Josua Janowski

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020       PhD Student at the Institute of Virology, University of Münster

Structured Doctoral Programme BioSciences (SP BioSciences)

2017 – 2019      Master of Science in Medical Biology, University Duisburg-Essen

2014 - 2017       Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, University Recklinghausen

2011 - 2014       Apprenticeship Biological-Technical Assistant, Hans-Böckler vocational school, Marl


It is speculated that aberrant viral RNAs induce cytokine overexpression upon infection with highly pathogenic influenza A viruses. My project aims to investigate specific mutations in viral polymerase that affect activity and fidelity and thus lead to the synthesis of immune-stimulatory aberrant RNAs.


CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing (KO cell lines), flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, cloning, cell culture,  Western Blot, plaque assay, luciferase based assays, virus rescue, siRNA transfection, SARS-CoV-2, virus particle purification, Lung Explants, BSL3, qPCR, small RNA sequencing

Publication and awards

Kumar S, Çalışkan DM, Janowski J, Faist A, Conrad BCG, Lange J, Ludwig S, and Brunotte, (2021) Beyond Vaccines: Clinical Status of Prospective COVID-19 Therapeutics, Front Immunol 12, 752227