Current lab members


Group Leader

Franziska completed Medical School at the University of Leipzig and then obtained her Ph.D. from Yale University, studying ribosome biogenesis in Susan Baserga's lab. As a postdoc, Franziska trained with James Berger at the University of California Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University to decipher structural mechanisms of DNA replication. Her graduate and postdoctoral research was supported by fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds and the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. Her Ph.D. work was also recognized with the Stanford Biochemistry Founders' Award for Doctoral Excellence.




Franziska Bleichert, Ph.D.

Sandra Mühlhäuser, Ph.D.


Research Assistant

Previous Institutions

Friedrich Miescher Institute for

Biomedical Research

Babatunde Ekundayo, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

University of Geneva

University of Sheffield

Jan M. Schmidt


Ph.D. Student

Previous Institutions

California Institute of Technology

London Research Institute

University of Tübingen

Maxim Kolesnikov


Ph.D. Student

Previous Institutions

University of British Columbia


Steve Runser           

Stephane Lefevre    

Asim Akbani            


Federica Galliano


Undergraduate Researcher (07-08/2017)       

Research Assistant (2017)

Research Intern/PhD student                         


Research Intern (04-12/2018)                         

Current position


Patent Attorney trainee (Gruenecker)        


Master student in Clinical Research and 

Drug Development (Bicocca University, Milan)