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Network Members in

Norway

Maximilian Krause, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

Initiator of the Nordic Nanopore-Seq Network, active member of the Nanoporetech Community, and RNA Sequencing specialist.
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After his education at the MPI-CBG in Germany, Max moved to Bergen to excel on RNA Biology applications of Nanopore Technologies in the lab of Eivind Valen. Despite focussing on RNA feature analysis. Experience in Amplicon sequencing, gDNA and cDNA sequencing with MinION and Flongle devices.

Maximilian Krause, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

DirectRNA, gDNA, cDNA, poly(A), MinION

Eivind Valen, Associate Professor, University of Bergen

Co-founder of the Nordic Nanopore Network.
Eivind has proven a bioinformatics lead figure at positions in Copenhagen, Harvard University & the Broad Institute in US, and the RIKEN institute in Japan. He is now Associate Professor at the University of Bergen, investigating the fundamental principles of Translation regulation by novel approaches based on Oxford Nanopore Sequencing.

Eivind Valen, Associate Professor, University of Bergen

Bioinformatics, MinION

Matthew Kent, Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

After completing his PhD at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Matthew spend some time working in the US before setting in Norway where, for the last 15 years, he has worked as a Researcher at the Centre for Integrative genetics (www.cigene.no) helping to develop genomic resources for non-model agri- and aquacultural species. With a special focus on Atlantic salmon and salmonids, he is an early user of nanopore technology applying it for sequencing genomic DNA and oversees the operation of the labs PromethION sequencer.

Matthew Kent, Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

gDNA extraction, marine WGS, MinION, PromethION

Hege V. Aamot, Researcher, Akershus University Hospital

Hege V. Aamot works at the Dept. of Microbiology and Infections Control, Akershus University Hospital. Her research focuses on molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases using different molecular techniques to identify bacterial characteristics for use in diagnostics and prevention. She is exploring the possibilities of Nanopore sequencing in these settings; whole genome sequencing of bacterial isolates and metagenomics directly on patient material.

Hege V. Aamot, Researcher, Akershus University Hospital

GridION, MinION, WGS, bacterial metagenomics

Mathew Stiller-Reeve, Writing Consultant

After completing his PhD at University of Bergen in Meteorology, Mathew worked at NORCE and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. He now runs his own consultancy working on all sorts of science communication issues, from writing to event organisation. In 2012, during his PhD, Mathew started a writing organisation to help early career scientists improve their writing. All his experience feed directly into the writing courses he now holds for universities around Norway and internationally.

Mathew Stiller-Reeve, Writing Consultant

Scientific Writing, Science communication, Event organisation

Yamila Torres Cleuren, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

Yamila did her MSc at King’s College London on translational medicine, then pursued her PhD at the Rothman lab (University of Auckland, New Zealand, and University of California Santa Barbara) working on C. elegans quantitative genetics and early developmental stages. Currently working as a postdoctoral fellow on translational regulation and the maternal to zygotic transition.

Yamila Torres Cleuren, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

MinION, DirectRNA

Andrea Bagi, Researcher, NORCE

Andrea Bagi, Researcher, NORCE

microbial ecology, 16S metabarcoding

Adnan M. Niazi, Research Fellow, University of Bergen

Adnan is a doctoral research fellow in the lab of Eivind Valen where he develops new software tools for understanding Nanopore data. In particular, his research focuses on estimating poly(A) tail lengths from Nanopore direct RNA and cDNA data. Furthermore, Adnan is also working on detecting RNA modifications on a per-read basis.

Adnan M. Niazi, Research Fellow, University of Bergen

MinION, Bioinformatics, Poly(A) tails, RNA modification detection

Snorre Sulheim, PhD student, SINTEF/NTNU

Whole Genome Sequencing

Vincent Manzanilla, Researc Scientist, BaseClear/University of Oslo

Ubiquitous genomics open new applications for the industry that are rapid, portable, and versatile. In my research, I am implementing portable and fast genomics methods for applications for Quality Control solutions, Food Authenticity, and Food Safety genomic.

Vincent Manzanilla, Researc Scientist, BaseClear/University of Oslo

Adaptive sequencing, WGS, selective sequencing, taxonomic identification, GridION, MinION, Flongle, Bioinformatics

Mark van der Giezen, Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Stavanger

How microbes interact with their hosts plays an important role in human and animal health. Especially the microbes in the gut are of crucial importance. We are interested in how these microbes affect human and animal health. Our research includes important human and animal pathogens but also focusses on microbes and nutrition and their role in food security.

