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Anja Schmidt

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Anja received a Diploma in Biology from the Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany. For her Diploma thesis, she worked on competition of germline stem cells in the Drosophila ovary, applying FISH and laser scanning confocal and STED microscopy. She acquired her PhD degree at the Georg-August-University in Goettingen. During her time in the lab of Joerg Grosshans she characterized the functions of the actin regulators Diaphanous and ELMO/Sponge on the initiation of cell polarity during cellularization in early Drosophila embryos using fixed and living samples for laser scanning confocal microscopy as well as biochemical approaches.

Before joining Janelia, Anja pursued her postdoc in the lab of Mark Peifer at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for which she was awarded with a Benjamin Walter Fellowship by the German funding organization DFG. During her postdoc she focused on the function of the E-cadherin and F-actin interaction partner Polychaetoid /ZO-1 in epithelial cells of fruit fly embryos. In this work, she has applied 3D SIM and confocal microscopy to study the regulation of junction-cytoskeleton connections.