Lab Members

Pascal holds an M.Sc. in Neuroscience and a PhD in sensory biology which he aquired in the Lab of Hynek Burda. He performed his postdoctoral work on magnetoreception in homing pigeons in the Keays Lab at the IMP in Vienna before starting his lab at caesar. Outside of caesar Pascal enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing soccer, and all kinds of music with decent drums.

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Pascal Malkemper, group leader

Georgina did an MSc in cognitive and computational neuroscience followed by a PhD studying the neuronal networks underlying associative conditioning and extinction learning at the University of Nottingham. During her first post doc at the University of Leicester she extended her electrophysiology knowledge, using intracellular and FSCV techniques to study neuronal responses to tactile and auditory inputs. In the Malkemper-Lab Georgina focuses on establishing electrophysiology recordings in freely moving mole-rats, with the aim of discovering the neuronal circuits involved in magnetic orientation.  When she's not in the lab you will likely find her outside hiking, cycling, camping or kayaking.



Georgina Fenton, PostDoc

Sybille is the labs technician with a strong background in histology, molecular biology, protein biochemistry and cell culture. As the backbone of the lab she uses her experience to provide the lab with essential buffers and reagents, provides technical assistance, and makes sure that the lab is kept in order. Her projects focus on establishing immunohistological protocols on mole-rat tissues. Sybille enjoys being outdoors, rowing, painting, and photography.



Sybille Wolf-Kümmeth, Technician

Martha has her B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College (New York State) and M.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Bremen. Her M.Sc thesis focused on reversal learning in juvenile stingrays at the Institute for Zoology in Bonn. Now, Martha is setting up whole-tissue brain activity analysis via iDISCO and ClearMap, to screen the mole-rat brain for regions activated by magnetic treatments. During her spare time Martha enjoys writing, playing violin, sketching, or fencing.



Martha Daniel, Research assistant

The Lab is always looking for highly motivated Bachelor or Master candidates. Please contact us via email, sending your CV including a short summary of your previous research experience.

Runita holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences and an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Mumbai (India). She worked as a project assistant on spatial navigation in Sachin Deshmukh’s Lab at IISc. For her PhD project in the Malkemper lab, she is working on deciphering the influence of magnetic cues on firing of spatially selective cells in mole-rats. Besides spatial navigation Runita enjoys playing her bass and flute, hiking, doodling, and solving chess puzzles.



Runita Shirdhankar, PhD Student

Kamalika did her MSc and PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Her thesis was focused on studying magnetic behavior in magnetic nanowires and thin films. In the Malkemper Lab, she will explore various imaging and other methods to screen for iron-based magnetoreceptors in tissues of African mole-rats. Besides research, she enjoys drawing, music, photography and travelling.


Kamalika Nath,


Li Zhang, Postdoc

Tim is a trained biology laboratory assistant. He establishes and performs molecular assays including daily PCR routines (e.g. genotyping, sexing) as well as qPCR and RNA-seq gene expression analysis. In his free time, Tim likes to matchmake mole-rats in our  colony to ensure successful breeding.


Tim Luca Krause,


Li holds a B.Sc in Biotechnology from Sichuan University, Chengdu and a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Neuroscience), Shanghai. His PhD projects were focused on motion direction coding in the mouse retina. In the Malkemper lab, Li is focusing on the possibility of a magnetic sense in mice and its underlying neuronal mechanisms using behavioural and electrophysiology tools. Li really likes badminton, cooking, travelling, and photography.