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Augustė Uzuotaitė

 

Augustė Uzuotaitė

Postgraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Master student from January 2020 until June 2020.

2018-2020: International Master's Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Sorbonne University, France.

2015-2018: B.Sc Science at the Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

Aaron GUT

 

Aaron GUT

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Visiting Scientist from August 2019 until April 2020.

2016-2019: Bachelor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

 

Katharina KOCH

 

Katharina KOCH

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Master student from February 2019 until February 2020.

2016-2020: Master of Science in Biotechnology at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.

2011-2016: Bachelor of Science in Life Science Engineering at the University of Applied Science - HTW Berlin, Germany.

Scholarships

Eramus+ Scholarship to perform research at EMBL Rome (February 2019 - December 2019

Ayshan ALIYEVA

 







Ayshan ALIYEVA

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Bachelor student from September 2019 until December 2019.

2017-2020: Bachelor of Science at the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

 

Rachel McKERNAN

 






Rachel McKERNAN

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

BSc student in the lab from September 2018 until August 2019

2018 – Present: BSc in Cancer Biology and Immunology with Industrial Placement, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

Scholarships

Eramus+ Scholarship to perform research at EMBL Rome (September 2018 - August 2019).


Radvile PRIALGAUSKAITE

 






Radvile PRIALGAUSKAITE

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Visiting Scientist from September 2018 until August 2019. Currently Molecular Biology and Virology Laboratory Analyst at Covance (UK).

2015 – 2018: B.Sc Hons Genetics, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.


Sarantis TSETSAKOS

 

Sarantis TSETSAKOS

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Visiting Scientist from September 2018 until August 2019. Currently a Master student in Greece.

2013 – 2018 : B.Sc in Biology, AristoleUniversity of Thessaloniki, Greece


Karolina  Pranckevičiūtė

 

Karolina  Pranckevičiūte

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Visiting Scientist from September 2018 until August 2019. Currently a Master student in Regenerative Medicine and Technology (Utrecht University, the Netherlands).

2014 – 2018 : B.Sc in Molecular Biology at the Vilnius University, Lithuania.


Konstantin CHUKREEV

 

Konstantin CHUKREEV

Postgraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Master student in the lab from January 2018 until August 2018

2017 – 2019: M.Sc in Bioinformatics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Moscow, Russia

2013 – 2017: B.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Physics at the Moscow Institute of Physic and Technology (MIPT), Moscow, Russia

Internship

2016- 2017: Research assistant on “characterisation of resistant-determing mutations in M.tuberculosis” with Dr. Alexey Neverov, Epidemiology Institute, Moscow, Russia.

July 2016 - September 2016: Internship on "clustering of DNA modifications in P.falciparum" with Dr. Sebastian Baumgarten , Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.

September 2015 - March 2016: Research assistant on "Identification of structural domains in CRISPR/Cas9 proteins” with Dr. Kamil Khafizov, MIPT, Moscow, Russia.

Scholarships

Amgen Scholarship to perform research at the Institut Pasteur (July 2016 - September 2016)

 

Stephanie LE

 

Stephanie LE

Undergraduate Student

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Visiting Scientist in the lab from September 2017 until September 2018

2013 – 2017: Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at Iowa State University- Ames, Iowa USA

Internship

May 2017 - August 2017: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) - Sakaguchi Lab, Ames, IA

January 2016 - May 2017: Lab Research Assistant - Bioeconomy Institute, Ames, IA

January 2016 - August 2017: Lab Research Assistant - Sashital Lab, Ames, IA

May 2015- August 2015: Lab Research Assistant - Schnable Plant Genomics Laboratory, Ames, IA

 

Vladimira VLADIMIROVA

 

Vladimira VLADIMIROVA

Postgraduate Student

Currently in her last year of M.Sc. at the Aberdeen University, Scotland

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Biography

Master student in the lab from September 2017 until August 2018

2014 – Present: Degree of MSci Human Embryology and Developmental Biology with Industrial Placement at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Scholarships

Eramus+ Scholarship to perform research at EMBL Rome (September 2017 - August 2018).

