Team

Team

Lab Akhtar

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Group Leader Asifa Akhtar

Asifa Akhtar

Asifa Akhtar obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology at University College London (UCL), UK, in 1993 and her Ph.D. in 1997 at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, studying transcriptional regulation in Richard Treisman’s laboratory. She continued in the field of chromatin regulation as a postdoctoral fellow in Peter Becker’s laboratory at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany, and the Adolf Butenandt Institute, Munich, Germany. 

In 2001, Asifa Akhtar became group leader at EMBL. In 2009, she moved her laboratory to the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany (MPI-IE). In 2013, she was appointed Director at the MPI-IE, heading the department of chromatin regulation. Asifa Akhtar received the European Life Science Organization (ELSO) award for significant contribution in the field in 2008 and was elected as an EMBO member in 2013. In 2017, she was awarded the Wilhelm Feldberg Prize for outstanding contribution in the field. She has been awarded the Leibniz Prize 2021 for her cell biological work on the mechanisms of epigenetic gene regulation.

She serves as evaluator for many research and funding organizations (e.g. MPG, DFG, EU), editor of well-recognized scientific journals (e.g. eLife, PLoS Genetics, Journal of Cell Science) and actively participates in several local and international research consortia (e.g. CRC746, CRC992 MEDEP, CRC1140 KIDGEM, CRC1381, FP7 network EpiGeneSys).

Qualifications and history

  • 1971 Born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1990-1993 Undergraduate studies in Biology at University College London, UK
  • 1993-1997 PhD studies at Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK
  • 1997-2000 Postdoctoral fellow at EMBL, Heidelberg and the Adolf-Butenandt-Institut, Munich, Germany
  • 2001-2009 Group Leader at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Since 2009 Head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Regulation, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 2013 Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • Since 2020 Vice President of Max Planck Society (Biological and Medical Section)

Team

Name
+49 761 5108-
Akbas, Mehment Eray
PhD Student
  • 693
Akhtar, Asifa
Group Leader
Alexiadis, Anastasios
Postdoc
  • 583
Chen, Hui-Ru (Elsa)
PhD Student
  • 691
Erdogdu, Niyazi Umut
PhD Student
  • 692
Förtsch, Arion
PhD Student
  • 693
Gehringer, Miriam
Administrative Assistant
  • 422
Grzadzielewska, Iga
PhD Student
  • 696
Guhathakurta, Sukanya
PhD Student
  • 692
Hirsch, Naama
Postdoc
  • 704
Hmadi, Raed
Postdoc
  • 695
Holz, Herbert
Technical Assistant
  • 695
Karayol, Remzi
Postdoc
  • 514
Kulkarni, Tanvi Sandeep
PhD Student
  • 691
Martinez Greene, Juan Alfonso
PhD Student
  • 514
Mueller, Kimberly
Administrative Assistant
  • 564
Oellers, Ronald
PhD Student
  • 798
Pessoa Rodrigues, Cecilia
PhD Student
  • 514
Rumpf, Tobias
Postdoc
  • 583
Samata, Maria
Postdoc
  • 514
Seyfferth, Janine
Technical Assistant
  • 706
  • 707
Sheikh, Bilal Nadeem
Postdoc
  • 514
Shvedunova, Maria
Postdoc
  • 545
Stawiarska, Wiktoria
Student Assistant
  • 514
Stehle, Thomas
Technical Assistant
  • 514
Sun, Yidan
Project Leader
  • 706
  • 707
Tsang , Tsz Hong
PhD Student
  • 694
Wiese, Meike
Postdoc
  • 694
Zhao, Yuling
PhD Student
  • 704
Zhou, Yilong
Postdoc
  • 696
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