Anthony Mathelier, PhD – Group leader

email-logo anthony[dot]mathelier[at]ncmm[dot]uio[dot]no; Twitter_logo@AMathelier; office: (+47) 228-40-561

Mailing address: NCMM, P.O. Box 1137 Blindern, 0318 Oslo, Norway

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IMG_6225_croppedAnthony Mathelier is a computer scientist by background who completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Alessandra Carbone at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, in 2010. His PhD research aimed at the development of computational tools to predict miRNAs in eukaryotes. He joined Dr. Wyeth Wasserman in 2011 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow. He became the deputy group leader in Dr. Wasserman lab in 2013. He focused on gene regulation at the transcriptional level during his postdoc. In particular, understanding how transcription factors (TFs) bind in a sequence specific manner to the DNA and how the alteration of transcriptional regulation contributes to cancer. He is the group leader of the Computational Biology & Gene Regulation team at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway, part of the nordic EMBL partnership, since May 2016.

Aziz Khan, PhD – Postdoctoral fellow

email-logo aziz[dot]khan[at]ncmm[dot]uio[dot]no; Twitter_logo@khanaziz84

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Aziz Khan completed his PhD in bioinformatics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in July 2016. The main focus of his PhD research was the development of computational methods and resources to perform integrative analysis and help the research community in studying the functional importance of super-enhancers. His primary research interests are bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning, and integrative analysis of high throughput sequencing data with an emphasis on regulatory genomics and epigenomics. He joined the lab as a Postdoctoral fellow on October 2016.

Jaime Castro-Mondragòn – Postdoctoral fellow

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JCastroJaime Castro-Mondragòn completed his PhD in Bioinformatics under the supervision of Dr. Jacques van Helden at the Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France, in 2017. His PhD work was mainly focused on the development of tools to analyse Transcription Factor Binding Motifs, mainly on the clustering of motifs to reduce motif redundancy and to group TF motifs from the same TF Families. He is interested in gene expression regulation, computational biology, and data visualization. His current project is focused on finding mutations altering miRNA expression on diseases, for example cancer. He joined the lab as a Postdoctoral fellow on October 2017.

Marius Gheorghe – PhD student

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12 Marius Gheorghe is a computer scientist who obtained his Bachelor degree in Micro-computer Programming and Embedded Systems at Université Paris 8, France, and his Master degree in Computer Science Theory and Advanced Technologies at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden University, The Netherlands. His interdisciplinary Master thesis was entitled Physiological Ageing Described by Genome-Wide Expression Trends, under the supervision of Dr. Vered Raz, Dr. Thomas Bäck, and Dr. Michael Emmerich. The aim of his research was to use microarray gene expression data in order to characterize ageing in different human tissues and identify the age at which major changes in genetic expression profiles occur. He joined the lab as a PhD candidate in September 2016.

Kübra Altinel – Master student

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Kübra Altinel is a second year Master’s student in Bioinformatics in the Health Sciences programme at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Her background is in Molecular Biology and Genetics from her bachelor degree obtained  at Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey. During her studies, she was interested in gene regulation and its impact on particular diseases, focusing on cancer. She joined the lab in Oct. 2017 for 10 months to do her Master project.

Arnaud Stigliani – visiting PhD student

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Arnaud Stigliani is a computer scientist by background who obtained his Master degree at the Grenoble institute of technology. He is currently doing a PhD in the Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute of Grenoble in the Cell & Plant Physiology Laboratory. His main focus is to understand the binding and gene regulation induced by LEAFY, a pioneer factor triggering flowering. He joined the lab on Sept. 2017 for 3 months to further understand the impact of the DNA methylation on the transcription factor binding.


  • Victor Laigle – Master student 2017
  • Eleftherios Pavlos – Master student 2016-2017