Successful kick-off: LogicLab started out with meeting of ESRs, supervisors and external speakers in Jena

During the past week the LogicLab ESRs, supervisors and invited speakers from academia and industry came together in Jena. The students got new insights into research data management (provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena). In his entertaining talk, our guest speaker AP De Silva took us to the origins of molecular logic gates and Frank Lehmann from Dyomics GmbH gave a talk on fluorescent dyes and labels from a company’s perspective. A workshop at our partner organization Microfluidic ChipShop Jena provided knowledge on microfluidics in point-of-care diagnostic. On the final day of the meeting, Alex (Schiller&Mertens) trained the ESRs on “How to plan and manage your PhD” using unconventional training methods. During the four days, the ESRs already became a team exchanging their working and living experience in different countries. After a long day with talks, the hike across the Jena forest to the restaurant was enjoyed by everyone.

Less than one week to our first LogicLab network meeting in Jena

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From 10th to 13th September the LogicLab ESRs and their supervisors will meet at Leibniz-IPHT in Jena. The ESRs will introduce themselves and have a great opportunity to exchange ideas as well as to become a team. In particular, we look forward to the talks of our brilliant invited speakers: AP De Silva (Queens University Belfast), Uwe Pischel (University of Huelva), Frank Lehmann (Dyomics GmbH) and Stefan Chlopicki (Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics). The young researchers can also look forward to hands-on experiments at the University of Jena and a workshop at our partner organisation Microfluidic ChipShop. The meeting will be complemented by the first unit of transferable skills training dealing with “planning and managing your PhD” provided by our partner Schiller&Mertens. Of course, the schedule leaves enough time to chat and social events, such as a short hike in the hills surrounding Jena – giving a great view on the City of Light.

Welcome on board – Welcome to Dublin: Amrutha and Ruben

Amrutha Prabhakaran

Amrutha Prabhakaran and Ruben Arturo Arellano Reyes started their projects under supervision of Tia Keyes at Dublin City University on 19th August. Amrutha obtained her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Chemistry. During her Master’s dissertation program, Amrutha was working on the synthesis and characterization of Boron and Nitrogen doped Graphene by hydrothermal process. After that, she was involved in a project on “preparation of advanced materials based on graphene-transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDs) nanostructures: electrochemical studies and application for the detection of biomarkers” in CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India. In the LogicLab project Amrutha will prepare and apply highly fluidic lipid bilayers as 2D cell membrane models. The aim of her doctoral project is to build robust fluidic lipid membrane models into which photoactive supramolecular assembles are reconstituted. Apart from this, she likes to travel and dance. 

Ruben Arturo Arellano Reyes

Ruben has a pharmacist degree by National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico and a master’s degree in organic chemistry by University of Nantes, France. He has always been passionate about medicinal chemistry. During his previous research experiences, Ruben worked on the synthesis of antiparasitic, antifungal and antiviral drugs. Within the LogicLab network he will be working on the synthesis of fluorescent sensors for NO/O2 and shear stress. 
Ruben looks forward to integrate in a multidisciplinary and international team, as he loves learning foreign languages and discovering different cultures. He’s convinced this project will improve both his scientific and interpersonal skills. 

Two ESRs started their projects in Leiden

Kanchana Pandian

Kanchana Pandian and Haley Ehlers joined the LogicLab network as ESRs in Leiden/Netherlands on 1st July. Kanchana’s research work focuses on “Metabolomic study of on chip blood vessels in diseased conditions” under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Hankemeier at Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR, Leiden University). Her aim is to develop an effective chip based diagnostic tool for many blood vessel related disorders. Kanchana did her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Advance Biochemistry. During her master’s she studied secretory granule biogenesis using two protein hormones in the Neurobiology laboratory of the Bio Science and Bio Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Later she was a project associate in Microfluidics Laboratory and working on ‘Development of microfluidics based health care diagnostics’ in Mechanical Engineering Department, at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Her hobby is sketching, listening songs and do crazy clicks of nature’s beauty. 

