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Current lab members

Assistant Professor

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. In 2017, she set up her own lab at the Friedrich Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, and was recruited to Yale in 2020. Franziska's past research was supported by the European Research Council, 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.


Ashish Kumar, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

Institute of Life Sciences (India)

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (India)

Patna University (India)


Cassandra Ho, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

University Hospital Essen (Germany)

University of Technology Malaysia (Malaysia)

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (USA)


Sumon Sahu, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

Syracuse University 

UMass Amherst 


RKMV, Belur, India


Olivia Hunker

Ph.D. Student (BQBS)

Previous Institutions

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Ran Yang

Ph.D. Student (BQBS)

Previous Institutions

UC San Diego

Beijing Normal University


Kelly Long

Undergraduate Student





Steve Runser           

Stephane Lefevre    

Asim Akbani             

Federica Galliano

​Maxim Kolesnikov

Sandra Muehlhaeuser

Jan Schmidt

Babatunde Ekundayo

Kaifeng Zhou

Marleigh Wise


Undergraduate researcher (07-08/2017)       

Research assistant (2017)

Research intern (09/2017-07/2018)

Research intern (04-12/2018)


PhD student (11/2018-10/2019)

Research assistant (2017-2019)

PhD student (2017-2020)

Postdoc (2018-2021)

Associate Research Scientist (2020-2021)

Postgraduate Associate (2021-2022)

Current position


Sales manager, BACHEM (Switzerland)

Patent attorney trainee at Gruenecker        

Master student in Clinical Research and 

Drug Development, Bicocca University, Milan

PhD student at University of Basel, group of Marek Basler

Research assistant, Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy, FMI Basel

Postdoc, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Reseach (NIBR)

Technician, EPFL, Switzerland

Research Associate, Cryo-EM facility, Yale U.

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