Catalina Biglione


Research Topic:

Responsive Nanogels for the site-specific Release of Antimicrobial Agents triggered by Enzymes


About Catalina:

Catalina got her BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 2012 at the National University of Córdoba (UNC) in Argentina. She carried out her PhD in Chemistry at UNC under the supervision of Prof. M. C. Strumia (2017). She worked on the synthesis and characterization of different magnetic thermoresponsive nanogels for nanomedicine. In 2017, she joined Calderón’s group at Free University Berlin as an Einstein postdoctoral fellow for developing hybrid nanomaterials as theranostic agents. Her research was focus on the synthesis of magnetoplasmonic nanodevices. In 2019, she joined Klinger Lab as a postdoctoral researcher developingnanogels for fighting resistant bacteria.



Tengiz Kantaria


Research Topic:

New biodegradable antimicrobial polymers based on cationic triazolium groups in the backbone


About Tengiz:

Tengiz received a B.S. in biology in 2011 from the Abkhazian State University (Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia). In 2013 he started his master studies at the Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi, Georgia) where he studied the preparation and characterization of nanoparticles on the basis of α-amino acid based biodegradable poly(ester amide)s. After receiving his M.Sc. in chemical and biological engineering in 2015, he started his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Ramaz Katsarava and gained his PhD in chemistry in 2018 from the Agricultural University of Georgia & Free University of Tbilisi (Tbilisi, Georgia). During his PhD he focused on the synthesis of new biodegradable polymers using “click chemistry”. In 2019, he was granted the Joint Rustaveli-DAAD-fellowship and joined the Klinger Lab as a postdoctoral researcher.




Lucila Navarro


Research Topic:

Functionalization of Block Copolymer Structured Nanoparticles


About Lucila:

Lucila received a B.S., Hons in Biotechnology in 2008 from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL- Santa Fe, Argentina) under the supervision of D. Prof. Jorge Lassaga. In 2012 she started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Ignacio Rintoul in material science for biomedical applications at INTEC-UNL. During her PhD she focused on the synthesis of new materials (thermoplastics and elastomers) to be used as coatings in coronary stents for drug release application. Immediately after she finished her PhD in 2017, she got a postdoc position in the group of Prof. Santiago Vaillard at INTEC-UNL where she focused on the synthesis of elastomers as drug release systems for soft tissue application. In 2019, she joined Klinger Lab granted with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship.



PhD Students

Thi Mai Phuong Neumann-Tran


Research Topic:

Responsive Polymers for the site-specific Release of Antimicrobial Agents triggered by Enzymes


About Phuong:

Phuong obtained her Bachelors degree in chemistry in 2016 at the Freie Universität Berlin. After her research internship in the group of Prof. Rainer Haag dealing with the functionalization of hyper branched polyglycerol with active compounds to obtain polymer-drug conjugates, Phuong began her master studies at the Klinger Lab in October 2018. After successfully completing her master thesis, Phuong began her PhD in the Klinger lab in 2019. In her PhD research project she focusses on enzyme responsive polymers to tackle antibiotic resistance.



Doğuş Işık


Research Topic:

Nanogels for Drug Delivery and Control over Shape and Morphology of Block Copolymer Nanoparticles


About Doğuş:

Doğuş received a B.S. in chemistry in 2013 from the Freie Universität Berlin. He completed his M.Sc. in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Marcelo Calderón where he studied the formation of hybrid supramolecular nanogels using cyclodextrin-decorated gold nanoparticles and adamantene-functionalized dendritic polyglycerol as vehicles for drug delivery purposes. Doğuş then began his doctoral studies in the summer of the same year in the Klinger Lab.



Alexandra Gruber


Research Topic:

Amphiphilic Nanogels for Drug Delivery Applications


About Alexandra:

Alexandra graduated from the Philipps University in Marburg in spring 2014 and earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry. During summer 2014 she completed a research internship in the group of Professor Craig Hawker at the University of California in Santa Barbara with focus on coacervate micro- and nanogels. She then started her master studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. In April 2016 Alexandra joined the Klinger group for writing her master thesis. Currently, Alexandra is a PhD student and is working on the preparation of amphiphilic nanogels for delivery applications.



Former Group Members

Franziska Hähle


Research Topic:

Development of Polymers Containing Well-Defined Glycosaminoglycan Oligomers as Anti-Inflammatory Polymers


About Franziska:

Franziska studied Pharmacy at the Freie Universität Berlin and graduated there in March 2017. During her practical year, she decided to participate to the Master’s program “Pharmaceutical Research” at the FU Berlin, in which she enrolled in October 2017. She joined the Klinger group in December 2017 for a research internship with focus on assessing the feasibility of PGPR-90 as surfactant in inverse miniemulsion polymerizations. In March 2018, Franziska started to pursue her Master thesis project, investigating the cytokine binding affinity of polymers bearing sulfated side groups.



Research Interns

We are always interested in motivated students to join the team.