Principle Investigator

Matjaz received hir PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and did his graduate work and postdoctoral training on controlling Pol II elongation with 7SK snRNP and P-TEFb with B. Matija Peterlin at University of California, San Francisco, USA. Read more on his work here. In his free time, he is doing the laundry.

E-mail: matjaz.barboric@helsinki.fi

Graduate Student

Programme in Biomedicine

Andrii received his Masters degree in Genetics from Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine for his cytogenetic studies of rheumatoid arthritis patients. His research focuses on understanding how 7SK snRNP and P-TEFb control gene expression and cell fate following genotoxic stress. In his free time, he is hiding in the forest.

E-mail: andrii.bugai@helsinki.fi

Graduate Student

Programme in Biomedicine

Zhijia received his Masters degree in Bioengineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China for his studies of heart development and myogenesis in mice. His research focuses on how CDK12/CycK kinase regulates gene expression to enable genome integrity. In his free time, he is an avid consumer of NBA.

E-mail: zhijia.wang@helsinki.fi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex received his PhD in Biochemistry from State University of Campinas and Brazilian Syncrotron Light Lab, Brazil, and did his postdoctoral training on signal transduction-mediated mRNA export with Jeffrey Nickerson at University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. His research focuses on understanding how 7SK snRNP and P-TEFb control gene expression and cell fate following genotoxic stress. In his free time, he is avoiding forests.

E-mail: alexandre.quaresma@helsinki.fi

Senior Researcher

Tina received her PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and did her postdoctoral training on the transcriptional form of HIV-1 latency with B. Matija Peterlin at University of California, San Francisco, USA. Her research focuses on understanding how local topology of Pol II transcription machinery couples gene transcription with maturation of nascent RNA. In her free time, she practices atheism.

E-mail: valentina.lenasi@helsinki.fi

Undergraduate Student

Programme in Chemistry

Neja finished high school in Jesenice, Slovenia. She is a Millenium Youth Camp alumni (Team Renewable Natural Resources) and plays active roles in many student organizations. In her free time, she is a social butterfly.

E-mail: neja.sirc@helsinki.fi

  • Ashwini Kumar, M.Sc.
  • Kingsley Mokube Ekumi, M.Sc.
  • Petra Kukanja, B.Sc.