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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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


Kaja Harton
(PhD Student)
Bienko Group

I initially joined the BiCro lab as a research assistant and I am excited to now be able to explore different aspects of genome architecture during my PhD. Before coming to Stockholm, I studied in England and in Austria. My background is in biochemistry and physical chemistry.


Yudish Varma
(Visiting Student)
Bienko Group

I’m Yudish Varma, a BS-MS student in IISER Mohali (India), majoring in Biological Sciences. As an aspiring epigeneticist, I wish to explore the role of the higher-order chromatin organisation in mechanotransduction, epigenetic memory and in health and disease. I will be training in method development of combinatory FISH techniques during my stay in the Bienko lab as a summer intern.


Claire LeBlanc
(Bachelor Student)
Bienko Group

I am an undergrad studying computer science and molecular biology at Pomona College in California. I am very interested in bioinformatics, and as an intern in the lab this summer, I will use bioinformatics tools to analyze the spatial organization of the nucleus.


Trenton Wesley
(Bachelor Student)
Crosetto Group

I am a BS student studying Computational Biology at Harvey Mudd College in California. I have a broad interest in treatment development and how we can use various computational tools to analyze diseases and discover potential weak spots. During my research, I will be working on identifying brain metastasis drivers in non-small cell lung cancer using multiple structural variant calling methods.


Linxuan Zhao
(Master Student)
Bienko Group

I have a background in molecular biology, and now I am an MS student at Karolinska Institutet. I have a broad interest in method development, chromatin biology, and epigenomics. As a summer internship student in the Bienko-Crosetto lab, I will be working on improving the GPSeq method to single-cell resolution.