Members

Group Leader

Rory Johnson

rory.johnson[at]ucd.ie

2020- Associate Professor, University College Dublin

2020- Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Bern

2016-2021 Junior Group Leader, Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research in RNA & Disease

2010-2016 Ramón y Cajal Fellow / Staff Scientist, Centre for Genomic Regulation (with Roderic Guigó)

2007-2009 Postdoc, Genome Institute of Singapore (with Lawrence W. Stanton)

2002-2007 Wellcome Trust PhD, University of Leeds (with Noel J. Buckley)

1996-2000 MSc Physics, Imperial College (London)

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Group Members

Panagiotis Chouvardas

Education: BSc in Informatics (University of Piraeus, Greece); MSc in Information Technology in Biology and Medicine (Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens); PhD in Computational modeling of epigenetic regulation of gene expression during chronic inflammation (Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Field: NGS analysis and interpretation.

Projects: Design of bioinformatic pipelines for lncRNA discovery and prioritization

Links: Google ScholarResearchGate

Contact: panagiotis.chouvardas@dbmr.unibe.ch

Roberta Esposito

Education: BSc in Biology (University of Federico II, Italy); MSc in Molecular Diagnostics (University of Federico II, Italy); PhD, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics – CNR of Naples.

Field: CRISPR/Cas9 and Genome editing in lncRNAs

Project: CRISPR/Cas9 screening for the identification of lncRNAs in drug resistance

Links: ResearchGate, Google Scholar

 

Contact: roberta.esposito@dbmr.unibe.ch

Hugo Guillen-Ramirez

Education: BSc in Computer Systems Engineering (Instituto Tecnológico de Tepic, Mexico); MSc in Computer Science (CICESE Research Center, Mexico); PhD in Computer Science (CICESE Research Center, Mexico).

Field: ncRNA annotation and machine learning applied to RNA data.

Projects: Annotation of lncRNA elements

Links: Google Scholar, LinkedIn, ORCID, ReasearchGate

Contact: hugo.guillenramirez@dbmr.unibe.ch

Tina Uroda

Education: BSc in  Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research (Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, Croatia); MSc in  Pharmaceutical research and development (Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, Croatia); PhD, European Molecular Biology Laboratory- EMBL, Grenoble (France) and Universite Grenoble Alpes .

Field: CRISPR/Cas9 and Genome editing in lncRNAs,  lncRNA localization.

Projects: The elements of long noncoding RNA function

Contact: tina.uroda@dbmr.unibe.ch

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Taisia Polidori

Postdoc

BSc in Biology (University of Roma Tre);

MSc Biology for Molecular, Cellular and Pathophysiological Research (University of Roma Tre, Italy)

PhD (University of Bern)

taisia.polidor[at]dbmr.unibe.ch

Michela Coan

Postdoc

BSc in Health Biotechnology (University of Udine)

MSc in Biotechnology (University of Trieste)

PhD (Italian National Cancer Institute, CRO)

michela.coan[at]ucd.ie

Adrienne Vancura

PhD student

BSc in Biology (University of Bern);

MSc in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology (University of Amsterdam)

adrienne.vancura@dbmr.unibe.ch

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Sunandini Ramnarayanan

PhD student

BSc and MSc in Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, Punjab,

Funded by SFI's Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Genomic Data Science

sunandini.2409[at]gmail.com

Dominik Meise

Bioinformatician

BSc in Biology (University of Bern);

MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (University of Bern)

dominik.meise[at]dbmr.unibe.ch

Carlos Pulido-Quetglas

PhD student

Former Members

Andrés Lanzós

Education: BSc in Biology (University of Vigo, Spain); MSc in Bioinformatics for Health Science (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain); PhD in Biomedical Sciences (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Field: Cancer genomics and LncRNA drivers identification  

Projects: Bioinformatic analysis of lncRNAs implicated in cancer

Links: Google Scholar, LinkedIn, ORCID, Publons, ResearchGate, Twitter

Contact: andreslanzos@runbox.com

Where is he now? Bioinformatician at Biognosys

Alessandra Stuerchler

NCCR Predoc Programme

Education:  BSc in Biology (University of Lausanne, Switzerland); MSc in Molecular Biology (ETH Zürich, Switzerland); NCCR RNA&Disease Predoc Program (University of Bern, Switzerland).

Field: Bioinformatics of lncRNA features and functional domains

Project: Relationship between exons and functional domains in lncRNAs.

​Links: Linkedin

 

Contact: ale.stuerchler@gmail.com

Bernard Merlin

​​Education:  BTech in Biotechnology (Anna University, India); MSc in Molecular Life Sciences (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Field: Bioinformatics of lncRNA features and functional domains

Project: Validation of cancer driver lncRNAs with CRISPRa

 

Contact: bernard.merlin@students.unibe.ch

Chantal Bachmann

MSc student

David Mas

MSc student

Kyriakos Schwarz

MSc student

Education: BSc in Computer Science (University of Applied Sciences FHNW, Switzerland); MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Field: Cancer genomics and LncRNA drivers identification  

Projects: Bioinformatic analysis of lncRNAs implicated in cancer

Links: LinkedIn

Contact: kyriakos.schwarz@students.unibe.ch

Joana Carlevaro

PhD student and PostDoc

Education: BSc in Human Biology (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain); MSc in Bioinformatics for Health Science (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain); PhD in Classification and Functional Prediction of LncRNAs (Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Bern)

Field: Bioinformatics and genomics, lncRNA features, RNA expression  

Projects: Characterisation and classification of lncRNAs

Links: ResearchGate, LinkedIn, ORCID

Contact: joana.carlevaro@dbmr.unibe.ch

Where is she now? Bioinformatician in Didier Trono's lab at EPFL.

Judith Bergadà

MSc student

Education: BSc in Industrial Technology Engineering (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain); MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Field: Analysis of CRISPR-Cas9 screenings 

Projects: Bioinformatic design of pipelines for CRISPR-Cas9 screening analysis

Contact: judith.bergadapijuan@students.unibe.ch

Mina Zamani

Visiting scientist

Education: BSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology-Genetics (University of Shahrekord, Iran); MSc in Genetics (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)

Field: Study of the expression and function of lncRNAs implicated in cancer

Projects: Functional characterization of lncRNA using CRISPR-Cas system

Links: Google Scholar, ResearchGate

Contact: mina.zamani@dbmr.unibe.ch

Monalisa Das

Visiting scientist

Monica Torres

MSc student

Tatjana Zoller

MSc student

Education: BSc in Biochemestry (University of Bern, Switzerland); MSc in Molecular Life Science (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Field: lncRNA localization

Projects: Functional characterization of lncRNA based on localization

Contact: tatjana.zoller@students.unibe.ch

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Núria Bosch

PhD student

Where is she now? Postdoc with Jolanda van Leeuwen (University of Lausanne)