Katarina Petra van Midden, PhD student UL FKKT

katarinaI am a PhD student in Biochemistry and am fascinated by cell death and pathways that regulate it. That is why the main focus of my research is studying the role of proteases in the process of cell death in unicellular organisms. The model organism for my research is the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhradtii. I aim to elucidate the role of proteases in this process using different approaches – enzyme assays, protein purification, microscopy and localization of target proteases and identification of protease degradome.

Vida Štrancar, master’s student UL FKKT

vidaI am master degree student in Biochemistry and my current work is focused on preparing recombinant versions of metacaspases from algal organisms. I am trying to determine their kinetic properties and thus identify their role in programmed cell death in the organisms of their origin. So far, I have prepared recombinant metcaspase type II from model alga Chlamydomonas reinhradtii and tested its activity towards synthetic substrates.

Tanja Peric, master’s student UL FKKT

TanjaI am a master degree student of Biochemistry. Currently, I’m working on determining the effect of structural differences in metacaspases on the function and activity of these proteins. For this purpose, I am using wild type and modified metacaspases from unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Guillardia theta. I am a master degree student of Biochemistry. Currently, I’m working on determining the effect of structural differences in metacaspases on the function and activity of th

Lana Vogrinec, master’s student UL FKKT

LanaMy main focus in the lab is functional characterization of the orthocaspase SyOC from the model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Methodology includes phenotypic analysis of the wild type and mutant strain, which lacks the gene for SyOC orthocaspase, as well as biochemical characterisation of the isolated protein SyOC.