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Magda Bienko
(Principal Investigator)

I studied biotechnology and molecular biology, and have more than fifteen years of experience in the wet lab. I am fascinated by the biology of DNA and have a special interest in understanding its spatial arrangement in the cell nucleus. In my daily research, I combine microscopy and sequencing methods with advanced computational tools to explore genome architecture in healthy and diseased cells.


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Nicola Crosetto
(Principal Investigator)

I am a medical doctor and oncologist by education, and a molecular biologist/biochemist by training. My main research topic is genome architecture and stability in connection with cancer and other diseases. I invent new methods that can help us better elucidate the complexity of cancer genomes, with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.


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Emma Inns
(Lab Coordinator)

I am originally from England with a background in Intensive Care Nursing. I moved to Sweden with my family in 2005 and have been working at Karolinska Institutet since 2011 as a Personal Assistant and Administrator. I work for two days a week in the Bienko and Crosetto Labs as a Lab Coordinator, mainly dealing with the administrative tasks surrounding purchasing, funding, travel, conference organization and personnel recruitment.


Katarina Gradin
(Lab Manager)

I have a PhD in Molecular Biology and have worked at Karolinska Institutet for many years in the field of transcriptional regulation. Most of my time was spent in a research group dedicated to understanding how oxygen levels regulate adaptive gene expression in cells. In this new stage I will work as a lab manager in the Bienko/Crosetto lab, using techniques to study the 3D genome organization.


Xiaoze Li-Wang
(Lab Manager)

I am a biomedical researcher with over 15 years of experience working in various biological laboratories. My background is in Molecular Biology and Immunology, with a PhD in Molecular Virology. As a senior lab manager in the Crosetto and Bienko labs, I will use microscopic methods in combination with the novel methods developed within the groups (iFISH, GP-Seq, etc.) to investigate genomic architecture, in addition to performing routine general lab work.


Britta Bouwman
(Senior Researcher)
Crosetto Group

I have a background in biomedical sciences and cancer genomics, and a PhD in 3D genome architecture. As a senior researcher in the Crosetto group, I focus on genome fragility and architecture of (cancer) genomes, for which I apply BLISS, Hi-C, and other methods.



Su Wang
(Postdoc)
Bienko Group

I pursued a higher education in biophysics and biochemistry. My goal within the group is to combine microscopic methods and fluorescent in situ hybridization to investigate the genomic architecture. With such imaging tools, we hope to illuminate the organization of genomes inside the nucleus.



Erik Wernersson
(Senior researcher)
Bienko/Crosetto Groups

MSc in engineering physics with a PhD in image analysis. I hypothesize and analyze as well as develop software and methods for microscopy images and other biological data related to the organization of the human genome.



Quentin Verron
(Postdoc)
Bienko Group

I have a background in engineering physics and a PhD in single-cell microscopy. As a postdoc in the BiCro lab, I will work to implement automatized multiplex FISH methods, as well as develop new approaches to reveal the genome architecture in health and disease.


Roberto Ballarino
(PhD Student)
Crosetto Group

I am a neurobiologist with training in induced pluripotent stem cell technology. The focus of my research lies on studying genome instability and architecture across neurodevelopment. I investigate genome-wide DNA double-strand breaks with the aim of characterizing neural regulation of gene expression in relation to brain development and disease.


Eleni Gelali
(PhD Student)
Bienko Group

I have a background in Molecular Biology and Genetics. I am fascinated by the enigma of nuclear architecture and especially interested in the genome organization changes during early embryonic development and differentiation. Together with my colleagues, I employ and develop microscopy-based techniques in an effort to study those questions.


Luuk Harbers
(PhD Student)
Crosetto Group

I studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Groningen. My main interest is using the large amount of sequencing techniques available to answer biological questions related to DNA damage and cancer heterogeneity.


Eleonora Oliani
(Research Assistant)
Bienko Group

I have recently graduated in medical biotechnology and joined the BiCro lab as a research assistant. I will be working on method development to answer the many questions related to genome architecture. I’m eager to learn the interesting novel techniques developed in the lab, and to improve my skills as a researcher.


Wing Hin Yip
(PhD Student)
Bienko Group

I studied chemistry and biology in Hong Kong and then worked in genomics in Japan at the RIKEN Institute. My research interests lie in 3D genome architecture with a particular focus on the interactions between DNA and the other constituents of chromatin – RNA and proteins. I’m working on developing novel technologies to tackle this.


Wenjing Kang
(Postdoc)
Bienko Group

I am a computational biologist trained in quantitative RNA biology. I am fascinated by the complex patterns of gene regulation, for example, through chromatin remodelling, RNA structure and RNA/protein localisation. As a postdoc in Bienko lab, I focus on understanding how eukaryotic genomes are organised into a 3-dimensional structure in the nucleus, what determines the organisation and how the organisation affects gene expression.


Szymon Berezicki
(Erasmus student)
Bienko Group

I am a 3rd-year Biochemistry student at Imperial College London, currently doing an extra year in research as a part of the Erasmus exchange program. I am fascinated by the interdisciplinary and quantitative approach to science. During my exchange, I am trying to explore as many fields of life sciences and laboratory techniques as possible. In the BiCro lab, I will mainly focus on using FISH to study the spatial organisation of RNA and DNA in the nucleus.


Constantin Diekmann
(Research assistant)
Crosetto Group

I am a molecular biologist with training in both wet-lab and computational techniques. My main interest lies in the world of genomics and how it can be used to understand fundamental biological processes. My research topic in the BiCro lab is the application and development of (sc)CUTseq.


Gabriela Stumberger
(Erasmus Student)
Bienko Group

I am a student of molecular and cellular biology, doing my master’s thesis with the Erasmus+ exchange program at the BiCro lab. I am interested in learning different approaches for studying how 3D nuclear architecture affects gene expression. During my research, I will mainly focus on studying DNA-RNA interaction hubs with FISH.