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 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.


Claudia Grimal Bosch (Research assistant)

Claudia obtained her Bachelor's degree in Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She then joined the lab for her Master's Thesis in Modelling for Science and Engineering at the same university. Since her thesis defense in September 2019, Claudia has continued the work on her project, investigating selection in cancer.


Verónica Miró Pina (Postdoc)

Verónica obtained her PhD in Mathematics at Sorbonne Université (Paris) in 2018, before she moved to Mexico for a postdoctoral position at UNAM. Her research area is stochastic models in population genetics. She joined the group in September 2020 to investigate the interplay between tumor heterozygosity and selection. For more information about Verónica, visit her personal website.


Michel Owusu (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 interested in the links between DNA damage/repair, mutations and selection in the evolution of malignant cells.


Miguel Rodriguez Galindo (PhD student)

Miguel obtained his Bachelor diploma in Genetics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, where he continued with a Master's degree in Bioinformatics. Miguel joined the lab in October 2018 and is now a PhD student funded by a "laCaixa" Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowship. He is interested in constructing proper mutational null models for the characterization of the selection footprint left on non-coding somatic variants.


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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