Postdoctoral Programme

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Participating EMBL Hosts

EMBL Barcelona

Tissue Biology and Disease Modelling


Anna Erzberger, EMBL Heidelberg (mechanobiology of organoids)

 Kristina Haase, EMBL Barcelona (cardiac organoid zoo)


Maria Bernabeu, EMBL Barcelona (SARS-CoV-2)

Miki Ebisuya, EMBL Barcelona (Cardiac organoid zoo)

Evangelia Petsalaki, EMBL-EBI targeting (Endothelial dysfunction in ageing)

Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg (Ultrastructural investigation of vascular networks)

EMBL Grenoble

Structural Biology


Joe Lewis, EMBL Heidelberg (Legionella, small molecule inhibitors)

Mikhail Savitski, EMBL Heidelberg (Ubiquitin networks, proteomics)


Wojciech Galej, EMBL Grenoble (Trans-splicing in Trypanosoma brucei)

Joe Lewis, EMBL Heidelberg Biotools targeting RNA modifiers)

José Márquez, EMBL Grenoble ( Crystallographic fragment screening)

Silvo Conticello, ISPRO Florence, Italy (APOBEC family deaminases)

Juan Alfonzo, Ohio State University, USA ( tRNA modification enzymes)

EMBL Hamburg

Structural Biology


Simone Mattei, EMBL Heidelberg (Membrane trafficking, Cryo-ET, CLEM)

Jan Kosinski, EMBL Hamburg (Integrative modeling, eukaryotic protein complexes, endocytosis)

Stephen Muench, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds (cryoEM, time-resolved EM)

EMBL Heidelberg

Cell Biology and Biophysics


Svetlana Dodonova, EMBL Heidelberg (high-speed atomic force microscopy, cryo-electron tomography, archaeal chromatin structure and dynamics, centrioles ultrastructure and cytoskeletal organisation)

Jonas Ries, EMBL Heidelberg (developing automated live and super-resolution imaging of centriole ultrastructure 
in cells)


Justin Crocker, EMBL Heidelberg (Nuclear autonomy in developing syncytia)

Omaya Dudin, EPFL Lausanne, (Nuclear dynamics in Ichthyosporea)

Jan Ellenberg, EMBL Heidelberg (NPC assembly/disassembly, chromosome dynamics, mitosis)

Sinem Saka, EMBL Heidelberg (Multiplexed phenotyping in yeast)

Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg (Electron microscopy of protist nuclear architecture)


Anna Erzberger, EMBL Heidelberg (Physical modelling of biological processes)

Robert Prevedel, EMBL Heidelberg, (Brillouin microscopy)

Vikas Trivedi, EMBL Barcelona:, (Morphogenesis, stem cell engineering and organoids, multiplexed imaging)

Virginie Uhlmann, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Bioimage analysis, shape characterisation)


Ewan Birney, EMBL EBI (Modelling chromosome structure and assembly)

Jan Kosinski, EMBL Hamburg (Imaging of nuclear pore structure and assembly)

Anna Kreshuk, EMBL Heidelberg (AI-based image analysis, various biological topics)

Jonas Ries, EMBL Heidelberg (Super-resolution microscopy, nuclear pore and chromatin)

Sinem Saka, EMBL Heidelberg (Imaging of genome structure and function)


Miki Ebisuya, EMBL Heidelberg (Nuclear mechanics)

Aissam Ikmi, EMBL Heidelberg (ECM mechanics)

Nicoletta Petridou, EMBL Heidelberg (Multicellular organization)

Vikas Trivedi, EMBL Barcelona (Multicellular organization)

Hanh Vu, EMBL Heidelberg (Body size control, planarian tissue mechanics)


Aissam Ikmi, EMBL Heidelberg (Meiosis in Nematostella vectensis)


Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Heidelberg University (SC-multiomics, phenomics, high throughput microscopy, microfluidics)

Sinem Saka, EMBL Heidelberg (SC-multiomics, phenomics, high throughput microscopy, microfluidics)

EMBL Heidelberg

Developmental Biology


Cornelius Gross, EMBL Rome (Evolution of the bilateral forebrain, associative and neurosecretory centres)

Georgia Rapti, EMBL Heidelberg (Evolution of neurons, evolution of glial cells)


Anna Erzberger, EMBL Heidelberg (Biophysical modelling, morphogenesis and tissue mechanics)

Arnaud Krebs, EMBL Heidelberg (Single-molecule genomics, cellular plasticity and regeneration)

Robert Prevedel, EMBL Heidelberg (Label-free microscopy, animal behavior and neuro-imaging) 


Bernat-Corominas Murtra, University of Graz (Theory, structural phase transistions)

Anna Erzberger, EMBL Heidelberg (Theory, self-organisation)

