About us

We are located in the Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

Fillip Port, PhD

Fillip started CRISPR fly design in 2013, initially as a side project during his postdoc at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. In 2016 he took the project to the Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics at the DKFZ, where he continues to develop and apply Drosophila CRISPR tools for functional genomics. He maintains the website and you can contact him with any questions or comments by email or follow him on Twitter.
Fillip studied biology in Freiburg, did a PhD with Koni Basler in Zurich studying Wnt secretion and a postdoc with Simon Bullock in Cambridge working on mRNA localisation and CRISPR method development. He is from a small village in central Germany.

Michael Boutros, PhD

Michael is head of the Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). His lab is studying signaling networks in development and cancer. A particular focus of the group is on high-throughput methods for systematic functional analysis of cellular processes to identify vulnerabilities of cancer cells. Learn more about our work here.
Michael did a PhD with Marek Mlodzik at EMBL and a postdoc with Norbert Perrimon at Harvard Medical School. He established his lab at the DKFZ in 2003 and since 2008 is head of the Functional Genomics Division and full professor at Heidelberg University.

Claudia Strein

Claudia trained as a technician at the DKFZ Heidelberg graduating in 1993. After working in two pharma companies she joined Matthias Hentze’s lab at EMBL. There she worked on developing the novel ‘interactome capture method’ to identify RNA-binding proteins.In 2013 she joined the Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics at the DKFZ, where she worked on a genome-wide RNAi screen in Drosophila melanogaster. In 2016 she joined the CRISPRflydesign team to develop systematic resources for CRISPR knock-out screening.

Mona Stricker

Mona trained as a medical technical assistant at the Theresienhospital in Mannheim. Afterwards she worked on autoantibodies with Dr. Seelig in Karlsruhe and at the German Resource Center for Genome Research in Heidelberg. She joined the DKFZ in 2001 and the Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics in 2004. In 2016 she joined our team to help build our transgenic gRNA library. After the lab she loves indoor cycling to take her mind off work.

Shalom Ojoye

Shalom grew up in Munich. To bridge the time between her A-Levels and university, she decided to gain some experience in scientific research at the DKFZ. She is helping to generate a new sgRNA library and testing it’s performance. After her gap year, she is looking forward to studying Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys learning new things about history and discussing philosophical questions with her friends.

Finn Breitenfeldt

Finn grew up in Breisach, a small town close to Freiburg. After graduating from High school in 2020, he wanted to gain practical experience in the lab, so he quickly joined the team for his gap year (BFD in Germany). Here, he helps us generate a new library of Drosophila sgRNA-lines. In the future, Finn would like to study medicine or biotechnology. He loves to be outdoors, especially in a boat, rowing on the Neckar. His other hobbies are cycling and playing the piano.

Join us! If you are interested to join our team and develop and apply new CRISPR technologies than please contact Fillip or Michael informally to discuss possibilities.

Alumni

Laura Lange (9/19 – 8/20)
Nora Langner (9/19 – 8/20)
Ainoa Tejedera (05/19 – 08/19)
Amy Hess (09/18 – 08/19)
Celine Beyersdörffer (09/18 – 06/19)
Maja Starostecka (11/17 – 10/18)
Roberta Malamud (09/17 – 08/18)

Lukas Schmitt (09/17 – 06/18)
Kristin Rädecke (01/18 – 03/18)
Lukas Voos (09/16 – 08/17)
Katharina Kern (09/16 – 07/17)
Jana Frei (09/2016 – 04/2017)
Mariane Dahmer (02/2017 – 03/2017)

The CFD team 2019/2020: Nora, Laura, Mona, Claudia, Fillip
The CFD team 2018/2019: Claudia, Celine, Fillip, Amy, Mona
The CFD team 2016/2017: Mona, Jana, Katharina, Claudia, Fillip, Lukas