Our team

Our team currently has 5 members + alumni with backgrounds in biosciences and clinical medicine. We have previously worked in academic laboratories, hospitals and private companies.

Our laboratory officially started in January 2019 at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. 

Emma Haapaniemi

GROUP LEADER

Main project: Keeping the lab funded
Previously worked in: Genetics, high-throughput biology, different paediatrics departments and emergency rooms across Southern Finland
Education: University of Eastern Finland (MD), University of Helsinki (PhD), Karolinska Institute (Postdoc)
Favourite pastime: Riding and petting horses, but I rarely do it nowadays.
Writing (grants, permit applications, papers)40%
Helping the team with their projects40%
Practising clinical medicine15%

Monika Szymanska

LAB MANAGER

Main project: Keeping the lab organised
Previously worked in: Molecular biology and immunology at the Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital
Education: Master’s degree in molecular biology at the University of Gdansk, Poland. PhD in cell biology at the University of Oslo. Postdoc and researcher at the Oslo University Hospital
Favourite pastime: Knitting and listening to audiobooks (fantasy and crime stories), walking with my dog Watson

Lab maintenance60%
Performing experiments20%
Writing, reading20%
Ganna

Ganna Reint

PHD STUDENT

Main project: Validating CRISPR screening results, with the goal of making the system more efficient and accurate.
Previously worked in: Kidney development  & organoids (University of Oulu), Traumatology department in regional hospital (Ukraine)
Education: Kharkov National Medical University (MD)
Favourite pasttime: Yoga and science fiction books. I also enjoy traveling a lot.

Performing experiments60%
Experiment design and data analysis20%
Papers and lab maintenance10%
Zhuokun

Zhuokun Li

PHD STUDENT

Main project: Screening and studying the CRISPR system in cell lines
Previously worked in: Gene Therapy; Sequencing and finding new CRISPR systems (Beijing Genomics Institute)
Education: Hainan University (Bachelor); Tsinghua University (Master)
Favourite pastime: Reading, Painting

Experiments70%
Reading papers15%
Other lab work10%

Carola Pont Vallès

ERASMUS STUDENT

Main project: Identifying off-target effects of the CRISPR-Cas9 system while working on my Final Degree Project. Joining other PhD students with their project and learning new techniques
Previously worked in: no prevoius lab experience
Education (doing at the moment): Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona (UB)
Favourite pastime horseback riding, scuba diving, meeting friends and traveling 

Performing experiments50%
Reading and writing30%
Data analysis20%

Haapaniemi Lab Alumni

Inkeri in the lab

Inkeri Soppa

MSC STUDENT

Main project: Writing master thesis while keeping edited primary T cells alive and happy. From time to time I optimize editing in reporter cell lines.
Previously worked in: Plant genetics (University of Umeå), teaching advanced level mathematics and chemistry in high school, picking strawberries
Education: University of Helsinki (Bsc)
Favourite pastime: Reading! Science fiction and fantasy novels, biographies, detective stories – you name it, I read it.

Experiments with primary T cells40%
Experiments with reporter cell lines40%
Small tasks around lab and writing20%

Kathrin Menzner

ERASMUS STUDENT

Main project: Help Zhuokun for screening and studying the CRISPR system in cell lines
Previously worked in: Immunotherapy and Molecular Neurobiology (German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg)
Education (doing at the moment): Apprenticeship as a biological lab assistant (German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg)
Favourite pastime: Meeting friends and traveling

Performing experiments60%
Design experiments, data analysis and reading papers20%
Small tasks around the lab15%

Bas Koppenaal

RESEARCH INTERN

Main project: Helping Zhuokun for screening and studying the CRISPR system in cell lines
Previously worked in: Studing Life science (biology and medical laboratory)
Education (doing at the moment): Apprenticeship as a life scientist (Biology and medical laboratory researcher)
Favourite pastime: Meeting friends, dancing, watching movies and cooking

Working and experimenting with cell lines60%
Data analysis and reading papers20%
Small tasks around the lab15%
Thapelo

Thapelo Mathabela

RESEARCH INTERN

Main project: Assisting PhD students in screening and validating CRISPR cell lines
Previously worked in: Research technician responsible for the Zebrafish facility at Camila Esguerra’s group (NCMM)
Education: University of the Free State (B.Sc), University of Stellenbosch (Honours)
Favourite pastime: Skiing, Hiking,Playing tennis and gaming

Experiments with cell lines60%
Dealing with the liquid handling robot20%
Small tasks around the lab15%

Lisa Lutz

ERASMUS STUDENT

Main project: working on a project focusing on identifying off-target effects of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. In addition, I help Monika to set up Cas9WT protein production in order to produce our own Cas9WT 
Previously worked in: Bioresources at the Austrian Institute of technology (AIT) and Plant protection at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Education: Biotechnology (MSc) at the Austrian Biotech University of Applied Sciences.
Favourite pastime: reading, do handicraft work, photoshop pictures and cooking

Performing experiments70%
Small tasks around the lab40%
Design experiments and data analysis15%