Edouard Hannezo, IST (Theory, structural phase transistions)

Anna Kreshuk, EMBL Heidelberg (Image analysis)

Vikas Trivedi, EMBL Barcelona (Imaging, engineering, mechanics)


Detlev Arendt, EMBL Heidelberg (Nervous system comparative analysis, glia cell evolution)

Lars Hufnagel, Luxendo Bruker (Smart live imaging & cell tracing)

Anna Kreshuk, EMBL, Heidelberg (Computational analysis of neurodevelopment)

Mikhail Savitski, EMBL Heidelberg (Proteomics of nervous system development)

Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg (Correlative electron microscopy, neurodevelopment phenomics)


Michael Dorrity, EMBL Heidelberg (Planetary biology, single cell genomics)

Anna Erzberger, EMBL Heidelberg (Theory, body size control, tissue mechanics)

Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg (Planetary biology, multimodal cell atlas, volume electron microscopy)

Steffen Werner, Wageningen University & Research (Theory, body size control)

EMBL Heidelberg

Directors' Research


Janosch Hennig, EMBL Heidelberg (Structural biology of riboregulation)

Andreas Kulozik, Heidelberg University (RNA biology, hematological disorders and cancer)

Martina Muckenthaler, Heidelberg University (Iron metabolism: systems biology and human diseases)

EMBL Heidelberg

Genome Biology


Sascha Dietrich, University Hospital Heidelberg (Tumour-stroma interactions,spatial sc-RNA-seq)

Susan Holmes, Stanford University (Statistical method development for multi-omics data)

Sinem Saka, EMBL Heidelberg (Spatial proteomics at (sub)cellular resolution)

Lars Steinmetz, Stanford University, USA & EMBL Heidleberg (Systems genetics, genomic technologies)

Nassos Typas, EMBL Heidelberg (Bacterial communities and high-throughput perturbation assays)

Thorsten Zenz, University Hospital Zurich, (Genomics of drug sensitivity inblood cancers)


Theodore Alexandrov, EMBL Heidelberg (Spatial Omics, Multi-modalimaging)

Eileen Furlong, EMBL Heidelberg (Spatial single cell omics)

Kyung-Min Noh, EMBL Heidelberg (Spatial biology ofneurodegeneration, iPSCs)

Rainer Pepperkok, EMBL Heidelberg (Multiplexed imaging, new biomarkers for diagnosis)

Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Heidelberg University (Multiplexed imaging, new biomarkers for diagnosis)

Yannick Schwab, EMBL Heidelberg (Correlative light and electron microscopy)

Lars Steinmetz, EMBL Heidelberg (Phenotypic screens, gene editing)


Sara Cuylen, EMBL Heidelberg (Genomics and microscopy)

GSK/Cellzome, Germany/UK (Functional genomics)

Theodore Alexandrov, EMBL Heidelberg (Multiomics technologies)

Wolfgang Huber, EMBL Heidelberg (Multiomics and systems genetics)

Benjamin Meder, Universitäts Klinikum, Heidelberg (Personalised medicine, heart failure, clinical informatics)


Peer Bork, EMBL Heidelberg (Metagenomics, bacterial functional modules, microbiome-drug interactions)

Kiran Patil, MRC Cambridge (Microbial communities & interactions, metabolic models)

Mikhail Savitski, EMBL Heidelberg (Quantitative proteomics in bacteria, microbiome, phages)

Matthias Wilmanns, EMBL Hamburg (Structural biology, toxin-antitoxin systems)

Maria Zimmermann, EMBL Heidelberg (Microbiome, modeling, metabolic pathways)


Julia Mahamid group, EMBL Heidelberg (Cryo-EM and multi-omics-based modelling of molecular interactions inside the cells)

Mikhail Savitski , EMBL Heidelberg (Proteomics-based modelling of microbial metabolism)

Nassos Typas, EMBL Heidelberg (High-throughput functional genomics in bacteria)

EMBL Heidelberg

Structural and Computational Biology


Julia Mahamid, EMBL Heidelberg (Transcription-translation coupling, phase separation, archaea)

Sebastian Eustermann, EMBL Heidelberg (Archaeal chromatin reconstitution, transcription, sequencing, cryo-ET)


Alexander Aulehla, EMBL Heidelberg (Developmental robustness, temperature stress)

Hanh Vu, EMBL Heidelberg (Environmental adaptation, single cell genomics)


Kristine Arnvig, University College London, UK (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, non-coding RNAs)

Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg (RNP dynamics in vivo, phase separration RNP assembly and function)

Julia Mahamid, EMBL Heidelberg (Cryo-ET, single-molecule FRET, phase separation)

Simone Mattei, EMBL Heidelberg (Protein-RNA complexes, Single molecule fluorescence microscopy, Cryo-EM, CLEM)

