Lab members

About the group leader:

Argyris Papantonis (b. 1978, Athens, Greece) studied Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he also undertook his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Rena Lecanidou. In 2008 he moved to Oxford for his post-doctoral work with Prof. Peter Cook at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. In 2013 he was appointed as a Junior Research Group Leader for Chromatin Systems Biology at the CMMC, and in 2018 he was recruited to the Medical Faculty of the Georg-August University of Göttingen where he is currently a W2-Professor for Translational Epigenetics. When he is not doing research he reads, writes, or translates literary texts.

E-mail: argyris.papantonis [at] med.uni-goettingen.de / Twitter: @apapant

Current lab members:

Dr. Athanasia Mizi (Senior postdoc) studied Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she also undertook her PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. George Rodakis on the molecular evolution of molluscan mtDNA. Before joining our lab, Athanasia did her first post-doctoral work with Dr. Paul Brinkkoetter on the role of the key mitochondrial factor, TFAM, in kidney function. Currently Athanasia is working on miRNA-centered 3D networks; she is funded by the UMG.

E-mail: athanasia.mizi [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Dr. Eduardo Gade Gusmao (Bioinformatician) initially studied Computer Sciences in Pernambuco, Brazil, before undertaking his PhD work with Ivan Costa at the RWTH University of Aachen, Germany, and developing an interest in transcription factor binding properties on chromatin. Eduardo joined our laboratory in February 2018 and is interested in deep learning and in new tools that further exploit native Hi-C data; he is funded via the SPP 2202 Priority Program.

E-mail: eduardo.gusmao [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Natasa Josipovic (PhD student) studied Biology at the University of Belgrade, where she also undertook his MSc studies. Her placement as a PhD student started in 2016, and she has been working on single-nulceotide resolution and single-cell nascent RNA-seq to understand fundamental differences in the temporal deployment of TNF- versus TGF-driven transcriptional responses; she is funded by a DFG grant.

E-mail: natasa.josipovic [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Konstantinos Sofiadis (PhD student) studied Biology at the University of Crete, Greece, where he also undertook his MSc studies. His placement as a PhD student started in 2015, and he has been working on the molecular basis of recursive splicing; he is funded via the SPP 1935 Priority Program.

E-mail: konstantinos.sofiadis [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Nadine Übelmesser (PhD student) studied Biology in Erlagen, where she also undertook her MSc studies on Cellular and Molecular Biology. Her placement as a PhD student started in 2015, and she is working on cell cycle progression and its link to chromosomal folding in cancer; she is funded via TRR81/SFB program.

E-mail: nadine.uebelmesser [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Shu Zhang (PhD student) studied Agricultural Sciences in China, where she also did an MSc specialized in bioinformatics. Her placement as a PhD student started in late 2018, and she is working on genome reogranziation upon aging; she is supported by a full CAAS scholarship.

E-mail: shu.zhang [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Spiros Palikyras (PhD student) studied Biology in Greece and received his MSc degree at the University of Heidelberg. His placement as a PhD student started in 2019, and he is working on phase-separated CTCF clustering in cellular senescence; he is funded via TRR81/SFB program.

E-mail: spyridon.palikyras [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Shu Zhang (PhD student) studied Agricultural Sciences in China, where she also did an MSc specialized in bioinformatics. Her placement as a PhD student started in late 2018, and she is working on genome reogranziation upon aging; she is supported by a full CAAS scholarship.

E-mail: shu.zhang [at] med.uni-goettingen.de


Adi Danieli (MSc student) studied Applied Biology in Bonn, and she is currently undertaking her MSc Molecular Biology thesis in our lab working on probing genome reorganization via ligation-/crosslinking-free methods in live cells.

E-mail: adi.danieli [at] stud.uni-goettingen.de


Helene Kabbech (MSc student) studied Biology in Paris, where she currently is an MSc Bioinformatics student at Paris-Diderot University; she is undertaking her MSc thesis in our lab working on a deep learning approach to analyse and integrate Hi-C data.

E-mail: helene.kabbech [at] gmail.com

Alumni:

Dr. Anne Zirkel (former postdoc), currently holding a managerial position in the private healthcare sector.

Dr. Lilija Brant (former PhD student), currently holding a consultant in the private sector.

Dr. Milos Nikolic (former PhD student), currently a postdoc with the Peifer lab in Cologne

Ms. Michaela Bozukova (former MSc student), currently a PhD student with the Tessarz lab in Cologne.