Open Topic Postdoc Positions

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Recruiting the best minds is a central aspect of the funding and support provided by TU Dresden’s Institutional Strategy. Following on from the successful “Open Topic Tenure Track Professorships“ programme, TU Dresden has created "Open Topic Postdoc Positions", which offer scientists at an advanced postdoc level the opportunity to push ahead with an independent research project regardless of their professional orientation.

About 470 applications from 72 countries were received for the advertised positions, with almost a third of them submitted by women. The postdocs selected are from Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and Vietnam. The 17 selected junior researchers took up their posts at TU Dresden between November 2017 and April 2018.

Dr. Julieta APREA
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Dr. Julieta Aprea

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Research Project:
TRIM28 as a central integrator between regional information and patterning in the developing cortex

placed at the Faculty of Medicine
Advisor: Prof. Federico Calegari, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)                                                           

E-Mail: julieta.aprea@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Julieta Aprea studied chemistry and biochemistry at the National University of La Plata (Argentina). She received her PhD in 2014 at the International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) of the TU Dresden on the subject: "Novel factors regulating progenitor cell fate in the developing mouse cerebral cortex". In this work she identified the central role played by long non-coding (lnc) RNAs in cortical development.

After her graduation she continued this work at the Cluster of Excellence Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) identifying novel lncRNAs specifically expressed in the developing cortex, and characterising their role in cortical development.

Afterwards, taking advantage of her expertise and her recent findings, she started working on the interaction between of TRIM28 and lncRNAs. In particular, her project focuses on the role of this interaction during mouse brain development and cortical morphogenesis, work that she will continue as an Open Topic Postdoc.

Dr. Anja BUTTSTEDT
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Anja Buttstedt

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Research Project:
Analysis of the functioning of the main royal jelly proteins of honey bees (Apis mellifera)

placed at the B-CUBE - Center for Molecular Bioengineering
Advisor: Prof. Michael Schlierf, Chair of Molecular Biophysics
E-Mail: anja.buttstedt@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Anja Buttstedt studied biology at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and was awarded her PhD there in 2011 for her thesis “Einfluss der Polypeptidumgebung auf die Fibrillenbildung eines amyloidogenen Peptides” (Influence of the polypeptide environment on the fibril formation of an amyloidogenic peptide). This was followed by an 18-month period as a postdoc at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). It was during this time that Dr. Buttstedt discovered honeybees as a research topic.

From 2013 to 2017, she was back at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, this time as a postdoc, and began to research the major royal jelly proteins (MRJPs) of the honeybee. These proteins were first discovered in royal jelly, which young female worker bees feed to larvae, resulting in these developing into queens. However, since the genes coding for the MRJPs are not only expressed in brood-caring female workers, the proteins are certainly not merely pure food (Buttstedt et al., 2013, Frontiers in Zoology; Buttstedt et al., 2014, Biological Reviews). It was possible, however, to exclude that a single MRJP has a key function during the determination of a bee larva into a queen (Buttstedt et al., 2016, Nature).

Dr. Buttstedt will use her time at TU Dresden to continue working on deciphering the functions of MRJPs in honeybees. For this purpose, she will purify native MRJPs from royal jelly and also produce proteins recombinantly in the Escherichia coli bacterium. The excellent facilities at the B-CUBE provide the perfect research environment for doing this.

Dr. Fasil Kidane DEJENE


Research Project:
Weyl Fermion Spintronics in Atomic Layer Deposited and Exfoliated Thin Films – a Novel Route to Chiral Charge-spin Conversion for Highly Efficient Spintronics

placed at the Faculty of Physics
Advisor: Prof. Sebastian Gönnenwein, Chair of Solid State Physics                                    E-Mail:fasil_kidane.dejene@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Fasil Kidane Dejene studied Physics Education (2005) and Msc Physics (2008) in Ethiopia, and Top Master Nanoscience (2010) in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen, where he also obtained his doctoral degree in 2015. In his Groningen days, he studied charge, spin and heat transport in graphene field effect devices and metallic systems which were interfaced with magnetic materials.

From 2015, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics (Halle/Saale). His areas of research focused on understanding electronic, magnetic and heat transport properties in magnetic memory devices, as well as thermoelectric/quantum transport studies in thin exfoliated transition metal dichalcogenides.

His research at TU Dresden is aimed at understanding the interplay between various forms of transport (electronic, heat, valley and magnetic moment) in topological/quantum materials, and developing nano-engineered device architectures that efficiently interconvert charge to spin currents. The research work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, both in Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle.

