Corinna Frank is a PhD-student in the working group of M-C Dabauvalle with her focus lying on cell and developmental biology. Corinna obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg in the division of electron microscopy. Throughout her course of studies, she engaged molecular biology of a skeletal muscle disease (FSHD) as her main object of interest. Under the supervision of M-C Dabauvalle Corinna analyzed and compared the effect of oxidative stress in FSHD by analyzing the biochemical and structural features of cultured patient cells during her Bachelor and Master thesis.
Since April 2017, she is continuing her work on FSHD as a PhD-student. Corinna studies the molecular mechanisms of a tissue-specific muscular dystrophy called Fascio-scapulo-humerale Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD). Therefore, biochemical and electron microscopy techniques are employed to observe and analyse the development of organs in Xenopus laevis which are microinjected with effector proteins. Furthermore, she continues her work on the analysis of primary cultured patient cells.