Domenica Caponio, PhD candidate (2017-2018)
Email: nica.caponio[at]
Nica is an Italian PhD student from Università degli Studi di FOGGIA. She joins Evandro’s group because of her long-standing passion in studying the molecular mechanism of human aging. She studied at the University of Bari and then she is attending a PhD course at University of Foggia in which she is involved in deepening metabolic aspects in human cell lines. She is also passionate about teaching. At UiO, she is working on the effect of mitophagy, a cellular process which enables systematic self clearance of damaged mitochondria, in the rejuvenation of stem cells. She uses multiple laboratory models, including C. elegans, Drosophila, and human cells to approach this fundamental question in human aging.  
Hobbies: swimming; cooking.

Annalisa Altera, exchange student (2018)
Email: annalisa.altera[at]
Annalisa Altera obtained her bachelor degree in “Biologia Sanitaria” at the University of Siena, Italy. She did seven months research in cancer study for her bachelor thesis. She has a big passion in aging research, especially on how and why people grow old. She has been an awardee of the ERASMUS programme, which supports her research ship in University of Oslo. In the Fang group, she is focusing on the stem cell dysfunction in a premature aging disease, the Werner syndrome, using two model systems, C. elegans and Drosophila. Her long-term plan is to be an independent group leader.
swimming; dancing; hang out with friends.

Aina Balto, summer student (2018) 
Email: ainabalto[at]
Aina Balto is a senior year college student reading molecular biology at the University of Oslo. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms and processes of the development of human life at a molecular level, and how this can be used to explain the causes of various human diseases. In the Fang’s laboratory, she is involved in the studies of the molecular mechanisms of accelerated aging. She plans to take a master’s degree in Molecular Biology after she finishes her bachelor’s degree. In her spare time, she teaches mathematics to high school students.
Hobbies: hiking, skiing, soccer (football in British English). 

Ann Isabel Rosvoll (2018-2019)
Email: annros95[at]
Ann Isabel did her bachelor degree in The University of Stavanger. She was trained in the Fang group on handling C. elegans and Drosophila in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She has a passion of learning new techniques and is amazed of the complexity of human ageing, and is now continuing her master degree in NTNU.
Hobbies: hiking, skiing, baking.

Madiha Samrin Khalid, Research volunteer (2018-2018)
Email: m.s.khalid[at]
Madiha Samrin Khalid is a 3rd year medical student starting in autumn 2018, at the University of Oslo (UiO). She has a big passion on basic medical research which she considered a way to understand the molecular mechanisms of various diseases. She is especially fascinated with the neuronal system as well as neurodegenerative diseases. Since there are still so many unanswered questions regarding human neural system, she wants to contribute to answering these questions with a final goal to develop new treatments. Having extensive training of basic research at EpiGen, she is making a synergy between medical training and basic medical research. She has an interest in working in student organizations.
photography, tennis, running

Sarosh Bekir , Research volunteer (2019)
Email: Sarosh_Bekir[at] 

Chenglong Xie, Ph.D. (Shanghai Jiaotong U.), Postdoc Fellow (2019.09-2020.11)
Email: xiechenglong1987[at]
Dr. Chenglong Xie obtained his Ph.D. in Neurology in 2016 from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. During his Ph.D. period, he investigated the molecular mechanism of L-dopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) in Parkinson’s disease; more specifically, he studied the novel interactions between CaMKIIa and GluN2B in LID. After his Ph.D., he started a job as a physician scientist in Wenzhou Medical University where he continued his interests in Parkinson’s disease. At UiO, he will be working on the interconnected crosstalk among mitophagy, NAD+, and cognition in Alzheimer’s disease.
Badminton; Basketball; Movie; Reading
Current position: Faculty at Wenzhou Medical University, China.

