Team IAA

Rapid Identification of Auto-Antigens in Autoimmune Diseases

The team is seeking new platform technologies or concepts which lead to identification of antigens recognized by T-cells involved in autoimmune responses. The objective of the group is to deconvolute the autoimmune T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire functionally with respect to unknown cognate peptide: HLA complexes. We will use high-throughput screening approaches coupling sequence to specificity in order to identify critical points of attack in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

  • Mentors
    • Dr. Nathan Felix
      Principal Scientist, Janssen Immunosciences, Spring House, USA (Industry mentor)
    • Prof. Dr. Nina Papavasiliou
      Head of Department Immune Diversity, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany (Academic mentor)
The research of this team is kindly sponsored by Janssen.

Our Team Members

Dr. John Lindner

Group Leader

  • Short Bio
    • 2014-2018: Post-doc in autoimmune antibody repertoires with Dr. Elisabetta Traggiai at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
    • 2008-2013: PhD (molecular immunology) in B-cell transcriptional control with Dr. Peter Nielsen in the Department of Prof. Michael Reth at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
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Taga Lerner

Postdoctoral Researcher

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    • 2016-2021: PhD in RNA editing in macrophages with Prof. Nina Papavasiliou, Department of Diversification in Immunity at the DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
    • 2015-2016: Scientific Technical Editor, Henry Stewart Talks, Herzliya, Israel
    • 2011-2014: Master of Science in Microbiology and Clinical Immunology at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Theresa Schmid

Postdoctoral Researcher

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    • 2017-2021: PhD (Bioscience) focusing on epigenetics in cancer with Prof. Peter Lichter at the DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
    • 2014-2017: Master of Science (Molecular Biology) at Johannes -Kepler University, Linz and Paris Lodron University, Salzburg
    • 2011-2014: Bachelor of Science (Molecular Bioscience), Johannes -Kepler University, Linz, Paris Lodron University, Salzburg and Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich
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Veronica Pinamonti

PhD Student

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    • 2015-2018: Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology, CIBIO – University of Trento, Italy
    • 2017: Vienna Biocenter Summer School 2017, Vienna Austria
    • 2012-2015: Bachelor of Science in Biomolecular Science and Technology, CIBIO – University of Trento, Italy
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Ana Mellado Fuentes

Research Assistant

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    • 2017-2021: Research assistant at innoHealth, an Evonik company, Madrid, Spain
    • 2016: Internship MSc student at Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Cordoba (IMIBIC), Cordoba, Spain
    • 2015-2016: Master of Science in Translational Biomedical Research, University of Cordoba, Spain
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Team IAA Alumni

At BioMed X we care for the people who work with us. Staying in touch with those who left but mainly contributed to BioMed X’s success is key. That’s why they have their designated place on our website. So let’s keep connected!

Dr. Yonatan Herzig

Dr. Jing Zhang

Miray Cetin

Laura Fisch

Valeriia Dragan

Kristina Kromer

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Miguel Hernández Hernández

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