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Molecular Targets and Therapeutics Center Functional Epigenetics

We aim to uncover how epigenetic information is stored and how the environment controls our epigenome in order to identify novel therapeutic targets.

We aim to unravel the impact of the environment on the epigenome and to discover novel pathways regulating DNA organization in order to identify potential therapeutic targets.

Our Research Groups

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Helmholtz Munich | Daphne Cabianca
Cabianca Lab

Environment and Nuclear Organization

We aim to understand how environmental inputs modulate the state, spatial organization, and function of chromatin, using the roundworm C. elegans as a model system.

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Helmholtz Munich | Dimitra Chatzitheodoridou
Schmoller Lab

Cell and Organelle Size
Control

We study the impact of cell size on cell function and investigate how cells coordinate growth and division to control their size.

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Schneider Lab

Chromatin Dynamics and Epigenetics

We decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying epigenetic inheritance and epigenetic regulation of cellular function. Decoding such epigenetic processes is crucial to developing novel solutions for environmentally triggered diseases for a healthier society.

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Cellular Decision Making
Scialdone et al., Nature, 2016 | John C. Marioni & Berthold Göttgens
Scialdone Lab

Physics and data-based modelling of cellular decision making

We use artificial intelligence to decode the molecular mechanism behind cellular decision-making e.g., during early mammalian development.

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Helmholtz Munich | Martin Groth
Groth Lab

Epigenetics, Metabolism, and
Acclimation

We explore how environmental changes affect epigenetic regulation and how epigenetic changes contribute to acclimation and stress memory in Arabidopsis thaliana and crops.

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Our Scientists

Dr. Till Bartke

Deputy Director of the Institute of Functional Epigenetics
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Dr. Daphne Selvaggia Cabianca

Group Leader

Dr. Kurt Schmoller

Group Leader

Dr. Antonio Scialdone

Group Leader
Martin Groth

Dr. Martin Groth

Group Leader

Dr. Jessica Pellegrino

Postdoc
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Dr. Igor Kukhtevich

Postdoc

Dr. Kevin Brockers

Postdoc

Dr. Andrey Tvardovskiy

Postdoc
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Dr. Iratxe Estivariz

Postdoc
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Dr. Francesco Padovani

Postdoc
Daniela Bureik

Daniela Bureik

Research Technician
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Sandra Nitsch

Doctoral Researcher

Simona Nasiscionyte

Doctoral Researcher
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Dimitra Chatzitheodoridou

Doctoral Researcher
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Thomas Gerling

Administrative Assistant

Magdalena Valenta

Doctoral Researcher
Johanna Hornung

Johanna Hornung

Research Technician

Nada Saad Norildin Al-Refaie

Doctoral Researcher

Yagya Chadha

Doctoral Researcher
Bihter Özdemir Aygenli

Bihter Özdemir Aygenli

Doctoral Researcher
Benedikt Mairhörmann

Benedikt Mairhörmann

Doctoral Researcher

Alissa Finster

Doctoral Researcher
Lorenz Pudelko

Lorenz Pudelko

Doctoral Researcher
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Emilia Izabela Cepowska

Doctoral Researcher
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Arohi Khurana

Doctoral Researcher
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Huiwen Li

Doctoral Researcher
Eric Yu-Hao Liu

Yu-Hao (Eric) Liu

Doctoral Researcher

Sarah Christine Pereira de Oliveira

Doctoral Researcher
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Fernanda Pabst

Doctoral Researcher
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Carole Zaratiegui

Doctoral Researcher
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Katharina Arnold

Doctoral Researcher
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Thomas Gerling

Administrative Assistant