Ilaria strongly discussing about some (most likely) scientific issue in the lab
Photo credits: Sebastian Steiner (unofficial IP lab photographer)

Ilaria Piazza

Short CV

June 2020: Principal Investigator, Helmholtz Young Investigator,
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

2019-2020: Visiting senior scientist,
Biognosys AG, Schlieren, Switzerland.

2014-2019: Post-Doc, Picotti lab,
ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

PhD, EMBL and University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2009-2014: Pre-Doc, Häring lab,
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

2008-2009: Research assistant,
University of Cambridge, U.K.

about ilaria

My adventure with my scientific research seriously started with my PhD studies at EMBL in Heidelberg, There I embarked on a project studying the molecular machines regulating chromatin structure and gene expression during the cell cycle using yeast genetics, cell and structural biology. During my PhD I also stumbled into crosslinking mass spectrometry in the Beck laboratory. This brought me to study protein structures with a -omics perspective in the Picotti laboratory at ETH Zurich. There I developed a method that combines limited proteolysis and mass spectrometry to characterise interactions between proteins and metabolites (LiP-SMap, more generally known as LiP-MS). Later, I further optimised LiP-MS to discover protein drug targets on a global scale in collaboration with the proteomics company Biognosys. Now, the goal of my research as group leader is to study how metabolism regulates chromatin architecture and its impact on gene expression using proteomics, genomics and metabolomics.

Outside the lab other kinds of machines and problems bigger than mass spectrometers catch my attention. I read avidly about aviation and space exploration . My element is water, so my favorite sport is swimming.


Short CV

September 2020 – present: PhD student, Piazza laboratory.
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

July 2020: Master in virology.
Charles university, Prague (Czech Republic)

about ELIška

Eliška studied molecular biology and biochemistry and continued with virology at the Charles university in Prague. Despite coming from a family of chemists, Eliška got fascinated by diseases and medicine after reading a book about ‘viruses in the 21st century’ written by her future bachelor’s thesis supervisor. She worked on the characterisation of Zika and Dengue proteases and their inhibition in the laboratory of Jan Konvalinka at IOCB in Prague. As part of her studies Eliška, also spent 7 months at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in the laboratory of Nico Dantuma working on the inhibition of the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Now in the IPlab, Eliška wants to switch her view on the inner life of the cell and study cellular processes in a more complex, system biology-based way!

Apart from science, Eliška studied viola playing on a conservatory and played in different Czech and Swedish orchestras. Her other great passion is long-distance running and ultramarathon distance.

KAtrin Räbel

Short CV

August 2020 – present: Technical Assistant, Piazza laboratory.
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany. ..


Katrin has been working since 2005 at the MDC in the Lipp and Jentsch groups. Katrin is making sure that everything in the laboratory is up and running and welcomes newcomers in the group. Currently, this is more like helping Ilaria building the lab and ordering shiny new equipment and supplies!

The team will grow very soon… Stay tuned!