Kerstin Göpfrich
Kerstin GöpfrichMax Planck Research Group Leader (W2)
Biophysicist. Scientific trajectory started in Erlangen (B.Sc.), continued in Cambridge (M.Phil and Ph.D.) and Stuttgart (Marie Curie Fellow). Now leading the Biophysical Engineering Group in Heidelberg.
Alessandra Griffo
Alessandra GriffoPostDoc
Materials Chemist. First postdoc in the group. Italian with a PhD from Finnland (Aalto University).
Taniya Chakraborty
Taniya ChakrabortyPostDoc
Biotechnologist. Joined us after her PhD in Münster and BSc and MSc studies in India (Bangalore, Vellore, Kolkata).
Erik Poppleton
Erik PoppletonPostDoc
Biologist turned computer scientist. Joined Frauke Gräter’s group and from Arizona State.
Yannik Dreher
Yannik DreherPhD student
Physicist. Joined Uni Heidelberg (and us!) for M.Sc. and Ph.D. after a B.Sc. in Konstanz and a research stay Canada.
Tobias Abele
Tobias AbelePhD student
Physicist. Joined us for his Master & stayed for the PhD. Animation wizzard.
Mai Tran
Mai TranPhD student
Biochemist. Came from France for a Master’s and stayed for a PhD.
Tobias Walther
Tobias WaltherPhD student
Molecular Biotechnologist. Joined for a Master’s, stayed for his PhD.
Vanessa Huth
Vanessa HuthMSc student
Physicist. M.Sc. student in Heidelberg.
Maja Illig
Maja IlligIntern/MSc student
Physicist. Moved from the far east (TU Dresden) over ERASMUS stay in Grenoble to Heidelberg for M.Sc.
Stefan Maurer
Stefan MaurerIntern/MSc student
Physicist. M.Sc. student in Heidelberg.
Niklas Urbanek
Niklas UrbanekMSc student
Molecular Biotechnologist. Actually works with cells.
Luca Monari
Luca MonariERASMUS MSc student
Chemist who joined us from Strasbourg.
Claudia Helbig
Claudia HelbigTechnical Assistant
Joined us from ZMBH (thank you!).


Jacob Nießner, Hiwi who implemented 3D surface reconstruction of GUVs – he left for his Master thesis in the group of Rebecca Wade, but his code will continue to be used! Thank you, Jacob.

Kevin Jahnke, the first PhD student of the group, who now graduatated and left to go to David Weitz’s group at Harvard. We couldn’t be more proud.

Marlene Scheffold, intern of the group, who came back once (and who knows, maybe twice!) Now went back to Medical School. (Update Nov. 22: Marlene is back!)

Niklas Urbanek, Molecular Biotechnology Intern, now Intern in Barcelona – we don’t blame him. Update: No longer almuni! We have him back for his Master’s thesis.

Julius Fichtler, long-term HiWi and guest researcher, now studies dental medicine at Heidelberg University. We don’t say goodbye as he may come back! Update (Nov. 22: Julius is back!)

Yiğitcan Sümbelli, Visiting ERASMUS PhD student from Turkey from Sept. 2021 – Nov. 2021, now 3D printing in the van Hest group. All the best and see you around!

Nina Hagen, Master student in Molecular Biotechnology in Heidelberg, intern in our and Ada Cavalcanti-Adam’s group from June 2021 until Aug. 2021. Thanks for the short but productive stay!

Andreas Schönit, Master student in Molecular Biotechnology in Heidelberg, Master student in our and Ada Cavalcanti-Adam’s group from July 2020 until July 2021. Brought real cells into our research. Off to Paris for a PhD – you will be missed!

Dr. Ali Aghebat Rafat, our first post-doc from May 2021 until June 2021, biophysicist, DNA origami and AFM expert with a PhD from TUM. Ali decided to join industry after a brief but productive and fun time in the group. Now at tilibit nanosystems to make sure that we get the best scaffold!

Christoph Karfusehr, Max Planck School Matter to Life Master student, intern in the group from Oct. 2020 until April 2021. Came as a chemist, quickly turned into a physicist and moved on to do MD. Great choice and all the best!

Sarah Braun, Master student in Molecular Biotechnology in Heidelberg, intern in the group from May 2020 until Aug. 2020 and HiWi from Dec. 2020 until Feb. 2021. Became a DNA origami expert during COVID-19, now into CAR T-cells. Came back once, maybe twice? See you around!

Elizaveta Bobkova, Master student in Molecular Biotechnology (and Physics!) in Heidelberg, intern in the group from Jan. 2020 until Aug. 2020. Studied phase-separation in lipid vesicles.