Euripides Ribeiro (ER), Vienna University, Austria
Euripedes de Almeida Ribeiro Jr received bachelor in Agronomic Engineering from University Federal of Viçosa (Brazil) in 1998 and started his Ph.D. studies in 2000 at University of Campinas/Department of Biochemistry (Brazil). He is doing research on the structure and function of major macromolecular assemblies and molecular machines.
Ariadna Rodriguez Chamorro (ESR), Vienna University, Austria
Ariadna Rodriguez Chamorro received Diploma in Biochemistry from the University of Havana (Cuba) in 2007. She is currently doing her PhD at University of Vienna working on the structural characterization of the Z-disc complex FATZ: alpha-actinin-2. Her research interests focus on Structural biology of protein-protein interactions.
Irela Reza Mazar (ESR), Bonn University, Germany
Irela Gretchen Reza Mazar received a 5 years of first University degree in Biological Sciences from University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) in December 2006. She is currently doing her PhD at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bonn, Germany; Department of Molecular Cell Biology, working on muscle research. Her research interests focus on the Analysis of the Z-disc proteins of the podin family and calsarcins: localization, dynamics and interactions in living cells.
Maria Ivonne Paz (ESR), Padova University, Italy
Marcia Ivonne Peña Paz received degree in Biology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 2008. She is currently doing her PhD at Università degli Studi di Padova working on the identification of signaling pathways mediating the effect of activity-dependent mechanical stimuli on muscle gene expression. Her research interests focus on signaling pathways activated after mechanical stimuli, and the muscle endogenous timing system.
Narendra Verma (ESR), Padova University, Italy
Narendra Kumar Verma received a Master of Science in biotechnology from Bundelkhand University (U.P), India in 2007. He is currently doing her PhD at Università degli Studi di Padova working on Ankrd2 signaling pathways in developing & adult skeletal muscle. His research interests focus on investigating the Ankrd2 role in developing and adult skeletal muscle.
Viktor Deineko (ESR), Hamburg University, Germany
Viktor Deineko received his Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Kyiv, Ukraine) in 2008. He is currently doing his PhD at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Hamburg outstation) working on titin/α-actinin interactions within sarcomeric Z-disk. His research interests focus on in vivo reconstitution of protein-protein complexes and their biophysical characterization. He would like to investigate how the α-actinin EF-hands are arranged on titin Z-repeats and to examine how presence of non-binding titin moities influences overall architecture of given assembly. The ultimate goal of his work is to study not only “single-domain” complexes but also those which are similar to actual in vivo structures.
Marie Cecile Pelissier (ER), Hamburg University, Germany
Marie-Cecile Pelissier received her Master degree in Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Genomics from the University of Provence (Marseille, France) in 2005 and did her Ph.D. studies from 2005 to 2009 at the AFMB laboratory (Marseille, France). From Feb. 2010 to Feb. 2011, she was a MUZIC ER at EMBL Hamburg. Her research activity was focused on the functional and structural studies of protein complexes from the Z-disk, such as the titin-obscurin and nebulin-myopalladin complexes.
Ritika Sethi (ESR), Jyväskylä University, Finland
Ritika Sethi received Msc in Biomedical Sciences from University of Hull/UK in 2007. She is currently doing her PhD at University of Jyväskylä working on a Muscle Z disk protein Filamin C. Her research interests focus on characterizing the structure of the Rod 1 domains of Filamin C and understanding its biological function and role in signaling inside the sarcomere.
Mara Rusu (ESR), Leeds University, England
Mara-Camelia Rusu received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania) in 2010. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Leeds working on electron-tomography of the Z-disk. Her research interests focus on muscle contractility and ultrastructure.
Luigi Fiaschi (ER), Leeds University, England
Luigi Fiaschi received his PhD in Biotechnology-Genomics from University of Siena (Italy). He is currently working on the Z-disk alpha-actinin. His research interests focus on EM, Single particle reconstruction, Genomics, Vaccinology.
Andrea Ghisleni, (ESR), Kings College, England
Andrea Ghisleni received Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences in 2009 and Master Degree in Molecular Biology in 2011 from Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. He is currently doing his PhD at Kings College London (KCL) working on Structural and biophysical analysis of new Z-disk complexes. His research interests focus on structural and functional regulation of macromolecular complexes, conformational changes and post-translational regulations that leads to protein-protein interactions.
Denisa Mullerova (ER), Evitra, Sweden
Denisa Müllerová received her master degree in molecular biology from Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2004 and started her Ph.D. studies in 2005 at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava (Slovakia). She is doing research on soluble protein expression.