Idan Ben Horin
Idan Ben Horin received his MD degree from the Hebrew University of Jeruslaem in Israel. In his thesis he investigated the role of NFκB in the development of meningiomas. He completed his residency in Medical Oncology at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, where his research focused on the characterization of T cells in primary brain tumors. Idan joined the group as a PhD candidate in 2018. In his thesis project he is studying the effects of CAR-engineered immune cells equipped with dual targeting capabilities in cancer models.
Thorsten Geyer obtained his Diploma in Biology from the University of Mainz. He joined the group as a technician in 1998, and meanwhile serves as laboratory manager. Thorsten also holds the responsible position as Safety Officer of the Georg-Speyer-Haus.
Anne Kiefer received her Master's degree in Biomedicine from the University of Mainz. In her Master’s thesis she established a qRT-PCR-based assay for the detection of oncogenic driver mutations in tumor-derived exosomes to select non-small cell lung cancer patients for targeted therapy. Anne joined the group as a PhD student in 2019. In her thesis project she is developing novel bispecific antibodies for tumor targeting.
Ines Kühnel received her Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt. In her doctoral studies at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Frankfurt am Main, she evaluated the function, expression and regulation of the human immunoreceptor NKp65 during innate lymphoid cell development. Ines joined the group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2021, investigating peripheral blood and ex vivo differentiated NK cells and genetically modified variants thereof.
Jordi Pfeifer Serrahima
Jordi Pfeifer Serrahima joined the group in 2019 to work on his Master’s thesis focusing on the generation and functional characterization of bispecific antibodies that redirect cytotoxic lymphocytes to tumor cells. Since receiving his Master's degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Jordi is continuing this work as a PhD student.
Maren Prüfer received her Master’s degree in Biology with specialization in Biomedicine from the University of Gießen. During her Master's thesis at Leiden University Medical Center (Netherlands) she established a system for CRISPR/Cas9-mediated integration of CARs into the TRAC locus of primary T cells. Maren joined the group as a PhD student in 2021. In her thesis project she is arming NK cells for immunotherapy against acute myeloid leukemia.
Jasmin Röder received her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Mainz. In her Master’s thesis she contributed to the development of an autochthonous mouse model of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for the evaluation of CAR-engineered T cells. Jasmin joined the group as a PhD student in 2017. In her thesis project she established innovative mouse breast cancer models to investigate the antitumor activity of NK cells. Since receiving her PhD degree from the University of Mainz, she is continuing her work as a postdoctoral fellow.