Dr. Jan HEILMANN
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Jan Heilmann

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Research Project:
Reading in Antiquity. Psychology of Cognition and Self-conception of the Reading Process in Ancient Literature

placed at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Advisor: Prof. Matthias Klinghardt, Chair of Biblical Theology (Protestant)
E-Mail: jan.heilmann@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Jan Heilmann studied Protestant theology, history and German studies in Bochum and Vienna. He worked as a research assistant at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and as a contract lecturer for ancient history at the Universität Siegen. In 2013, he received his doctorate for a study about wine and blood in the Gospel of John from the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Bochum. Since August 2013, he has been a research assistant at the Institute of Protestant Theology at TU Dresden.

As an Open Topic Postdoc, he is working on a research project on reading in antiquity. On the basis of an analysis of the metonymically and metaphorically conceptualised Latin and Ancient Greek reading terminology, the great variety of reading practices, of reading and understanding habits and of reading techniques in antiquity will be explored.

Dr. Anna JURADO ELICES
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Research Project:
Fate of emerging organic contaminants during managed aquifer recharge

placed at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Rudolf Liedl, Chair of Groundwater Management
E-Mail: anna.jurado@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Anna Jurado Elices studied geology at the University of Barcelona. She also successfully completed the 40th International Course of Groundwater Hydrology at the Technical University of Catalonia. In 2013, she was awarded her doctorate for her thesis on the "Occurrence and Fate of Emerging Organic Contaminants in Urban Groundwater. A Case Study: Barcelona". She then continued working at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for one more year as a postdoc. From 2015 to 2017, she was a recipient of a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Liège (Belgium), where she worked on the topic of "Groundwater Contribution to Greenhouse Gases Emissions from Rivers".

The proposed research at TU Dresden deals with the fate of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) during managed aquifer recharge (MAR). These contaminants have recently become an issue of concern because even when only present at trace levels in the environment, their effects on ecosystems and human health are largely unknown. Overall, the concentration of EOCs is decreased during MAR due to attenuation processes but the extent of removal varies from one compound to another, and it depends on a broad range of environmental factors such as the redox conditions.

In this context, Dr. Jurado will focus her research on investigating the behaviour of selected EOCs during MAR. She is particularly interested in investigating the degradation processes and identifying the most suitable conditions enhancing the removal of pharmaceutically active compounds during MAR on a laboratory and field scale.

Dr. Jude Ndzifon KIMENGSI


Research Project:
Sustaining livelihoods in forest reserve communities of Cameroon: The role of endogenous cultural institutions

placed at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Jürgen Pretzsch, Chair of Tropical Forestry                                                      E-Mail: jude_ndzifon.kimengsi@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi studied geography at the University of Buea in Cameroon, where he received his doctorate in 2011 in the field of “Natural Resources and Development”. From 2012, he was a lecturer at the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC) and part-time lecturer at the Universities of Bamenda and Buea in Cameroon. He also worked at the Bamenda University of Science and Technology in Cameroon. He has a great number of publications to his name and has worked as a consultant for, among others, the Cameroonian Ministry of Forestry on the “Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the South West Region of Cameroon”, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

His current research on “Sustaining livelihoods in forest reserve communities of Cameroon: the role of endogenous cultural institutions” seeks to employ a combination of qualitative and quantitative tools to analyse conditions under which endogenous cultural institutions can influence livelihoods and conservation options for a culturally diverse country like Cameroon.

Dr. Gal KIRN
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Research Project:
“Cinema-Train”: Between the Vision-Motion Apparatus and Avant-garde
Utopia in the Early Soviet Union

placed at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies
Advisor: Prof. Christian Prunitsch, Chair of Polish Cultural Studies
E-Mail: gal.kirn@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Gal Kirn studied for his Diploma at the University in Ljubljana until 2005, and then went on to do his PhD at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia). He was awarded the grade "summa cum laude" for his thesis "Conceptualising Politics and Reproduction in the Work of Louis Althusser: Case of Socialist Yugoslavia".
During the following years, he worked, among other places, at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry ("Parallax View of Memory Politics in the Post-Yugoslav Context"), at the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Berlin, and in Stuttgart, where he received a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude for the project "Thinking the Monument to Sub/Urban Riots" (together with Niloufar Tajeri).

