Group retreat, June 2017.
From left: Maria, Lucas, Hjolli, Nicolas, Sarah, Christian, Robin, Stelios, Michael.

Robin Andersson, PhD – Principal Investigator

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Robin Andersson

Robin Andersson received a PhD in Bioinformatics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and a MS in Computer Science from Linköping University, Sweden. He did a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Albin Sandelin at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he mainly focused on transcriptional regulation and enhancer transcription. During these years, Robin has been highly involved in the FANTOM consortium. He is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Bioinformatics at the Bioinformatics Centre, Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Dept. of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sarah Rennie, PhD – postdoc

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Sarah Rennie

Sarah Rennie received her PhD in Computational Biology from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and holds a Master’s degree in Biometry from the University of Reading, UK. Her work is focused on the statistical modelling of transcriptional regulation; deciphering the function, complexity and connectivity of enhancers and promoters in larger regulatory architectures.

Nicolas Alcaraz, PhD – postdoc

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Nicolas Alcaraz

Nicolas Alcaraz received his PhD in Computational Biology from the University of Southern Denmark and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Saarland University, Germany. His work is focused on applying machine learning methods and computational techniques to model transcriptional regulation, in particular to understand the impact of genetic variants on regulation.

Stylianos Bakoulis – PhD student

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Stylianos Bakoulis

Stylianos holds a Bachelor’s diploma in Biological Applications and Technologies from the University of Ioannina, Greece and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His work is focused on transcriptional enhancers, in particular on the biogenesis and metabolism of enhancer RNAs.

Hjorleifur “Hjolli” Einarsson – PhD student

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Hjorleifur Einarsson

Hjolli holds a Bachelor’s diploma in Molecular biology from the University of Iceland and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen. His work focuses on regulatory variation, in particular the effects of genetic variation on transcriptional regulatory activities.

Lucas van Duin – PhD student

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Lucas holds a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His work focuses on the relationship between chromatin architecture and gene expression.

Christian Dalager Vaagenso – Lab technician

Christian Vaagenso

Christian Dalager Vaagenso is a retired ice hockey professional and has work experience in the chemical industry. He is a lab technician at the Section for Computational and RNA Biology and is experienced in various lab techniques, including CAGE, PCR, qPCR, Western Blot, RACE and cloning.


Maria Dalby, PhD student 2015-2018. Currently postdoc at Lundbeck and Karolinska Institute.

Previous and current master students

  • Enrique Goñi Echeverria (2018) – Deep learning of sequence-driven cell type specificity
  • Michael Ben Ezra (2017) – Cell type deconvolution of tissue expression data
  • Jamshed Pratap Singh Gill (2017) – Analysis of RNA-seq data of neural tissues in Rat model for human migraine
  • Lucas van Duin (2017, Erasmus student) – Relationship between transcription and chromatin architecture
  • Marcos Yebenes Majordomo (2017) – Development of RNA-seq pipeline for cancer expression profiling
  • Clara Aguiar Lima (2016-2017) – Enhancer adoption in chromosome rearrangements

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