Ani Kicheva, group leader
Ani started as an Assistant professor at IST Austria in November 2015. She did a postdoc at MRC National Institute for Medical Research (currently The Francis Crick Institute), London, with James Briscoe. She did her Ph. D with Marcos González-Gaitán at the Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden and the University of Geneva.
Martina Greunz, technical assistant
Martina is from Austria and did her Masters degree at the University of Vienna. She started working in the lab in March 2016.
Katarzyna Kuzmicz-Kowalska, PhD student
Kasia did her first rotation in the lab in the Fall of 2016. She is from Poland and did her Master’s degree at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. She obtained a DOC fellowship for her PhD to study how morphogens regulate cell survival in the neural tube.
Stefanie Rus, PhD student
Steffi joined the lab in December 2017. She did her Master’s thesis at the University of Edinburgh. Steffi obtained an NFB fellowship for her PhD project on the regulatory logic of pattern formation in the dorsal neural tube.
Laura Bocanegra, PhD student
Laura did her first rotation in the lab in the Fall of 2016. She is from Colombia and did her Master’s degree at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Laura’s PhD project focuses on understanding the dynamics of cell rearrangements in the spinal neuroepithelium.
Kasumi Kishi, PhD student
Kasumi joined the lab in July 2018. She did her Master’s degree at the University of Bristol. Kasumi’s PhD project focuses on notochord morphogenesis in mouse development.
Catherine Gilbert, project technician
Catherine joined the lab in November, 2019.
Thomas Minchington, postdoc
Tom joined the lab in November, 2020 after doing his PhD with Nancy Papalopulu and Sam Griffiths-Jones at the University of Manchester.
Amrita Singh, postdoc
Amrita did her PhD with Maja Matis at the University of Muenster. She joined the lab in April, 2021 to work on understanding the interplay between mechanical forces and tissue growth in neural tube development. Amrita received IST Fellow and EMBO fellowships for her project.
Monika Kulig, project technician
Monika started in the lab in July, 2022.
Former lab members
Marcin Zagorski, currently PI at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Jagiellonian University