Mark van der Giezen, Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Stavanger

Morten Mattingsdal, Postdoctoral Scientist, Centre for Coastal Research, University of Agder

Veteran bioinfomatician working on analysis of microarray, genotyping and sequencing data including quality control and analysis. Downstream analysis often involve population genetics of various species and gene flow between populations.

Morten Mattingsdal, Postdoctoral Scientist, Centre for Coastal Research, University of Agder

eDNA Sequencing, Metabarcoding, CpG methylation

Adam Vivian-Smith, Research Scientist, NIBIO

Angiosperms, Gymnosperms, Bryophytes, Fungi, de novo assembly, metabarcoding

Karoline Bragstad, Senior Scientist, FHI

Karoline Bragstad, Senior Scientist, FHI

Influenza screening, SARS-CoV2

Stanislav Iakhno, PhD student, NMBU Aas

marine bacteria WGS, MinION

Rafi Ahmad, Associate Professor, Inland Norway University & University of Tromsø

Rafi has an M.Sc. from U of Exeter, UK, and a Ph.D. from UiT. He has 5+ years of experience working with Big Pharma including Astra Zeneca & Medivir. An antimicrobial resistance (AMR) inhibitor developed under his leadership is planned for Phase I trials. His passion includes rapid diagnostics of infection and AMR, including drug susceptibility from direct sequencing, in clinical settings. He is exploring novel ML methods for fast sequence analysis & custom-hardware usage.

Rafi Ahmad, Associate Professor, Inland Norway University & University of Tromsø

Bioinformatics, Machine Learning, WGS, Rapid Infection Diagnostics, Metageomics, GridION, MinION

Ruth Paulssen, Core Facility Manager, The Arctic University Tromsø

Ruth Paulssen, Core Facility Manager, The Arctic University Tromsø

WGS, RNA sequencing, Amplicon sequencing, bioinformatics

Thomas Haverkamp, Researcher, Norwegian Veterinary Institute

I am a microbial ecologist by training, turned bioinformatician with a specialisation on microbiological and ecological questions. Currently working at the Norwegian veterinary institute where I participate in several projects related to detection of pathogens in a variety of sample matrices, e.g. food, fecal, water samples.

Thomas Haverkamp, Researcher, Norwegian Veterinary Institute

Data-analysis, shotgun metagenomics, bacterial genomics, amplicon sequencing

Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, Professor, University of Oslo

Rafi has an M.Sc. from U of Exeter, UK, and a Ph.D. from UiT. He has 5+ years of experience working with Big Pharma including Astra Zeneca & Medivir. An antimicrobial resistance (AMR) inhibitor developed under his leadership is planned for Phase I trials. His passion includes rapid diagnostics of infection and AMR, including drug susceptibility from direct sequencing, in clinical settings. He is exploring novel ML methods for fast sequence analysis & custom-hardware usage.

Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi, Professor, University of Oslo

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Petra Hribovsek, PhD Candidate, Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research, Bergen

I am a PhD candidate in microbial ecology at K.G. Jebsen Center for Deep Sea Research and at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen. Currently we are establishing MinION Nanopore sequencing to sequence the full or close-to-full length of 16S rRNA genes from deep-sea hydrothermal vent samples. This is needed to help inform probe design. We are also analysing metagenomic data from MinION, acquired with on-ship sequencing during our research cruises.

Petra Hribovsek, PhD Candidate, Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research, Bergen

Microbial ecology, MinION, Amplicon Sequencing

Øivind Øines, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Veterinary Institute

Researcher in Research group on Food safety and Animal health at NVI. Currently involved with various work concerning terrestrial parasites, both research and diagnostic surveillance work, getting some experience with metagenomics and nanopore seq. Also involved with projects on digitalisation (of diagnostics; LIMS) and one health projects (TELEVIR/MEME) where nanopore sequencing will be relevant.

Øivind Øines, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Veterinary Institute

MinION, Amplicon sequencing, WGS, metagenomics, WIMP, barcoding

Hans-Peter Marti, Leader of the Renal Research Group, Haukeland University Hospital Bergen

Karine Drønen, Senior Researcher, University of Bergen

RaS monitoration and fish patoghens

Karine Drønen, Senior Researcher, University of Bergen

Beginner

Stefan Thiele, PostDoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

Stefan Thiele, PostDoctoral Researcher, University of Bergen

Beginner

Robert Lyle, Group Leader, Oslo University Hospital

Network Members in

Denmark

Rasmus Kirkegaard, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalborg University

Co-founder of DNASense. Early adopter of Nanopore Sequencing, experimenting with ONT applications since 2014.

