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ESR1 

Giulia Frazzei 

Initiate a pilot prevention trial in individuals at high risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis

 

Giulia Frazzei

Her initial studies in molecular immunology at the University of Milan focused on the identification of altered immune regulatory mechanisms in autoimmune diseases. In particular, she studied the role of T regulatory cells, and their immune regulation mediated by microRNAs and extracellular vesicles (EVs). To pursue her interest in translational immunology, she then undertook an MSc in Clinical Research at NUI Galway, Ireland. She is excited to be part of the ARCAID PhD project, which will enable her to merge her background with her current course of study and come back to the research on autoimmune diseases. Outside of research, she enjoys reading, volunteering and hiking. She loves food, wide-open spaces, music and ballet. Long_Bio

Keywords

Adaptative immune system, Autoimmunity, Clinical trials

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ESR2 

Clinical studies of treating-to-target in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

 

ESR3 

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Gene expression in the HLA complex in autoimmune disease

 

Armando Olivieri 

MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology at University of Rome La Sapienza (Oct 2019). Scientific interest is focused on regulation of gene expression and its alteration in diseases and how gene mutations can be responsible of the outbreak of human diseases. For his MSc thesis he studied the histone variant H3.3 which mutations are highly correlated in ALT positive tumours. Outside the lab he likes to travel abroad, hiking, jogging and having many friends to share his interests with. Long_Bio

Keywords

Molecular biology, Regulation of gene expression, Gene Editing

 

 

ESR4 

Adrian Durotin 

Clonal isotyping of the B cell response in autoimmunity

 

Adrian Durotin  

During his studies, Adrian was employed at ZIK Septomics where he worked on various projects ranging from DNA/RNA preparation, transcriptional analysis and FACS analysis to Next-Generation-Sequencing and established the pipeline for functional metagenomics analysis. He also completed his training as a biological technical assistant and worked at the Institute for Product Quality in Berlin (ifp-Berlin) in the areas of research and development, quality assurance and product development.Long_Bio

His hobbies are reading, hiking, IT and sports activities. He is a dog lover and likes to be outdoors in nature

Keywords

Next-Generation-Sequencing, Functional metagenomics, Immunology

 ESR5

Aoife 

Study the molecular and cellular features of human lymph node T cells during the earliest phases of systemic autoimmunity

 

Aoife O'Byrne

Following her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Warwick Aoife obtained an MSc in Immunology from King’s College London. During her masters she undertook a six month research project with Professor Leonie Taams and was awarded the prize for Best Overall Performance in the 2018 cohort. Her passion for scientific research led her to exploring the role of cholesterol metabolism in CD4 T cell cytokine induction with Dr. Esperanza Perucha before embarking on the incredibly exciting ARCAID PhD program. Outside the lab Aoife enjoys exploring new countries, cultures, food and all things rugby. Long_Bio 

Key words

Cell signalling, Immunology, T cell biology

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ESR6 

Mesenchymal stromal cells as key orchestrators in RA

 

 ESR7

The B cell lineage in ANCA-associated vasculitis: functional characterisation and identification of novel targets

   

ESR8 

Ihsan Hammoura 

State-of-the-art in vivo PET-CT imaging of immune cell subsets in chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer

 

Ihsan Hammoura

After completing her bachelor degree in biology she continued with her MSc degree in cellular and molecular biology at the American University of Beirut on the role of retinoblastoma protein Rb and the combined role of Rb and p53 in the context of kidney development. She is highly passionate about research and would like to apply the skills that she has learnt to answer various scientific questions.

Keywords

Molecular and cellular biology, Developmental Biology, Kidney

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ESR9 

Characterize the molecular pathways activated during the pre-clinical phase of spondyloarthritis

   

ESR10 

Pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity of therapeutic antibodies in inflammatory bowel disease and spondyloarthritis

 

 ESR11

 

Understanding auto-immune disorders through computational modelling.

     

ESR12 

Dasha Balashova 

Bioinformatics analysis of T-cell and B-cell repertoires

 

Daria Balashova 

After a degree in mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) in 2013 she continued research under supervision of Prof. Elena Yarovaya. Her scientific interests are branching random walks and Markov processes. After her MSc in 2018 at the Bioinformatics Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia), she took part in several projects. Daria spends her free time with friends and family, sports (hiking, skiing, snowboarding), attending a modern theater school and travels. Long_Bio

Keywords

branching random walk, machine/deep learning, computational immunology

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ESR13 

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Understanding the etiology of IBD associated extraintestinal manifestations and cancer

 

Sofía Frigerio Liddle

Sofía obtained her MSc in Biological Sciences at University of the Republic, Uruguay (March 2020) on the immunomodulation during fasciolosis, a parasitic infection which causes chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Current scientific interests are the immunomodulation during chronic infections such as inflammatory bowel diseases. 

