Team

Felix M. Key - PI

I am a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the MPI for Infection Biology. Previously I was a postdoc fellow in the lab of Tami Lieberman at MIT (Cambridge, USA). Before that I worked as a postdoc associate in the department of Johannes Krause at the MPI for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany). I completed my PhD in population genetics under the supervision of Aida Andrés in the department of Svante Pääbo at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany).

My current research involves the development and application of methods to integrate population genomic datasets to understand the evolution of bacterial pathogens on a historical (ancient DNA) and rapid (within person) time scale. CV (last update 04/2020) Twitter GoogleScholar


Anne Katherine Runge - Postdoc

I received my PhD in Evolutionary Genomics from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and in Archaeology from University of York (U.K.) in 2021. My research is focused on the study of ancient biomolecules (DNA and proteins) that are preserved in archaeological remains. While at the MPIIB, I will help establish a clean lab for the processing of archaeological skeletal remains where preserved microbial DNA can provide new insight into the history and evolution of infectious diseases.


Meike Soerensen - Lab Manager

Meike has thorough experience in microbiology and molecular biology. Meike is managing our wet lab and spearheading the implementation and application of robotic automation (Tecan-SciRobotics), culturing, and ancient DNA preparation.


Martin Fenk - Ph.D. Student

I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Regensburg (Germany) where I studied the transcriptomic regulation in a hyperthermopilic Archaeon. During this time, I became more and more interested in the evolution of microbes, driving their immense genetic variability and profound biological success. I joined the Key lab as a graduate student to dive deeper into the evolutionary genomics of microbes during health and disease. 


Ian Light - Ph.D. Student

I received my B.A. with Honors from Brown University (USA) for my studies in Biology and Egyptology where I worked on studying mito-nuclear co-evolution and incompatibilities using genomic data within the Rand Lab. I am deeply interested in both evolution and ancient history, in addition to the ethics of research on the ancient past. I am combining my passions and past experience in my project in the Key lab focusing on understanding the evolution of ancient pathogens.


Lisa Skroblin - Master Student

 

I received my B. Sc. in Biology from Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany) where I focused on biofilm formation. Currently, I am enrolled in the Bioinformatics M.Sc. program at Potsdam University. Since I am interested in the application of computational analyses and machine learning to tackle biological problems, I joined the Key lab as a research assistent to collect more experience in computational genomics. 


 

Pictures

Lab photo 2022

Lab photo 2022

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Retreat 2022 Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Lab Photo 2021

Lab Photo 2021

 

 

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