Team

Principal Investigator

Mirna Perez-Moreno, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Mirna Perez-Moreno was awarded her Ph.D. (1999) from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Mexico, for her work in Lorenza Gonzalez-Mariscal’s lab. She conducted short postdocs at the Biomedical Research Institute, Madrid, in Amparo Cano’s lab, and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, NY, in Barry Gumbiner’s lab. After completing a Department of Defense postdoctoral fellowship in Elaine Fuchs’ lab at The Rockefeller University, NY (2002-2008), Mirna started her independent laboratory in the Cancer Cell Biology Program, directed by Erwin Wagner, at the Spanish Cancer Research Centre CNIO, Madrid (2008-2017). Mirna is currently Associate Professor in the Section of Cell Biology and Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen (Oct 2017-present). Email: mirna.pmoreno@bio.ku.dk
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Sílvia Fontenete, Ph.D. Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Sílvia Fontenete received her BSc in Genetics and Biotechnology and MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal. She conducted her Ph.D. (2015) across collaborative institutions: the Faculty of Engineering and IPATIMUP, University of Porto, Portugal, and the Nucleic Acid Center, University of Southern Denmark, under the supervision of Profs. Nuno Azevedo, Céu Figueredo, and Jesper Wengel, where she studied nucleic acids thermodynamics under human body conditions and developed a new Helicobacter pylori diagnostic method. In Mirna’s lab, her research focuses on understanding the crosstalk between macrophages and skin cancer stem cells to identify potential targets for squamous cell carcinoma. She is a 2019 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Program Fellow.

Anna Cazzola, Ph.D.

Anna Cazzola obtained her BSc degree in Natural Sciences and Technologies and her MSc degree in Experimental and Applied Biology from the University of Pavia, Italy. In 2019 she graduated (Ph.D.) at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Alwin Krämer, and conducted a short postdoc at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Azzoni lab. Her work centered on various aspects of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), including identifying aneuploidy-selective compounds in AML, evaluating the role of TP53 in the propagation of aneuploidy and chromosomal instability in AML, and the investigation of the cell of origin of childhood AML. In Perez-Moreno lab, her research focuses on studying the crosstalk between lymphatic vessels and the cancer stem cell niche in skin squamous cell carcinoma.

Ph.D. Students

Zhe Xie, MSc

Zhe Xie received her BSc from the Hunan Agricultural University, and her MSc Medicine (2016) from the Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China. Her work involves the identification of novel mutations driving tumorigenesis, and her studies are pursued at BGI-Shenzhen, China, and at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

Jianhui Yue, MSc

Jianhui Yue received his BSc from the Hainan University, and his MSc in Biomedical Engineering (2012) from the Sichuan University, China. His work focuses on the identification of specific tumor sequences required for immune recognition and targeting. His studies are pursued at the Institute of SuperCells, BGI-Shenzhen, China, and at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

Master Students

Josephine Lamm, BSc

Josephine Lamm received her BSc (2019) from the BSc Program in Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen. She is interested in understanding the molecular cues that sustain the communication between skin cancer cells and immune cells.

Laura Mark Jensen, BSc

Laura Mark Jensen (BSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen) research interests are focused on the role of the tissue microenvironment in the regulation of hair follicle growth.

Lab Assistant

Lihong Xu, BSc

Lihong Xu works as a laboratory assistant in our group. She helps researchers organize different lab tasks, such as sample preparation, checking basic lab stocks, autoclaving, preparing solutions, waste removal, etc. She is currently pursuing her Master’s studies in Immunology and Inflammation at the University of Copenhagen.


Past Lab Members


Postdoctoral Fellows

Carolina Epifano, Ph.D. Juan de la Cierva Program, Postdoctoral Fellow. Current position. Senior Researcher. Laboratory of Dr. Ignacio Perez de Castro. Carlos III Health Institute, Madrid, Spain.

Donatello Castellana, Ph.D. Spanish Association Against Cancer Foundation (AECC) Postdoctoral Fellow. Current position. Head of Tech Transfer, Business Development and Innovation. CIC bioGUNE, Bilbao, Spain.

Ph.D. Students

Marta N. Shahbazi. Autonomous University of Madrid Ph.D. Program. CNIO-La Caixa Foundation International Fellowship. Current Position. Research Associate, Cambridge University, UK. Laboratory of Dr. Magdalena Zernica-Goetz. Starting from 01.02.2020 Research Leader at The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge, UK.

Ljiljana Dukanovic. Autonomous University of Madrid Ph.D. Program, Madrid, Spain. CNIO-La Caixa Foundation International Fellowship. MBA IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

Daniel Peña-Jimenez. Autonomous University of Madrid Ph.D. Program, Madrid, Spain. Current position. Teacher. Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid, Spain.

Master Students

Marta Casarrubios. Complutense University of Madrid MSc Program, Madrid, Spain. Current position. Ph.D. Student. Foundation for Biomedical Research, University Hospital Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain.

Susana Martin Suarez. University Francisco de Vitoria MSc Program, Madrid, Spain.

Johan Rolighed Christensen. MSc Biology Program, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sreyoshee Sengupta. MSc Biochemistry Program. University of Copenhagen Denmark. Current position. Student in Green lab research policies.

BSc Students

Ricardo Moreno Traspas. Autonomous University of Madrid BSc Program, Madrid, Spain. Current position. Ph.D. Student. Laboratory of Dr. Bruno Reversade. Institute of Medical Biology (IMB). Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore.

Adriana Martinez Silgado. Autonomous University of Madrid Ph.D. Program, Madrid, Spain. Current position. Ph.D. Student. Laboratory of Dr. Hans Clevers. The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht), Netherlands.

Alberto Diaz Jimenez. University of Alcalá BSc Program, Madrid, Spain. Current Position. Ph.D fellow. laboratory of Dr. Rocio Sotillo. DKFZ German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.

Nikolaj Skogstad Andersen. Project oustside the course scope. BSc Biology. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Laura Ryder Tønnesen. BSc Molecular Biomedicine. University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Current position. MSc Student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sarah Kieler Saietz. BSc Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Current position. MSc Student. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Magnus Hauge. BSc Biology Program. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Casper Lund. BSc Biology Program. University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Current position. MSc Student. Program in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kathrine Vaever Jokumsen. BSc Program in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Current position. MSc Student. MS Program in Molecular Biomedicine. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lab Managers

Francesca Antonucci. BSc University of La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. MSc (DEA) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Autonomous University of Madrid. Current position. Product Manager at Izasa Scientific Spain & Portugal.

Luis Leiva Vega. BSc Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Current position. Graduate technician. Laboratory of Dr. Guadalupe Sabio. Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), Madrid, Spain.

Technicians in Training

Amanda Benet. Current position. Research Lab Technician, Madrid, Spain.

Beatriz Rabadan. Current position. BS Student. Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain.

Maria Jarabo. Current position. BS Student. Alcala de Henares University, Madrid, Spain.

Esther Moreno Rodriguez. Current position. Hospital General de Ciudad Real, Spain.

Visiting Students

Dimitra Gkouvelou. ERASMUS Program MSc student. Faculty of Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Amata Amy Soriano. Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology Ph.D. Program. Lab. Dr. Mariastella Zannini. University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.