 

Polina PAVLOVICH

 

Polina PAVLOVICH

Postgraduate Student

Currently PhD in the Cabezas-Wallscheid Lab at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

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Biography

Master student in the lab from October 2016 until May 2018

2016 – 2018: M.Sc in Bioinformatics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Moscow, Russia

2012 – 2016: B.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Physics at the Moscow Institute of Physic and Technology (State University), Moscow, Russia

Internship

2015- 2016: Bachelor Internship on “LC-MS/MS identification of lncRNA peptide fragments in human serum analysis” in the lab of Dr Georgij Arapidi, Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia.

 

Morgan Ann Elizabeth OATLEY

 

Morgan Ann Elizabeth OATLEY

Predoctoral Fellow

Currently post-doctoral researcher in the Bautch Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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Biography

PhD in the lab from May 2015 until May 2019

March 2014 - November 2014
Honours in Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University, AUSTRALIA.

March 2010 - November 2013
Bachelor Arts/Science in Genetics, Monash University, AUSTRALIA.

Internship

Honours thesis project on "The characterisation of RBM5 in spermatogonia and spermatocytes", Monash University, Australia (2014, 9 months)..

Scholarships

March 2014 - Honours Jubilee Scholarship

May 2012 - UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities) Scholarship

 

Maya SHVARTSMAN

 

Maya SHVARTSMAN

Postdoctoral Fellow

Flow Cytometry Facility operator at EMBL-Rome

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Biography

Postdoctoral Fellow from June 2014 until May 2019

Postdoctoral researcher. Institute of Predictive and Personalized Medicine of Cancer (IMPPC), Barcelona, Spain. 2012-2014

Projects: Identifying and characterizing Iron-Responsive Elements in novel mammalian iron-regulated genes and Characterizing two novel mutations in the transferrin-receptor 2 (TfR2) gene.
Supervisor: Mayka Sanchez.
 
Graduate Researcher. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 2002-2012
Project: Measuring labile iron in mammalian cells and analyzing iron-trafficking pathways by live fluorescence techniques.
Supervisor: Prof. Ioav Cabantchik

Publications

Activation of the TGFβ pathway impairs endothelial to haematopoietic transition

Özge Vargel, Yang Zhang, Kinga Kosim, Kerstin Ganter, Sophia Foehr, Yannicka Mardenborough, Maya Shvartsman, Anton J. Enright, Jeroen Krijgsveld and Christophe Lancrin.
Scientific Reports. 2016 Feb 19.

Functional consequences of transferrin receptor-2 mutations causing hereditary hemochromatosis type 3.

Joshi R, Shvartsman M, Morán E, Lois S, Aranda J, Barqué A, de la Cruz X, Bruguera M, Vagace JM, Gervasini G, Sanz C, Sánchez M.
Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2015 May;3(3):221-32. doi: 10.1002/mgg3.136. Epub 2015 Mar 6.
PubMed

Intracellular iron trafficking: role of cytosolic ligands.

Shvartsman M, Ioav Cabantchik Z.
Biometals. 2012 Aug;25(4):711-23. doi: 10.1007/s10534-012-9529-7. Epub 2012 Feb 17.
PubMed

Facile transfer of [2Fe-2S] clusters from the diabetes drug target mitoNEET to an apo-acceptor protein.

Zuris JA, Harir Y, Conlan AR, Shvartsman M, Michaeli D, Tamir S, Paddock ML, Onuchic JN, Mittler R, Cabantchik ZI, Jennings PA, Nechushtai R.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Aug 9;108(32):13047-52. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1109986108. Epub 2011 Jul 25.
PubMed

Transferrin-iron routing to the cytosol and mitochondria as studied by live and real-time fluorescence.

Shvartsman M, Fibach E, Cabantchik ZI.
Biochem J. 2010 Jul 1;429(1):185-93. doi: 10.1042/BJ20100213.
PMID: 20408812
PubMed

Non-transferrin-bound iron reaches mitochondria by a chelator-inaccessible mechanism: biological and clinical implications.

Shvartsman M, Kikkeri R, Shanzer A, Cabantchik ZI.
Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2007 Oct;293(4):C1383-94. Epub 2007 Aug 1.
PubMed

Intracellular labile iron.

Breuer W, Shvartsman M, Cabantchik ZI.
Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2008;40(3):350-4. Epub 2007 Mar 19. Review.
PubMed

Intracellular labile iron pools as direct targets of iron chelators: a fluorescence study of chelator action in living cells.

