Sonika completed her bachelor studies in Biotechnology from the University of Pune, India. She pursued her masters degree in molecular life sciences at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany in 2012. Her masters thesis was entitled “Role of tumor suppressor Nf2(Neurofibromatosis -Merlin) in regulating spermatogonial stem cell niche” under the supervision of Dr. Helen Morrison at the Leibniz institute for Age Research, Jena. She joined the Krause Lab in 2016 and currently is a PhD student. Her work is focused on studying the bone marrow microenvironment in human leukemia cells harbouring specific gene mutations by using in vivo microscopy and various mouse models.
Nina studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In her master thesis she worked on the influence of Wnt1 on the growth of bronchial carcinomas at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University. Nina joined the Krause lab in January 2017 as a research technician.
Christina completed her bachelor studies in biology at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and was trained at the Biology Laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Athens (Greece), where she focused on the molecular basis of colorectal cancer. She completed her masters in cancer sciences at the University of Glasgow (UK), where her thesis was on the role of autophagy in pancreatic cancer. In the Krause lab her work focuses on novel mechanisms on the interaction between the bone marrow microenvironment and leukaemia cells.
Rahul completed his master's degree in biotechnology at IIT Roorkee (India) and his master's project investigated the inhibition of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells. He did his PhD at the University of Heidelberg under the supervision of Dr. L. Kaufmann (Prof. H. Steinbeisser (late)). During his PhD he studied the involvement of protocadherins (cell adhesion protein) and downstream kinase in Wnt signaling regulation using Xenopus Laevis as model system. Rahul joined the Krause group in October 2016. Currently he is trying to decipher the microanatomy of leukemia and its contribution to disease progression.
Dr. Valentina Minciacchi
Valentina completed her master studies in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Florence (Italy). Her project was focused on the reciprocal metabolic reprogramming between tumor cells and fibroblasts. She did her PhD at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro (Italy) and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles (USA). During her PhD program she focused how the interactions with the tumor microenvironment affect prostate cancer progression. Valentina joined the Krause group as a postdoc in Jan 2017 and is currently investigating how the leukaemia cells educate the bone marrow microenvironment toward a more permissive environment for leukaemia progression.
Raquel completed her Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and Master degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Minho (Portugal). She conducted her Master’s thesis focused on Biology of Ageing and aneuploidy under the supervision of Dr. Floris Foijer at ERIBA (Netherlands). She is joining the Krause lab as a PhD student and her research project will focus on understanding the interactions between the bone marrow microenvironment components and leukaemia.
Costanza received her bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). She completed her masters degree in Translational Oncology in England (United Kingdom) in 2016. There she investigated a new combinational therapy in oesophageal adenocarcinoma cell lines. She joined the Krause Lab as a PhD student in February 2017, working on the role of bone marrow microenvironment in leukaemia.