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The Department's buildings are currently open for wet laboratory work only. We have carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and have introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff, including reduced building occupancy, strict social distancing, 'family'-based working, and increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. All staff who can work remotely will do so for the foreseeable future. Please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Biochemistry


Heidi Funke

Project student

Joined the lab: August 2015

Background and Current Project: After completing an BSc in Biochemistry at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in September 2014 I started my MSc studies in Biochemistry at Leipzig University with the focus on biomedical science. The internship in de la Roche group is part of my studies in Germany.  The aim of my internship is to establish an expression system to generate recombinant proteins in bacteria for the structural determination of a complex of a receptor ecto domain with its ligand.

Internal lab awards:

  • student of the month (August - December 2015)
  • student of the year (2015)

Contact details

Research Group Leader  Marc de la Roche​


Location  Sanger Building


The de la Roche Group is accepting enquiries from prospective interns, undergraduate students, postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.