Early Stage Researchers

Benedikt Zöhrer

Benedikt Zöhrer

ESR 5

Karolinska Institutet

 

Benedikt Zöhrer is a PhD student at the Respiratory Medicine Division of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied Chemistry in the Bachelor and Master Program at Leipzig University (Germany). Furthermore, he spent one year at the University of Bologna (Italy) as part of the Erasmus+ student exchange program. During his Master thesis and subsequent work as a research assistant at the Medical Faculty of Leipzig University, he gained experience in targeted metabolomics and proteomics workflows.

He is now working as a doctoral student within the ArthritisHeal Project at the Karolinska Institutet, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Åsa Wheelock, and co-supervised by Assist. Prof. Antonio Checa, Prof. Magnus Sköld, and Prof. Anca Catrina. The aim of the project is to understand how autoimmunity in Rheumatoid Arthritis is generated by macrophage-derived extracellular vesicles in the lung compartment. For this purpose, the immunopeptidome, as well as the miRNA and oxylipin cargo of these vesicles are studied in cell experiments as well as in a clinical cohort.

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Luís Almeida

Luís Almeida

ESR3

Leiden University Medical Centre

Luís Almeida is a Portuguese biochemist. He did his bachelor’s in Biochemistry at the University of Lisbon. After graduating, he was accepted into a binational master’s degree in Infection Biology, between the Catholic University of Córdoba, in Argentina, where he studied for one year, and the Hannover Medical School, in Germany, where he studied for another year. It was also in Germany where he did his master’s thesis, at the TWINCORE Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research, on the topic of “The immunomodulatory properties of Mycobacterium tuberculosis secretory proteins”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. med. Tim Sparwasser, and Prof. Dr. Hugo Luján.

After completing his M. Sc. in Infection Biology, he was accepted as a Marie-Curie PhD student, at the Leiden University Medical Centre, in the Netherlands, as part of the ArthritisHeal consortium, where he is currently studying the effects of pro-resolving lipids on immunometabolism and immune polarization of myeloid cells in the context of rheumatic diseases, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Maria Yazdanbakhsh, and Dr. Bart Everts.

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Patrícia Riedlová

Patrícia Riedlová

ESR7

University of Glasgow

 

Patrícia is originally from Slovakia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Slovak University of Technology where she focused on nanomaterials and their effect on human health and the environment. Her master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology was undertaken at Aalborg University in Denmark, where she worked in a field of cancer research and immunology. The main research areas included bioinformatics, molecular biology, protein chemistry (antibodies) and histology, which involved a collaboration with a hospital in Denmark.

Currently, Patrícia is conducting PhD research under a supervision of Prof. Carl Goodyear in rheumatoid arthritis at the University of Glasgow at the institute of infection, immunity and inflammation (https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/). The group she is a part of is focused on understanding of immunopathogenesis of various diseases, mostly arthritis, and finding viable treatment with a combination of clinical and laboratory research. 

Patrícia’s PhD project aims to test different specialised pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) on osteoclasts differentiated from pre-cursors in both inflammatory and homeostatic conditions. The project also aims to identify receptors present on osteoclasts, their association with pro-resolving lipids and related signalling pathways. This will provide an in-depth understanding of the role of SPMs in normal skeletal health and osteolytic disease, which could lead to ways of therapeutically resolving inflammation-driven bone disease. 

 

 

LinkedIn profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-riedlova-65568b169/

 

 

 

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Qiongfei Zhou

Qiongfei Zhou

ESR6

KU Leuven

Qiongfei Zhou is from China. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Medicine at Central South University (China). During her Master's program, her research focus was on the proteomic study of osteoporosis and mechanisms of the role of exosomal miRNAs in bone remodeling.

In 2019, Qiongfei joined the ArthritisHeal ITN as a Marie Curie PhD Fellow. She is currently working at the Laboratory for Tissue Homeostasis and Disease that is directed by Prof. Rik Lories and Prof. Silvia Monteagudo, and is part of the Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center at KU Leuven.

Her project aims to analyze the resolution of inflammation and its lipid mediators in mouse models of osteoarthritis. ​

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Jianyang Liu

Jianyang Liu 

ESR 4

Karolinska Instituet

 

Jianyang Liu is currently a Chinese Ph.D student at department of medicine (Solna), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. After finishing his bachelor degree (major in biotechnology) in Tongji University, Shanghai, China, he continued his study in the University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia. After graduation, he worked in a hospital in Beijing as a research assistant.

His previous research topics include: iron homeostasis in renal and neurodegenerative diseases, emotional aspects of cardiovascular diseases, etc. He joined the ArthritisHeal project in December, 2019. His own Ph.D project, entitled “Role of lipid mediators in pain in RA”, will focus on mapping the anti-inflammatory and pro-resolving actions of microsomal prostaglandin E synthase 1 (mPGES-1) inhibitors in comparison to Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in preclinical models of RA. Under the supervision of Prof. Per-Johan Jakobsson (https://ki.se/en/meds/research-group-per-johan-jakobsson; https://www.cmm.ki.se/web/guest/per-johan-jakobsson-group1), he will perform targeted and untargeted lipidomics studies using LC-MS/MS.

 

 

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Alice Bacon

 

 

ESR1

Alice Bacon

PhD student in the Netherlands at the rheumatology department of the Leiden university medical center (LUMC)

Mohan Ghorasaini

 

 

ESR2

Mohan Ghorasaini

PhD student in the Netherlands at the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics (CPM) department of the Leiden university medical center (LUMC)

Luís Almeida

 

ESR 3

Luís Almeida

Ph.D. student at Leiden University Medical Center

 

Jianyang Liu

ESR 4

Jianyang Liu 

Ph.D student in Karolinska Instituet, University in Solna, Sweden

 

Benedikt Zöhrer

ESR5

Benedikt Zöhrer

PhD student at the Respiratory Medicine Division of the Karolinska Instituet in Stockholm, Sweden

Qiongfei Zhou

 

ESR6

Qiongfei Zhou

PhD student at the Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven).

 

 

Patrícia Riedlová

 

 

ESR 7

Patrícia Riedlová

Ph.D. student at the University of Glasgow

Chiara Cecconello

 

 

ESR9

Chiara Cecconello

PhD student in the Biochemical Pharmacology department at Queen Mary University of London

Daniela Costa

 

ESR10

Daniela Costa

PhD student in the Lipidomics Group at Cardiff University

Konstantina Ismini Tsezou

ESR11

Konstantina Ismini Tsezou

PhD student in  Greece at PharmaGnose (PG)

Celia Cartagena García

 

ESR12

Celia Cartagena García

PhD student in France at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences