Hannah Mende studied Molecular Biology (B. Sc.) and Biomedicine (M. Sc.) at the JGU in Mainz and obtained her degree in 2017. In her Master´s thesis she studied RNAs associated to extracellular vesicles and the involvement of RNA binding proteins in RNA sorting mechanisms. In July 2017 she joined Stefan Müller´s group at the IBCII in Frankfurt to study the involvement of SUMOylation in autophagy within the SFB 1177.