1. Prof. (Emeritus) Laurence Bindoff, MD, PhD
Laurence is the group leader in the MMN group and emeritus professor of Neurology and Neurodegeneration, Consultant Neurologist. He has extensive experience in the field of mitochondrial translational research and neurogenetics.
2. Kristina Xiao Liang, DDS, PhD
Kristina Xiao is a senior researcher and the team leader in Mitochondrial Stem Cell Research in the MMN group. She is working on different projects related to iPSCs and neural differentiation after she has finished her post-doctoral position in the same group.
3. Omar Hikmat, MD, PhD
Omar Hikmat is a postdoc. fellow in the MMN group. He is a senior physician in pediatric neurology, working at the Paediatric Neurology section- Paediatric Department, Haukeland University Hospital. He has a special interest in pediatric neuro-metabolic, neuro-genetics, mitochondrial disorders, and complex epilepsy.
The main research interest is within clinical mitochondrial medicine and in particular POLG disease.
4. Kristin Nielsen Varhaug
Kristin is a postdoc. fellow and neurology resident at Haukeland University Hospital. Currently working on biomarkers of mitochondrial dysfunction and biomarkers in primary mitochondrial disorders.
5. Cecilie Katrin Kristiansen
Cecilie is a molecular biologist and a Ph.D. candidate. She did her MSc in biomedical sciences working with the group on modeling POLG disease using iPSC-derived neural stem cells from POLG patients. Currently, she is continuing the work with neural stem cells for use in compound drug screening.
6. Anbin Chen
Anbin is a visiting Ph.D. student from the Shandong University of China. He is working on the interaction of iPSC-derived astrocytes and neurons to study the pathological mechanisms related to POLG diseases.
7. Bryant Zhuoyuan Zhang, DDS, PhD.
Bryant Zhuoyuan is joint PhD student from West China hospital of stomatology, China. His PhD project in MMN group wis focused on the metabolic reprogramming and epigenetic regulation between cancer and tumor microenvironment (TME).
8. Hanne Linda Nakkestad
Hanne Linda is the senior engineer in the MMN group.
9. Kibret Yimer Mazengia
Hanne Linda is the staff engineer in the MMN group.
10. Sharika Marjan
Sharika is a master's student in the our group. She is working on the project of using human iPSC-derived brain organoids to develop the treatment of POLG-related diseases.
11. Tsering Yangzom
Tsering is a master's student in the our group. She is working on the project of a Stem cell-based study on defining toxic astrocytes in POLG-related diseases.
13. Bjørn Christian Lundberg
Bjørnis a master's student in the our group. He is working on the project of using human iPSC-derived brain organoids to model POLG-related diseases.
14. Elisabeth Claire Evjenth
Elisabeth a master's student in the our group. She is working on the project of using human iPSC-derived brain organoids to develope the treatment of POLG-related diseases.
15. Léa Longueville
Léa is a master's student in the our group. She is working on the project of how NR treatment affects astrocyte reactivity and neurotoxicity in POLG-related disease.
Past members of the group
· Janniche Torsvik
· Marina Toompuu
· Gina Alien Zantingh
· Yu Hong