Vida Štrancar, master’s student UL FKKT
I 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
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 these proteins. For this purpose, I am using wild type and modified metacaspases from unicellular algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Guillardia theta.
Lana Vogrinec, bachelor’s student UL FKKT
My 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.
Nika Goršek, bachelor’s student UL FKKT
(currently @ Umeå Univeristy, Sweden)
I am a bachelor degree student in Biochemistry and I am currently working on preparing recombinant metacaspases from algal organisms. My main focus is to determine the structural characteristics of different types of metacaspases, which differ in domain arrangement. Furthermore, I am trying to characterize enzyme activity with different substrates and compare their activation and deactivation mechanisms.
Anže Vozelj, bachelor’s student UL BF
My current work in the lab is based on phenotypic characterization of an orthocaspase SyOC from model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. I am trying to determine its cell localization as well as its intracellular interaction partners.