Keywords

Immunology, Inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic inflammation

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ESR14 

Activated PI3 kinase delta in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

 

Elham Mirfazeli

Elham received her BSc and MSc in Molecular and Cell biology from University of Tehran, Iran. She took part in several different projects in molecular biology, stem cell biology and medical genetics. Her scientific interest is using computational methods to solve problems related to human health and diseases. Outside the lab, Elham enjoys playing violin, swimming, traveling and exploring different cultures. Long_Bio

Keywords

Computational biology, Immune disorders, Lupus

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ESR15 

Sona

Uncovering how HIV hides in immune cells: metabolic reprogramming of CD4 T cells during infection

 

Sona Allahverdiyeva

Sona is from Azerbaijan. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Biology of Baku State University, Azerbaijan, in 2015. In July 2019, she received her MSc from the Faculty of Biology and Health Sciences in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Montpellier, France. Then she accepted a temporary appointment at Academic Medical Center (AMC) as a Scientific Researcher in Ben Berkhout team. Her project was about disabling the replication-competent HIV provirus in the reservoir by combined CRISPR-Cas action. Long_Bio

Keywords

HIV-1, CRISPR-Cas, metabolism 

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ESR16 

Picture Chiara Geyer 

Metabolic reprogramming of human myeloid immune cells during chronic inflammation

 

Chiara Geyer 

Her BSc at the Eberhardt-Karls University of Tübingen focused on the subjects of Immunology and Virology. Then she broadened her experience in the field of Immunology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden) to investigate the disease mechanisms of overactive Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome in the inherited primary immune disease X-linked neutropenia. In 2019 she obtained an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bochum (Germany). Long_Bio 

Keywords

Immunology, Virology, Signal transduction

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ESR17

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Immune monitoring of macrophages in the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis and immune checkpoint inhibitor-induced rheumatic manifestations

 

Aiarpi Ezdoglian

Several research projects in autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura made her passionate about immunological and pathophysiological aspects of autoimmune conditions. She gained clinical experience working as a pediatrician in an immunology department and decided on an MSc in immunology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland on checkpoint inhibitors in autoimmune, healthy and malignant B cells. Using various techniques including confocal microscopy, ELISA, cell culturing, nuclear and cytoplasmic isolation and flow cytometry  After her research project she was offered a part-time flow cytometry application specialist and data analyst position in Ian Frazer Cytometry Center. Long_Bio

keywords
Immunology, Flow cytometry, Pediatrics
 

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ESR18

Fatemeh Khodadust 

Molecular imaging of angiogenesis and therapeutic effects of anti-angiogenetic agents in rheumatoid arthritis

 

Fatemeh Khodadustvaskasi

Studying radiology as her BSc and MSc in radiopharmaceutical sciences, provided her with comprehensive skills and a broad view in a wide variety of imaging modalities. Her personal interest is the evaluation and translation of the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of novel molecular targets involved in the development and progression of rheumatic diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis) and cancer by means of molecular imaging techniques. Long_Bio

Keywords

Molecular Imaging, PET, Radiopharmaceuticals, Rheumatic Diseases, Cancer Targeted therapy

ESR19

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Development of immune competent gut on chip model

 

Melis Asal 

 Obtained her BSc in the Bioengineering Department from Manisa Celal Bayar University and  conducted her MSc in the Molecular Biology and Genetics Department of Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center working on combining bioengineering principles with tissue engineering approaches for clinical applications. She worked on constructing a functional on-chip lacrimal gland tissue using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) by integrating this tissue construct with a microfluidic platform. Driven by a lifelong interest in bioengineering she is eager to continue her education in the field of organ-on-a-chip systems, being aware of the great potential these systems harbor in terms of constructing immune competent models. Long_Bio

Keywords

Tissue engineering, Microfluidics, Stem Cells

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ESR20

Andrew Morrison

Development of immune competent lymph node on chip model including lymph node stromal cells, lymphocytes, and dendritic cells.

 

Andrew Morrison

Andrew obtained his MSci in Immunology & Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 and was awarded the Immunology/Pharmacology prize for outstanding academic achievement. During his MSc, he completed an industrial placement with Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, working on investigating IL-17A signalling events. He returned to Basel on a further postgraduate internship, this time uncovering mechanisms behind the cGAS/STING pathway. With almost two years in industry, Andrew decided the next step of his scientific career was to pursue a PhD at the Amsterdam UMC. Long_Bio

Keywords

autoimmunity, adaptive immunity, organ-on-chip

 

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