Annette Denker


College / University

Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Molecular Biotechnology




Projects / Research

  • Bayer AG, Wuppertal, Department of Microbiology (HealthCare-Pharma-Biotechnology) with Dr. H. Wehlmann: Fermentation (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), drug production
  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Department of Molecular Genetics with PD Dr. H. Herrmann-Lerdon: Laminopathies
  • Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, USA, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with Dr. W. Wedemeyer: Toxin secretion system of cholera bacteria
  • Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Institute for Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology with Prof. Dr. S. Wölfl: Apoptosis in yeast and mammalian cells

Scholarships / Awards

2007 – 2008: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2004 – 2008: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2004: Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds


Although being not absolutely certain about my possible future research interests, I am currently especially fascinated by the process of apoptosis and the ways in which a cancer cell can escape this regulatory mechanism. I also find the change of cell fate (from a healthy to a tumor cell or from a stem cell to a differentiated cell) very interesting and further research on these topics will hopefully also be of great benefit in medical aspects, which, together with pure curiosity, is my main motivation for doing research.