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Hein Tabea,M.Sc. PhD student (biol. hum.) concentrates on patients with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and persistent Lyme disease and studies functional SNPs of proinflammatory genes and cytokines. During her BA in Molecular Medicine she conducted mutation experiments on PLCγ2, involved in Calciumresponsiveness. Her MSc addressed the pro-inflammatory phenotype of patients with antibiotic-resistant Lyme borreliosis. Her most important result was a group of patients who suffered from additional co-morbitidities which were either neurological or autoimmune based diseases. She has been trained in all methods available in the lab and will be a major contributor of the project planned. This is also due to her expertise in transcription factor analysis in chronic virus infections.