Left to right: Filiz, Mara, Markus & Julia
The administrative staff (Mara and Julia) is responsible for the daily operation of the school, the recruitment process, assisting accepted candidates with re-location to Munich, organizing the educational events, keeping track of the students’ progress and finances and central book keeping.
Mara Kieke (Administrative Assistant)
Mara was born and raised in Munich. She completed a training in business management and then worked as an administrative assistant at a start-up marketing agency in Munich. In parallel, she pursued her professional education at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, earning a BA in business economics in 2012.
Julia Schlehe (Administrative Coordinator)
Julia studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. After her studies she joined Konstanze Winklhofer’s group at the LMU Munich where she earned a PhD for her work on function and subcellular localization of parkin in 2008. Julia then joined Matthew La Voie’s group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School Boston, USA, where she studied the mitochondrial Complex-1 in models of Parkinson’s Disease. In 2014 she returned to Germany and has worked as a Program Manager at the Helmholtz Diabetes Center in Munich before joining our team at QBM in 2016.
The two lecturers (Filiz and Markus) teach the cross-disciplinary primer courses (life science for physicists and applied mathematicians, bioinformatics/biostatistics and biophysics for life scientists), accompany the interdisciplinary core course and the tutorials. They are also available to informally advise and coach students as they navigate the complex demands of interdisciplinary research and communication. The lecturers further assist the administrative staff during the recruitment process, with the organization of educational activities (lecture series, retreat etc.) and keeping track of the students’ progress.
Filiz Çivril (Life Science Lecturer)
Filiz studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She then joined the laboratory of Andrea Musacchio at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, to work on the structural and functional characterization of a kinetochore subcomplex in mitosis. After earning her PhD in 2009, Filiz worked as a postdoc in Karl-Peter Hopfner’s group at the Gene Center Munich, where she studied mechanisms of cytosolic RNA and DNA sensing in mammalian cells.
Markus Hohle (Math and Physics Lecturer)
Markus studied Physics at the University of Jena, Germany, and subsequently did doctoral research on constraining the equation of state of neutron stars from observational data under the supervision of Frank Haberl and Joachim Trümper at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, and Ralph Neuhäuser at the University Observatory Jena. After earning his PhD in 2011, Markus continued his work on neutron stars as a postdoc at the Collaborative Research Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy in Jena.