The proposed research for TU Dresden deals with the history and theory of cinema and the train as well as their structural and epistemic interrelationship, with a temporal and spatial focus on the early Soviet Union.
Dr. Kirn’s central research hypothesis proposes to read the encounter of cinema and train through the conceptualisation of the cinema-train apparatus, which will evidence the ways in which new
technology of motion (train) influenced the creation of new technology of vision (cinema), and conversely, that the cinema itself transformed the way we see and experience society and social change.
Moreover, the research seeks to ponder on a long-term perspective of the 20th century through a set of further encounters of motion (car, drone/airplane) and vision (television, computer).

Dr. Elisha KRIEG


Research Project:
Programmable DNA-Based Nanodevices

placed at the Faculty of Chemistry/Food Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Carsten Werner, Chair of Biofunctional Polymer Materials (gB/IPF) (BC2)  E-Mail: elisha_moritz.krieg@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Elisha Krieg studied chemistry at the University of Cologne and at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His doctoral studies in the group of Prof. Boris Rybtchinski focused on the construction of nanomaterials and devices based on organic dye molecules. Using principles of aqueous self-assembly, he developed functional supramolecular polymers that are robust and stimuli-responsive, and can be easily recycled and reused. He received his Ph.D. and the Shimon Reich Memorial Prize for outstanding Ph.D. research at the Weizmann Institute in 2013.

In 2014, Elisha joined the lab of Prof. William Shih at Harvard University, the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a postdoctoral researcher. In his research, he assembled “DNA origami” nanostructures and constructed DNA-based instruments for nanomechanical identification and characterisation of peptides and proteins. He also developed a new biomolecular pull-down method called “Selective Nascent Polymer Catch and Release” (SNAPCAR), which enables scalable isolation of DNA and DNA-labelled target molecules.

Elisha joined TU Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in 2018 to lead an independent research project at the interface of chemistry, nanotechnology and molecular biology. He uses DNA as a key component for the construction of reconfigurable, stimuli-responsive nanomaterials and functional biomolecular devices. These artificial systems will be applied to address current challenges in molecular biology, biophysics and materials science.

Dr. Stefan LAUBE


Research Project:
Integration as Co-Production. On interrelations between the socio-scientific and political practice of problem construction

placed at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Advisor: Prof. Heike Greschke, Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies and Qualitative Research (Sociology)
E-Mail: stefan.laube@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Stefan Laube studied sociology at the University of Graz in Austria. From 2007 to 2010, he had a position as research associate at the Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Integration” in Konstanz, and from 2010 to 2012, he was a scholarship holder at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. Stefan Laube received his doctorate “summa-cum-laude” from the University of Konstanz in 2013. In his dissertation, he investigates knowledge and decision-making processes relating to financial economics.

Following on from his PhD, he worked as a postdoc at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Main. As part of the DFG’s priority programme “Mediatised Worlds”, he completed a nine-month period of fieldwork behind the scenes of parliamentary operations. Here, his research was focused on the integration of external and internal consultants and experts into the world of politics, and on the consequences of this integration for producing and imparting substantive policy positions.

In the proposal he intends to implement at TU Dresden, this interest in insights is directed towards the reciprocal formation of integration relating to both politics and social sciences. The project specifies the shaping of integration as part of political and scientific practice and identifies forms and variants of "politischer Wissenszuarbeit" (political knowledge-groundwork, Laube 2018).It reflects, among other things, the reciprocal relations between social sciences and politics, thereby illuminating a facet of the social importance of social sciences that has received too little attention. On the other hand, the research project broaches the issue of the political practice in a policy area that is, more than any other, currently at the centre of public interest.

Dr. Hoang Khoa LY


Research Project:
Kohärenter Ansatz zur Synthese, Heterogenisierung und In-situ-Untersuchung von molekularen Katalysatoren für die elektro- bzw. photokatalytische Reduktion von CO2

placed at the Faculty of Chemistry/Food Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Inez Weidinger, Chair of Electrochemistry                                                      E-Mail: hoang_khoa.ly@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Hoang Khoa Ly studied chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin, where, in October 2012, he received his doctorate summa cum laude for his thesis on the “Application of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Biological Systems”. In his doctoral thesis, Dr. Ly investigated biological electron transfer processes at biomimetic interfaces, using methods of surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy in combination with electrochemistry. During his subsequent postdoctoral stay at Technische Universität Berlin, he successfully extended the application of these methods to the research of heterogenised molecular catalysts on plasmonically active substrates.

