People

Current Lab Members

Lilly van de Venn

PhD student
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Lilly van de Venn received her Master’s degree in Biology from ETH Zurich in 2017, worki... Read more

Lilly van de Venn received her Master’s degree in Biology from ETH Zurich in 2017, working with Prof. Dr. Gerald Schwank on genome editing, focusing on the development of DNA barcodes harnessing the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Lilly joined the Corn Lab as a PhD student in December 2018, investigating DNA double-strand break repair after cleavage with different Cas enzymes and off-target detection. Her research interests include DNA repair mechanisms, as well as the potential use of genome editing for therapeutic purposes.

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Moritz Schlapansky

PhD Student

Moritz Schlapansky received his Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University... Read more

Moritz Schlapansky received his Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna in 2020. He worked in the laboratory of Professor Michael McManus at UCSF, focusing on the development of a novel genetic screening paradigm and targeted sequencing approaches in order to decipher cell state transitions. Moritz joined the Corn Lab as a PhD student in July 2020. He is using the CRISPR toolbox to delineate genetic interactions that could inspire new cancer therapeutics. Moritz’ research interests include functional genomics, therapeutic gene editing and cancer biology, with a special focus on technology development.

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Sebastian Siegner

Master Student

Sebastian received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of K... Read more

Sebastian received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Konstanz in 2018. In his bachelor thesis he worked at the University of Oregon with Prof. Dr. Monte Westerfield on modeling Usher Syndrome using zebrafish, focusing on the Usher protein Ush1g in the retina. Sebastian joined the Corn Lab as a Master student in September 2019, investigating Fanconi Anemia and the therapeutic potential of CRISPR based systems for this genetic disease. His research interests include DNA repair mechanisms and genome engineering, with a special focus on developing treatments for rare genetic disease.

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Susanne Kreutzer

Genomics Expert

Susanne received her PhD in Paleogenomics at the University of Mainz exploring the genetic... Read more

Susanne received her PhD in Paleogenomics at the University of Mainz exploring the genetic makeup of ancient populations during the Neolithization process of Europe. After working at the Molecular Pathology group of the University Hospital in Zurich as a Research Associate, she joined the High Throughput Sequencing team of the Functional Genomics Center Zurich in 2017. Since 2019, she is working as a Genomics Expert together with Dr. Zacharias Kontarakis on Next Generation Sequencing workflows at GEML. Susanne joined the Corn Lab in September 2020 to support the team with high throughput sequencing applications.

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John Fielden

Postdoctoral Researcher
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John received his PhD in Oncology from the University of Oxford in 2020, working with Prof... Read more

John received his PhD in Oncology from the University of Oxford in 2020, working with Prof. Kristijan Ramadan on the molecular mechanisms of DNA-protein crosslink repair. John joined the Corn Lab as a postdoctoral researcher in October 2020, where he is using CRISPR-Cas9-based screening approaches to identify genetic interactions that can be exploited in cancer therapy.

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Roman Iwasaki

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Roman received his B.Sc. from Universität Potsdam and his M.Sc. from the Humboldt-Univers... Read more

Roman received his B.Sc. from Universität Potsdam and his M.Sc. from the Humboldt-Universität Berlin where he worked on light-regulated, synthetic gene circuits in the group of Prof. Möglich. In 2020, Roman received his Ph.D. from the University of Boulder, where he had developed tools by combining CRISPR and aptamer components in the group of Prof. Batey. He is currently interested in finding new ways to understand DNA damage repair and developing new tools to easily modify DNA.

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Eric Aird

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Eric received his PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics from the Universi... Read more

Eric received his PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2020 in the lab of Dr. Wendy Gordon developing improved genome editing technologies, including a Cas-DNA tethering platform. In November 2020, Eric joined the Corn Lab as a postdoc interested in studying synthetic lethalities and viabilities in DNA repair utilizing CRISPR.

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Markus Schröder

Bioinformatics Scientist

Markus received his PhD in Computational Infection Biology from University College Dublin,... Read more

Markus received his PhD in Computational Infection Biology from University College Dublin, Ireland, working with Prof. Geraldine Butler and Prof. Des Higgins on comparative genomics in human fungal pathogens, focusing on uncovering the population structure and characterizing transcriptional networks in Candida species. Markus joined the Corn lab staff as a Bioinformatics Scientist in May 2019 from Genentech, South San Francisco, where he worked on large scale cancer genomics and familial data sets. At ETHZ, he works on CRISPR- and NGS-related computational approaches and is part of the NCCR RNA & Disease.

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Kinga Csorba

Lab Manager
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Kinga received her Phd in Biology/Autoimmune diseases from the University of Freiburg (Ger... Read more

Kinga received her Phd in Biology/Autoimmune diseases from the University of Freiburg (Germany) in 2012, working with Dr. Cassian Sitaru and Stefan Martin PhD on autoimmune skin diseases, focusing on autoantibody-mediated pathomechanisms. During her postdoc in Basel (Switzerland), she continued her research in complement-involved autoimmune pathomechanisms in SLE. Kinga joined the Corn lab as a laboratory manager and technical assistant in May 2019.

