Group members

Marc Friedländer, PhD

Principal investigator
Associate professor

My key aim for the group is to address fundamental questions in RNA biology by bringing numbers and quantitative statements to the field.

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Inna Biryukova, PhD

Senior scientist and lab manager

Biologist interested in RNA-based regulation of neurogenesis, development and innate immunity, quantitative and systems biology.

Bastian Fromm, PhD

Senior researcher

The center of my research is the evolution of microRNAs, their function and roles in disease such as cancer, host-parasite interactions and the corresponding molecular basis of quantitative changes in their expression. I am Molecular Biologist by training and use bioinformatics methods for genome wide pan-metazoan miRNA complement analyses. I am experienced in working with NGS data and the annotation of novel miRNAs (

Morteza Aslanzadeh

PhD student

My research area focuses on gene expression covariances in single cells. For this, I identify sets of genes that covary strongly in their expression, and then I apply an unbiased screening approach to reveal which main regulator causes the covariances for the given set.

Wenjing Kang

PhD student

I am interested in the biogenesis of microRNAs in mammalian cells, especially for pri-miRNA processing. Beside this, I’m also developing pipelines for quality control of small RNA-Seq data.

Vaishnovi Sekar

PhD student

I am interested in the regulatory functions of microRNAs and the interaction with their targets in an individual cell. For this, I analyze highly custom single cell transcriptome data and integrate these into a mathematical model describing microRNA functions.

Marcel Tarbier

PhD student

My main focus is on understanding the impact of different layers of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation on global gene expression patterns. To do so I mainly analyse data from single-cell RNAseq and SPARC.


Yrin Eldfjell

Software developer, webmaster and photographer

I am a software developer and MSc computer science student whose primary affiliation with the group is as the key developer for miRTrace. Additionally I am the group webmaster and photographer.

 Former group members

Kavan Parag Gor
Intern, 2019

Maxine van Hagen
Intern, 2019

Till Schwämmle
Intern, 2018

Franziska Bonath, PhD
Post-doc, 2015-2018
Now researcher at NGI Sweden in Stockholm (Applications Development)

Sebastian Mackowiak, PhD
Post-doc, 2015-2018
Now PostDoc at Hnisz lab at MPI for Molecular Genetics, Dahlem, Berlin

Etka Yapar
Erasmus student, 2017

Kostas Tsirigos
Intern, computational researcher, 2017

Silvana Sidhom
Erasmus student, 2017

Nam Vu
Intern, 2016

Samuel Gerner
Erasmus student, 2016

Stefanie Ende
Erasmus student, 2016