Glickstein H, El RB, Shvartsman M, Cabantchik ZI.
Blood. 2005 Nov 1;106(9):3242-50. Epub 2005 Jul 14.
PubMed

 

Isabelle BERGIERS

 

Isabelle Bergiers

EIPOD Postdoctoral Fellow

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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Biography

Postdoctoral Fellow from February 2013 until March 2018

PhD 2012, Institut des Sciences de la Vie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Dissertation Title: Characterization and study of the interactome of the mouse Hoxa2    transcription factor

Research area: molecular biology / developmental biology / Hox proteins / networks
Supervisor: Pr. René Rezsöhazy
Fellowship: FRIA fellowship from the FNRS

Master's degree in molecular biology 2007, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Master's thesis title: Study of the role of the atypical cadherin Celsr3 during the development of      the olfactory system and the GnRH neurons migration

Supervisor: Prof. André Goffinet
Co-supervisor: Prof. Fadel Tissir
From the Institute of Neuroscience, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium

Publications

Molecular Analysis of the HOXA2-Dependent Degradation of RCHY1.

Bridoux L, Deneyer N, Bergiers I, Rezsohazy R.
PLoS One. 2015 Oct 23;10(10):e0141347. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141347. eCollection 2015.
PubMed

KPC2 relocalizes HOXA2 to the cytoplasm and decreases its transcriptional activity.

Bridoux L, Bergiers I, Draime A, Halbout M, Deneyer N, Twizere JC, Rezsohazy R.
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Oct;1849(10):1298-311. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2015.08.006. Epub 2015 Aug.
PubMed

Hox protein interactions: screening and network building.

Bergiers I, Lambert B, Daakour S, Twizere JC, Rezsohazy R.
Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1196:319-48. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1242-1_20.
PubMed

The homeodomain transcription factor Hoxa2 interacts with and promotes the proteasomal degradation of the E3 ubiquitin protein ligase RCHY1.

Bergiers I, Bridoux L, Nguyen N, Twizere JC, Rezsöhazy R.
PLoS One. 2013 Nov 7;8(11):e80387. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080387. eCollection 2013.
PubMed

Protein interactions of the transcription factor Hoxa1.

Lambert B, Vandeputte J, Remacle S, Bergiers I, Simonis N, Twizere JC, Vidal M, Rezsohazy R.
BMC Dev Biol. 2012 Oct 22;12:29. doi: 10.1186/1471-213X-12-29.
PubMed

 

Vick KEY TEW

 

Vick Key Tew

Undergraduate Student

Currently in her last year of M.Sc. at the Aberdeen University (United Kingdom).

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Biography

September 2016 - August 2017: Long term internship, EMBL Monterotondo

2013 – Present: Degree of M.Sc Genetics (Immunology) with Industrial Placement at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Internship

May - August 2016: Bachelor Internship working on the signalling network within the cell that has important implications in Cryptococcus neoformans pathogenesis in the lab of Dr Elizabeth Ballou, the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Scholarships

Eramus+ Scholarship to perform research at EMBL Monterotondo (September 2016 - August 2017).


Natalia LOPEZ ANGUITA

 

Natalia Lopez Anguita

Postgraduate Student

Currently doing a Master in Omics - Data Analysis at the Universitat DE VIC (Barcelona, Spain)

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Biography

September 2016 - August 2017: Long term internship, EMBL Monterotondo

2011 – 2016: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Universidad de Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain (3rd year done at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany via Erasmus program).

Internship

September 2015 - January 2016: Bachelor Internship on mobile DNA in the lab of Dr. Zsuzsanna Izsvak, Max Delbrück centre for molecular medicine (MDC), Berlin, Germany

Scholarships

Eramus Scholarship to perform one year of study at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2013 - 2014).


Irina PINHEIRO

 

Irina Pinheiro

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

 

 

Biography

PhD in the lab from October 2012 until January 2017. Postdoctoral Fellow from January until March 2017.

2004-2008
Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, PORTUGAL (3rd year done at Universitat de València, SPAIN via Erasmus/Socrates program).

2008-2010
Master in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology at Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon and Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB-CEBQ), Higher Technical Institute, Lisbon, PORTUGAL.

