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Iva Atanaskovic

Iva Atanaskovic

Before coming to Oxford, I was studying molecular biology at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. I have done various internships in the field of bacteriology. Back in Serbia I used to work as a teaching assistant at the Petnica Science Centre for high-school students. I was also a member of the Parisian iGEM team that won the World Jamboree in 2013. At the moment I am doing a rotation in the Kleanthous Laboratory (Department of Biochemistry), and my next rotation will be in the Maiden Laboratory (Department of Zoology). I hope to continue studying Gram-negative bacteria for my PhD, where I am especially interested in protein-protein interactions that underpin the organization of the bacterial cell envelope. Besides being a bit obsessed with bugs, I also enjoy drawing and sewing.


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Juliane Brun

Juliane Brun

Hello, I am Juli and I am from Germany. I started this programme last year and I am still in the rotation phase. For my bachelors degree I studied Molecular and Technical Medicine and worked with adenoviruses and stem cells. Afterwards I started my masters in Molecular Medicine, with a specialization in Infection and Immunology. After studying in Germany, I decided to go abroad. I secured an internship in Cambridge (4 months) where I worked on Herpesviruses. I then went to Stockholm (Karolinksa Institute, 8 months) for my masters thesis, where I worked with Semliki-Forest virus. In the past I have really focused on virology, which I want to continue here in Oxford. I really enjoy this programme, which provides three different possibilities of finding a project. Aside from work, I love travelling and discovering different countries and cultures. 1. Rotation: Ervin Fodor 2. Rotation: Christian Eggeling.


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Johannes Pettmann

Johannes Pettmann

During my undergraduate and masters I went to labs in the field of nephrology, tumour immunology and vaccinology. While I am convinced of immunology as a subject, I do not yet know about the specific topic I would like to research. Consequently, I chose to join the IITM programme for my DPhil. Right now, I am undertaking my first rotation with Professor Kevin Maloy at the Dunn School. His lab is mostly concerned with IBD, but it was also the chance to work with animal models that convinced me. For my future rotations I will try to stay open-minded and engage in areas I do not necessarily have experience in.

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Felix Richter

Felix Richter

I graduated in 2014 from a German-French bachelors programme in Molecular Biology held by the University of Strasbourg (FRA) and the Saarland University (GER). During this time, I developed a profound interest in immunology and decided to enroll in the Global Master’s programme in “Biomedicine” at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. I used this opportunity to extend my knowledge in translational approaches to research and to bring science to the general public in the context of the student competition iGEM and the RNA Club Stockholm. Since I joined the University of Oxford, I strive to investigate questions surrounding the immune system and neighboring tissues during chronic inflammation. As of now, I performed my first rotation project in the lab of Prof. Kay Grünewald, where I got an impression of the use of cryoEM in cell and structural biology.

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Robert Ragotte

Robert Ragotte

Before starting at Oxford, I completed my undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At UBC, I worked in a lab at the BC Children’s Hospital studying primary immune deficiencies and immune dysregulatory diseases. My first rotation was with Prof. Matthew Higgins in biochemistry and I am currently on my second rotation with Prof. Simon Draper at the Jenner Institute. For my PhD, I hope to be able to combine my clinical and basic science interests, embracing the “translational medicine” aspect of the IITM programme. After completing my PhD, I plan to complete clinical training back in Canada before embarking on a career as a clinician-scientist. When not in the lab, you can find me climbing mountains, running through Port Meadow or playing boggle at the pub.


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Alun Vaughan-Jackson

Alun Vaughan-Jackson

Having come into the course straight from my undergraduate degree at UCL in Immunology and Infection, I am hardly the most experienced of students. I have always had an interest in infectious diseases and, through a summer internship on Salmonella in the Holden lab and an undergrad project on HIV-1 in the Towers lab, I have honed my interests primarily down to virus-innate immune interactions. With this in mind I undertook my first rotation project in Prof. William James’ lab where I aimed to use iPSC derived macrophages to investigate HIV-1 restriction. However with two more rotations to go I would like to branch out a little to cover a range of different pathogens/models/techniques. Outside of the lab I have enjoyed committing to the college side of Oxford life and have (somewhat to my surprise) taken on social secretary responsibilities in Keble College.

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