Since March 2016, Dr. Ly has been working as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow with Prof. Erwin Reisner at the University of Cambridge on the clarification of the catalytic mechanisms of immobilised molecular and heterogeneous catalysts for CO2 reduction.

Within the OTPP programme, Dr. Ly will be conducting research into systems for the efficient electrocatalytic or photocatalytic conversion of CO2 and N2 into raw materials for the chemical industry. In particular, he is developing modern (vibrational) spectroscopic approaches that allow a tailor-made in operando investigation of the catalysts, in order to derive relevant catalytic structure-function relationships.

Dr. Veronika MAGDANZ
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Research Project:
Bio-hybrid Sperm-driven Microswimmers as Diagnostic Tools

placed at the Faculty of Biology
Advisor: Prof. Klaus Reinhardt, OTT-Chair of Applied Zoology                                 E-Mail: veronika.magdanz@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Veronika Magdanz studied biotechnology at TU Braunschweig until 2010, and received her doctorate (“summa cum laude”) in 2016 at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW). The topic of her thesis was “Rolled up microtubes for the capture, guidance and release of single spermatozoa”.

As an Open Topic Postdoc at the Faculty of Biology’s Chair of Applied Zoology, she plans to investigate sperm migration through various biologically relevant environments. She also intends to use microbiorobots to develop new diagnostic methods for examining fertility.

► Press Release from February 13, 2018:
Mikroroboter aus Sperma. Können Spermien-betriebene Mikroschwimmer als Diagnosewerkzeuge genutzt werden? (in German only)

Dr. Bishawjit MALLICK
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Dr. Bishawjit Mallick

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Research Project:
NON-MIGRABILITY - Non-Migration of People at Risks in the Context of Social and Economic Vulnerability

placed at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Jochen Schanze, Chair of Environmental Development and Risk Management (gB/IÖR)
E-Mail: bishawjit.mallick@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Bishawjit Mallick studied Urban and Rural Planning at Khulna University in Bangladesh and Regional Science/Planning at the University of Karlsruhe. In 2013, he received his doctoral degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on the subject of "Social Interaction with Increasing Vulnerability: An Analysis of the Social Conditions for Vulnerability-oriented Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone of Bangladesh". In his PhD thesis, he identifies the manifestation of a patron-client relationship in the society as a consequence of imminent flow of external aid and its consequences to spatial planning decisions. In addition, he explores disaster-induced migration and its consequences to society.

At TU Dresden, Dr. Bishawjit will be engaged in “Non-Migration of People at Risks’ in the context of climate change adaptation (Why do people at risk not migrate, and how do they survive at a vulnerable environment?). Currently, his research focuses on both qualitative and quantitative assessment of migrated livelihood of people in coastal Bangladesh.

Prior to joining the Chair of Environmental Development and Risk Management at TU Dresden Dr. Bishawjit  was working as visiting research fellow at the International Migration Institute (IMI) of the University of Oxford. He has worked as a guest researcher at IRS - Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning. He held a lecturer position at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Institute of Regional Science) and a position as research fellow with the Vanderbilt University (USA).

Dr. Mohammad Shamim MIAH
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Research Project:
Uncertainty of Structures via Coupling with Smart Materials

placed at the Faculty of Civil Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Michael Kaliske, Institute for Structural Analysis
E-Mail: mohammad_shamim.miah@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Mohammad Shamim Miah studied Structural Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland and he was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in 2015 for his thesis entitled “Semi-active Control for Magnetorheological Dampers via Coupling of System Identification Methods”. In his DSc, he proposed a scheme (namely, LQR-UKF) that can be implemented for real-time vibration mitigation and control (Miah, et al. 2015, Smart Materials and Structures). The aforementioned approach has the possibility of real-time model updating (e.g. state and system parameters) when the model is uncertain. The proposed scheme was validated by performing experimental tests (Miah, et al. 2015, Structural Control and Health Monitoring).

Dr. Miah will continue his work in the Research Priority Area “Smart Materials and Structures” at TU Dresden. He will work on further investigation on the real-time use and implementation of smart materials such as piezoelectric, magnetostrictive and ferrofluid materials.

