Team

TEAM MEMBERS

Florian Schur
assistant professor

Florian studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna before he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where he did his PhD at the European Molecuar Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in the lab of John Briggs. He got infected with the ‘electron microscopy virus’ early in his scientific career when he gathered his first hands-on experience with EM in the lab of Vic Small at the IMBA in Vienna. He combines his passion for cryo-electron tomography and image processing with his interest in fundamental questions of cell migration and virology.

email: florian.schur@ist.ac.at


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Andreas Thader
lab technician

Andi was the first member to join the lab. He holds a Masters degree in Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Vienna and obtained his Phd in biochemistry from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). He is a very experienced protein and analytical chemist, who is fascinated by new methods and state of the art technology.

 


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Marco Kuslar
master student

Marco applies cryo-EM and ET combined with image processing approaches to understand the assembly of viruses as well as the interplay of intracellular factors regulating the cytoskeleton. He has a Bachelor degree in Bioengineering and is experienced in production of recombinant proteins, as well as in raw material analytics. Marco has a wide interest in different biological disciplines (including virology, immunology and pathology) and is eager to expand his skillset with new high-end methods, which ultimately drove him towards the field of structural biology.

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Bettina Zens
PhD student

Bettina holds a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and studied Molecular Biosciences at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After obtaining her degree, she moved to Vienna to work as a laboratory manager in the group of Sascha Martens at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, where she gained experience in biochemistry by focusing on the in vitro reconstitution of the autophagic machinery and protein purification.
In the Schur lab, Bettina is highly motivated to apply her acquired skillset in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry to important questions in cell migration. This includes establishing new protocols to study cellular ultrastructures that allow cells to move in highly complex environments.

 

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Florian Fäßler
predoctoral visiting scientist/Postdoc

Florian is an enthusiastic cell-biologist and microscopist. He holds a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Tübingen and did his PhD at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology. During his studies on intracellular protein transport Florian acquired a profound expertise in molecular biology, live-cell imaging and protein interaction analysis. For his stay with the Schur group he will apply those skills together with cryo-electron tomography in order to analyze the structural basis of actin-based cell migration.

 


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Georgi Dimchev
Postdoc

Georgi has acquired multi-disciplinary expertise in a number of international research institutes, with particular focus on the regulation of cell motility. He completed his PhD at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he investigated the migration of myogenic precursor cells and later, as a Postdoc in Klemens Rottner’s group, he acquired substantial experience in various microscopy methods used to study the function of the actin cytoskeleton in driving cell motility. Georgi is highly motivated to apply cryo-EM and tomography methods in order to dive deeper into the complex machinery that is required for cells to move.

Georgi is generously funded by the FWF (M2495 Lise-Meitner-Programm) for a project investigating protein structure and function in filopodia across scales. The project involves linking cell and structural biology approaches in order to elucidate the function of filopodial proteins in the context of cell migration.

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Alumni

Yuanmin Zhou (02/2018-07/2018)
scientific intern

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