Past members

Carla Rossell
(Master student)
Crosetto Lab
(Mar 2018-Jan 2019)

I come from Barcelona where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Pompeu Fabra University. I am currently a second year student of the master’s degree in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet. I am interested in cancer and the different methods to study it, so joining Nicola Crosetto’s lab has been a great opportunity for me to learn more about tumor heterogeneity and the ways to characterise it using digital pathology.


Julie Roux
Bachelor student
Crosetto Lab
(May-Sep 2018)

I come from France where I study Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the ESTBB in the Catholic University of Lyon. I’m an 2nd undergraduate student and I have to do an internship for 4 months. This internship will allow me to put into practice the knowledge learned during these 2 years of Bachelors. I came to Stockholm to join the Nicola Crosetto’s Lab to work on DNA and RNA FISH. I’m glad to be a part of Nicola Crosetto’s group and hope to gain lots of experiences.

Julie Miltenburg
Master student
Bienko Lab
(Feb-Jul 2018)

I come from the Netherlands where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in molecular life sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen. Currently, I am in the second year of a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences at Utrecht University. As part of this master’s program I joined Magda Bienko’s lab for an internship with the purpose to characterize chromosomes using FISH.


Francesco Rossi
Visiting PhD student
Crosetto Lab
(October 2017)

I’m originally from Marche, a small region from center of Italy. But I’ve spent the last ten years in Milan, both for my university education and my PhD. This period was interspaced by some short research experiences in Germany and Japan. I’m a last year PhD student in the DNA Repair laboratory headed by Dr. Dana Branzei, in IFOM, and I’m studying the role of a cohesion related protein in DNA damage response. I visited Dr. Crosetto’s laboratory to learn BLISS (Breaks labeling in situ and sequencing) technology, in order to apply it to my research project.

Dominika Stanko
Internship student
Bienko Lab
(Jul 2017-Aug 2017 )

I come from Poland where I study Biotechnology at the Department of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. I’m going to obtain my bachelor’s degree in 2019. I came to Stockholm to join the Bienko lab at the Karolinska Institute/SciLifeLab to learn basics of the FISH technique. I had an amazing opportunity to gain my first experience in laboratory practice and to see how working in a lab abroad looks like.

Chiara Decamillo
Erasmus student
Crosetto Lab
(Jun 2017- August 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- July 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-Oct 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-Nov 2017)

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.

Xinge Li
PhD student
Bienko Lab
(Sep 2016-Oct 2018)

I was born in Maanshan, a small city along Yangtze River in southeast part of China. I obtained my bachelor degree in Engineering of Food technology in 2014 in China and graduated from Toxicology master programme in Karolinska Institutet June, 2016. I did my master thesis on investigating new protein interacting partner of caspase-2 in non-apoptotic process in Professor Boris Zhivotovsky’s lab in the Unit of Toxicology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI from November 2015 to May 2016. Because of my interest in genetic research, I joined the group of Magda Bienko for summer project right after I graduated from master programme, to understand the genome structure and organization in the nucleus.

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.