Rasmus Kirkegaard, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalborg University

MinION, Bacterial Metagenomics

Kübra Altinel, PhD student, BRIC University of Copenhagen

Kübra Altinel, PhD student, BRIC University of Copenhagen

DirectRNA

Rasmus Wollenberg, Nanopore Specialist, DNASense

Rasmus holds a PhD from Aalborg Un where he studied the interplay of crop pathogens and secondary metabolite gene clusters. He is an early adopter of Nanopore to validate recombination events in transgenic strains. Extensive experience with MinION DNA sequencing and protocol optimization. He routinely assists both academia and industry with implementing Nanopore workflows.

Rasmus Wollenberg, Nanopore Specialist, DNASense

MinION, gDNA, Fungal genomics, Metagenomics

Trine Sørensen, PhD student, Aalborg University

Trine Sørensen, PhD student, Aalborg University

Minion, Fungal genomics, DNA extraction

Manfred Schmid, Staff Scientist, Aarhus University

Worked as experimental molecular biologist on chromatin and RNA biology for 15 years. Started learning and employing bioinformatic tools and now doing exclusively bioinformatics for the past 4 years. Projects are from the Torben Heick Jensen lab at Aarhus University where we focus on understanding RNA decay.

Manfred Schmid, Staff Scientist, Aarhus University

DirectRNA, polyA length, RNA modifications, Bioinformatics

Celine Petersen, PhD student, Aalborg University

I am a PhD student at Aalborg University and part of Functional Genomics. My main focus is on whole genome seqeuncing, molecular biology, phylogenetic comparison, and general bioinformatics. I am currently working on sequencing hundreds of fungal genomes and genome modification as part of the project Fungal Battery.

Celine Petersen, PhD student, Aalborg University

MinION, DNA DNA extraction, Fungal Genomes

Lukasz Krych, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

Investigating and understanding the association between gut microbiome and health and disease in human and animal models. Molecular genetic methods and classical microbiology methods for detection, identification and characterization of complex microbial communities. Detection of bacteria, yeast and phages related to food processing and food pathogens. Investigating the influence of diet into microbial composition in in-vivo and in-vitro models of the mammalian gastro intestinal tract.

Lukasz Krych, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

PromethION, GridION, MinION, MinION Mk1C, ON-rep-seq, Flongle, Barcoding,16S amplicon sequencing, metagenomics

Mikala Voldby, High School Educator Skanderborg Gymnasium

Mikala Voldby, High School Educator Skanderborg Gymnasium

Part of a NOVO project

Martin H. Andersen, Research Assistant, Aalborg University

Martin H. Andersen, Research Assistant, Aalborg University

Wastewater

Emil Aarre Sørensen, PhD student, Aalborg University

PhD at Aalborg University center for Microbial Communities. Into metagenomics, molecular biology, system biology and general bioinformatics. Currently working on method development for long-amplicon enrichment of full length rRNA operons in bacteria and eukaryotes as part of the project Microflora Danica.

Emil Aarre Sørensen, PhD student, Aalborg University

MinION sequencing, Long-amplicon sequencing, Metagenomic sequencing

Kresten Caesar Torp, High School Educator Aalborghus Gymnasium

2005- Textbooks on biochemistry, biotechnology and general biology for upper secondary education 1995- Coordinator of developmental projects: Biotechnology, Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Innovation and IT and learning in Upper Secondary 2010-2017 National Advisor for biology and biochemistry at the Danish Ministry of Education 1993-: Teaching Upper Secondary Education and Lab Technicians 1993: MSc in biology from University of Aarhus, Marine Biology

Kresten Caesar Torp, High School Educator Aalborghus Gymnasium

High School education with Nanopore

Martin Schou Pedersen, Molecular Biologist, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre

Wet lab scientist working in a position that is divided between the Department of Clinical Microbiology and the Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP) run by Professor Jens Bukh. Working with clinical projects at the microbiology department and basic research cell culture projects at CO-HEP.

Martin Schou Pedersen, Molecular Biologist, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre

Clinical samples, bacteria, HCV and SARS-CoV-2

Josue L. Castro-Mejia, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen

Reconstruction of (full- and viral-) metagenomes and amplicon-based microbiomes derived from environmental samples. Application of multivariate methods for integration of microbiome data with metabolomics, phenotype, clinical and dietary data.

