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, postdoc 


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. She has just defended her PhD thesis (with "summa cum laude!") and has been awarded the Egon Macher Award 2019 at the ADF! Apart from that, Elsa is an incredibly talented musician with a specialty in soprano singing. 

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.

Antonia Luise Gruhn


Antonia joined the lab in 2018 and has since investigated the influence of substrate elasticity in NET formation, a project she competently took over from Gökhan Günay. The project has just been submitted. Antonia is also interested in neurotransmitter singling in the immune system. In her free time, she enjoys Latin American dance and  traveling.  

Thea Mara Husar


Thea joined us in 2019 to study neurotransmitter signaling in neutrophils. In an impressively short amount of time, she has become our expert at qPCR and her work has led to some unexpected and very exciting data. In her free time, Thea bakes the most amazing cakes, enjoys acting and belly-dancing! 

Fahim Rahimy



Fahim Rahimi joined us in 2019. He is originally from Afghanistan, were he already discovered his love for dermatology and dermatological research. After moving to Germany, he took up his medical studies and his MD project in Göttingen. His main focus is the characterisation of NET and neutrophils in different inflammatory dermatoses. 
His hobbies include Persian calligraphy, hiking and watching medical documentaries.

Rebecca Klischka


Rebecca also joined us in 2019. She is looking into the complex interactions between neutrophils, tutor cells and neurotransmitters. She is one of the most creative people I have met, both in the lab and outside of it. Her hobbies include painting, traveling, learning sign-language...

Tobias Baldeweg


Tobias joined as to do his lab rotation and soon became an integral part of our lab team. With his determined, precise and clever way of looking at scientific problems, he has basically established a new research project in our lab within a couple of weeks. 

Former Lab Members

Katharina Marie Bach, medical 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. She has recently presented her work at the ADF Winter School 2019. 

Sophie Scheidmann, medical 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.  

Anja Kwaczala-Tessmann, physician


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.  

Susanne Senger-Sander, physician


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, which we have just been able to publish at Frontiers of Immunology.

Veit Matzke, physician

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 is ready to be submitted. After finishing his medical exam, he decided to join orthopaedic surgery in Bremen, where he appears to be very happy (although we all know that in his heart he will always be part of the dermatology here in Göttingen!).

Gökhan Günay, PhD student

Gökhan joined our lab in December 2017 and rapidly became very involved in some very promising projects, including the influence of substrate elasticity on neutrophil behaviour and neurotransmitters in the immune system. He decided to leave the lab rather spontaneously due to very personal reasons in December 2018 and go back to his home country. We regret his decision but wish him all the best for his future.