Raquel Bartolome Casado (Postdoc)

Raquel is interested in studying the immune cells that are lodged in the human intestinal mucosa at single-cell resolution. After obtaining her degree in Biotechnology at the University of Salamanca (Spain), Raquel worked at the Cancer Research Center in Salamanca and completed her MSc studies. While working in this project, she realized research stays at the lab of Prof. Fritjof Lund-Johansen at the University of Oslo, where she acquired experience in novel multiplex bead-based immunoassays for large scale proteomic analysis. Then, Raquel went on to do her PhD in Prof. Frode Jahnsen’s lab at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. Her PhD work was focused on the longevity of the adaptive immune cell compartment in the human small intestine, with special focus on characterizing resident memory CD8+ and CD4+ T cells. Raquel obtained a Three-year Researcher Project grant with International Mobility from the Research Council of Norway and recently joined the Teichmann lab at Wellcome Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK). She is currently studying the development and long-term maintenance of resident memory T cells in the human gut using single-cell multi-omics approaches.

Madeleine Chouliara (Postdoc)

Madeleine got a BSc in Physics from the University of Athens and an MSc in Applied Physics with a specialization in Photonics and Quantum Optics from the University of Strathclyde. She will receive her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Lund University in September 2022. During her PhD, she studied the binding kinetics of protein-protein interactions between receptors presented on the surface of T cells and protein-functionalized supported lipid bilayers using fluorescence microscopy. She has also worked as an early-stage researcher at the University of Murcia where she developed optical systems in the field of adaptive optics for biomedical applications while collaborating with Zeiss. After that, she worked as a research assistant at the Technical University of Denmark in the development of optical trapping systems for drug delivery purposes in partnership with Novo Nordisk. 

Diana Domanska (Researcher)

Diana is a bioinformatician and matematician. She received her PhD in computer science from University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland) in 2014. After PhD, she did her postdoc at the University in Oslo in Biomedical Informatics. She worked on statistical analysis of genomics data, interactive visualizations and method development for genome-wide studies. She joined the lab in 2019, where she started working with single cell data and spatial transcriptomics. Current interests are in methods development for genomic data and their analysis.

Kjersti Thorvaldsen Hagen (Laboratory Scientist)

Kjersti is a biomedical laboratory scientist from Oslo Metropolitan University, and Kjersti joined the lab in 2008. Her main expertise is immunohistochemistry- and immunofluorescence methods. She also has genuine interests in molecular biology, especially in the working methods in single cell technologies.

Hanna Johannessen (PhD student)

Hanna joined the lab in February 2021 after completing her medical studies at the University of Oslo. Hanna is interested in the development of the mucosal immune system in the gut and in her PhD project she studies the relationship between the enteric nervous system and the immune system of children with Hirschsprungs disease. Her studies also include clinical aspects of Hirschsprungs disease, and she has collaborate closely with the pediatric surgeons at Oslo University Hospital.

Victoria Therese Karlsen (PhD student)

Victoria joined the lab in 2019 for her Master’s project, characterizing macrophages in the human colonic mucosa, and is now a PhD candidate in the group. Victoria is interested in the human intestinal immune system and in her PhD project she aims to identify molecular hubs and signaling pathways in the tumor microenvironment of colorectal liver metastases that are targetable for anti-cancer treatment.

Sol Lim (Postdoc)

Sol is a postdoc currently based in Inouye lab, department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. She received her BSc in Mathematics, MSc in Interdisciplinary program in Cognitive Sciences,  and PhD in Computational Neuroscience from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2015. During her PhD, she studied Connectomics with Dr Kaiser (Seoul, South Korea and Newcastle, UK),  regarding the spatial and topological characteristics of the brain network and its development both microscopically between synapses and macroscopically using neuroimaging. After her PhD, she moved to Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) to work with Dr Sporns and network scientists at the Indiana University Network Institute on multi-scale community detection and multi-layer networks applied to human brain networks. She then came back to the UK to join the Bullmore group in the department of psychiatry, University of Cambridge where she worked on the structural and functional network changes in the adolescent brain.  In April 2020, she joined the JahnsenLab to investigate multi-omic characteristics as well as the B cell receptor repertoire of the long-lived plasma cells in the human intestine at both bulk and single-cell levels.

Håvard Takle Lindholm (Researcher)

Håvard is a bioinformatician with a background in molecular biology. He received his PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2021 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim under the supervision of Menno Oudhoff. In his PhD he studied the interaction between immune cells and epithelial cells in the gut using both wet lab and dry lab techniques. After the PhD, he joined the lab of Daniel De Carvalho at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada as a bioinformatician. In Toronto he is studying mechanisms regulating the presence of immunogenic endogenous retroelements and how these can be targeted to treat cancer. Håvard is part time employed in the Jahnsen lab where he is using his experience with analysis of sequencing and imaging data to study diseases of the gut. 

Umair Majid (PhD student)

Umair Majid is a medical doctor with working experience in gastrointestinal surgery. Umair studies the role of mucosal macrophages in healthy colon and their disease modifying mechanisms in colorectal cancer. He has a shared position at the University of Oslo as a lecturer and teaches surgery to medical students at the medical faculty. Umair is also a board member at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the Medical Faculty.

Niladri Bhusan Pati (Researcher)

Niladri joined the lab in May 2019. Niladri did his Masters in Biotechnology and PhD in infection biology from KIIT University, India. His expertise are involved in the areas of infection biology, gut immunology, vaccine and therapeutics. Niladri was a research fellow at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland. He worked in the field of Salmonella biology in Hardt group. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship from University of Giessen, Germany, where he was studying neonatal infection with MDR strains. Further, he continued his postdoctoral fellowship at University of Oslo focusing on a novel approach of customized antigen processing and presentation using invariant chain. Currently, Niladri studies the functional variability between IgA secreted from different subsets of intestinal plasma cells and their specificity towards gut microbiota.