Francesca Aguilo (francesca.aguilo@umu.se)

Principal investigator

I'm originally from Mallorca, where I did my Bachelor in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands. I then moved to Barcelona, to do my PhD at the University of Barcelona, studying the metabolism of ketone bodies. As a postdoc at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, I became interested in understanding epigenetic and epitranscriptomic mechanisms governing stem cell function. I joined the WCMM and the Department of Medical Biosciences at Umeå University in October 2016 as an independent researcher. I love cinema, music and travelling.

Sandhya Malla (sandhya.malla@umu.se)

PhD student

I am from Nepal. After completing my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry  from the National College of Advance learning, Kathmandu (Nepal), I joined Jiwaji University, Gwalior (India) for master’s degree. In 2015, I moved to Umeå, and I had the opportunity to work as a project assistant in the Department of Medical Biosciences. After a very competitive selection procedure, I was fortunate to join the laboratory of Dr. Francesca Aguilo first as a project assistant and, since September 2017, as a PhD student. I like playing sports, listening to music and watching football.

Cyrinne Achour (cyrinne.achour@umu.se)

PhD student

I grew up in France and did my Bachelor in Biology in Paris-Sud XI University, Orsay, which introduced me to epigenetics and non-coding RNAs. I then graduated from my Master's degree in Biochemistry & Genetics of RNA (Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris). Before joining the Aguilo Lab for my PhD study, I did a second internship in Pierre and Marie Curie University, studying the role of a putative tRNA-methyltransferase in Drosophila, which grew my interest in understanding how RNA modifications can be linked to development and diseases. Besides Science, I like travelling, music and doodling!

Dario Melguizo-Sanchis (dario.melguizo-sanchis@umu.se)

Postdoctoral Fellow

I received my M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and Ph.D. degree in Stem Cell Biology and Cellular Therapy from Newcastle University in the U.K. I joined Dr. Aguilo's lab as postdoctoral fellow in September 2017. I am currently involved in different research projects including the study of regulation of pluripotency in mouse embryonic stem cells by specific zinc-finger proteins and identification of RNA modifications as potential biomarkers in breast cancer. I like playing football, fishing and snowboarding.

Devi Prasad (devi.prasad@umu.se)

Postdoctoral fellow

I came from the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal where I completed my BSc. in Biochemistry from Purbanchal University. Then, I went to Jiwaji University, India for MSc. Biochemistry. I have completed my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2013-2017) from Beijing Institutes of Genomics (UCAS), China, under the supervision of Prof. Yungui Yang, where I studied various RNA modification, including reader proteins for m6A. My research interest areas are on different RNA modifications and its implications in health and disease. I am very much fond of hiking and photography (a lot to learn).

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