Josue L. Castro-Mejia, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen

Microbiome, Viral Metagenomics, Multivariate Data

Søren Overballe-Petersen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Statens Seruminstitut

Søren Overballe-Petersen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Statens Seruminstitut

MinION, DNA purification, plasmids, bacteria & other microbes, AMR, Bioinformatics

Tue Sparholt Jørgensen, PostDoctoral Researcher, Technical University of Denmark

Tue Sparholt Jørgensen, PostDoctoral Researcher, Technical University of Denmark

Actinobacterial genomes, copepod genomes, plasmid metagenomics, MinION, Flongle

Francisco G. R. Gonzalez, Senior Researcher, BRIC Copenhagen

Francisco G. R. Gonzalez, Senior Researcher, BRIC Copenhagen

Cancer Structural Variants

Network Members in

Sweden

Paula Mölling, Associate Professor, Department Clinical Microbiology, University Hospital Örebro

I am a molecular biologist working with research and development of clinical diagnostics in microbiology focusing on NGS at the Department Clinical Microbiology and National reference laboratory for pathogenic Neisseria, University Hospital Örebro. I also work as a national project manager for the Microbiology section in Genomic Medicine Sweden (GMS), a project aiming to strengthen precision medicine and the opportunity for equal care across the country.

Paula Mölling, Associate Professor, Department Clinical Microbiology, University Hospital Örebro

WGS, outbreaks, shot-gun metagenomics, sepsis

Nazeefa Fatima, Computational Biologist, SciLifeLab Uppsala

Nazeefa Fatima, Computational Biologist, SciLifeLab Uppsala

Sequence analysis, structural variation, WGS

Andreas Sjödin, Deputy Research Director, Swedish Defense Research Agency FOI

Andreas Sjödin, Deputy Research Director, Swedish Defense Research Agency FOI

bioinformatics, metagenomics, genomics

Hithesh Kumar Gatty, PostDoctoral Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

My expertise lies within an Interdisciplinary (electrochemistry, electronics and microfluidics) micro- and nanotechnology for sensors and actuators development that can be applied to medical systems. Expertise within nanopore development and single biomolecule detection.

Hithesh Kumar Gatty, PostDoctoral Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Silicon based Nanopore development

Amaya C. Lagos, Biomedical Scientists, Medical Sciences and Health, Orebro

Amaya C. Lagos, Biomedical Scientists, Medical Sciences and Health, Orebro

Rapid Sequencing, EPI2ME, qcat

Abhijeet Singh, PhD Student, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

I am working on the identification and monitoring of acetogenic communities in environmental samples, human gut samples and anaerobic digester samples.

Abhijeet Singh, PhD Student, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Amplicon Sequencing, Metabarcoding, Metagenomics

Hanna Woksepp, Researcher, Region Kalmar county

Hanna Woksepp, Researcher, Region Kalmar county

Whole Genome Sequencing, Metagenomics

Johan Ringlander, PhD Student/MD, University of Gothenburg

MD specialising in microbiology. PhD student focusing on hepatitis B. Interests include viral integrations in host genom, viral expression, tumor virology and RNA structures.

Johan Ringlander, PhD Student/MD, University of Gothenburg

Viruses

Rene Kaden, Microbiologist, Uppsala Akademiska Sjukhuset

Rene Kaden, Microbiologist, Uppsala Akademiska Sjukhuset

Amelia Björnberg, Master Student, Universitetssjukhuset Örebro

Amelia Björnberg, Master Student, Universitetssjukhuset Örebro

Metagenomics, microbiology, WGS

Network Members at

Industrial partners

Jakob Ørtvig, Sales manager Nordics, ONT

Jakob holds a MSc in Molecular Biology from University of Aarhus, Denmark. Since graduation he has been working in various commercial roles within the life sciences and diagnostics industry. Jakob joined Oxford Nanopore Technologies in May 2019 to extend the local reach in the Nordic countries and help users getting started, scale projects and being successful with the technology.

Jakob Ørtvig, Sales manager Nordics, ONT

Tech updates, project & platform support, experimental design, applications

Paola Flórez de Sessions, Tech Service Manager, ONT Singapore

Paola Flórez de Sessions holds a PhD from Duke University. She did postdoctoral studies at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore. She was Platform Leader at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) Efficient Rapid Microbial Sequencing (GERMS). GERMS specialized in small genomes: viral, bacterial, parasites and fungal entities. Currently, she is the Technical Services Manager for Oxford Nanopore Technologies Singapore office.