Haley Ehlers

Haley joined the application development group at Mimetas in Leiden, Netherlands and is supervised by Lenie van den Broek. The goal of her project will be to develop a healthy and diseased microfluidic artery model in OrganoPlates® and to incorporate sensors and supramolecular logic gates in this model. With the development of such microfluidic models, it will be easier to study coronary artery disease in a more representative in vivo-like setting. 

Haley obtained her bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, USA before continuing to get her master’s in biomedical engineering with a Specialization in Regenerative Medicine from California Polytechnic Sate University.  As part of her master’s program, Haley had a nine-month internship at Fate Therapeutics in San Diego, CA, where she worked on the scaling and optimization of their induced pluripotent stem cell lines. Also, during her master’s, she worked on several projects including developing a cell infiltration assay, studying angiogenesis in murine models and creation of blood vessel mimics using a perfusion model. After graduating, Haley worked as a Research and Development engineer at Scientia Vascular, a medical device start-up company in Salt Lake City, Utah developing guidewires and microcatheters for neuro and peripheral intervention. She was project manager of the hydrophilic coating process development of the guidewire. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and biking as well as serving on the board of a nonprofit working to provide eye care to fight poverty. 

Leibniz IPHT welcomes Tingxiang Yang

Tingxiang Yang

Tingxiang Yang, the second early-stage researcher at Leibniz IPHT just started her project on 1st July. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Opto-Electronics Information Engineering from Changchun University of Science and Technology, China. Participating in a joint Chinese – Russian master program, Tingxiang completed her master’s degree in Optical Engineering from Changchun University of Science and Technology, China, and Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia. Her master’s work focused on restoration methods for image observed through turbulent medium.

During her PhD project she will study transient absorption microscopy of supramolecular logic gates in vitro and ex-vivo. In her spare time, Tingxiang like hiking in the mountains and photography. Definitely, Jena is the perfect place for both.

Welcome on board – Welcome to Leibniz IPHT

Keshav Kumar Jha

On 6th May, Keshav Kumar Jha started his PhD project at Leibniz IPHT. The aim of his research is to evaluate photo-induced excited state properties of molecular sensors using ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Keshav did his bachelors education in Electrical engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India. Consequently, masters in Optoelectronics and Laser Technology from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. To pursue his master thesis, Keshav joined APML lab under Prof. Varun Raghunathan at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. During his master thesis, Keshav developed a multiphoton microscope to image and characterize nanostructures and biological samples. Further, he worked as a research assistant in the same lab and studied ovarian cancer cells to observe how SKOV3 and OVCAR3 cells change the collagen environment around it. Keshav’s work under Prof. Raghunathan led to authorship of two international conference publications and coauthorship of a journal publication. Personally, he likes to learn and teach Yoga and meditation.

Applications are closed

The latest closing date for applications to ESR positions within LogicLabwas 30th April 2019. Overall, more than 230 candidates (59% male and 41% female) from 44 different countries applied. Many thanks to all applicants for their time and commitment.

Kick-off Meeting – 22nd January 2019

The LogicLab kick-off meeting took place on 22nd January 2019 at Harnack-Haus in Berlin. Thanks to all participants for teaming up and their contribution to discussions.

From upper left to lower right: Amy Harms (University of Leiden), Lenie van den Broek (Mimetas), Benjamin Dietzek (Leibniz-IPHT Jena), Julien Guthmuller (Gdansk University of Technology), Malgorzata Baranska (Jagiellonian University of Krakow), Tia Keyes (Dublin City University), Frank Lehmann (Dyomics), Martin Presselt (SciClus), Sylvestre Bonnet (University of Leiden), Alexander Schiller (Schiller&Mertens), Johannes Schwöbel (Cosmologic), Lucia Rackova and Mojmir Mach (both Centre of Experimental Medicine Slovakia).