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.

Babatunde Ekundayo, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

Friedrich Miescher Institute (Basel)

University of Geneva

University of Sheffield

Kaifeng Zhou, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Previous Institutions

Yale University

UC Berkeley

Jan M. Schmidt


Ph.D. Student

Previous Institutions

California Institute of Technology

London Research Institute

University of Tübingen

Jennifer Gallagher, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

Current/Previous Institutions

West Virginia University

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

Yale University

Kelly Long

Undergraduate Student



Steve Runser           

Stephane Lefevre    

Asim Akbani             

Federica Galliano

​Maxim Kolesnikov

Sandra Muehlhaeuser


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)

Current position


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