Diana Holzer

Diana joined the team in December 2012 as an admin assistant for Katja and the team. She has an education in Industrial Business Management Assistant and worked at Hewlett Packard and Agilent as secretary and assistant of a district manager. She joined the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University Hospital of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen in 2006 as secretary of the assistant medical director, for the last three years as secretary and assistant of the head of the department (medical director) of child and adolescent psychiatry. In her free time, she does a lot of voluntary work in her community. Currently she organizes various events to enable restoration of Entringen’s more than 400 year old Zehntscheuer. Also she is a certified Tour Guide in the Natural Park Schönbuch. She likes working in her garden, travelling, reading and cooking as well.

Lab Manager

Simone Liebscher

Simone received her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences in 2010 and wrote her thesis on regenerative cardiovascular research at the University Hospital, Tübingen. She then moved across Germany to the Baltic Sea to study Medical Biotechnology at the University Rostock for her Masters Degree. She joined the Schenke-Layland lab in March 2012 to write her master thesis on the identification of protein patterns in developing human heart valves, which she completed in September of 2012. Simone is now the lab manager in Tübingen. In her free time, she enjoys running and hiking in nature, loves reading Romans, and playing parlor games with family and friends.
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Dr. Julia Marzi

Julia is the group leader for Raman imaging and microspectroscopy in the Schenke-Layland lab. Julia studied Pharmacy at the Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg and received her approbation in 2014. In May 2015 she joined the Schenke-Layland lab at the University of Tübingen for her PhD. In her thesis she was working on a DFG project on cryopreservation of heart valves using Raman Spectroscopy to detect ECM damage. In her free time she enjoys skiing, sports, spending time with friends and travelling.
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DGMB Travel Award, Annual Meeting of the German Society for Matrix Biology 2017, Cologne, Germany (2017)
DGMB Finalist for the Young Investigator Award, Annual Meeting of the German Society for Matrix Biology 2019, Cologne, Germany (2019)

PhD Students

Lucas Becker

Lucas studied Nanoscience for his bachelor and master at Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen. In his Bachelor's he studied the spreading dynamics of blood platelets with optical microscopy methods and programmed analysis codes for confocal microscopy data. During his Master's he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Lelkes at Temple University Philadelphia as an intern and studied the mechanical properties of nanodiamond-plastic based composite materials for usage as bone implants. He wrote his Master Thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Marc Brecht and Prof. Petra Kluger at University of Reutlingen and established a spectroscopic based non-invasive analysis method of glycomodificated extracellular matrix. Lucas joined the group in November 2019 to work on his PhD. His work focuses on Raman spectroscopy-based monitoring of anti-cancer drug uptake in colorectal cancer organoids for patient-individualized optimization of treatment.
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Daniel Alejandro Carvajal Berrio

Daniel is an exchange student from Colombia. He studied Process Engineering at EAFIT University and at the University of Applied Science Bremerhaven in the program of Process Engineering and Energy Technology. On April 26th, 2011, Daniel completed his bachelor thesis on the non-invasive visualization of extracellular matrix from aortic valves using Raman spectroscopy, with a special focus on collagen structures. Daniel joined the Schenke-Layland lab in July 2010 and is now working on his Masters degree. In his free time, Daniel enjoys swimming and diving.
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Nora Feuerer

Nora studied Biology (B. Sc.) at the University of Regensburg with focus on biochemistry and neurobiology. With funding from the PROMOS scholarship, she completed her bachelor thesis at the University at Buffalo, NY, where she looked into the interaction of human blood serum proteins with biomaterial surfaces. As part of her master program Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (MCBI) at the University of Tübingen, she joined the lab in February 2017 to write her thesis on the electrospinning of pure collagen fibers and its possible application for regenerative medicine. In her free time, Nora enjoys long distance runs, playing squash and travelling.
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Abi Jeyagaran

Abi studied Cell and Molecular Biology (HBSc) at the University of Toronto, where she completed her Bachelor thesis with Dr. Plotnikov studying focal adhesion formation and cell migration on substrates of different stiffnesses. She completed her MSc at McGill University with Dr. Yamanaka, focusing on how cell-ECM and cell-cell adhesions influence stem cell differentiation. Abi joined the Schenke-Layland lab in September 2019 as a PhD student in the DELIVER project working on the development of insulin-producing cells and ECM cues. In her free time, Abi can be found by the water reading childrens books, running away from ducks, or swimming at the pool.
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Chuan-en Lu