Internships

Master dissertation on "Non-viral gene delivery to stem cells" in Prof. Joaquim Cabral lab, supervised by Dr. Catarina Madeira, Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (IBB-CEBQ), Higher Technical Institute, Lisbon, PORTUGAL (2009/2010).

Research Preparatory Course on "The role of Eph/Eprin signaling in cancer stem cells" in Assist. Prof. Ana Teixeira lab, Karolinska Institute, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Stockholm, SWEDEN (November 2010-June 2011).

Publications

Gene Delivery to human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by microporation.

Catarina Madeira*, Sofia C. Ribeiro, Irina S.M. Pinheiro, Sofia A.M. Martins, Pedro Z. Andrade, Cláudia L. da Silva, Joaquim M.S. Cabral. J Biotechnol. 2011 Jan 10;151(1):130-6.
PubMed

 

Laura SABOU

 

Laura Sabou

Undergraduate Student

Currently in her last year of M.Sc. at the Aberdeen University (Scotland)

 

 

Biography

September 2015 - August 2016: Long term internship, EMBL Monterotondo

2012 – Present: Degree of Master in Science in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) with Industrial Placement at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Internship

June-July 2015: Bachelor Internship looking at the cytotoxic effect of two anticancer drugs, treatment and analysis in the lab of Professor Timothy Smith, Division of Applied Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Scholarships

Eramus+ Scholarship to perform research at EMBL Monterotondo (September 2015 - August 2016).


Ewa JANOSZ

 

Ewa Janosz

Postgraduate Student

Current doing her PhD at the Experimental Hematology group of Thomas Moritz at REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence, Hannover Medical School.

 

 

Biography

November 2015 - August 2016: Visiting Scientist, EMBL Monterotondo

2013 - 2015: MSc. Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology.

2010 - 2013: BSc. Biology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences.

Internship

October 2013 - June 2015: MSc. internship in reprogramming of human fibroblasts into iPSCs and differentiation of iPSCs into cardiomyocytes in the group of Prof. Jozef Dulak, Department of Medical Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

July - October 2014: Internship on Analysing the role of Erk in TGF-β induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition in the lab of Dr Vijay Tiwari, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz, Germany.

Scholarships

Erasmus Student Placement Scholarship to perform research at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz, Germany (July - October 2014).


Kinga KOSIM

 

Kinga Kosim

Postgraduate Student

Currently Marie Curie Early Career Research (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom).

 

 

 

Biography

Visiting Scientist in the lab from January until December 2015.

2012 – 2014 Master of Science degree at University of Warsaw, Department of Applied Microbiology, Warsaw, Poland

2009 – 2012 Bachelor of Science degree at University of Warsaw, Department of Applied Microbiology, Warsaw, Poland

Internship

Partial studies abroad under the Erasmus programme. Molecular biology project: 'Purification of Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetase Adenylation Domains from Fusarium graminearum'. Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Aarhus, Denmark (January 2013 – June 2013)

Internship abroad under the Erasmus programme. Participated in the project: 'Evaluation of the infection-relevant role of small RNA-based regulatory system in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa'. Department of Bioscience, University of Milan, Italy (October 2012 – December 2012)

Student placement, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Cancer Centre in Memorial of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Warsaw, Poland (June 2011 – July 2011)

Publications

Activation of the TGFβ pathway impairs endothelial to haematopoietic transition

Özge Vargel, Yang Zhang, Kinga Kosim, Kerstin Ganter, Sophia Foehr, Yannicka Mardenborough, Maya Shvartsman, Anton J. Enright, Jeroen Krijgsveld and Christophe Lancrin.

Scientific Reports. 2016 Feb 19.

Jagielski, T., Kosim, K., Skora, M., Macura, A.B., Bielecki J. (2013). Identification of Scopulariopsis species by partial 28S rRNA gene sequence analysis, Polish Journal of Microbiology 62(3):303-306.


Christina NIKOLAKOPOULOU

 

Christina NIKOLAKOPOULOU

Postgraduate Student

Currently doing a MRes in Medical Mycology & Fungal Immunology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

 

Biography

Internship in the lab from September 2014 until August 2015 (Third year M.Sc. project).

2011 – 2016: Degree of Master in Science in Molecular Biology with Industrial Placement at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Internship

June-July 2014: Bachelor Internship on the CRISP and STRIFE projects investigating stress resistance and host-pathogen interaction in the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans, in Fungal group of Professor Alistair Brown, School of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.


