Charlotte Blessing


College / University

University of Regensburg

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Medicine




Lab Experience

Various techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry and histology including (immuno)staining of paraffin sections, light and fluorescence microscopy, DNA and RNA isolation, northern blotting, real-time PCR, cloning plasmids, PCR mutagenesis, luciferase assays, whole-exome-sequencing, and different cell culture techniques (transformation, transfection, generation of a stable human cell line).

Projects / Research

  • 04/2014 – 08/2014: Bachelor's thesis "Generation of a miR-30a knock-out cell line using TALE nucleases", Prof. Witzgall, Chair of Molecular and Cellular Anatomy, University of Regensburg
  • 11/2013 – 12/2013: Research internship "miRNA involvement in podocyte function", Prof. Witzgall, Chair of Molecular and Cellular Anatomy, University of Regensburg
  • 08/2013 – 09/2013: Research internship "Prevalence of somatic mutations in aldesterone-producing adenomas", Dr. Zennaro, Research group "Genes and pathologies associated with aldosterone", Paris Cardiovascular Research Center, INSERM Paris

Scholarships / Awards

2014 – 2015: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2012: German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
2011: Max Weber Program of the State of Bavaria (German National Academic Foundation)


Up to this point, I am interested in a wide range of research topics including neuroscience, signaling pathways, immunology as well as different sections in the field of genetics. I am especially fascinated by regulation of gene expression through miRNA interference, DNA methylation and histone modifications. My goal is to contribute to the understanding of human diseases and their treatment by research on DNA level.