The team behind our work

Bhupesh Prusty

Bhupesh Prusty

I am Bhupesh, and I love to do translational medical research. I am excited about science, and that’s what keeps me occupied. As a young student, though I loved to learn about machines that simplified our everyday tasks, the intricate natural machinery of a cell was more spellbinding, and this allured me to the field of life sciences, where the unknown is a zillion times more than the known.

Claudia Hollmann

Claudia Hollmann

I’m Claudia, an immunologist and a specialist in flow cytometry. My motivation as a scientist is to understand why diseases arise and how they can be treated. I think it's great to know that my research can actually help people one day. I see myself as a team player and enjoy teaching students. I am a working mom with great little boys, and I manage the challenge of balancing my job and family with my boss, who supports me wonderfully. I like traveling and photography.

Mikus Melderis

Mikus Melderis

This is Mikus, a biologist with interests ranging from dendrochronology to miRNA-induced gene silencing. In the laboratory, Mikus wants to find out the long-term effects of bacteria and viruses on each other and their hosts and how they do it. With the attitude of "while exploring the small details don't forget to look at the big picture"  and experience in molecular and cell biology, nanotechnologies and spectroscopy he believes that it is achievable. Even more so can milk cows, likes to kayak and has an "obsession" with houseplants, dinosaurs and quiz shows.

Zheng Liu

Zheng Liu

My name is Zheng Liu. Friends, call me Stefan. My academic journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from Donghua University, Shanghai. Afterward, I moved to Sweden and pursued a Master's in Infection Biology at Uppsala University, where  I developed my interest in virology. During my master's thesis, I investigated the post-translational modifications during EBV infection at the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz) in Heidelberg. My scientific passion mainly focuses on host-pathogen interactions and infection-triggered autoimmunity. I have been enjoying my PhD journey so far.

I look forward to answering more questions about infections in the future!

Trushnal Waghmare

Trushnal Waghmare

Meet Trushnal! She is a virologist who has a keen interest in the field of neurovirology. Trushnal believes that tiny entities like viruses play a considerable role in shaping our world and finds it fascinating to explore how they survive and their effects on the host. Pursuing her passion, she wants to conduct scientific research to uncover key answers about viruses.

She believes institutions and inspiration are interconnected in all aspects of life.

Outside of work, Trushnal enjoys discovering new art forms and indulging in different food flavors.

Liba Sokolovska

I’m Liba. I’m a biologist with an interest in virology and immunology. The association between viruses and non-communicable diseases has been the main field of investigation for me, but I’m eager to expand my skills and delve deeper into the mechanisms of viral infections. Ever since my first days of working in a lab, I’ve been fascinated by how research allows us to glimpse into the invisible world of cells and molecules. In my free time, I love traveling, roller-skating, listening to science or medicine-related podcasts, and reading science fiction novels.

Lab Alumni

Francesca Kasimir (Bachelor trainee)

Agnes Kaiping (Master trainee)

Antje Enders (Master trainee)

Julius Thomas (Bachelor trainee)

Nitin Gulve (Doctoral student)

Suvagata Roy Chowdhury (Doctoral student)

Saumya Sharma

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