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.

Nadja Gebert

Short CV

February 2021: Post-Doc, Piazza laboratory. Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany

2019-2020: Post-Doc, Ori Group, Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany 

2015-2019: PhD Student, Ori Group, Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany 

2014-2015: Master Thesis, Rudolph Group, Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany 

August 2015: Master in Molecular Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Germany

about NADJA

During her studies of Nutrition Science and Molecular Nutrition Nadja got fascinated about the impact of metabolism on the health of an entire organism and its stem cells. For that reason, she investigated the effect of dietary restriction on hematopoietic stem cell aging during her master thesis project in the lab Lenhard Rudolph. She continued to work with stem cells of the intestine in the group of Alessandro Ori. There, she also got familiar with proteome studies and optimized MS protocols for low input samples to study the impact of metabolic changes on the intestinal epithelium during aging. Now, during her Post-Doc, she wants to figure out how metabolites interact with proteins and thereby regulate stem cell differentiation.

In addition to science, Nadja is curious about culture, so she likes traveling, visiting art museums and painting. After work, you will either find her relaxing with a fantasy novel on the couch or going for a run. In winter, she loves getting some adrenalin on a steep ski slope.


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.


Short CV

2021: Post-Doc, Piazza laboratory.

2020-2021: Post-Doc, Gerhard Mittler group, Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg (DE). 

2020: PhD, Jeroen Krijgsveld group, DKFZ Heidelberg. 


Short CV

June 2021: PhD student, Piazza laboratory.

2020: Master’s thesis, Küster laboratory, Technical University of Munich, Germany. 

December 2020: Master in Biochemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

about maximilian

Maxi has always been fascinated by nature and the endeavor of obtaining a deeper understanding of biology. Thus, he studied biotechnology and biochemistry.

During his bachelor thesis – that he conducted in the lab of Albert Jeltsch – Maxi got interested in epigenetics. He worked on elucidating the enzymatic properties of the DNA methyltransferase 1 and is still very excited about DNA methylation today. While he pursued his master studies, Maxi took several opportunities to gain insights in different research fields: He spent half a year at the Karolinska Institute in the group of Simon Elsässer, where he used synthetic biology and MINUTE-ChIP to study the biology of the histone variant CENPA. Moreover, he carried out several short research internships in cell biology, NMR spectroscopy and chemical biology. Finally, he got especially intrigued by proteomics when he was working in the lab of Bernhard Küster for his master thesis. During the next couple of years, Maxi seeks to employ structural proteomics methods to unravel the entanglement of metabolism and gene expression.Besides science, Maxi is fond of nature in general. He likes to spend time outdoors, hiking, cycling, or searching for animals that he photographs from time to time.

KAtrin Räbel

Short CV

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

about KATRIN

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!