During my Master Thesis in Molecular Biology at the Vienna-Bio-Center (MFPL), I studied how somatic stem cells are regulated in the sponge Suberites domuncula.
To establish a functional assay to investigate stem cell capacities, in analogy to fundamental assays in other systems, I demonstrated how dividing cells can be ablated in Suberites using ionizing radiation (gamma radiation).
Addressing the functional capacity of possible stem cells, I performed rescue experiments on irradiated tissue. In addition, describing how Suberites natural pigmentation can be used to differentiate between host and donor cells from mixed tissue by spectral analyses.
Fascinated by the mechanisms of axon-soma communication in healthy and injured neurons, I joined Mike`s lab in April 2017 to realize my long-standing interest in investigating the signaling components in nerve regeneration and growth.
The focus of my work will be on RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), which are key regulators in transcription, translation and RNA degradation.