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). He finished his Diploma thesis at the Leibniz-Institute for Age research, studying the role of PML nuclear bodies on cellular senescence. He then joined the group of Dr Nadine Vastenhouw at the MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden to pursue his PhD studying the role of Histone H3 Lysine 4 trimethylation in zygotic genome activation during early developmental stages of zebrafish. He is now a postdoctoral fellow, investigating the impact of epitranscriptomics during development.


Kirill Jefimov

Kirill Jefimov got an MSc. in gene-technology at the University of Tartu. He is about to finish his PhD project in epigenetics at University of Bergen. He is currently developing specialized protocols to study the translation during zebrafish development.

PhD students

Katarzyna “Kasia” Chyżyńska

Katarzyna “Kasia” Chyżyńska got her M.Sc. from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is working on the dynamics of translation, in particular stalling and stop-codon read through.

Kornel Labun

Kornel Labun acquired his M.Sc. in Bioinformatics at the Silesian University of Technology. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the topic of small open reading frames. His interests also include CRISPR and software development.

Adam Giess

Adam Giess has worked several years as a bioinformatician at the University of Oxford and Imperial College. Before that he got his M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the University of Leicester. Currently pursuing his PhD working on translational regulation and uORFs.

Gunnar Schulze

Gunnar Schulze has a M.Sc in Bioinformatics from the University of Potsdam. He currently pursues a PhD, studying the evolution of gene regulation and developing methods for sensitive contaminant detection in sequencing data.

M.Sc. students

Håkon Tjeldnes

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


Puja Thiel

Puja Thiel did her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Bergen. She has been working on various aspects of gene regulation in in-vitro systems and in zebrafish. In ValenLab she was working on features of mRNAs that regulate their translation.