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Dr. Katja Branitzki-Heinemann

Dr. Katja Branitzki-Heinemann studied biology at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig. She performed her bachelor thesis at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in the Infection Immunology group and studied the antimicrobial activity of mast cells against the Gram positive human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. She did her master thesis, entitled "The role of HIF-1-associated signal transduction pathways in the antimicrobial activity of mast cells against Gram-positive infections", in the laboratory of Prof. Nizet, at the  University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, California in 2009.

From 2009 to 2013 she participated in the HZI International Graduate School and worked as a PhD-student on the "Functional analysis of different streptococcal invasion mechanisms and consequences for intracellular survival." at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig in the Department of Medical Microbiology.

In June 2013 she received her Dr. rer. nat. title.

Since May 2013, Katja has been a member of the Infection Biochemistry research group at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. She was involved in an EU-funded LifeLongLearning project in which cases, dealing with virtual patients and problems in veterinary basic sciences are prepared to divulge knowledge of biochemistry and physiology to veterinary students.

Furthermore, she works on investigating the role of extracellular traps, produced by different immune cells, including neutrophils and mast cells, as a response to several important pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus.

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