Lu received his bachelor and master at National Taiwan University. He studied Pharmacy for his bachelor and completed his master in Biotechnology with a focus on pharmaceutical formulation. In September 2019, he joined the Schenke-Layland lab and started his PhD. His project is involved in the DELIVER program (sister project of DRIVE) which focuses on the development of medical devices for pancreatic islet transplantation. Currently, he is utilizing different techniques to measure the foreign body response caused by subcutaneous implantation. In his leisure time, he enjoys going to the gym and practicing Kendo.
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Kathrin Stadelmann

Kathrin studied Materials Science and Engineering with the focus on biomaterials and polymers at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg. She studied Chemistry with the focus on single-molecule spectroscopy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. She received the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in both courses. She joined the Max Planck Institute for polymer resarch for her master thesis where she works in the field of enhanced Raman spectroscopy to study the degradation of PbS quantum dot. Kathrin joined the Schenke-Layland lab in October 2017 to work on her PhD. Her work focuses on the development of a heart valve test system and the further development of a biofunctional heart valve replacement. In her spare time, Kathrin enjoys travelling, drawing, fitness, riding and spending time with friends.

Max Urbanczyk

Max studied Medical Engineering (B.Sc.) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in the field of material science where he investigated the corrosion behaviour of titanium alloy implants during inflammatory responses. He pursued his M.Sc. in Biomedical Technologies at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen with focus on nanotechnology and implantology. Max joined the group on January 2017 for an internship and Master Thesis for the development of in vitro test systems for diabetes research, especially focusing on the effects of gel encapsulation β-cell pseudo-islets. During his PhD, he intensified his work to recapitulate the pancreatic niche for relevant in vitro conditions to study β-cells. His work contributes to the Diabetes-Reversing Implant for long-term and efficacy (EU DRIVE) and EU DELIVER projects. In his spare time, Max enjoys playing and coaching soccer, motorbiking, travelling and video games.
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Cover Image Selection, Tissue Engineering Part B, Volume 26, Issue 2 / April (2020)
Invited Speaker at Analytica, Munich (2020)

Dmitri Visser

Dmitri studied Applied Physics (B.Sc.) at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In 2016, he completed his bachelor thesis on self-enhancing atherogenic processes by simulating blood flow and oxygen transport in stenosed large arteries. He is currently studying Biomedical Engineering (M.Sc.) at the aforementioned university and joined the group in September 2017 to do an internship and to write his master thesis. His work contributes in the field of blood vessel engineering by exploiting the electrospinning technique to construct biomimetic scaffolds. He has started his doctoral thesis in the area of medical device functionalization as part of the BMBF project PolyKARD in the lab of Hanna Hartmann. In his free time he enjoys travelling and hiking in the nature, where he always takes his camera with. Moreover, he tries to convince the other lab members that the bicycle is the superior mode of transport.
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Aline Zbinden

Aline studied at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) for her bachelor and master in Bioengineering. She realized her Master project at UC Berkeley in the lab of Prof. Healy with focus on multivalent conjugation of basic fibroblast growth factor with hyaluronic acid for enhanced regeneration properties in vitro. She worked shortly as Junior specialist in the Bioengineering department of UC Berkeley to continue her master project. Aline joined the Schenke-Layland lab in October 2015 to start her PhD. Her work focuses mainly on Diabetes-Reversing Implant for long-term viability and efficacy (EU DRIVE) project.
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DGMB Travel Award, Annual Meeting of the German Society for Matrix Biology 2019, Cologne, Germany (2019)
Exzellenzoffensive Lehre PROFIL, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany (2019)
IFER Graduate Student Fellowship, International Foundation for Ethical Research,, Chicago, IL, USA (2019, 2020) (Video)
DGMB Finalist for the Young Investigator Award, Annual Meeting of the German Society for Matrix Biology 2020, Cologne, Germany (2020)

Medical Students

Tara Beyer

Tara is a third year medical student who transferred this year (2018) from Plovdiv Medical University (Bulgaria) to Eberhard-Karl University in Tübingen. She joined the lab in November 2018 and is performing her doctoral dissertation right now. Her aim is the evaluation of Raman spectroscopy for the diagnosis of endometriosis (ex vivo). Her supervisor is Dr. Martin Weiss. In her free time she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family and friends.

Emotional Support Animals

W. Ocean Blue

Ocean is the lab dog. He is responsible for interupting meetings and spreading his doggy treat crumbs all over the phd student area. He is a notorious bag inspector and may occasionally leave a yummy gift. His main job is lab sanity. He enjoys long walks on the beach and rubbing his entire body in anything that stinks. He insists that he is a large dog in a small dog body. He is cute and he knows it; therefore, you will scratch his belly, or else.