Weghorn Lab

Evolutionary Processes Modeling

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Donate Weghorn (Principal investigator)

Donate [doˈnɑːtə] did her PhD at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany. After that she moved to the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, for her postdoc years. She started her group at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in October 2018.


Hossameldin Loay Ali (PhD student)

Hossameldin obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical and Systems Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. After that he moved to Glasgow, Scotland, where he completed his Master's degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Glasgow. His Master's thesis was in automating genotyping of simple sequence repeats structures of single gene disorders. Hossameldin started his PhD research in the group in August 2020. He is interested in mathematical and computational solutions for the interpretation and modelling of genomic data.


Miguel Cortés Guzmán (PhD student)

Miguel obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biosciences (2018) and a Master's degree in Computer Science (2020) from the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico. His Master thesis work focused on the comparison of gene co-expression metrics, pipelines, and analysis of gene networks. He joined the lab in 2021 as a PhD student with interests in tumor evolutionary dynamics and tissue-specific cancer genes.


Nicola Dick (PhD student)

Nicola obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany. In her Master's thesis, she focused on statistical modeling and simulating tumor evolution. Nicola joined the group for her PhD in October 2020. She wants to investigate the mutation and selection processes that lead to cancer aggressiveness and need to be considered in genomic data analysis.


Théotime Grohens (Postdoc)

Théotime obtained his PhD in Computer Science at INSA Lyon, where he worked on the role of DNA supercoiling in the evolution of gene regulatory networks. He joined the group in January 2023, and studies the evolutionary dynamics of cancer through the prism of neoantigen formation. For more information, you can visit his personal website. Photo: B. Fourrier


Michel Owusu (Visiting postdoc)

Michel did his PhD at CeMM, the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in Vienna, where he worked on genomic instability in cancer and rare diseases. Michel joined the group in October 2019 as an Erwin Schrödinger fellow (FWF) and is now doing his fellowship return phase in Vienna. Michel is interested in the links between DNA damage/repair, mutations and selection in the evolution of malignant cells.


Roger Parramon Codina (Research assistant)

Roger obtained his Bachelor's degree in Genetics (2022) and his Master's degree in Bioinformatics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His Master's thesis was about cancer evolution and tumour drivers. Roger joined the group in 2023 as an intern for his Master's degree and continued as a research trainee. He is interested in population genomics, evolution, and cancer research.

Raúl Sanz (Research assistant)

Raúl obtained his Bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2022) and is currently enrolled in the Master's degree in Biomedical Data Science at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He is interested in applying machine learning techniques to large-scale data to solve biomedical problems.


Clàudia Serrano Colomé (PhD student)

Clàudia obtained her Barchelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. After that, she moved to Oxford, UK, and completed the MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford. Clàudia joined the lab in October 2020 as a PhD student. She is interested in the art of mathematical modelling and she will be studying the evolutionary dynamics of cancer.


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