PD Dr. rer. nat. Dr. habil. med. Andrea Thoma-Kress
Andrea studied Molecular Medicine at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and did her PhD with Prof. Ralph Grassmann and Prof. Bernhard Fleckenstein at the Institute of Virology. She has always been fascinated by viruses and cancer; therefore, she decided to study Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), a highly oncogenic human tumor virus. Andrea's major research interests are transmission of HTLV-1, cell-cell communication, and oncogenic signaling.
Andrea is European Representative of the International Retrovirology Association. htlv.net/
Phone: +49-(0)9131 85-43662
Dr. rer. nat. Alexandra Birzer
I finished my PhD thesis in 2021 and started my Post-Doc in the Thoma-Kreß lab after parental leave to support the MILK-TV project. My aim is to identify the infection route of HTLV-1 from mother to child via breastfeeding. In more detail, I focus on the mechanism and the cell type upon HTLV-1-transmission via breast milk. I am happy to be part of this brilliant project.
Phone: +49-(0)9131 85-26417
HTLV-1 can be transmitted from mother to child during breastfeeding, and such an early infection drastically increases the risk of developing an HTLV-associated, fatal disease. I am interested in unraveling the impact of breast milk on mother-to-child transmission, identifying compounds in the human milk that could possibly inhibit the infection of the newborn.
Phone: +49-(0)9131 85-26441
I am part of the Milk Transmission of Viruses project, funded by the BMBF. During my PhD I will develop prevention strategies for milk-borne HTLV-1 transmission by development of HTLV-1 specific neutralizing nanobodies and use of antiretrovirals.
Phone: +49-(0)9131 85-22103
I am the medical-technical laboratory assistant in the working group and responsible for keeping the laboratory running. I supervise students in various internships and am involved in numerous projects, including the MILK-TV project, which is funded by the BMBF.
Phone: +49-(0)9131 85-22103
Anna Belenkova (Internship, Bachelor's thesis)
Hanna Engelbrecht (Bachelor's thesis, research assistant)
Lara Eulenstein (student assistant, Bachlor's thesis)
Patrick Falkner (Master's thesis)
Sophia Hampe (Bachelor's thesis)
Anna Hupfer (Master's thesis, research assistant)
Tim Göttlicher (Bachelor's thesis)
Lisa-Marie Graf (research assistant, Master's thesis)
Dr. Christine Groß (Master's thesis, PhD thesis)
Myriam Jeninga (Bachelor's thesis)
Martina Kalmer (Technician)
Dr. Melanie Mann (PhD thesis)
Lina Meretuk (Master's thesis)
Dr. Sebastian Millen (research assistant, Master's thesis, PhD thesis, Post-Doc)
Dr. Caroline F. Mohr (PhD thesis)
Kristin Ott (Bachelor's thesis, research assistant)
Lena Pollinger (Master's thesis)
Jonas Prokscha (Bachelor's thesis, research assistant)
Sarah Schmitt (Bachelor's thesis)
Sarah Strobel (Bachelor's thesis, research assistant, Master thesis)
Alexandra Zwosta (Bachelor's thesis)