Group Leader

Rory Johnson

2016- : NCCR ‘RNA & Disease’ Junior Group Leader / Medical Faculty, University Hospital, Bern

2010-2016: Ramon y Cajal Fellow, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona (with Roderic Guigó)

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

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

1996-2000: MSc Physics and Biophysics, Imperial College London



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Postdoctoral Scientists

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


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



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


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


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PhD Students

Núria Bosch

Education: BSc in Human Biology (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain); MSc Genetics and Genomics (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Field: CRISPR/Cas9 and Genome editing in lncRNA

Projects: Optimization of CRISPR/Cas9 system for efficient genomic deletion


Taisia Polidori

Education: BSc in Biology (University of Roma Tre, Italy); MSc Biology for Molecular, Cellular and Pathophysiological Research (University of Roma Tre, Italy)

Field: CRISPR-Cas9 lncRNA screens and Cancer

Projects: CRISPR screens for discovery of novel cancer-related lncRNAs