Group members – University of Copenhagen

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Members of the membrane protein structural biology lab

Kamil GotfrydKamil Gotfryd, PhD, Assistant Professor

Obtained his MSc degree in molecular biology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland). Subsequently, he moved to Denmark and joined a PhD programme at the Protein Laboratory at University of Copenhagen. After gaining his PhD, he continued his scientific career in the Molecular Neuropharmacology Group headed by Prof. Ulrik Gether. Kamil engaged in structure-function studies of neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters (NSS proteins), a protypical class of secondary active ion-coupled transporters conserved from bacteria to man, focusing on mechanistic characterization of the leucine transporter (LeuT). He now works as an assistant professor in our group at University of Copenhagen.

Contact: kamil@sund.ku.dk

Kaituo Wang

Kaituo Wang, PhD, Postdoc

Took his PhD in Prof. Xiao-Dong Su’s laboratory at the prestigious Peking University (China), and then went on to Prof. Poul Nissen's group in Aarhus (Denmark). Kaituo's efforts were essential for recovering the first crystal structures of a zinc-transporting P-type ATPase that were published in Nature recently. Now at University of Copenhagen and at UCLA (through a collaboration with the group of Prof. Zhou Hong), he continues this work, while at the same time focusing on structural and functional characterization of other proteins involved in ion flux across cellular membranes. Kaituo loves Chinese delicacies and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, he is also a big fan of karaoke and Danish rugbrød.

Contact: kaituo@sund.ku.dk

Kamil GóreckiKamil Górecki, PhD, Postdoc

Comes originally from Poland, where he earned his MSc in inorganic chemistry. Having always been driven towards the North, he moved to the other side of the Baltic Sea to pursue PhD studies in Prof. Cecilia Hägerhäll group, Lund University (Sweden), with ion transport mechanism of respiratory chain complex I and related proteins as the main subject. Ion transport remains in the spotlight, as his current work in Lund focuses on structural and functional properties of copper transporters. On those rare occasions outside of the laboratory, Kamil enjoys unleashing his creativity on paper or digitally, or both.

Contact:  kamil.gorecki@med.lu.se

Annette DuelliAnnette Duelli, PhD, Postdoc

Studied Biochemistry in her home country at Universität Leipzig (Germany), and then moved to Uppsala University (Sweden) where she took her M.Sc. in Chemistry, focusing on mast cell immunology. Fascinated by the role of proteins in biological function and disease Annette changed to the field of protein structural biology for her Ph.D. in Gergely Katona’s group at Gothenburg University (Sweden), and worked on bacterial intramembrane transferases and metastasis. Annette has now joined our group in Copenhagen to work on structural characterization of membrane proteins that may be suitable as drug targets against pathogens. In her spare time Annette enjoys being in nature, in particular climbing on mountains.

Contact: duelli@sund.ku.dk

Ping Li

Ping Li, PhD, post-doc.

Ping took his PhD in Tianjin Key Laboratory of Protein Science, Nankai University, China, and then moved to the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore, where he focused on structural studies of a two-component sensor. He is now working in our group at Lund University, focusing on proteins linked to copper transport across cellular membranes. His main scientific interest regards the elucidation of copper uptake and resistance, therefore his project focuses on structural and functional studies of proteins associated with prokaryotic copper flux across cellular membranes. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing football.

Contact: ping.li@med.lu.se 

Md Tamim Al Jubair

Md Tamim Al Jubair, PhD, Postdoc

He is from Bangladesh and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 2006. He then moved to Sweden in 2008 and received a Master of Science degree in Protein Science from Lund University in 2010. During this period, he became interested in protein structure and function, and he was recruited as a project student for one year in the Marjolein Thunnissen´s laboratory. Tamim then began his PhD studies in the group of Kristian Riesbeck where worked in close collaboration with Susanna Törnroth-Horsefield (all at Lund University) and he completed his degree in 2016. He is currently employed for a brief period of time as a research assistant in our group in Copenhagen, and is looking forward to receive a grant to continue this work as a postdoctoral researcher. Outside the laboratory, Tamim loves to spend time with his family and friends. He is very interested in fishing, gardening, music and films, and loves to play cricket and badminton. 

Contact: tamim@sund.ku.dk

Christina GrønbergChristina Grønberg, MSc, PhD student

She has studied Medicinal Chemistry at Aarhus University, her hometown, and selected the “Analysis, Structure and Design” program after the first year, due to the importance of three-dimensional structures of proteins for research and drug development. Christina then did her Master thesis in Poul Nissen’s group in Aarhus, focusing on the overproduction, purification and crystallization of PIV P-type ATPases (also known as flippase). Christina is now continuing along these lines as a PhD student, and seeks to structurally and functionally characterize different transition metal transporting P-type ATPases. Besides doing science, she enjoys exploring new places, mountain biking and socializing.

Contact: christina.groenberg@sund.ku.dk

Liying ZhangLiying Zhang, MSc, PhD student

Obtained her MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from State Key Laboratory Of Silkworm Genome Biology in Chongqing (China) focusing on exploring the sex control mechanism of silkworm. Liying has now chosen to enter the new field of protein structure biology, carrying out her PhD studies in Pontus Gourdon’s group at the University of Copenhagen. In her leisure time, Liying Zhang enjoys staying with friends and reading the novel of Martial Arts.

