof. Aleksandra Trifunovic)
Awards/Fellowships: Postdoctoral Research Associateship at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge 10/2015 – present
EMBO Long-Term Fellowship 04/2015 – present
CECAD Travel Grant Fellow 06/2013
Gesellschaft fuer Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (GBM) Travel Grant Fellow 04/2010
Contact: anil.dogan[at]

Martin Heß (Germany)
Current position: PostDoc, lab Jens Brüning, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research
PhD Thesis and Group: "The fat mass and obesity-associated protein (Fto) regulates acitivity of the dopaminergic circuity" (Prof. Jens Brüning)

Safiya Khurshid (India)
Current position: PostDoc, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital & Solovo Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio, USA
PhD Thesis and Group: "Role of Apoptosis-Antagonizing Transcription Factor (AATF) in DNA damage signaling and p53 response:studies in highly proliferating versus postmitotic tissues" (Prof. Thomas Benzing)
Contact: safiyakhurshid[at]

Merly Vogt (Germany)
Current position: PostDoc, Columbia University, Lab of Prof. Dr. Oliver Hobert, New York City, NY, USA
PhD Thesis and Group: "Metabolic Programming of Hypothalamic Neurocircuits by Maternal High-Fat Feeding" (Prof. Jens Brüning)
Awards/Fellowships: Otto Hahn Medal Max Planck Society for "Outstanding scientific achievement during PhD" 2014
Postdoctoral fellowship Human Frontier Science Program 04/2016 - present
Contact: merly.vogt[at]