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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Senna Hiensch (BSc intern, 2019)

Florian Müller (MSc student, 2018)


Puja Thiel (researcher, 2015-2017)

Adam Giess (PhD student, 2014-2019)

Kirill Jefimov (research assistant, 2017-2018)