Prior to joining the Institute of Structural Analysis (ISD) in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at TU Dresden, he was working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Asia Pacific in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Miah worked as a Scientific Assistant (2011-2015) in the Institute of Structural Engineering (IBK), Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. He also worked as a Research Assistant (2009–2011) in the Structural System Laboratory, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Kunsan National University (KNU) in Kunsan, South Korea. Furthermore, he worked as Design Engineer (2007-2009) at Synthesis Architects in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Luise Katharina MÜLLER
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Research Project:
Conditions of Social Co-operation: Human Rights, Reason, and Reciprocity

placed at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Sabine Müller-Mall, OTT Chair of Legal and Constitutional Studie
E-Mail: luise.k.mueller@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Luise Katharina Müller studied political science and political theory in Berlin and London, and in 2016, was awarded her doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin for her thesis on the legitimacy of international criminal justice institutions.

At TU Dresden’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, she is carrying out research on the normative conditions of social co-operation. She is particularly interested in the systematic relationship between fundamental rights and the capacity for reciprocity, and also the effects of this relationship on the stability of societal systems of co-operation.

Dr. Solvejg NITZKE
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Dr. Solvejg Nitzke

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Research Project:
Precarious Nature. Landscape, Climate and the Human in the Village Story

placed at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies
Advisor: Prof. Lars Koch, OTT Chair of Media Studies and Modern German Literature
E-Mail: solvejg.nitzke@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Solvejg Nitzke studied German language and literature and comparative literature at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she received her doctorate in 2015 for her thesis “Die Produktion der Katastrophe. Das Tunguska-Ereignis und die Programme der Moderne”(The Production of the Catastrophe. The Tunguska Event and the Programmes of Modernity). Subsequently, she worked as a postdoc in the DFG project “Zeit des Klimas” (Climate’s Time) at the Department of German Studies of the University of Vienna.

The realist literature of the 19th century became a platform for (proto-) ecological thinking long before ecology became established as a science and a ‘movement’. Village and local stories in particular can be read as an ecological commentary on a historical transformation: ecological, because the desire to elevate a natural form of life to an ideal only arises when this form of life can no longer be taken for granted. It is in the dialogue with a multitude of non-fictional texts that appear alongside publications of stories of the ‘natural homeland’ (Sebald) – for example, in journals and almanacs – that the conditions for ecological thinking are created in the first place. The research project focuses on this discourse in order to be able to compare it internationally and historically, and to trace the conditions of today’s perceptions of the way relationships between humans and nature are and should be.

Dr. Sider PENKOV
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Sider Penkov

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Research Project:
Role of Lipids in the Control of the Intracellular Cholesterol Trafficking and Inflammation

placed at the Faculty of Medicine
Advisor: Dr. Ünal Coskun, DZD - Paul-Langerhans-Institut Dresden                       E-Mail:sider.penkov1@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Sider Penkov studied molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) until 2006. He received his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden in 2011, earning the grade “summa cum laude” for his dissertation “Trehalose and Trehalose Lipids in Caenorhabditis elegans dauer larva”, and then worked there on the project “Control of the metabolic and the energy expenditure in the nematode worm C. elegans”. This project revealed how the metabolic state determines both the developmental process and the long-term survival in worms.

As a part of the OTPP program, Dr. Penkov will draw from his expertise in metabolism and biochemistry of small molecules to study the mechanisms of metabolic reprogramming during immune responses and inflammation. Among others, the project will focus on how the metabolism and intracellular trafficking of different lipids such as cholesterol and endocannabinoids could modulate the behaviour of the immune system.

Dr. Julia PRAGER
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Dr. Julia Prager

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Research Project:
Critique in Crisis

placed at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies
Advisor: Prof. Lars Koch, OTT Chair of Media Studies and Modern German Literature
E-Mail: julia.prager@tu-dresden.de

Dr. Julia Prager studied comparative literature, history of art and American studies at the University of Innsbruck. In 2012, she gained her PhD for her thesis “Frames of Critique   Literaturwissenschaftliche Handlungsfähigkeit nach Judith Butler.”

At TU Dresden‘s Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies, Dr. Prager is working on the research project “Critique in Crisis”. This project raises questions about critical practices and their actors in the efficacious crisis contexts of our times (especially about rhetorical, performative and media practices in the context of Occupy movements and Internet activism, but also of PEGIDA, the AfD, science, and new left-wing and right-wing vanguards).


The research perspective, which is informed by media and cultural theory, allows a comparative analysis of the respective scenographies and dramaturgies of these very different forms of protest and critique. In this way, the individual phenomena can be investigated in terms of their specificity and relationality, and exploited in terms of (knowledge) policy.



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