We are hiring!

We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals with interests in metabolism, microbes, and mitochondria. We encourage scientists from diverse backgrounds to apply — if you are interested, please send Lena your CV and briefly describe why you are interested in working in her lab. Click on links for further details:

Postdoctoral Fellow
Biological Technical Assistant



Lena Pernas, Ph.D.

Group Leader

2014–2018 LSRF-Simons Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Padua, Dept. of Biology

2008–2013 Ph.D.
Stanford University, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology

2004–2008 B.Sc.
University of California, Los Angeles
Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics







Bruna Martins Garcia

Graduate Student

2016–2018 M.Sc. Federal University of São Carlos
Dept. of Genetics and Evolution

2017–2018 São Paulo Research Foundation Internship University of Padua, Dept. of Biology

2011–2016 B.Sc.
São Paulo State University
Dept. of Biotechnology Engineering

Interested in mitochondrial regulation of cholesterol metabolism and steroidogenesis in the ovary

Shamir Cassim

Postdoctoral Fellow

2014–2018 Ph.D.
University of Montreal, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences

2012–2014 M.Sc.
Université Paris Diderot and Pasteur Institute, Dept. of Immunology

2010–2012 B.Sc.
University of Évry, Dept. of Cell Biology

Interested in cell metabolism in physiological and pathological conditions


Sara Beros

Postdoctoral Fellow

2014-2018 Ph.D.
University of Mainz, Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution

2011-2014 M.S.c.
University of Mainz, Dept. of Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology

2008-2011 B.S.c.
University of Mainz, Institute of Zoology

Interested in exploitation strategies of parasites, host counter-adaptions, and molecular cross-talk in host-parasite systems.



Ece Özel

Master’s Student
2012-2017 B.Sc. Yeditepe University, Dept. of Genetics and Bioengineering

2017-2019 M.Sc. University of Bonn (LIMES Institute), Dept. of Immunobiology

Interested in host metabolic pathways that regulate Toxoplasma growth