Domenica Caponio, PhD candidate (2017-2018)
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)
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.
Hobbies: swimming; dancing; hang out with friends.
Aina Balto, summer student (2018)
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)
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.
Mahdi Hasan-Olive, Research Volunteer (2018.01-2019.01)
Mahdi investigated how DNA damage impacts the morphology and function of the cellular powerhouse, mitochondrion, in his Ph.D programme under the supervision of Profs. Jon Storm-Mathisen and Linda H. Bergersen at the University of Oslo, Norway. In the Fang laboratory, he is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction in human aging and age-related neurodegeneration. More specifically, he is using multiple laboratory models, including iPSC-derived neurons and glial cells as well as novel transgenic mouse models, to unveil the molecular mechanisms of defective mitochondrial homeostasis in Alzheimer’s disease.
Hobbies: Fishing; Hiking; Swimming; Chess.
Madiha Samrin Khalid, Research volunteer (2018-2018)
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.
Hobbies: photography, tennis, running
Sarosh Bekir , Research volunteer (2019)
Chenglong Xie, Ph.D. (Shanghai Jiaotong U.), Postdoc Fellow (2019.09-2020.11)
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.
Hobbies: 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)
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.
Hobbies: Football; Cricket.
Current position: Researcher at UCL, UK
Adrian Matysek, Research Volunteer (2019)
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)
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.
Hobbies: 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] medisin.uio.no
Rina Ruiyu Han, Visiting Researcher (2020.02 – 2020.09)
Guofeng Lou, Ph.D. (Ji-nan University), Postdoc Fellow (2018-2021.06)
Dr Lou studied the molecular mechanisms of modified rhaFGF, which was mediated by the phosphorylation of GSK3β, as a therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in his PhD programme, under the supervision of Professor Yadong Huang at Jinan University, China. He then investigated the role of VAAT and the interplay between VAAT and 5-HT in gene knock-out mouse brain tissues during his first Postdoctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Klas Kullander at Uppsala University, Sweden. In the Fang laboratory, he is very interested in studying the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) and its roles in AD. More specifically, he is using multiple laboratory models, including C. elegans, novel transgenic mouse models, as well as human iPSCs, to elucidate the molecular basis of impaired mitochondrial motility and defective mitophagy in AD, and to explore the effects of upregulating mitophagy on AD pathology.
Hobbies: Soccer; Swimming; Hiking; Photography