May-Britt Decker


College / University

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biology (with focus on molecular biosciences)




Lab Experience

Methods of cell biology (e.g. cell culture, cryo-conservation, transfection, FACS, RNAi, cell synchronization, immunofluorescence staining), nucleic acid and protein methods (e.g. purification of total DNA from cells, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, cloning via transformation in E. coli, SDS-PAGE, Western blot), microscopy (e.g. live cell imaging, confocal laser scanning microscopy, STEDYCON)

Projects / Research

  • 2021: Bachelor thesis "Generation and characterization of CRISPR-Cas9 edited human cell lines for studies on the dynamic and stationary interactions between the nuclear basket and its binding partner protein GANP" (Dr Volker Cordes, Research Group Nuclear Architecture, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences)
  • 2021 – 2022: Internship: Protein transport between nucleus and cytoplasm (Prof Dr Ralph Kehlenbach, Department of Molecular Biology, University Medical Center Göttingen)
  • 2022: Student assistant: Improving the labeling density during immunofluorescence staining (Dr Steffen J. Sahl, Department of NanoBiophotonics, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Scholarships / Awards

2022 – 2023: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am interested in various areas of molecular biology, particularly in the potential of iPS cells and how cells of a complex organism work together in a coordinated and regulated way. In this regard, I find the role of epigenetics very exciting. Furthermore, the effects of even small misregulations at different levels or even small mutations in the genome are very captivating. I am particularly interested in topics with medical relevance, which include molecular oncology and regenerative biology. Nevertheless, other areas of basic research also contribute to understanding biomedical topics. I would like to participate in understanding these molecular and biomedical aspects and use this knowledge to contribute to drug and therapy development.