Executive Board

The executive board is composed of the speaker of the graduate school, the vice-speaker, two other members of the graduate school and the coordinator.


For the BIGS Immunosciences and Infection a new speaker was confirmed: Prof. Katrin Paeschke- Group leader DNA, RNA structures and genome stability. Currently in her lab she uses S. cerevisiae and human cell lines to understand the biological function of G-quadruplex structures and how this is connected to genome stability.

“As a speaker of the Graduate school I would like to support young scientist on their way to independence. With this program we aim to create a platform for PhD students to perform a high quality PhD work by creating an interactive and stimulating scientific environment.“

Prof. Kathrin Paeschke - Speaker of the  BIGS Immunosciences and Infection

PhD student speakers

The PhD student speakers of the BIGS Immunosciences and Infection represent the interests of the PhD students in the BIGS Immunosciences and Infection Executive Board. They will participate in the planned PhD students’ council of the university.

PhD student speakers: Nathalie Heider-Hönatsch and Amir Kayvanjoo

Nathalie is a biochemist and started her PhD in the lab of Prof. Dr. med. Brossart at the Medical Clinic III in October 2016. Her project focuses on immunotherapeutic approaches in Multiple Myeloma. Besides her passion for cancer research she is also very active in science communication.

Amir has started his PhD in 2018 in the lab of Professor Elvira Mass at Life and Medical Science Institute (LIMES). His research area is immunology and development and he is investigating the role of macrophages in hematopoiesis. He is also a member of the ImmunoSensation blog and pint of science and enjoys science related social activities.

“As PhD speaker team we will get in touch with you on a regular base to improve the academic system and to support you. In the upcoming year we will additionally arrange a few get together where science is combined with social activities after work. There we can discuss our realities, concerns and opportunities. So keep an eye for the upcoming announcements and make sure you will mark the dates in your calendar! “

PhD representatives Nathalie Heider-Hönatsch and Amir Kayvanjoo