Julika Radecke


After completing her Master in Biology at Rostock University, Julika Radecke, moved to Bern where she obtained her Ph.D. in Neurobiology under the supervision of Benoit Zuber. She studied the morphological changes of synaptic vesicle exocytosis by time-resolved cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET). Furthermore, in collaboration she investigated the ultrastructure of the pore forming toxin pneumolysin.

For her postdoc in Copenhagen with Jakob Sørensen she obtained an early postdoc mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to study the effects of SNARE mutations on cultured primary neurons by cryo-ET. Alongside, she developed a new method to grow primary neurons on EM grids co-cultured with astrocytes.

Following her postdoc she moved to the UK, where she started working as Beamline Scientist for Cryo-Electron Microscopy at the Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) at Diamond Light Source. Her role involved user support for EPU and Tomo session setups, microscope management (Talos, Krios, Leica cryoCLEM), user and staff training, and developing an independent research program.

She joined the Stahlberg group at the EPFL in 2023 as senior scientist for EM microscope management and research in the area of method development in EM.

Current Project

EM microscope management and research


11.23 - pres. Senior Scientist for EM, Laboratory of Biological Electron Microscopy (LBEM), Institute of Physics, EPFL, Switzerland.
03/19 – 10/23 (Senior) Beamline Scientist at eBIC (electron Bio-Imaging Centre) at Diamond Light Source (DLS), United Kingdom.
08/17 – 02/19 Postdoctoral researcher with an Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), at the Center for Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Group: Jakob Sørensen.
06/17 – 07/17 Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Switzerland; Group: Benoît Zuber.
06/12 – 05/17 PhD thesis at the University of Bern, Institute of Anatomy, Group: Benoît Zuber. PhD in Neuroscience, Defense. Title: Structural analysis of synaptic vesicle exocytosis and of microvesicles shed upon pneumolysin attack, visualized by cryo-electron tomography. Grade: Insigni cum laude.
11/11 – 10/06

Student at the University of Rostock, Germany. Received a German “Diplom” in biology (equivalent to BSc and MSc).

Exchange studies at Uppsala University with an Erasmus stipend (Jan-June 2010).

Diploma thesis (equal to Master thesis) at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany; Supervisor: Barbara Di Benedetto in the group of Rainer Rupprecht (Feb-Sep 2011).