Class 2009

Dr. Melek Akyuz (Turkey)
Current position: Medical (Information) Manager, UCB, Monheim, Germany
PhD thesis/supervisor: "Role of the chaperone-assisted E3 ligase CHN-1/CHIP in lifespan regulations and stress response" (Prof. Thorsten Hoppe)

Dr. Sukru Anil Dogan (Turkey)
Current position: Assistant Professor at Boğaziçi University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul, Turkey
PhD thesis/supervisor: “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

Dr. Martin Hess (Germany)
Current position: Senior Project Manager, Taconic Biosciences, Cologne, Germany
PhD thesis/supervisor: "The fat mass and obesity-associated protein (Fto) regulates acitivity of the dopaminergic circuity" (Prof. Jens Brüning)

Dr. Safiya Khurshid (India)
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Chandler Lab, The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA
PhD thesis/supervisor: "Role of Apoptosis-Antagonizing Transcription Factor (AATF) in DNA damage signaling and p53 response:studies in highly proliferating versus postmitotic tissues" (Prof. Thomas Benzing)

Dr. Merly Vogt (Germany)
Current position: Postdoc, Columbia University, lab Prof. Dr. Oliver Hobert, New York City, NY, USA
PhD thesis/supervisor: "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