Paola Flórez de Sessions, Tech Service Manager, ONT Singapore

DirectRNA, Microbial Sequencing, Support

Tina Han, Field Application Specialist, Twist Bioscience, San Francisco

Tina Han, Field Application Specialist, Twist Bioscience, San Francisco

Novice

Mike Vella, Solutions Architect, NVidia

Mike Vella, Solutions Architect, NVidia

Nvidia Nanopore GPU acceleration

Robert Olinski, NGS Lead Scientist, Novozymes HQ, Copenhagen, DENMARK

Microbial Genomes, Amplicon Sequencing

Tomasz Cieplak, Chr. Hansen, Copenhagen, DENMARK

Tomasz Cieplak, Chr. Hansen, Copenhagen, DENMARK

MinION, Flongle, Gut Microbiota, Amplicon Sequencing, 16S, ITS

Network Members in

Non-Nordic countries

Florian Kraft, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Human Genetics, Aachen, GERMANY

After completing his PhD at the Institute of Human Genetics at the University Hospital Jena, Florian worked at the institute of immunology in Jena before he moved to Aachen. Since 2016 he joined the team of the Institute of Human Genetics in Aachen and established nanopore sequencing there. He is now head of the Nanopore sequencing team at the institute and his research is focused on the genetic cause of inherited and cancer diseases. With nanopore sequencing, he explores possibilities to improve diagnostics of such disease and the genetic mechanisms behind them.

Florian Kraft, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Human Genetics, Aachen, GERMANY

human WGS, RNA/cDNA Seq, Amplicon seq, MinION, GridION, PromethION, SV, CNV, repeat expansion, methylation

Evangelos Karousis, Postdoc, University of Bern, SWITZERLAND

Biochemistry and molecular biology enthusiast, nano-curious, loves teaching.

Evangelos Karousis, Postdoc, University of Bern, SWITZERLAND

Wetlab, cDNA, Direct-RNA, MinION

Nilay Peker, PhD Student, UMGC Groningen, NETHERLANDS

I am a last year PhD student at UMCG in The Netherlands. I have used Nanopore sequencing for both whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates and Shotgun metagenomics sequencing for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections for which I am currently collaborating with Örebro University. Looking forward to joining to Nordic Nanopore Network to gain insghts from the experts in the field and knowledge exchange.

Nilay Peker, PhD Student, UMGC Groningen, NETHERLANDS

WGS, Metagenomics, Bioinformatics

Andrea Urso, Lab Manager at Cartiere Carrara S.p.A., ITALY

Andrea Urso, Lab Manager at Cartiere Carrara S.p.A., ITALY

WGS, 16S sequencing, Waste Water, product hygiene

Jon Bent Kristoffersen, NGS lab manager, HCMR GREECE

Jon Bent Kristoffersen, NGS lab manager, HCMR GREECE

WGS, MinION

Massimiliano Alfano, PhD student, Functional Genomics Lab, University of Verona, ITALY

I am a 26-year old PhD candidate at University of Verona. I graduated in 2018 about Assessing the potential of long-read over short-read-based metabarcoding for water microbiome analysis. I'm currently a 2nd year PhD candidate working on long-DNA enrichment coupled to Nanopore long-read sequencing.

Massimiliano Alfano, PhD student, Functional Genomics Lab, University of Verona, ITALY

Metagenomics, Barcoding, Cas9 enrichment, field sequencing

Yuri D'Alessandra, Senior Researcher, Centro Cardiologico-Monzino ITALY

I've been working with ncRNA for more than 14 years now, particularly with miRNAs. A few years ago I started my experience with a minION with some success and a strong willingness to use it at its best. We are currently running transcriptome analyses and trying to implement miRNA seq. In addition we are working with 16s although it's a littlebit more complicated than expected! I feel that the community is useful when it becomes a place of exchange, fostering, above all, collaborations.

Yuri D'Alessandra, Senior Researcher, Centro Cardiologico-Monzino ITALY

cDNA, amplicon sequencing, 16S, new targets

J Davie, Principal Investigator, DAD

J Davie, Principal Investigator, DAD

Novice

Salim Bougouffa, Bioinformatician, KAUST, SAUDI-ARABIA

Salim Bougouffa, Bioinformatician, KAUST, SAUDI-ARABIA

Bioinformatics