Dr. Tessa E.F. Quax
Tessa studied Biology at the University of Utrecht, where she obtained her BSc (2007) and MSc (2009) with distinction. She performed her PhD training in a joint project in the group of Prof. Dr. John van der Oost at Wageningen University and in the group of Dr. Prangishvili at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She obtained her PhD degree in 2013 for her work on archaeal virus-host interactions. Next, she obtained a Pegasus-Marie-Curie fellowship to do a post-doc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Rob Lavigne at Leuven University (2014). Supported by an EMBO long term fellowship and a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellowship, in 2015 she moved to the University of Freiburg for a post-doc on archaeal chemotaxis and motility in the group of Prof. Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers. In 2018 she received a Maragete von Wrangell independence grant in order to start her own research line on viruses of haloarchaea at the University of Freiburg. This was followed by an Emmy Noether grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to expand her line of research in Freiburg. In 2021 Tessa was appointed as associate professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Here she obtained an ERC starting grant (2022) and a Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council NWO (2023) to built up her group on Biology of Archaea and Viruses. Her work has received several prizes such as a Hector RCD Award from the Hector Fellow Academy, the Beijerinck premium from the Royal Netherlands Society for Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the KNAW Early Career award. She is currently coordinating several international networks such as a Marie Curie Doctoral Network with 10 European partners and an Human Frontiers in Science Program consortium with partners from 4 different continents.
Board member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Society for Viruses of Microbes
Spokesperson VAAM (German Microbiology Society) special group on Viruses of Microbes
(Vice)-Chair for the Gordon Research Conferences (2023/2025) on Archaea.
Board Member of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute
Sabine studied Biology at the University of Freiburg, where she obtained her BSc degree in 2016. She continued her studies at the same University further focusing on microbiology. She obtained her MSc degree in 2019 for her work on archaeal cell division in the group of Prof. Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers. In the same year she joined the Quax lab as a PhD candidate.
Colin studied Biology at the University of Basel, where he obtained his BSc degree in 2017. During his Masters degree at the University of Basel, Colin concentrated more on microbiology. He obtained his MSc degree in 2019 for his work on bacterial effectors in the group of Prof. Dr. Christoph Dehio. In the same year he joined the Quax lab as a PhD candidate.
Zaloa Aguirre Sourrouille
Zaloa studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the Basque Country, where she obtained her BSc degree in 2018. She obtained her MSc degree in 2021 for her work on the Influenza A Virus Matrix Protein 1 in the group of Prof. Dr. Salvatore Chiantia at the University of Potsdam. In the same year, she obtained a scholarship from the Hector Fellow Academy to join the Quax lab as a PhD candidate
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Bastiaan studied Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Groningen, where he obtained his BSc degree in 2018. He obtained his MSC degree in 2021 for his work on ER-resident chaperone proteins in the group of Prof Dr. Ikuo Wada at the Fukushima Medical University. In 2022 he joined the Quax lab as a PhD candidate.
Rabia studied at the University of Freiburg, where she obtained her BSc degree in 2019. She continued her studies at the university of Freiburg with the focus on biochemistry and microbiology. In 2022 she obtained her MSc degree for her work on the characterization of the sRNAs Hts1 and Hts10 and their role in osmoregulation in Haloferax volcanii in the group of Prof. Dr. Sonja-Verena Albers. In 2022 she joined the Quax lab as a PhD candidate. Rabia was selected as an associated PhD student of the Hector Fellow Academy (Germany)
Anna studied Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin and obtained her BSc degree in 2018. She continued her studies there and obtained her MSc degree in Medical Biotechnology in 2022 for her work on protein interaction studies with cell-free synthesized S. aureus enterotoxins in the group of Dr. Anne Zemella and Dr. Marlitt Stech at the Fraunhofer IZI-BB in Potsdam. Anna joined the Quax lab in the same year as a PhD candidate working on the project funded by the ERC-starting grant.
Jelle de Jong
Jelle obtained a BASc degree in Biotechnology at Van Hall Larenstein, Leeuwarden in 2020. After finishing the corresponding Pre-master’s programme (BSc Biology) he started his MSc in Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Groningen, 2022. He joined the lab for his first research project in 2023.