CURRENT MEMBERS

Scientific Minds

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TOKAMEH MAHMOUDI

Group Leader

Tokameh was born in Tehran, Iran. She attended UC Berkeley where she completed her Balechor’s degree followed by her Master’s studies at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada and obtained her PhD in Molecular Medicine from Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMS), The Netherlands. As a trained biochemist she applied her expertise during her post-doctoral studies at UCSF at the Gladstone Institute of Immunology and Virology in the lab of Dr. Eric Verdin and later in stem cell based technologies in the lab of Dr. Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute in The Netherlands. Now she is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. In her free time, she likes to travel, paint and read.

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ROBERT-JAN PALSTRA

Senior scientist

Robert-Jan obtained his BSc in 1995 from the Hogeschool Rotterdam. After several years of research abroad (Switzerland, Ethiopia and The United Kingdom) he moved to the lab of Prof. Frank Grosveld (ErasmusMC) to obtain his PhD which resulted in the first studies that demonstrated that cis-regulatory elements communicate with genes via chromatin loop formation. Current research interests include the fundamental mechanisms of enhancer action, the role of non-coding DNA variation in long-range gene activation and molecular control of reactivation of the HIV provirus. When he's not in the lab he likes to spend my time rock-climbing or kayaking.

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SHRINGAR RAO

Senior post-doctoral researcher

Shringar Rao completed a B.Sc in Microbiology and Biochemistry at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai, India and then received a scholarship at the University of Nottingham, UK for an M.Sc in Molecular Medical Microbiology. Her PhD research brought her to McGill University, Canada where she conducted her research on HIV-1 and RNA-binding proteins. Her current post-doctoral  research investigates innovative approaches to treat HIV and HBV. Aside from science, she spends her time reading classic literature, travelling and fighting the patriarchy.

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LEILA BEIKMOHAMMADI

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Leila was born in Tehran, Iran and completed her PhD in Molecular Medicine at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences ,Tehran,Iran(2019) . She joined the lab as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2019 to work on liver and bladder organoid platforms. She is interested in research on different extracellular matrixes in Organoid Culture. Apart from research , she loves to paint & read entrepreneurship books.

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TSUN WAI KAN

Lab manager

Tsun Wai was born in Zwolle, Netherlands. He completed his degree in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research in 2006 in The Netherlands, and joined the lab in 2014.

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MATHIJS SCHOLTES

PhD  Candidate

Mathijs was born in Gouda, Netherlands (hence the cheesy humor). He is an MD and PhD candidate investigating chemotherapy response in muscle-invasive bladder cancer using patient-derived organoids and descriptive genomics.

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SHAHLA ROMAL

Research Technician

As our experienced Research Technician, Shahla is a fundamental part of what makes Mahmoudi Lab such a successful Science Lab. She is truly an invaluable member of our hardworking team.

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RAQUEL CRESPO

PhD Candidate

Raquel obtained a BSc in Microbiology at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2017. Her interests in immunology and infectious diseases led her to Rotterdam where she completed a MSc in Erasmus University. During her master, Raquel performed a long intership in Dr. Mahmoudi’s lab, where she studied HIV-1 latency and reactivation-based therapies. This led her to obtain a PhD position after completion of her master, where she continues to study the molecular mechanisms behind HIV-1 latency. Outside of the lab, she enjoys sci-fi books, cooking shows and beach days.

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TANVIR (TONMOY) HOSSAIN

PhD Candidate

Tonmoy was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and MSc in Infection & Immunity from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He joined the lab in 2019 as an masters intern and currently, doing his PhD. He is interested in research related to chronic viral infection (HBV and HIV) and using patient derive organoids platform for viral infection study.

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ALICJA GORSKA

Research Technician

Alicja was born in Poland and obtained the title of Master and engineer in Biotechnology at the University of Agricultures Hugona Kołłątaja in Kraków, where she also finished her postgraduate studies in Dietetics at the Kraków School of Health Promotion. In her laboratory adventure, she worked at the Polish Academy of Science in the field of dendrology in the United Kingdom. Now happy to be part of this high-profile Biochemistry laboratory at the ErasmusMC, as well as working as a EHEG research technician.
She is interested in good crime and comedy (written or filmed), travel, sports and nutrition.

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KATIE HENSLEY

PhD candidate

Katie is an MD and PhD candidate and have officially been a part of the Biochemistry lab since February 2021. My main focus is working on finding a cure for HIV! I was born in Belgium to Dutch and British parents and moved to the Netherlands for my medical degree. In my free time I can be found reading a sci-fi/fantasy book or dancing ballroom and latin.