Visiting researchers

Maud Schweitzer
Internship student
Crosetto Lab
(Jun 2017- )

I come from Grenoble in France but currently I study in Lyon. I’m a 2nd year undergraduate student at the school of Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnologies (ESTBB) at the Catholic University of Lyon. As part of my program I have to do a 4 months internship in a laboratory to put into practice the different technical skills that I learn for a real laboratory project. In my opinion, it was the perfect opportunity to travel in a foreign country so that’s why I decided to go in Stockholm. I joined Nicola Crosetto’s lab to work on DNA and RNA FISH. It fits perfectly with what I wanted to work on, furthermore cancer research is a topic of great interest to me. So now I look forward develop my knowledge on this subject and I’m glad                                                           to be part of this team for few months.

Chiara Decamillo
Erasmus student
Crosetto Lab
(Jun 2017- )

I come from Italy where I obtained my B.Sc degree in Biology at the Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Perugia. I come to Stockholm for an internship in the Crosetto Lab at SciLifeLab within the Erasmus plus traineeship programme. The biomedical area has always been my passion. Indeed, the core of my studies is focused on the cellular-molecular subjects. In the Crosetto Lab I am learning how to put knowledge into practice. I have the opportunity to learn the concept of tumor heterogeneity and FISH techniques.

Katalin Ferenc
Master student
Crosetto Lab
(Feb 2017- )

I am a first year Biomedical Master student at Karolinska Institutet. I am from Hungary, I obtained my B.Sc degree in Biology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In the first two years I was a student researcher at a neural cell biology laboratory. In 2014 I participated in Amgen Scholars Program at Karolinska Institutet. These two months had great impact on my life and I decided to come back. So now I am here and I would like to get involved in medical research, preferably cancer research. I find the concept of tumor heterogeneity quite interesting, so I joined to Nicola’s lab and at first I am getting familiar with FISH techniques.

Theresa Noemi Vonderheit
Erasmus student
Crosetto Lab
(Feb 2017- )

I was born in Mainz, which is located in the south of Germany and grew up in a village near the city. In 2014 I started to study the International Degree Programme Industrial and Environmental Biology at the City University of Applied Sciences in Bremen. During the fifth and sixth semester the students from these program are supposed to spend a semester as well as a practical training abroad. Within my internship at the IMB in Mainz in spring 2016, I listened to a lecture of Nicola. I found his research really interesting and decided therefore to apply for an internship in his lab team. I already came to Sweden in August 2016 to study for one semester at the University of Gothenburg within the ERASMUS programme. Afterwards I moved to Stockholm to join the Crosetto group at the Karolinska Institutet and SciLifeLab for a traineeship within the ERASMUS plus programme. Primarily I will learn to conduct the method BLISS, which is used to detect DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in cancer cells.

Diana Hernandez
Master student
Bienko Lab
(Jan 2017- )

I come from Madrid, Spain and currently I am doing my master studies at Karolinska Institutet. Previously I studied a bachelor degree in Biochemistry in the University of Granada, where I specialized in Biomedicine. Nevertheless, I did my bachelor thesis during my Erasmus Exchange in Vienna, in the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU), and it was focused on the 3D culture of stem cells for microfluidic devices. Now I am on the second year of the Biomedicine master program, which covers different internships along the whole program, inlcuding the master thesis. I joined Magda Bienko’s lab for my master thesis with the purpose of unraveling genome structure properties and how it can affect gene expression using FISH techniques.

Masahiro Matsumoto
Visiting researcher
(SONY Corp.)
Crosetto Lab
(Oct 2016- )

I come from Japan where I obtained my M.Sc degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tohoku University. After that, I joined Sony Corporation in 2007 where I am par of the Life Science Department, Biomedical R&D Division. I have been engaged in R&D of biomolecular sensing (protein, DNA, RNA), cell manipulation and analysis using microfluidics and surface chemistry. In October 2016 I joined the BiCroLab at Karolinska Institutet and Science for Life Laboratory as a visiting researcher. I strongly believe that new technology can change the world.


Oliwia Koczy
Crosetto lab
(Jul-Aug 2016)

I come from Nowy Targ, a small city located in the south of Poland. I study biochemistry at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, where I am going to obtain Bachelor’s degree in 2017 at Microbiology Department. In the summer of 2016 I joined the group of Nicola Crosetto for two months to broaden my horizons and gain first experience in an abroad laboratory.

Olivia Frénoy
Erasmus student
Bienko Lab
(Apr-Aug 2016)

I was born in Marseille, France in 1994. I studied in Grenoble’s University of Sciences and Technologies, and I passed my Bachelor Degree in Biology in 2015. During this period, in summer 2014, I did a two months internship related to diabetes in the laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Bioenergetics (LBFA). Then, I moved to Lille to study in their Master of Biotechnologies, which offered a genetics specialization I was particularly interested in. To specialize more in this field, I joined Magda Bienko’s team in SciLifeLab in April 2016 for a four month internship included in my first year of Master, with the aim of understanding better the genome architecture in the      nucleus.


Pontus Höjer
Bienko Lab
(Jun-Aug 2016)


I am from Stockholm and received my B.Sc. in biotechnology in 2015 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Currently I am studying towards a M.Sc. in medical biotechnology at the same university. I was a member of the 2015 Stockholm IGEM  team who received a nomination for Best Health and Medicine Project in the overgrad category. In summer 2016 I joined Magda’s lab to uncover the secrets of the genome.

Marcin Nicos
Erasmus +
Crosetto Lab
(Jan-Mar 2016)

I come from Poland where in 2012 I obtained my M.Sc in Medical Analysis at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Medical University of Lublin. Currently, I am a PhD student at the Department of Pneumonology, Oncology and Allergology (Medical University of Lublin) and participant to the Postgraduate School of Molecular Medicine in Warsaw. My doctoral research especially concentrates on screening of driver mutations in lung cancer patients and in applications of new methods for evaluation of cancer cells molecular background. My main research interest is cancer heterogeneity, which I believe needs to be thoroughly studied in order to fully understand the process of carcinogenesis and metastasis.

Short stay visitors:

– Sandy L. Klemm from the Greenleaf Lab at Stanford
– Winston Yan from the Zhang Lab at the Broad Institute
– Alessandro Galbiati from the d’Adda di Fagagna Lab at IFOM-IEO
– Rossana Piccioni from the Pelicci Lab at IFOM-IEO
– Marta Grzelak from the Ginalski Lab at Warsaw University
– Idit Hazan from the Aqeilan Lab at Hebrew University
– Laura Annaratone from Turin University
– Nada Raddaoui from the Carell Lab at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
– Øyvind Ødegård from the Ellenberg lab at EMBL