Lena Quambusch, M.Sc.

Position: PhD-student, scholarship holder of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Room no.: CP-02-111

Telephone no.: +49 (0)231 755 7054


Member of the group since: 10/2016

University degree: M.Sc. in Chemical Biology, TU Dortmund University


Earlier positions: Exchange Semester, University of Vermont, USA; Head chef/cook at Ruf Reisen GmbH, Bielefeld; Waitress at servgast GmbH, Dortmund; Elected Representative in several committees (Student parliament, Faculty board, Election board...).

Expertise: organic synthesis, 2D-NMR, structure-based drug design

Off-Lab activities (hobbies): running, bouldern, theatre, soccer

Research projects:

The protein kinases Akt1, Akt2, and Akt3 are central regulators within cellular signaling networks and transmit oncogenic signals. Even though all three isoforms are highly conserved and it is known that they are involved in many essential processes including proliferation, survival, and metabolism, the individual roles of the different isoforms in health and disease states have not been evaluated thoroughly. To date, only invasive genotypic knock-out studies are reported, and there is an urgent need for pharmacological perturbation studies to dissect the functional role of the individual Akt isoforms. We want to rationally designed and synthesized covalent-allosteric inhibitors with an ideal selectivity profile towards Akt isoforms and further functionalize those as potent probes to eventually allow for the dissection of the biological functions of Akt1, Akt2, and Akt3.


  1. Tesch, R.; Becker, C.; Muller, M. P.; Beck, M. E.; Quambusch, L.; Getlik, M.; Lategahn, J.; Uhlenbrock, N.; Costa, F. N.; Poleto, M. D.; de Sena Murteira Pinheiro, P.; Rodrigues, D. A.; Sant'Anna, C. M.; Ferreira, F. F.; Verli, H.; Fraga, C. A. M.; Rauh, D., An Unusual Intramolecular Halogen Bond guides Conformational Selection. Angewandte Chemie 2018, 10.1002/ange.201804917.
  2. Buhrmann, M.; Hardick, J.; Weisner, J.; Quambusch, L.; Rauh, D., Covalent Lipid Pocket Ligands Targeting p38alpha MAPK Mutants. Angewandte Chemie 2017, 56 (43), 13232-13236.