Mitochondrial Medicine & Neurogenetics (MMN)


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Members in our group:

1. Prof. Laurence Bindoff, Ph.D., MD

Laurence is the group leader in the MMN group and professor of Neurology and Neurodegeneration, Consultant Neurologist. He has extensive experience in the field of mitochondrial translational research and neurogenetics.

E-post: Laurence.Bindoff@uib.no

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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 neural differentiation after she has finished her post-doctoral position in the same group.

E-post: Xiao.Liang@uib.no

Kristina Xiao Liang
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3. Yu Hong, MD, PhD

Yu is a postdoc. fellow and his project is focused on the generation of 3D brain organoids from iPSCs and single-cell RNA sequencing.

E-post: Yu.Hong@uib.no

Yu Hong
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4. Omar Hikmat. MD PhD

Omar Hikmat is a postdoc. fellow in the MMN group. He is a consultant 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.

E-post: Omar.Hikmat@uib.no

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5. Kristin Nielsen Varhaug

Kristin is a Ph.D. candidate and neurology resident at Haukeland University Hospital. Currently working on biomarkers of mitochondrial dysfunction and biomarkers in primary mitochondrial disorders.

E-post: Kristin.Varhaug@uib.no

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6. Sepideh Mostafavi

Sepideh joined the MMN group to practice working with the stem cells and using these cells for modeling the mitochondrial disorders. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate and is focus on mitochondrial changes during differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells towards committed cardiomyocytes.

E-post: Sepideh.Mostafavi@uib.no

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7. 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.

E-post: Cecilie.Kristiansen@uib.no

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8. 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.

E-post: Anbin.Chen@uib.no

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9. Atefeh Kianian

Atefeh did her undergraduate studies at Azad University of Tehran Medical Branch in Cellular and Molecular Biology at 2017 and now she finished her master's study in the MMN group working on mitochondrial biogenesis and function in glial astrocytes derived from iPSCs with POLG mutation. She is now applying for the Ph.D. program in the MMN group.

E-post: Atefeh.Kianian@uib.no

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10. Bryant Zhuoyuan Zhang, MD, PhD.

Bryant Zhuoyuan is a visiting researcher/joint PhD student from West China hospital of stomatology, China. His finishe his PhD project in MMN group with a collaboration on Prof. Daniela Costea, K1, UiB. The study is focused on the metabolic reprogramming and epigenetic regulation between cancer and TME. He is now applying for the Postdoc. program in the MMN group.

E-post: 407816983@qq.com

Bryant Zhuoyuan
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11. Hanne Linda Nakkestad

Hanne Linda is the senior engineer in the MMN group.

E-post: Hanne.Nakkestad@uib.no

Hanne-Linda Nakkestad
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12. Kibret Yimer Mazengia

Hanne Linda is the staff engineer in the MMN group.

E-post: Kibret.Mazengia@uib.no

Kibret Yimer Mazengia
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Past members of the group

·       Charalampos Tzoulis

·       Kristoffer Haugarvoll

·       Janniche Torsvik

·       Petter Sanaker

·       Novin Balafkan

·       Gia Tuong Tran

·       Marina Toompuu

·       Ina Katrine Nitschke Pettersen

·       Guro Helén Vatne

·       Gina Alien Zantingh