Karen Grütz, née Freimann
Karen Grütz, née Freimann, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow
Phone number:+49 451 3101 8208

Current Position:

Postdoctoral fellow

Research focus:

Identification and functional characterization of DNA mutations that cause dystonia and Parkinson’s disease

Curriculum vitae

Education:

10/2006 – 09/2009 Studies of Molecular Life Science at the University of Lübeck

04/2009 – 09/2009 Bachelor thesis; University of Lübeck, Institute of Neurology (Director: Prof. D. Kömpf) in the Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics (Prof. C. Klein) „Mutationsanalyse des DYT16-Gens bei Dystoniepatienten“
Bachelor of Science

10/2009 – 11/2011 Studies of Molecular Life Science at the University of Lübeck

10/2009 – 11/2011 Master thesis; University of Lübeck, Institute of Neurology (Director: Prof. T. Münte) at the Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics (Prof. C. Klein) „Towards understanding the genetic causes of X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism and Parkinson´s disease“
Master of Science

01/2012 – 04/2017 Doctoral thesis; University of Lübeck, Institute of Neurogenetics (Prof. C. Klein) under the supervision of PD Dr. Ana Westenberger „Towards unraveling the pathogenesis of dystonia: Genetic analyses and functional characterization of cellular models “ PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)

Scientific training:

September 2007 Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen), supervised by Dr. R. Schuh
Molecular organogenesis of Drosophila tracheal system

09/2008 – 10/2008 Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics (University of Lübeck), supervised by Prof. Dr. C. Klein
Genetics of movement disorders

04/2009 – present Section of Clinical and Molecular Neurogenetics (University of Lübeck), supervised by Prof. Dr. C. Klein
Functional studies of the genes causing dystonia and Parkinson’s disease

08/2010 – 11/2010 Department of Chemistry (University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Canada), supervised by Prof. S. Withers
Kinetic characterization of porcine ST3Gal-I-Sialyltransferase

12/2010 – 02/2011 Institute of Virology and Cell Biology (University of Lübeck), supervised by Prof. N. Tautz
Mapping of BVDV NS5A regions important for pestiviral virus morphogenesis

12/2011 – present Institute of Neurogenetics (University of Lübeck), Genetics and functional studies of movement disorders

Awards:

2012 Travel grant from the Movement Disorder Society

2012 Travel grant from Seahorse Bioscience

2013 Award for the best poster (Session: Experimental Neurology II - Cell Models of Neurological Diseases) at the 86. Annual meeting of the German Society of Neurology

2013 Travel grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

2015 Travel grant from the Renate-Maaß-Foundation

2015 Travel stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD)

2016 Travel grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

Memberships:

Movement Disorders Society (MDS)

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

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