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

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.

Xianhe Li

Graduate Student

2018-2019 Internship
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Dept. of Molecular Biology

2015-2018 M.Sc. Jilin University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture

2010-2015 B.Sc. Jilin University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture

Interested in how organelles sense and response to intracellular pathogens

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

Alexandros Anastasakis

Research Intern

2016-present Maastricht University, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences

Xhoela Bame

Erasmus Student

2016-present B.Sc. Istanbul Technical University, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Interested in anti-microbial metabolites and other mechanisms that limit parasite growth

Sebastian Gonzalez Behn-Eschenburg

Summer Intern

2017-present B.Sc. National Autonomous University of Mexico, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Basic Biomedical Research

Interested in modulation of parasite growth by host metabolic pathways



Shamir Cassim, PhD