Özge VARGEL

 

Özge VARGEL

Postdoctoral Fellow

Currently post-doctoral researcher at the Boston Children's hospital (USA).

 

Biography

PhD in the lab from January 2011 until July 2015.

2005-2010
Bachelor of Science degree at Bilkent University, Science Faculty, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ankara, TURKEY

Internships

Senior project on the subject of "investigation of   regenerated liver on the search of adult liver stem cell" in Assist. Prof. Can Akcali's lab, Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Bilkent, Ankara, TURKEY (September 2009-May 2010).

Summer internship on the subject of "Species barrier on prion protein spreading of different yeast strands" in Prof. Yury Chernoff's lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, Molecular and Cell Biology Department, Atlanta, USA (June-August 2009).

Internship on the 'KANILTEK (Cancer Drug Technologies) Project' on the subject of "various kinase inhibitors and their potential as a cancer drug" in Assist. Prof. Rengul Cetin Atalay's lab, Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Bilkent, Ankara/TURKEY (January-May 2009).

Summer internship on the subject of "Biological functions of Raf kinase as a member of MAPK pathway" in Prof. Manuela Baccarini's lab, Vienna Biocenter, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, AUSTRIA (July-August 2008).

Summer internship on the subject of  "gene mapping of inherited bipolar disorders" in Prof. Nurten Akarsu's lab,  Haccettepe University, Pediatric Hematology Department, Samanpazari, Ankara, TURKEY  (June-July 2007).

Publications

Activation of the TGFβ pathway impairs endothelial to haematopoietic transition

Özge Vargel, Yang Zhang, Kinga Kosim, Kerstin Ganter, Sophia Foehr, Yannicka Mardenborough, Maya Shvartsman, Anton J. Enright, Jeroen Krijgsveld and Christophe Lancrin.

Scientific Reports. 2016 Feb 19.

GFI1 and GFI1B control the loss of endothelial identity of hemogenic endothelium during hematopoietic commitment.

Lancrin C, Mazan M, Stefanska M, Patel R, Lichtinger M, Costa G, Vargel O, Wilson NK, Möröy T, Bonifer C, Göttgens B, Kouskoff V, Lacaud G..
Blood.2012 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed

Yannicka MARDENBOROUGH

 

Yannicka MARDENBOROUGH

Postgraduate Student

Internship in the lab from February until July 2014 (Fourth year B.Sc. project). Currently doing a PhD at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

 

 

Biography

2014 - 2016: MSc at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

2010 – 2014: Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Life Sciences at Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Internship

Bachelor internship on the stimulation of zebrafish Relaxin Family Peptide Receptors (RXFPs) with human INSL3 in the group of Dr. Rüdiger Schulz, Department of Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Publications

Dual daughter strand incision is processive and increases the efficiency of DNA mismatch repair

Nicolaas Hermans, Charlie Laffeber, Michele Cristovão, Mariela Artola-Borán, Yannicka Mardenborough, Pauline Ikpa, Aruna Jaddoe, Herrie H.K. Winterwerp, Claire Wyman, Josef Jiricny, Roland Kanaar, Peter Friedhoff, and Joyce H.G. Lebbink. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Aug 19; 44(14): 6770–6786.

Activation of the TGFβ pathway impairs endothelial to haematopoietic transition

Özge Vargel, Yang Zhang, Kinga Kosim, Kerstin Ganter, Sophia Foehr, Yannicka Mardenborough, Maya Shvartsman, Anton J. Enright, Jeroen Krijgsveld and Christophe Lancrin.

Scientific Reports. 2016 Feb 19.

 

Ana Cristina SANTOS

 

Ana Cristina SANTOS

EIPOD Postdoctoral Fellow

Post-doctoral research in the lab from February until September 2014.

 

 

Biography

Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal. 2011-2013
Project: Epigenetic regulation of a distal enhancer in the mouse embryonic limb.
Supervisor: Moises Mallo
 
Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, UK. 2011
Project: The role of iron homeostasis in cardiac function.
Supervisor: Ben Davies.

