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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.

Timmy Richardo

"I began my postdoctoral position in Weber lab in December 2023 after completing my doctoral degree in Infection Biology at Hannover Medical School. My project focuses on the perception of chitin by mammalian pattern recognition receptors."

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,


"As the team's bioinformatician, I handle the computational analysis of the diverse molecular data produced by our lab, alongside clinical data obtained through our collaborations with the University Hospital of Tübingen."

Baher Zalat,
PhD student

"Following my Master's in Molecular Life Sciences, with a focus on  Immunology and a thesis on NK cell evolution at  Georg-August-University Göttingen, I embarked on my PhD in the Weber lab starting September 2023. My research focuses on understanding the roles of  platelets, neutrophils, and Platelet-Neutrophil Complexes (PNC) in  psoriasis. "

Esra Özaltin,
PhD student

"After finishing my Master's in Immunobiology at the University of Bonn I joined the lab in November 2023 for my PhD.  My main research focus is understanding the role of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) and NET-associated RNA (naRNA) in psoriasis skin pathology and inflammation."

Calla Jickeli,

PhD student

"I started my PhD in Alex Weber's lab in January 2024 after completing my masters in microbiology in Tübingen. My project is funded by the program SPP2225 and focusses on the LukAB-dependent escape of S. aureus from within macrophages. "

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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