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 NKUA (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 pancreatic cancer in a collaboration between the hematology and pancreatic cancer teams of the Institute of cancer sciences. In the Krause lab her work focuses on novel mechanisms of alteration of the bone marrow microenvironment in leukemia.
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 in 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/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles. During her PhD program she focused on prostate cancer. Valentina joined the Krause group as a postdoc in Jan 2017 and is currently investigating how the bone marrow microenvironment differentially affects the development of specific leukaemias.
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 studying novel proteins involved with aneuploidy under the supervision of Dr. Floris Foijer at the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Groningen, Netherlands. She is joining the Krause lab as a Ph.D. student and her research project will focus on understanding the interactions between the bone marrow microenvironment 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 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.
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.
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.