Contact: liying.zhang@sund.ku.dk

Julie Winkel Missel

Julie Winkel Missel, MSc, PhD student

She completed her Master’s degree in biochemistry in 2016 at Per Amstrup Pedersen’s laboratory at the Institute of Biology, University of Copenhagen. Her thesis focused on expressing eukaryotic membrane proteins using S. cerevisiae as an expression platform for subsequent structural and functional studies. Julie started her PhD studies in July 2016 where she is aiming towards getting a deeper understanding of the structure and mechanism of aquaporins. She is the youngest PhD student in our group, and in her spare time she enjoys going to music concerts and playing video games.

Contact: juliem@sund.ku.dk

Elena Longhin

Elena Longhin, MSc, PhD student

Originally from Venice (Italy), she earned her MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Parma (Italy), where she focused on the characterization of proteins relevant for human health. She started in our group in Copenhagen as Research Assistant, following her interest in the challenges offered by the structural characterization of membrane proteins.  Now, she is continuing her work as PhD student, working on structural characterization of the zinc-transporting P-type ATPases. When she is outside the lab, she loves watching sci-fi movies and biking.

Contact: elonghin@sund.ku.dk

Niloofar Nayeri

Niloofar Nayeri, MSc, PhD

 She is from Iran originally. Niloofar has a huge interest in figuring out exactly how proteins are and function. Following her interest, she took a BSc in general biology in Iran, and then a MSc in protein science at Lund University (Sweden). Her master's project was performed in Derek Logan's group working on production of ribonucleotide reductases and discovering the role of their ATP-cones. She has now joined the group of Pontus Gourdon in Lund where we are after structural and functional properties of proteins linked to copper homeostasis. Off science, there is an art-loving Niloofar following different types of art. She is also into cooking and deeply in love with Siberian huskies.

Contact:  niloofar.nayeri@med.lu.se   

Qiaoxia HyQiaoxia Hu, MSc, PhD student

She obtained her MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Shandong University in China focusing on orphan GPCRs. She is very interested in structural biology because of the associated challenges. She has now started her PhD studies in our group at University of Copenhagen to approach the structure and function of transition metal P-type ATPases. In her leisure time, she likes to read and run.

Contact: qiaoxia@sund.ku.dk

Eva Ramos Bécares

Eva Ramos Bécares, MSc, PhD student.

Eva comes originally from Spain, where she obtained her BSc in biochemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid. Subsequently, she moved to the Netherlands, where she got her MSc in Biotechnology at Wageningen University. In the meantime, she carried out an online MSc in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. In September 2016, Eva moved to Copenhagen in order to do an Internship at Novozymes. Motivated to further broaden her experience as a researcher and understanding the correlation between protein structure and functionality, Eva has now become a PhD student in our group at University of Copenhagen. Her project aims to elucidate the structural and functional basis of zinc translocation. Besides being in the lab, she likes spending time with friends and enjoying a good series/movie.

Contact: evabecares@sund.ku.dk

Alba Ferrer Pérez

Alba Ferrer Pérez
She is enrolled in the last year of her Bachelor Degree of Biochemistry at the Universitat de València. In València, she worked as student assistant for two years at Isabel Fariñas’ group, where she helped doing two main projects: the study of cellular and molecular changes caused by dopaminergic neurodegeneration and the self-renewal process of neuronal stem cells (NSC). She is now doing a three-month Erasmus traineeship in our Danish group, because she wanted to learn more about how to work with membrane proteins. Here, she is working with a zinc-transporting P-type ATPase. She chose Copenhagen because it is an open-minded city with many activities for young people during the summer. In her free time, she likes to go running and spending time with her friends.

Contact: aperez@sund.ku.dk

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Alumni

Henriette Elisabeth Autzen

Henriette Elisabeth Autzen, PhD

She obtained her PhD in Prof. Poul Nissen’s laboratory in Aarhus (Denmark) focusing on two P-type ATPases: the Ca(II)-ATPase SERCA from fast-twitch skeletal muscle and the Cu(I)-ATPase Lpg1024 (LpCopA) from Legionella pneumophila. During her PhD studies, Henriette employed a diverse set of methods within structural biology including both in vivo and in silico approaches. Henriette then continued along those lines for 14 months (2014-2016) within our group through a maintained collaboration with Prof. Poul Nissen's team, focusing on biochemical characterization of the Cu(I)-ATPases. Henriette has now left for a post-doc in Yifan Cheng's laboratory at USCF in San Francisco, USA.

Jette Skov

Jette Skov Alstrøm, MSc 

She obtained her M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicin at the University of Copenhagen. Jette performed her Master thesis in Nanna MacAulay’s group where she mainly focused on the regulation of astrocytic connexin hemichannels. She has now chosen to focus on structural characterization of connexin channels (gap junctions and hemichannels) within the framework of the Membrane Protein Structural Biology Group, recruited as a research assistant. Jette uses her free time on volunteer work with children. She is a scout leader and a volunteer on diverse camps with the Young Red Cross.

Nina SalustrosNina Salustros, BSc,

She studies in Biochemistry at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As part of her studies, she decided to go abroad for an internship, which brought her to our group at University of Copenhagen. Her work focuses on copper transporting P-type ATPases, including protein overproduction, purification and crystallization. In her leisure time, Nina loves playing basketball, meeting friends and exploring Denmark.

Martina Tamburello

Martina Tamburello, BSc.

Martina comes from Italy, where she took her BSc in Biology (University of Calabria). Before starting her MSc, she decided to come in Denmark to carry out an internship in our group, in order to acquire new competencies, learn a new language and know a new culture. Her work focuses on the purification and crystallization of a zinc-transporting P-type ATPase. Once back in Italy, she will start her MSc in Cellular Molecular Biology at the University of Bologna (Italy). In her free time she loves travelling with her friends and listening to jazz music.