Our team

Our team currently has 6 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)

Helping the team with their projects

Practising clinical medicine

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 maintenance

Performing experiments

Writing, reading

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 experiments

Experiment design and data analysis

Papers and lab maintenance

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

Experiments

Reading papers

Other labwork

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 lines

Data analysis and reading papers

Small tasks around the lab

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 lines

Dealing with the liquid handling robot

Small tasks around the lab

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 cells

Experiments with reporter cell lines

Small tasks around lab and writing

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 experiments

Design experiments, data analysis and reading papers

Small tasks around the lab