LieszLab - Stroke-Immunology
I obtained a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and my PhD in Neuroscience in the lab of Prof Lorenz Hirt at the University of Lausanne where I studied the anti-inflammatory properties of a neuroprotective compound in cerebral ischemia. After that I joined the laboratory of Prof Costantino Iadecola at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York as a postdoctoral fellow with a fellowship from the Swiss National Research Foundation, where I studied the interaction of the gut microbiota with the intestinal immune cells in stroke. I came to Munich to join the Liesz lab in 2016 with a Marie Curie fellowship grant by the EU to investigate the specific role of gut metabolites on immune cell polarization in the context of brain injury. When not performing experimental stroke surgery or “FACSing”, my passion is to design scientific illustrations and communicate science.Twitter | Google Scholar
I first began research as an undergraduate under Dr. Mariana Gerschenson at the University of Hawaii, then continued with her as a technician before beginning work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. There, I obtained my PhD from the Cellular and Molecular Pathology program under the mentorship of Dr. Raghu Vemuganti, where I focused my efforts on pharmacological means of mimicking neuroprotective preconditioning in the context of ischemic stroke. I started working in Munich thanks to a DAAD fellowship, and I am currently investigating T cell-microglia cross-talk in the Liesz lab. When not in lab, I spend my time tutoring students (high school to graduate level) in biology and science writing. For fun I like to cook, sing, and learn to communicate in new languages.Twitter | Google Scholar
I studied biology with majors in immunology, human genetics and virology at the University of Tübingen. After finishing my diploma on neurodegeneration in CAG-repeat disorders in 2013 in Tübingen, I joined the Liesz lab to study the impact of systemic sterile inflammation after stroke. I focus in my work particularly on the correlation between stroke and vascular inflammation. In my life outside the lab, I love to travel, play badminton and squash. I also have a great interest in historic cars and enjoy restoring them.Twitter | Research Gate| Pubmed
It all started in Barcelona (Spain) where a bachelor in Biology and a Master in Neuroscience gave me the tools to start the PhD in Munich in 2013. I graduated in March 2019 and continue since then my work on post-stroke neuroinflammation in the Liesz lab as a postdoctoral researcher. When I am not looking for new leukocyte invasion routes to the brain after stroke, you can find me playing with my twin boys in the park. In my free time I try to do some sports, such as running or basketball.Research Gate | Pubmed | Twitter
Originally from England, I studied in Manchester, Stockholm and now in Munich! I am very much fascinated and intrigued into how our diet can shape our microbiota and by various mechanisms affect brain disease. When I’m not running around investigating mouse poop – I love to be in the mountains, traveling to new places, learning about new cultures and generally keeping busy. If it is a science communication event, concert or running race you will catch me there.Research Gate | Pubmed | Twitter
I am a neurologist from Beijing, China. In my project I focus on mechanisms of cytokine-induced sickness behavior and immunosuppression after ischemic stroke. In my spare time I like to play Rubik’s cube, photography and Zumba.
I am from Passau, a small town near Munich. The question how to help people recover brought me to LMU in Munich, where I studied Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biology, focussing on Neuroimmunology and Neurobiology. I am currently doing my PhD in the Liesz lab trying to answer the question how microglia influence regeneration after stroke. When I’m not in the lab, music and art is what I spend my time on (playing guitar and ukulele).Research Gate | Twitter
I am a neurosurgical student from Shanghai, China. After obtaining my master degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, I joined the Liesz lab to start my PhD studies. In my work, I focus mainly on the systemic immune response after stroke and mechanisms of sterile immune activation. In my free time I love to do some sports such as running and badminton.
Originally from Munich, I studied Medicine in Heidelberg and came back to join the Liesz lab for my doctoral thesis investigating neuronal networks in the rodent brain and their capacity of regeneration after stroke. I am not only thrilled by this complex organ but also by different cultures and languages, art and chocolate.
Born in Cologne, but originally American-Canadian, I started studying Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2015 and joined the Liesz lab in 2018 for my MD thesis. My project focuses mainly on the effect of tryptophan metabolites on the microbiom and gut immune response in the context of stroke. Outside the lab I enjoy literature, classical film and the occasional game of tennis.
I was born in Dresden which was previously Eastern Germany. As the lab technician I take care of organizational issues, orders and routine tasks of the Lab. I enjoy manual techniques and am particularly fond of histology. In my private time you find me mostly in the mountains with my family, doing long hikes and photographing.
After having spend several years in different countries and cities, working in the free market economy, I have come to the conclusion, that there must be more then marketing and projects. The idea of being a part of something that might make an impact for stroke patients, was the driving force in deciding to join the Liesz lab as their project assistant. It’s a satisfaction to be part of this team, support the research projects and learn more about their topics.LinkedIn
2018 Lab interns
Diana Fink (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Sophie Keeling (Munich)
Lauren Dzikowski (Calgary, Canada)
Daniela Maurer (Krems, Austria)