Current Members

Munachi Nnadi

Medicine Student

Munachi studied computer science at the Tansian University in Umunya in Nigeria. He is currently a Medicine student at the Odessa National Medical University in Ukraine. His internship in the lab focuses on individual cell tracking of hard-to-track cells and analysis of their signals.

Munachi’s recent story was reported in the podcast This American Life[1] and the New Yorker[2]:




Hitoshi Ishikuma

Master Thesis Student

Hitoshi completed his Bachelor’s in biochemistry at Mount Allison University (Canada). After working as a lab assistant in Japan, he started his Master’s in biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin. He joined the lab to complete his Master’s thesis investigating the effect of anti-cancer treatment at different times of the day on cell viability.

Carolin Ector

PhD Student

Carolin studied Biology at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg and did her Masters in Molecular Life Science at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Her project focuses on understanding how cell-intrinsic factors regulate the treatment response in triple negative breast cancer.

Marlena Kuhn

Student Assistant

Marlena finished her Bachelors in Life Science Engineering at HTW Berlin and is now starting her Masters in Biotechnology at TU Berlin.
Marlena supports multiple research projects and keeps everything organized in the lab.


Nica Gutu

PhD Student

Nica studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona and did her Masters in Engineering Physics at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in Spain. Her Bachelor and Master theses were within the fields of Biophysics and Computational Biology. Her project focuses on developing computational and modelling approaches to study the dynamics of drug responses in cancer treatment.

Adrián E. Granada

Principal Investigator

Adrián studied physics at the University of Buenos Aires and did his PhD in Biophysics at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin followed by a postdoctoral training at the department of Systems Biology from Harvard Medical School with Prof. Galit Lahav. Afterwards, he gained an independent research fellow position at the IRI for the Life Sciences in Berlin. Since spring 2020, he is research group leader at the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Henri Poincaré

Lab spiritual guide

Henri, the father of topology and Chaos theory, studied mathematics at the École Polytechnique in Paris and later completed his studies at the École des Mines. Afterwards, Henri did his Doctorate in Science in mathematics at the University of Paris. More about his work in Wikipedia and BBC.

Past Members

Alaa Mahmoud Ibrahim

Master Student

Alaa studied Pharmacy and Biotechnology at the German University in Cairo. Now she is doing her Master’s in Molecular Medicine at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Now at the Charité Department of Radiology


Chama Najmi

Bachelor Student

Chama studies Biology at FU Berlin and is also a student assistant in the ongoing clinical studies on COVID-19 at Charité.

Now at Berlin Institute of Health 


Maike Henschel

Bachelor Student

Maike studies Biochemistry and Cell Biology student at Jacobs University Bremen


Francesca Sarah Müller-Marquardt

Master Student

Francesca studied Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently doing her master’s in Molecular Medicine at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Now at Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology.


Neha Binish

Master Student

Neha completed her Bachelors in Physics at Amrita University in India and is currently pursuing her Masters in Physics and Computational Physics at the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté in France. Her previous work were in the fields of Dynamical Systems and Complex biophysics.


Huai-Yu Liou

Master Student

Huai-Yu studied Biochemical Science and Technology at National Taiwan University. Now he studies in the Master’s program Molecular Medicine at Charité.


Heng Luo

Master Student

Heng studied Biochemistry at McMaster University in Canada. Now he is doing his master’s in molecular medicine program at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Now at the German
Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg


Héctor Sánchez

Master Student

Héctor studied Genomic Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Mexico. His work experience spans fields such as Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapies.