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Group Staff

Group leader:

  • Matthias Meyer

Head of the automation lab:

  • Ayinuer Aximu-Petri:
    I am developing lab automation protocols for the Bravo NGS workstation and other liquid handling devices and oversee the whole sample preparation workflow. In addition, I am a member of the sequencing group and operate our in-house DNA sequencers (Illumina, PacBio and Sanger sequencing technologies).

Project coordinator:

  • Louisa Jáuregui:
    By monitoring sample progress and keeping abreast of ongoing endeavors in the group, I work to facilitate the communication between collaborating scientists and our researchers here in Leipzig. My primary focus pertains to projects involving DNA-retrieval from sediment.

Graduate students:

  • Alba Bossoms Mesa
  • Vincent Geyer
  • Merlin Szymanski

Lab technicians:

  • Elena Essel
  • Sarah Nagel
  • Anna Patova
  • Anna Schmidt
  • Julia Zorn 

Student assistants:

  • Laura Lang
  • Lisa Marie Rhein
  • Linda Richter
  • Nicola Schilling
  • Rosel Schmidt
  • Hannes Tausend


  • Lars Gerullat
  • Zuzanna Pacholska 
  • Christian Weiß

Former lab members

  • Elena Beirer
  • Lukas Bokelmann
  • Anne Busch 
  • Hannes Buchholz
  • Celine Camuto
  • Atilla Çelikgil
  • Jesse Dabney
  • Marie Gansauge
  • Isabelle Glocke
  • Matthäus Haase
  • Mateja Hajdinjak
  • Charlotte Hopfe
  • Raphael Kaiser
  • Leonie Kohl
  • Petra Korlević
  • Paula Kosel
  • Yuliia Lihanova
  • Laurin Lippik
  • David López Herráez
  • Diyendo Massilani
  • Hanna Mayer
  • Felix Müller
  • Michelle Roderer
  • Sebastian Ruck
  • Linda Pöschla
  • Victoria Scheer
  • Alexander Sternberg
  • Elena Zavala