Ana Kutschat


College / University

University of Michigan

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects





Lab Experience

TLC, column chromatography, 13C NMR, 1H NMR, IR spectroscopy, ICP-OES, dynamic light scattering, fluorimeter, PCR, gel electrophoresis, SDS Page, Western blot, immunofluorescence, hematoxylin and eosin staining, electroporation, heat pulse transformation, complementation, bacterial infections using RAW macrophages and amoeba.

Projects / Research

  • 01/2015 – 05/2016: Elucidation of the role of PTIP, a protein involved in chromatin remodeling, during kidney damage and regeneration (Prof. Gregory Dressler, University of Michigan, USA)
  • 05/2015 – 08/2015: Investigation of the intermitochondrial Calcium regulation in Trypanosoma cruzi with a side project for the knockout of MCUb using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique (Prof. Aníbal Vercesi, Prof. Roberto do Campo, Dr. Noelia Manfredi and Dr. Miguel Chiurillo, UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • 01/2014 – 12/2014: Development of nanoparticles for a Photodynamic Chemo Dual Therapy for cancer and arrhythmia (Prof. Raoul Kopelman, University of Michigan, USA)
  • 06/2014 – 08/2014: Characterization of the expression patterns and virulence of lpg1889, a protein secreted by Legionella pneumophila(Dr. Philipp Auraß, Dr. Antje Flieger, Robert Koch Institut, Germany)

Scholarships / Awards

2016 – 2017: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2014: International Institute Individual Fellowship, University of Michigan
2013: Alumni 1st Year Achievement Award in Chemistry, University of Michigan


I am fascinated by epigenetics and its role in developmental biology. As of now, I am eager to understand how the environment can affect epigenetics, which could then play a major role in an organism’s development. Another area of interest of mine is the activation of epigenetic regulators involved in embryonic development during tissue regeneration processes. In the Molecular Biology program, I hope to gain a better understanding of developmental biology and epigenetics, while also being able to explore new fields.