Cara Sickinger

Cara is a Ph.D. student in the Aceto lab. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany and completed a semester abroad at the University of Helsinki, Finland. During her masters, she has performed two research courses at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, where she investigated T cell infiltration in melanoma cell 3D spheroids and the role of Cdk9 and serine phosphorylation on RNA-Pol II CTD (carboxy-terminal domain) in transcription pausing and gene expression. For her master thesis, Cara worked at the Biomedical Centre (BMC) in Munich and characterized Morc3-dependent chromatin changes on retrotransposons in mouse embryonic stem cells. Before joining our lab, she worked during the Covid-19 crisis at Eurofins Genomics as a shift lead assistant in a Corona testing laboratory in Ebersberg, Germany, to test patient samples for the COVID-19 virus.