Valen Group | People

Eivind Valen

Eivind Valen did his PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Copenhagen under Albin Sandelin and Anders Krogh. He later moved to Harvard University and The Broad Institute where he did his postdoc in the lab of Alex Schier.


Teshome Tilahun Bizuayehu

Teshome Tilahun Bizuayehu has two master degrees from Ghent University and Nord University. He did his PhD at Nord University on regulation and targeting of microRNAs during development and has worked on characterizing small non-coding RNAs.

Yamila Torres Cleuren

Yamila Torres Cleuren did her MSc at King’s College London on translational medicine, then pursued her PhD at the Rothman lab (University of Auckland, New Zealand, and University of California Santa Barbara) working on C. elegans quantitative genetics and early developmental stages. Currently working as a postdoctoral fellow on translational regulation and the maternal to zygotic transition.

Maximilian Krause

Maximilian Krause studied Molecular Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany). During his PhD studies at the MPI-CBG in Dresden he investigated epigenetic changes during zygotic genome activation in zebrafish embryos. He is now a postdoctoral fellow, studying the interplay of poly(A) tail length and translation regulation through Nanopore Long-read sequencing.

MSc students

Thomas Stautland

Thomas Stautland got his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, with an emphasis on Bioinformatics. Currently, he is working towards his M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, focusing on improving basecalling algorithms for Nanopore sequences.

PhD students

Håkon Tjeldnes

Håkon Tjeldnes holds a bachelor degree in both molecular biology and bioinformatics and masters degree in bioinformatics from the University of Bergen. He currently pursues his PhD working on the identification of upstream open reading frames and their downstream effects in a variety of human cell-types and tissues.

Adnan Niazi

Adnan has a masters degree in Human Media Interaction from the University of Twente, Netherlands. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, Radboud University Nijmegen. Adnan is currently pursing his PhD at the Valen lab. His research focuses on developing computational approaches for studying RNA using Nanopore sequencing.


Diego Montero Solano (BSc intern, 2019)

Senna Hiensch (BSc intern, 2019)

Lena Lanner (BSc intern, 2018)

Florian Müller (MSc student, 2017-2018)

Håkon Tjeldnes (MSc student, 2017-2018)


Kornel Labun (PhD student, 2015-2019)

Gunnar Schulze (PhD student, 2014-2019)

Katarzyna “Kasia” Chyżyńska (PhD student, 2014-2019)

Adam Giess (PhD student, 2014-2019)

Kirill Jefimov (research assistant, 2017-2018)

Puja Thiel (researcher, 2015-2017)