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Prof. Dr. Alex Weber
Group leader

Ana Tapia Abellan, Dr. PhD
Senior postdoc and project leader

"After complete my PhD and Postdoc in Spain, I joined Alex lab as a Senior Postdoc. My research is focused on inflammasomes, specifically in the NLRP3 inflammasome. My goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms behind NLRP3 activation."

Stefanie Bugl, Dr. rer. nat.
Research assistant (Postdoc, part-time)

Xiao Liu, Dr. rer. nat.
Research assistant (Postdoc)

"My main research focus is to decipher which cell death pathway Staphylococcus aureus employs to exit from within macrophages, which are the inducing factors, and what is the role of inflammasomes in this whole process."



Bettina Danker, Dr. rer. nat

Personal assistant

Nadya Panagides, Dr.

Caroline Schönfeld,


Annegret Edeko,

Gaopeng Li,

PhD Student

"My project was about unconventional flagellin as regulator of intestinal inflammation. And especially, we are very interested in the flagellin from E. coli Nissle 1917 flagellin and its role on the intestine microenvironment under both healthy and intestine inflammatory disease conditions."

Maria Mateo Tortola

PhD Student

"During my Masters I discovered my true passion, understanding the complex network that encompasses the immune system. In October 2020, I joined the lab of Alexander Weber under the supervision of Ana Tapia, where we try to uncover the molecular mechanisms behind inflammasome activation."

Pujan Engels

PhD Student

"After finishing my Master's in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Bonn I joined the lab in February 2021 for my PhD.
My main research focus is to create a better understanding of the pathways underlying senescence and use them for the improvement of cancer therapies. "

Johanna Jakob
PhD student

"My project focusses on the role of the bacterial flagellum in mediating the anti-inflammatory response of the probiotic strain E.coli Nissle 1917. This strain is used as a treatment option for inflammatory bowel disease patients."

Min Zhou,
PhD student

"I graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University in 2020 and accomplished my Master in Internal Medicine. I joined Alex Weber’s lab in Tübingen in October 2021. My project is focusing on the signaling networks controlling dormancy in MyD88-driven lymphoma."

András Szolek,


Baher Zalat,
PhD student

Esra Özaltin,
PhD student

Master and Bachelor students:

Lukas Funke (Ms)

Support Staff (HiWi):

Sandra Mitzkus

Previous lab members:

Francesca Bork, Carsten Greve, Vinicius Nunes Cordeiro Leal, Jelena Grga, Austin Tzu Hsuan Chang, Yamel Cardona Gloria, Sabine Dickhöfer, Andrea Dobler, Bittner Zsofia, Dang Minh, Delmiro Magno, El Maadidi Souhayla, Fode Judith, Fuchs Katharina, Herster Franziska, Klimosch Sascha, Nelde Annika, Obermüller Carina, Pichulik Tica, Sanmuganatham Tharmila, Schüssler Moritz, Tuzcu Yesim, Wang Hui, Wolz Olaf-Oliver


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