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Carmen Ruiz de Almodóvar 
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of the Neurovascular link

Groupleader: Carmen Ruiz de Almodóvar


Heike Adler, TA
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: heike.adler@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

Alexander Ellerkmann, MD student
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: alexander.ellerkmann@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

Aida Freire Valls, PhD student
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: aida.freire@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I come from a small village called Figaró (Barcelona). I did my high school on natural and health science in la Garriga. After that, I got enrolled in the Human Biology degree (UPF, Barcelona). I got my master of science on biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry (UPF). During this time, I went to DKFZ (Heidelberg) to work on my master thesis and after I finished, I joyfully started my doctoral thesis in a collaborative project between the group of Ruiz de Almodovar and of Thomas Schmidt.

Patricia Himmels, PhD student
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: patricia.himmels@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I studied Biochemistry at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) and obtained my diploma in 2013. I then joined the Ruiz de Almodovar lab for my doctoral work. The broad focus of my research is to investigate the multifaceted communication between the vascular and the nervous system in the developing spinal cord.

Andromachi Karakatsani, postdoc
Lab Room 223 / Phone: +49 6221 54-4122
Mail: andromachi.karakatsani@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I completed my undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. After conducting my diploma thesis in the field of Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology, I joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Stephan Kröger at Ludwig-Maximilians-University for my Ph.D. During this time my work focused on unraveling mechanisms involved in dendritic development and spine formation in CNS neurons. Currently, in the Ruiz de Almodovar lab, my post-doctoral research focuses on neurovascular homeostasis.

Robert Luck, PhD student
Lab Room 223 / Phone: +49 6221 54-4735
Mail: robert.luck@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I moved and lost my heart in Heidelberg back in 2008 :). I studied Biology at the Heidelberg University and finished my Bachelor degree in the DKFZ, investigating the vascular singling pathway of Angiopoietins. I continued my Master in Heidelberg and decided to focus in the field of Neuroscience. After finishing my Master thesis at the MIT in Boston I started my PhD in Ruiz de Almodovar's lab. I am happy to pair different biological fields and previous research interests when now studying the role of Angiopoietins during neuronal development.

Isidora Paredes Ugarte, PhD student
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: isidora.paredes-ugarte@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I obtained by diploma in Biochemistry at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago graduating with a thesis focused in studying the role of angiogenic factors secreted by bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in regulating cortical embryonic neural stem cells properties. After obtaining a Scholarship for my doctorate studies, I joined Carmens’ lab in August 2013 as a HBIGS PhD student interested to understand on how the neurovascular crosstalk drives spinal cord development. For this I make use of mouse genetics, using the Cre-lox recombination system to ablate certain angiogenic factors in specific spinal neural domains. I combine this with in vitro approaches isolating neural progenitors from the embryonic spinal cord. I also plan to study motor nerve targeting and complement these experiments with locomotor behavioral assays.

Melanie Richter, TA
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: melanie.richter@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

Nathalie Tisch, PhD student
Lab Room 223 / Phone: +49 6221 54-4122
Mail: nathalie.tisch@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

After finishing my Masters in Neurosciences at the University of Heidelberg, I stepped into new fields and became interested in vascular homeostasis and barrier formation. In particular, in Ruiz de Almodovar’s lab my PhD project focuses on studying how endothelial cells are protected from cell death and how apoptotic related molecules might control vascular properties.

Xiaohong Wang, postdoc
Lab Room 224 / Phone: +49 6221 54-6812
Mail: xiaohong.wang@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de

I come from China. I obtained my Ph.D degree in Peking University Health Science Center, major in Physiology. My Ph.D research field is in molecular biology and bioengineering in Cardiovascular disease. in 2013 I Joined Ruiz de Almodovar's lab as a postdoc because I'm interested in the topic of neuro-vascular communication. Now I"m investigating of the molecular mechanism of CNS vascularization.