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Erman Karasu

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Erman received his Ph.D in molecular biology from Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School... Read more

Erman received his Ph.D in molecular biology from Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School in 2018, working with Dr. Scott Keeney focusing on the role two meiosis specific genes (cyclin B3 and Ankrd31)in mammalian meiosis. Erman joined the Corn Lab as a postdoc in May 2019, is currently using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome engineering to understand novel genetic pathways in response to DNA damage.

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Matthias Muhar

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Matthias received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Institute of Molecular Pathology (... Read more

Matthias received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna in 2018, working with Prof. Johannes Zuber on the development of genetic- and transcriptomics tools for the study of gene regulation in leukemia. In July 2019 Matthias joined the Corn Lab as Postdoc to study the genetic basis of selective protein degradation. His research interests include protein homeostasis and exploratory genetics, with a special focus on protein quality control.

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Zacharias Kontarakis

Head of the Genome Engineering and Measurement Lab

Zac received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine from the Institute of Molecular ... Read more

Zac received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Crete in 2011, working with Dr. Michalis Averof on establishing genetic tools for functional developmental studies in emerging model organisms, focusing on gene trapping and site directed recombination.  He then moved to Prof. Didier Stainier Lab, initially in UCSF and later in the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung research in Germany, where he worked on non-coding RNAs during development and regeneration using new reverse genetics tools.  After delving into inconsistencies between different reverse genetic approaches, Zac’s interests shifted to more fundamental questions like why some mutations cause a phenotype while others don’t.  Zac joined the “Corn Lab” as Head of the Genome Engineering and Measurement Lab in August 2019.  Amongst his research interests are regulation of gene expression during physiology and disease, with a special focus on understanding penetrance and expressivity, two classical Genetics terms that are often collectively used to describe the black box that lies between genotype and phenotype.

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Matteo Bordi

Research Technician
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Matteo received his PhD in Natural Sciences from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory... Read more

Matteo received his PhD in Natural Sciences from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Heidelberg University in 2017, working with Dr. Anne Ephrussi, investigating the RNA-binding activity of the germline inducer Oskar protein in D. melanogaster. During his postdoc in Heidelberg he identifies the RNA-interactome of FMR1 protein in D. melanogaster by iCLIP. Matteo joined the Corn lab as research technician in September 2019.

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Lena Kobel

Cell Line Engineer
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Lena Kobel received her Master’s degree in Cell Biology from the ETH Zürich in 2017. In... Read more

Lena Kobel received her Master’s degree in Cell Biology from the ETH Zürich in 2017. In her Master thesis she focused on generating stable mammalian cell lines using CRISPR-Cas9 in the lab of Prof. Martin Jinek at the University of Zürich, where she then worked for another 1.5 years as a technician. After that, she worked as an intern at Caribou Biosciences, Inc., in Berkeley for 6 months on a project focused on the development of CAR-T cell therapies. Lena joined the Corn lab as a Cell Line Engineer in March 2020.

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Fedor Gorbenko

PhD student
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Fedor Gorbenko received his Master’s degree in Molecular biology from Moscow state Unive... Read more

Fedor Gorbenko received his Master’s degree in Molecular biology from Moscow state University in 2018 in Russia. He worked in the laboratory of professor Pavel Georgiev and focused on Polycomb-mediated repression of gene expression in a Drosophila model. Fedor joined the Corn Lab as a PhD student in January 2020. He is working on discovering principles that regulate functioning of CRISPR-Cas systems with a special focus on Cas14-related systems. Fedor’s research interests include evolution of CRISPR-Cas systems and implementation of the technology in therapy.

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Marija Banović

PhD student
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Marija Banović received her Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from University of... Read more

Marija Banović received her Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from University of Rijeka, Croatia, in 2015. She worked in the laboratory of Dr. Antonija Jurak Begonja, focusing on the role of phosphoinositides in proplatelets formation. Marija joined the Corn Lab as a PhD student in November 2018, using genome editing to study how cells such as hematopoietic stem cells regulate loss of their organelles. Her interests include biology of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells and translational research with the special emphasis on the implementation of genome editing technologies for therapeutic purposes.

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Mandy Boontanrart

Postdoctoral researcher

Mandy Boontanrart received her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Communications f... Read more

Mandy Boontanrart received her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011. She was as a Research Associate at Stemcentrx, Inc., where she worked on antibody humanizations and phage display for cancer stem cell markers. She joined the IGI as a graduate student in May 2016. Her research interests include immunological cell functions, protein engineering, and gene therapy for heritable diseases.