Yahyah Aman, Ph.D. (King´s College London), Postdoc Fellow (2018.02-2021.01)
Email: amanyahyah[at]
Yahyah has investigated mechanisms of pain in Alzheimer’s disease during his PhD programme, under the supervision of Professor Marzia Malcangio and
Professor Clive Ballard at King’s College London, UK. In the Fang laboratory, he is interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) and its roles in human aging and age-related neurodegeneration, especially in Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, he is using multiple laboratory models, including human iPCSs, C. elegans, novel transgenic mouse models, as well as human samples, in order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying mitophagy in Alzheimer’s disease.
Football; Cricket.
Current position: Researcher at UCL, UK

Adrian Matysek, Research Volunteer (2019)
Email: adrian.matysek[at]
Adrian Matysek is a 4th year laboratory medical student starting in autumn 2019, at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He is intrigued by the sophisticated causes and processes of aging. He joined the Fang Lab for a summer internship 2019 because of his passion to understand the mechanisms of age-associated diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease.  In the short summer intern, he got intensive training on basic anatomy and handling of the powerful laboratory model the roundworm C. elegans as well as got the opportunities of attending two national meetings. He is very ambitious in both medical research and clinical patient service, and is planning to continue his scientific career in the future.

Pawel Strychalski, ERASMUS Student (2020.07 – 2020.10)
Email: pstrychalski[at]
Pawel is a nutrition science student in Gdansk Medical University, Poland. His main focus is the impacts of lifestyle and nutrition on healthspan, especially in cognitive function. He had an internship in Bologna, Italy in the Carla Ferreri Group where he worked on lipidomics, cell membrane composition in health and disease. His lifelong aim is to translate discoveries from basic science to the promotion of human health and longevity.
reading, exercising in nature.

Shi-Lu Chen, Special Volunteer (2020.06 – 2021.01) (remote affiliation at Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Current: Medical doctor at SUMS

Tarjei Hartmann Skjånes, Masters Student (2020.03 – )
Email: t.h.skjanes[at]

Rina Ruiyu Han, Visiting Researcher (2020.02 – 2020.09)
Email: 66743941[at]

Name: Tuong Vi Thi Nguyen, Medical student (2021.02 -2021.07)
I am a Norwegian medical student at the University of Oslo. I am currently attending my third year at the faculty of medicine, where I was granted the opportunity to write my project thesis at the Fang lab. I have a burning curiosity about the human brain, and the mechanisms of ageing in particular. At the Fang lab I will be focusing on mechanisms that promotes mitophagy in cells and enhances lifespan in C. elegans.
Hobbies: Crocheting and cooking.

Name: Daniela Bejan, Summer Internship (2021.06-2021.07)
Email: daniela.bejan[at]
I am in the second year of my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oslo. I will use this opportunity to gain experience with laboratory techniques for genomic research using C. elegans, and get an insight into the molecular mechanism of age-related diseases, such Alzheimer’s disease. I aim to pursue a research carrier in the field of aging.
Hobbies: Climbing and cooking.

Name: Mirko Tamma, Erasmus student (2021)
Email: mirko.tamma[at] 
Mirko Tamma got a bachelor degree in “Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies” at the University of Foggia in Italy. During his studies, he worked on the reciprocal interplay between mitochondrial metabolism and circadian clock in Parkinson’s disease. He worked on sincronized primary fibroblasts from patients with Parkin mutation using Seahorse technology. He is now taking a masters degree in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Foggia pursuing his research on Parkinson’s disease. Currently he is studying the circadian alterations of mitochondrial network dynamics in Parkin mutant fibroblasts using confocal microscopy. He obtained an Erasmus fellowship to attend the Fang laboratory at University of Oslo aimed to deepen his knowledge in neurodegenerative diseases field.
Hobbies: Cycling, Playing guitar, Hiking and Discover new placescling, reading, university societies .

Name: Mirka Mariani, Erasmus student (2021)
Email: mirkamariani[at] 
Mirka Mariani earned her BSc in Biomedical Science and Technology” from the University of Foggia, Italy. For her bachelor’s thesis, she worked on mitochondrial metabolism in cancer cell lines, acquiring experience in mitochondrial biochemistry methodologies and cell biology. She is currently taking her master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Foggia focusing her research interest on neurodegeneration. In particular she is studying the mitochondrial alteration occurring in Parkinson disease using as cellular model neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells obtained from patient fibroblasts. She obtained an ERASMUS fellowship to support her research traineeship at University of Oslo.
Hobbies: Listening to music, exploring the world/nature and working ou