NeuroScienceLab Essen
Kristina Wagner

Biotechnical Assistant
Offices: IG1, 9th floor, BIC, room 9.009
Phone: +49 201 723 82519
Fax: +49 201 723 79030

Kristina Wagner gained her degree as a Biotechnical Assistant (BTA, Biologisch-technische Assistentin) at Berufskolleg Hilden in 2004. Shortly after that she started her first job at Axis-Shield Diagnostics, Dundee, Scotland. During her two years at Axis-Shield she was part of a team that developed immunoassays for large scale analyzers, in particular an assay for the detection of HbA1c, a marker for diabetes.

In 2006 she started to work at a research lab at the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University. The main research of the group focuses on the connections between neurons within the brain, especially the hippocampus and septum. During her 10 years in Oxford, Kristina Wagner learned a large variety of histological and microscopy techniques. She visualized neurons in vivo and in vitro via light, fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy. Performing immunoassays on free floating sections and on grids for electron microscopy or semi-thin sections was part of her daily routine, in addition to lab organization and management. In particular electron microscopy was one of her favorites for which she can prepare the samples from cutting to staining and analyze synapses using the electron microscope. In April 2017 she joined the NeuroScienceLab, where she now also acquired skills in molecular biology, like PCR, Western blots and tissue culture.
Research interests

Her main interests are immunohistochemical techniques, microscopy, PCR, Western blots, gel electrophoresis and tissue culture. She enjoys learning new techniques but also likes to find out more about the theoretical background of her experiments.
Key publications

Francavilla R, Villette V, Luo X, Chamberland S, Munoz-Pino E, Camire O, Wagner K, Kis V, Somogyi P, Topolnik L Connectivity and network state-dependent recruitment of long-range VIP-GABAergic neurons in the mouse hippocampus. Nat Commun. 2018 Nov 28;9(1):5043. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07162-5.

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