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Charles Yeh

PhD student
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Charles Yeh received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from th... Read more

Charles Yeh received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2014. He then joined the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NCATS-NIH). As a member of the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases (TRND) program, Charles developed and applied human stem cell-derived disease models to identify potential therapeutics for rare lysosomal storage disorders, including Farber and Wolman diseases. In 2018, he joined the IGI as a graduate student and is presently studying the mechanisms of DNA repair homology search in the context of gene editing.

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Jacob Corn

Principal Investigator
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Jacob Corn is the Professor of Genome Biology at ETH Zürich. His research aims to bring a... Read more

Jacob Corn is the Professor of Genome Biology at ETH Zürich. His research aims to bring about the end of genetic disease through the development and application of next-generation genome editing technologies. Jacob is committed to the improvement of human health through the fundamental understanding of disease mechanisms. Over the last fifteen years he has bridged academia and industry, working in therapeutic areas that include infectious disease, neurobiology, and oncology. His graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley redefined our understanding of DNA replication and his postdoctoral work at the University of Washington computationally designed protein inhibitors from scratch. Jacob was a group leader at Genentech where he discovered biological mechanisms for challenging therapeutic targets. Prior to joining ETHZ, Jacob was the founding Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute and faculty at UC Berkeley. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys long backpacking trips and rock climbing

You can find Jacob on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Amos Liang

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Jin Rui Liang received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of... Read more

Jin Rui Liang received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Liverpool, working with Prof. Sylvie Urbé and Prof. Michael Clague on the identification of deubiquitylases that regulate mitochondrial quality control and apoptosis. He joined the IGI staff as a postdoctoral researcher in March 2015, using CRISPR/Cas9 to understand the different functions of ubiquitin linkages. 

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Santiago Molina

Ethnographic Researcher
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Santiago Molina received his Bachelor's degree in History, Philosophy and Social Studies o... Read more

Santiago Molina received his Bachelor's degree in History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science from the University of Chicago in 2012 and is currently working towards the completion of his PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley.  His research focuses on the structure of scientific practices and patterns of technology adoption in relation to their organizational and institutional contexts.

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Jiyung Jenny Shin

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
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Jenny Shin received her PhD in Metabolic Biology from University of California, Berkeley i... Read more

Jenny Shin received her PhD in Metabolic Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2016, working with Dr. Danica Chen on the regulation of mammalian aging. Jenny joined the IGI staff as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2016 and is currently using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome engineering to understand genetic pathways that control hematopoietic stem cells and metabolic disorders.

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Alumni

Name
IGI Position
New Position

Pia Reichl

Masters student

Prisca Iseli

Administrative Coordinator

Lucas Kissling

Masters Student

PhD student in the lab of Gerald Schwank

Stacia Wyman

Bioinformatics Scientist

Bioinformatics Scientist at the IGI

Saba Ahmed

Undergraduate Researcher

Paul Ayoub

Undergraduate Researcher

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Ron Baik

Research associate

Research associate at Stanford

Leo Chen

Undergraduate Researcher

Graduate student. UCSF

Julia Chu

Lab manager

Lab Manager, Paredes lab at UCSF

Jennifer Eunhee Chung

Undergraduate Researcher

Research Associate in Kohn Lab at UCLA

Gemma Curie

Lab Manager

Microbiologist at Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Mark DeWitt

Postdoc and Program Manager

Sharon Feng

Undergraduate Researcher

working at Stanford Medicine

Benjamin Gowen

IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth Jeon

Undergraduate Researcher

Shaheen Kabir

Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientific Project Leader at UCSF

Katelynn Kazane

Research Associate

Rachel Lew

Undergraduate Researcher

Research Associate in the Haldar Lab at the Gladstone Institutes

Vickie Lin

IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Emily Lingeman

NSF Graduate Fellow

Tracie Luong

Undergraduate Researcher

Weihan Liu

Undergraduate Researcher

Hong Ma

Research Associate I

Research Associate II in Richard Kramer Lab

Nicki Naddaf

Undergraduate Researcher

Technician in the Lareau lab.

Jordan Ray

Research Associate

Chris Richardson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shirley Jing Shao

Undergraduate Researcher

Google Accelerated Science

Arik Shams

Graduate Student Researcher

Krzysztof Szablewski

Visiting Scholar

Ankita Singh

Undergraduate Researcher

Undergraduate Researcher at Danica Chen lab

Elena Slobodyanyuk

Undergraduate researcher

Graduate student, MIT

Rachel Valenzuela

IGI-PFIZER Postdoctoral Fellow

Jonathan Vu

Research Associate

Research Associate at the IGI

Alan Wang

NSF Graduate Fellow

Julia Wang

Undergraduate Researcher

Beeke Wienert

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoc in Bruce Conklin's lab at the Gladstone Institutes

Annie Yau

Undergraduate Researcher

Elena Zelin

Research Scientist

Contact Us

Questions and/or comments about Corn Lab and its activities may be addressed to:

JACOB.CORN@BIOL.ETHZ.CH

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