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Justina Stark is a PhD student at the MOSAIC Group since March 2019. She was born in Duisburg, Germany, in 1993.
Justina studied Chemical Biology at the TU Dortmund. In March 2018, she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemical Biology.
She wrote her Bachelor thesis in the theoretical physical chemistry group of Prof. Dr. Stefan Kast at the TU Dortmund, where she did homology modeling and Molecular Dynamics simulation of RET‑kinase/inhibitor complexes. These results were part of a publication in Science Translational Medicine.
During her Master thesis Justina worked in the group of Dr. Christos Gatsogiannis at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. There, she did image processing of cryogenic electron microscopy data and solved the chemical structure of a hemocyanin by single particle analysis (SPA). She also designed and implemented a graphical user interface for 2D single-particle analysis of flexible protein complexes.
After her Master thesis, Justina completed lab rotations with three groups at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, namely the groups of Prof. Dr. Eugene Myers, Dr. Florian Jug, and with the MOSAIC group. In the Myers and the Jug labs, she worked on the denoising and segmentation of light-sheet and sinusoidal scanning microscopy images using deep neural networks.
In the MOSAIC Group, Justina is working on simulating the diffusion of Fgf8 in the complex-shaped extracellular space during the epiboly of zebrafish embryos. The quantitative description of the diffusion space, a network like volume with area-distributed sources which changes over time, is based on microscopy images. The project is done in collaboration with the group of Prof. Dr. Michael Brand from the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden).