People

MSc. Ángela Marulanda

MSc. Ángela Marulanda

PhD CANDIDATE

PhD fellow at the Marine Symbioses group at GEOMAR under my supervision. Angela is interested in characterizing the immune system of sponges and other aspects of sponge ecology. Her PhD thesis aims to decipher the mechanisms for immune specificity in sponges. Member of the PhD Program IMPRS-Evolutionary Biology.

2020-2023

amarulanda@geomar.de
MSc. Lara Schmittmann

MSc. Lara Schmittmann

PhD CANDIDATE

PhD fellow at the Marine Symbioses group at GEOMAR, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ute Hentschel and myself. Lara is interested in the interaction of sponges with their associated microbes from the host perspective. Her PhD thesis aims to develop a sponge model for investigating host-microbe interactions. Member of the PhD  Program IMPRS-Evolutionary Biology.

2017 - present

lschmittmann@geomar.de
MSc. Yu-Chen Wu

Dr. Yu-Chen Wu

PhD CANDIDATE

Former PhD candidate at the Marine Symbioses group at GEOMAR, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ute Hentschel and myself. Yu-Chen is interested in different aspects of species-species interactions, such as chemical ecology. Her PhD thesis aimed to decipher the molecular, cellular, and chemical response of the Mediterranean sponge Aplysina aerophoba upon grazing by the sea slug Tylodina perversa.

2015 - 2019

yuwu@geomar.de
Violeta Albacete

Violeta Albacete

FORMER ERASMUS STUDENT

Violeta is studying Biology at the UAM (Autonomous University of Madrid) and came to our lab for 2.5 months thanks to an agreement between her University and CERFA (Sociedad de Científicos Espanoles en la República Federal Alemana), plus the support of a ERASMUS fellowship. She helped Lara in the lab and established the qPCR technique to quantify the number of symbiont sequences in samples from Lara's experiments. Violeta is very responsible and did a terrific job during her time with us! And we had a lot of fun as well.

July-September 2019

violeta.albacete@estudiante.uam.es
MSc.Theresa Kul

MSc.Theresa Kul

FORMER MASTER STUDENT

Theresa was a Master student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and came to Kiel for her Master thesis. She did her Master thesis on “The response of the Baltic Sea sponge Halichondria panicea upon challenge with Vibrio bacteria”. Since March 2018 Theresa is a PhD candidate at the Molecular Microbial Ecology Group at the Institute of Network Biology (INET) in Munich. She is also deputy student representative of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health.

2016-2017

theresa.kuhl@helmholtz-muenchen.de
MSc. Berta Pintó

MSc. Berta Pintó

FORMER MASTER STUDENT

Berta Pintó, former Master student at University of Barcelona (Spain). She performed her Master thesis between Barcelona and Kiel under my supervision. Berta developed her project on “Citizen Science: disclosing the interaction between Tylodina perversa and Aplysina aerophoba.”

2017

BSc. Smail Ahabchane

BSc. Smail Ahabchane

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Smail performed his Bachelor thesis under my supervision at GEOMAR. He focused on optimizing real time-qPCR for characterizing gene expression in sponges.

2018-2019

smailahabchane@googlemail.com
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