Ruprecht-Karls-Universitšt Heidelberg


Heidelberg University
ZMBH, Room 421
Im Neuenheimer Feld 282
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

+ 49-6221 54 6745 (office)
+ 49-6221 54 6823 (lab)
+ 49-6221 54 5894 (fax)

Current members

Sebastian Schuck

2013 -

Sebastian tries to be principal investigator, postdoc and technician all at once, resulting in occasional split personality issues.

Saccharo Cerevis

2013 -

Saccharo has been our resident oracle since the lab started in July 2013. What s/he says is mostly incomprehensible but sometimes reveals amazing insights.

Jasmin Schäfer

2014 -

Jasmin began her PhD in August 2014 and her goal is to understand the mechanism of micro-ER-phagy. Outside the lab, she clears her mind playing American football. 

Rolf Schmidt

2014 -

Rolf started his PhD in December 2014. Besides organizing the lab’s guitar jam sessions, he is exploring how cells adapt their protein degradation capacity to stress. 

Peter Bircham

2015 -

Peter joined the lab as a postdoc in February 2015. He specialises in high-throughput yeast technologies and image analysis, using these tools to study ER structure and size control. When not working with yeast in the lab, Peter is still putting yeast to good use brewing beer. 
Dimitris Papagiannidis

2016 -

Dimitris did his master thesis with us from October 2016 to May 2017 and stayed for his PhD. He tries to understand the mechanisms determining the balance between ER sheets and tubules, and also to find his balance while rock climbing. 

Oliver Pajonk

2018 -

Oli will start his master thesis in the summer and is still deciding what to work on. 

Past members

Katharina Schaeff

2013 - 2017

Katharina was our technician from September 2013 to October 2017. Besides maintaining the lab in good shape, Katharina worked on both SHRED and ER-phagy.

Tamas Szoradi

2013 - 2018

Tamas did his PhD from October 2013 to March 2018, unravelling SHRED in all its glory. Tamas then moved to New York to do a postdoc with Liam Holt.

Dorottya Polos

2014 - 2015

Dorottya was an ERASMUS student from October 2014 to June 2015. Afterwards, she returned to London to complete her Bachelor’s degree and do her PhD with Margaret Dallman.

Verena Bittl


Verena did her Master thesis from April to November 2015, exploring potential ER-phagy substrates. She moved to Frankfurt to pursue her PhD with Anja Bremm.

Julia Schessner

2017 - 2018

Julia did her Master thesis from September 2017 to April 2018, visualizing and quantifying micro-ER-phagy by time lapse microscopy. For her PhD, Julia joined Georg Borner’s group at the MPI for Biochemistry in Munich.