DPhil Student. WIMM, MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, University of Oxford, UK. 2005-2010
Project: Transcriptional regulation of Runx1 in the emerging mouse hematopoietic system.
Supervisor: Marella de Bruijn

Publications

Casaca, A.*, Santos, A.C.*, Mallo, M. (2013) Controlling Hox gene expression and activity to build the vertebrate axial skeleton. Dev. Dyn. 243:24-36.
*These authors have made equal contribution to this work.

Bee, T., Swiers, G., Muroi, S., Pozner, A., Nottingham, W., Santos, A. C., Li, P. S., Taniuchi, I., de Bruijn, M. F. (2010) Non redundant roles for Runx1 alternative promoters reflect their activity at discrete stages of developmental hematopoiesis. Blood 115:3042-50

Schiedlmeier, B., Santos, A. C., Ribeiro, A., Moncaut, N. Lesinski, D. Auer, H., Kornacker, K., Ostertag, W., Baum, C.,Mallo, M. and Klump, H. (2007) HOXB4's roadmap to stem cell expansion. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104:16952-16957

Cemre CELEN

 

Cemre CELEN

Postgraduate Student

Internship in the lab from September 2013 until January 2014 (Third year B.Sc. project). Currently doing her PhD at the University of Texas Southwestern (USA).

 

 

Biography

2010 – 2014: Bachelor of Science degree at Bilkent University, Science Faculty, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ankara, Turkey.

Internships

Summer internship on the subject of " The role of Dlg5 gene in the indirect flight muscle development " in Dr. Frank Schnorrer's Lab, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich, Germany (July-September 2013)

Senior project on the subject of "The half-life of FAM134B, a protein of unknown function which may be implicated in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), under different stimuli including EMT inducing TGF-β treatment in liver cancer cells" in Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ozturk's Lab, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (September 2012 - June 2013)

Summer internship on the subject of " Investigation of novel genes implicated in skeletal dysplasia families " in Prof. Dr. Murat Günel's Lab, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA (August-September 2012)

Summer internship on the subject of " Test Activator and Repressor Function of En-SnaZf and VP16-SnaZf on Mesodermal and Ectodermal Enhancers "  in Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin`s Lab, University of Cologne, Institute of Genetics, Cologne, Germany (June-July 2012)

Summer internship in Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ozturk's Lab, Bilkent University (June-July 2011)

Scholarships

Amgen Scholars Program, funding to perform research at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Includes housing, travel, and stipend (July-September, 2013)

Erasmus Student Placement Fellowship, funding to perform research at University of Cologne for 3 months (June-August, 2012)

TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Undergraduate Science Scholarship for students who have a degree in nationwide university exam  (2009-present)

Comprehensive Scholarship by Bilkent University (2009-present)

Publications

Suppression of the SWI/SNF Component Arid1a Promotes Mammalian Regeneration.

Sun, X., Chuang, J.C., Kanchwala, M., Wu, L., Celen, C., Li, L., Liang, H., Zhang, S., Maples, T., Nguyen, L.H., Wang, S.C., Signer, R.A., Sorouri, M., Nassour, I., Liu, X., Xu, J., Wu, M., Zhao, Y., Kuo, Y.C., Wang, Z., Xing, C., and Zhu, H. (2016). Cell Stem Cell 18, 456–466.

 

 

Yang ZHANG

 

Yang ZHANG

Postgraduate Student

Internship in the lab from October 2012 until September 2013. Currently doing a PhD in the lab of Taija Mäkinen at the University of Uppsala (Sweden).

 

 

Biography

2009-2011
Master of Science, Nanobiophysics, BIOTEC, TU Dresden, Germany
 
2002-2006
Bachelor of Engineering, Bioengineering, The National Base of Life Science and Biotechnology Education, College of Life Sciences, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China

Internships

Master project on "The study of the phosphorylation of HORMAD2 protein during meiosis of mouse", in Dr. Attila Toth lab, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, TU Dresden, Germany (October 2011 – November 2011).
 
Master project on "The study of the activation of proximodistal identity during regeneration of Axolotl", in Prof. Elly Tanaka lab, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany (February 2011 – October 2011)
 
Master project on "Screening new regulators involved in regeneration of Zebrafish", in Dr. Christopher Antos lab, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Germany (February 2010 – January 2011)

Publications

cKit Lineage Hemogenic Endothelium-Derived Cells Contribute to Mesenteric Lymphatic Vessels.

