Meet our team

Luise Erpenbeck, MD, lab head

Studied medicine in Magdeburg and Göttingen (2003- 2010) and has been interested in neutrophils and tumorimmunology since working on her thesis "Platelet Receptors and Melanoma Metastasis" (defended 2011). Spent 2 years in the lab of Denisa Wagner (Boston Children's Hospital, 2012- 2014) to learn all about NETs, thrombosis and cancer and has been an independent group leader in Göttingen since 2014. When not in the lab she works as a physician in the Department of Dermatology. Hobbies include spending time with her family, reading, singing.

See publications here.



Elsa Neubert, PhD student

Elsa studied pharmacy in Berlin and briefly worked in a pharmacy before hearing the call of Science and joining our team in 2015. She is working on the molecular mechanisms of NETosis (cosupervised by Sebastian Kruss, Physical Chemistry), the influence of light on neutrophils and the importance of experimental conditions for the induction of NETosis. She also supervises medical students and is involved in our psoriasis projects. Apart from that, Elsa is an incredibly talented musician with a specialty in soprano singing. 

Gökhan Günay, PhD student

Gökhan completed his bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the

Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey and his master thesis at the Bilkent University, Turkey (Thesis title: "Eliciting immune response by using nanostructures"). When coming to our lab at the beginning of this year, he already knew (almost) everything about nanostructures and immunology and has since engaged in several very promising projects (cosupervised by Sebastian Kruss), including the influence of adhesion on NETosis. He is also helping with pretty much all our other projects. Current hobbies include learning German and Flunkyball. 

Julia Grandke, technician

Julia joined our lab at the beginning of 2016, fresh from school. She has since become an expert at imaging and quantification of NETs, all sorts of histological stainings, mouse handling and neutrophil isolation. Her hobbies include taking care of her puppy (who is probably not a puppy any more since we all last saw him) and horseriding, often together with other members of the lab.

Veit Manzke, MD student

Veit was the first MD student brave enough to join our brand new research group in 2015. He worked overtime to establish basically everything in our lab and managed to end up with a very exciting thesis, which he will submit very soon.

Katharina Marie Bach, MD student

Kathi joined us in 2016 and took on the very challenging project of the influence of light on NETosis. She did not shy away from delving deep into the physics of light and was rewarded with some very interesting insights. She is currently wrapping up her project while continuing her medical studies. 

Susanne Senger-Sander, MD student

Susanne joined us in 2016 and studied the influence of the cytoskeleton during NETosis. Her experiments have been very crucial to our understanding of the molecular mechanism of NETosis. Coincidentially, she came across the intriguing finding that certain experimental conditions greatly influence NETosis and is currently preparing the submission of a manuscript dealing with this subject. 

Sophie Scheidmann, MD student

Sophie continued Veit's psoriasis project at the end of 2016 and added some very interesting insights into possible therapeutic options. She is currently writing her thesis and, in parallel, focusing on her medical studies. Her hobbies include cycling.

Anja Kwaczala-Tessmann, MD student

Anja joined our lab in 2015 and has mainly focused on the role of the cytoskeleton during NETosis. She is especially interested in the role of tubulins in neutrophil biology. She is currently preparing her thesis. Lab trivia: Anja met her boyfriend in our lab while he was doing a lab rotation here.