Christoph Müller, EMBL Heidelberg (CryoEM, eukaryotic transcription and ribosome assembly)


Olivier Duss, EMBL Heidelberg (Protein-RNA complexes, single molecule fluorescence microscopy, Cryo-EM, CLEM)

Maria Garcia, EMBL Hamburg (Membrane trafficking, Cryo-ET, CLEM)

Christoph Mueller, EMBL Heidelberg (High-throughput cryo-EM, sample characterisation and screening, cellular tomography)

Gergely Papp, EMBL Grenoble (Cryo-EM sample preparation, instrument development)

Timo Zimmermann, EMBL Heidelberg (Cryo-CLEM, super-resolution microscopy, method development)

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Christoph Müller

Head of Structural and Computational Biology Unit

Structural and Computational Biology Unit


Olivier Duss, EMBL Heidelberg (Pol I transcription, ribosome assembly, single-molecule light microscopy, cryo-EM)

Michael Zimmermann, EMBL Heidelberg (Single-particle cryo-EM, microbiome, metabolomics, structural enzymology_

Simone Mattei,, EMBL Heidelberg (Single-particle cryo-EM, small molecule screening by cryo-EM, chemoproteomics)


Andrew Leach, EMBL-EBI (Chemoinformatics, microbiome, drug metabolism)

Mikhail Savitski, EMBL Heidelberg (Mass spectrometry, proteomics, host-microbe interactions)

Nassos Typas, EMBL Heidelberg (Microbial genetics, systems microbiology)

Matthias Wilmanns, EMBL Hamburg (Structural biology, enzymology, microbiome)

Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva, EMBL Heidelberg (Microbiome, metagenomics, metabolic modeling)


Epigenetics and Neurobiology


Cornelius Gross, EMBL Rome (Mouse genetics, behavioural assays)

Robert Prevedel, EMBL Heidelberg (Neural circuits, in vivo imaging)

Santiago Rompani, EMBL Rome (Sensory processing, viral engineering)

Virginie Uhlmann, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Image analysis, modelling)


Jamie Hackett, EMBL Rome (Paternal effects, epigenetic inheritance, environment sensing)


Hiroki Asari, EMBL Rome (Olfaction and chromatin regulation)

Evangelia Petsalaki, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Post-translational regulatory networks)

Virginie Uhlmann, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Morphometry of the developing embryo)

Jamie Hackett, EMBL Rome (Morphometry of the developing embryo)


Detlev Arendt, EMBL Heidelberg (Brain evolution, hypothalamus, behavior)

Hiroki Asari, EMBL Rome (2P in vivo calcium imaging, approach/avoidance behavior, computational circuit modeling)

Anna Kreshuk, EMBL Heidelberg (ML-based EM segmentation, high resolution X-ray brain imaging)

Helen Parkinson, EMBL EBI Hinxton (GWAS, mental illness, anxiety, stress, GxE, human cell atlas)

Robert Prevedel, EMBL Heidelberg (3P in vivo imaging, adaptive optics, photoacoustic brain imaging)

Santiago Rompani, EMBL Rome (Rabies barcoding, single-cell connectomics)   


Ana Boskovic, EMBL Rome

Edith Heard, EMBL Heidelberg

Virginie Uhlmann, EMBL-EBI

Michael Zimmermann, EMBL Heidelberg

EMBL-EBI Hinxton

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Alex Bateman

Senior Team Leader – Protein Sequence Resources

Sequence Family Resources


Nassos Typas, EMBL Heidelberg (Retron systems)

Matthias Wilmanns, EMBL Hamburg (bacterial toxin/antitoxin systems)


Ewan Birney, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Cancer genomics, long-read sequencing, nanopore sequencing, adaptive sampling, structural variation)

Nick Goldman, EMBL-EBI Hinxton (Cancer genomics, long-read sequencing, nanopore sequencing, adaptive sampling, structural variation)

Jan Korbel, EMBL Heidelberg (Cancer genomics, long-read sequencing, nanopore sequencing, adaptive sampling, structural variation)


Isidro Cortés, EMBL-EBI Hinxton

Jan Korbel, EMBL Heidelberg


Kristina Haase, EMBL Barcelona (Endothelial dysfunction, scRNAseq, ageing)

Judith Zaugg, EMBL Heidelberg (Cell signalling, gene regulation, transcription factors)


Matthieu Boulard, EMBL Rome (Epigenetic modifications, computational morphometry, machine learning)

Jamie Hackett, EMBL Rome (Epigenetic modifications, computational morphometry, machine learning)

Vikas Trivedi, EMBL Barcelona (Morphogenesis, image analysis, quantitative morphology)

The EIPOD programme underlines EMBL’s strong commitment to promoting interdisciplinary research.

This programme received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (Grant agreement number 847543).

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