Pia Kaplanek


College / University

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
University of Toronto

Highest Degree


Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology




Lab Experience

DNA-cloning of surface molecules and expression in human cells, selection by FACS analysis, Gynaecological Hospital Jena, 2000
Oligonucleotide labelling with nano gold beads, detection by atomic force microscopy, Institute for Physical High Technology Jena, 2001
Large scale screen for protein-protein interactions using the Yeast Two Hybrid System, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, 2001/2002

Projects / Research

09/2001 – 05/2002: "Identifying and confirming interacting partners of Yeast Hsp90 using a genome-wide Two Hybrid approach", Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Scholarships / Awards

2002 – 2003: Stipend International Max Planck Research School
2002 – 2003: DeveloGen Stipend


I consider the human immune system, its regulation and its mode of action in case of infections a fascinating theme. At the moment I am interested in the molecular processes of infections that cause diseases in humans and especially their connection to autoimmune diseases and cancer development. Furthermore I am interested in protein folding and signalling pathways. I am hoping to find my topic of major interest during the following year.