Lukas Stanczuk, Ines Martinez-Corral, Maria H. Ulvmar, Yang Zhang, Bàrbara Laviña, Marcus Fruttiger, Ralf H. Adams, Dieter Saur, Christer Betsholtz, Sagrario Ortega, Kari Alitalo, Mariona Graupera, and Taija Mäkinen. Cell Rep. 2015 Mar 10. pii: S2211-1247(15)00172-2. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.02.026.

Activation of the TGFβ pathway impairs endothelial to haematopoietic transition

Özge Vargel, Yang Zhang, Kinga Kosim, Kerstin Ganter, Sophia Foehr, Yannicka Mardenborough, Maya Shvartsman, Anton J. Enright, Jeroen Krijgsveld and Christophe Lancrin.

Scientific Reports. 2016 Feb 19.

Gülce PERÇIN

 

Gülce PERÇIN

Postgraduate Student

Internship in the lab from June 2013 until September 2013 (Third year B.Sc. project). Currently doing her PhD in the lab of Dr Claudia Waskow at the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany).

 

 

Biography

2010 – 2014: Bachelor of Science degree at Bilkent University, Science Faculty, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ankara, Turkey.

2012-2013: Junior year at University of California, Santa Cruz Campus, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Santa Cruz, California, USA

Internships

Internship on the subject of "The effect of ATG1 and ATG2 proteins in biofuel formation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii" in Assist. Prof Turgay Tekinay's Lab, Bilkent University , UNAM ,Bilkent, Ankara, TURKEY (September 2011- May 2012)

Summer Internship on the subject of "Construction of chromosomally integrated GFP-fusion nup107, rps2 and spi1 genes by using S. pombe" in Prof. Hiraoka Yasushi's Lab, Osaka University , Graduate School of Science, Osaka University , 1-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, JAPAN.

Internship on the subject of "Dependence of ph05 transcription  levels based on the stochastic model for the chromatin transition" in Dr Hinrich Boeger's Lab, University of California Santa Cruz , California, USA (January –March 2013)

 

Ezgi BULCA

 

Ezgi BULCA

Postgraduate Student

Internship in the lab from June until September 2012 (Third year B.Sc. project with an Erasmus scholarship). Currently doing a PhD at the Max-Planck-Institut Für Psychiatrie (Germany).

 

 

Education

2013 - 2016: MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Bremen, Germany.

2009 - 2013: Bachelor of Science degree at Bilkent University, Science Faculty, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ankara, Turkey.

Internships

Project on lightness and brightness processing in visual cortex in the group of Dr Hüseyin Boyacı, Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY (June-August 2011).

Project on TLR panels of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) of mouse and effect of MSC on the immune response of mice in the group of Dr İhsan Gürsel (October 2009-July 2010).

Scolarship

Sept 2013-present Master in Neuroscience, University of Bremen, Bremen, GERMANY.

Sept 2009-2013 Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY

 

James DING

 

James DING

Undergraduate Student

Project in the lab from September 2011 until October 2012 for which James gained in March 2013 a Master of Science by Research at the University of Dundee (Scotland). Currently in his first year of PhD in the lab of Pr Jane Worthington at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

 

Education

2008-2011
Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences (hons. Molecular Genetics) at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Internships

Project on cellular reprogramming in Prof. Ian Wilmut's lab, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND (February-May 2011).

Project on translation elongation in Dr Cathy Abbott's lab, Molecular Medicine Centre, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND (May-June 2010).

Project on carcinogenesis  in Pr Geoff Margison's lab, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Manchester, ENGLAND (June-August 2009 & July-September 2010).

 

Madhu ELANGO

 

Madhu ELANGO

Undergraduate Student

Internship in the lab from January until August 2012 (Master project). Currently in her first year of PhD at the Bharathiyar University (India).

 

Education

2010 - 2012
MS in Applied Biotechnology Uppsala University, Uppsala, SWEDEN

2005 - 2009
Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology NMAM Institute of Technology, Karkala Taluk, Karnataka, INDIA.

Internships

Project on microRNAs in Dr Donal O'Carrol's group, EMBL Mouse Biology Unit, Monterotondo, ITALY (September-December 2011).

Project on food packaging technology at the Central Food Research and Training Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, INDIA (July-August 2010).

Project on metabolomics at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Uppsala, SWEDEN (March-May 2010).