Our team, from North to South

Our lab is harbored by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), a Top 100 global leading university located in the town of Lyngby, 10 km north of Copenhagen, with 10,300 residents. Our lab has people from several different countries, and we welcome new members from all around the world. Variety is not only represented among countries but also among research educational backgrounds. There is only one common key: we are all passionate and hard-working scientists with an entrepreneurial mindset.

 

Current members

PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (University of Copenhagen) and M.Sc.Eng in Advanced and Applied Chemistry (Technical University of Denmark, DTU). Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at DTU, where he is working on developing the world’s first recombinant oligoclonal antivenom based on human antibodies He is recognized as Denmark’s Coolest Engineer, being specialized in antibody discovery and toxicovenomics for development of modern antivenoms against snakebite. Co-founder of Biosyntia, VenomAb and REBBLS and ToxBlog author.

Andreas H. Laustsen

Mikael Engmark

M.Sc.Eng in Advanced and Applied Chemistry (Technical University of Denmark) and BioBusiness and Innovation Program graduate (Copenhagen Business School). Currently, PhD student at DTU. His research entails investigation of antibody cross-reactivity, expression of snake toxins, humanization of murine antibodies and lab scale production of mAbs targeting common features of relevant toxins using mammalian cell factories. Venture Cup Idea Competition 2011 finalist and co-founder of VenomAb (Danish Entrepreneurship Award 2013).

Associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark, where he is working on Eukaryotic Cell Factories. Assoc. Prof. Rørdam has been awarded with the Work Environment Prize 2013, given once a year at the annual ball in recognition of a significant effort to improve the work environment at DTU and Direktør Peter Gorm-Petersens Mindelegat, recognition of significant developments in the field of engineering in Denmark. Moreover, he was named DTU Researcher of the Year (2008) and Teacher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.

Mikael Rørdam

Andrea M. Esteban

B.Sc. Biochemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently, she is M.Sc.Eng candidate in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering (DTU), working on the development of humanized monoclonal antibodies targeting several key snake toxins, and Tropical Pharmacology Lab website project manager. Previously, she has work on potential treatments for sleeping sickness. Andrea Martos Esteban has been awarded with the First Prize on the 2015 Scientific Essay Contest UAM CSIC Excelentia Campus. Founder of upmagazine.co.

B.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine. Currently, M.Sc. candidate at the University of Copenhagen working on phage display. Previously, she worked on proteasome interactions, description of enzymatic biomarkers for breast cancer and behavioral analysis of compulsivity.

Cecilie Knudsen

BSc. in Biotechnology. Currently, Biology M.Sc. candidate at the University of Copenhagen working on phage display. Previously, she worked on social interactions in bacteria, bio-distribution of nanoparticles and behavioral analysis of compulsivity.

Urska Pus

B.Sc. student at the University of Copenhagen studying Molecular Biomedicine. He is conducting his bachelor’s thesis at DTU with focus on the discovery of antibodies against snake venom toxins through phage display.

Jonas Jürgensen

M.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine (University of Copenhagen). Currently, PhD. student on T cell biology at University of Cambridge and NIH funded by Wellcome Trust and NIH . At DTU, he is helping with theoretical support related to manufacturing and antibody discovery.

Kristoffer H. Johansen

B.Sc. in Biotechnology. Currently Stud. M.Sc. Eng in Biotechnology at DTU. Working with the discovery of antibodies against snake venom toxins through phage display for her masters’ thesis.

Mia Øhlenschlæger

B.Sc. in Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University and M.Sc.Eng. in Pharmaceutical Eng. at DTU. Currently, she is Visiting Research Assistant in Instituto Clodomiro Picado studying the inhibitory action of several synthetic molecules against snake venoms.

Saioa Oscoz Cob

M.Sc.Eng. in Biotechnology at DTU. Currently, PhD student in the Infection Microbiology Group working on Pseudomonas aeruginosa genomic evolution. Collaborating with the Tropical Pharmacology lab on Black mamba genome assembly.

Sandra W. Thrane

B.Sc. in Biotechnology. Currently studying M.Sc.Eng. at Technical University of Denmark. Her interests are within molecular microbiology and regulatory systems in prokaryotes. In her previous projects, she has worked on revealing the regulatory systems of phages.

Line Ledsgaard

Professor at DTU Bioengineering (Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine). He is specialized in metabolic signaling and regulation.

Jan Martinussen

B.Sc. student at Technical University of Denmark. He is studying Human Life Science Engineering with current focus on organic chemistry, molecular microbiology and human physiology. Currently collaborating on the design of Fab-based antitoxins against PLA2s from Bothrops asper.

Rasmus U. W. Friis

B.Sc.Eng student at Technical University of Denmark. He is studying Human Life Science Engineering with current focus on bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry and model physics. He is currently collaborating to design Fab-based antitoxins against SVMPs from Bothrops asper.

Søren Helweg Dam

 

Alumni

2016 | Minor project: Fab-based antitoxins design against PLA2s from Bothrops asper.

Malte B. Hallgren

2016 | Minor project: Fab-based antitoxins design against PLA2s from Bothrops asper.

Aleksander M. Haack

2016 | Minor Project: Discovery of human antibodies against green mamba toxins.

Queralt C. Serra

2016 | Minor Project: Discovery of human antibodies against Naja melanoleuca.

Laura Bojsen-Møller

2016 | Minor Project: Reviewing a paper concerning the prehospital treatments options for envenomed patients in third world countries.

Henrik Flindt

2016 | Minor Project: New display of snake venom proteomes.

Søren D. Petersen

2016 | Minor Project: Assessment of human scFvs targeting snake venom neurotoxins.

Majken L. Olesen

2015 – 2016 | Minor Project: Optimization of peptide-based inhibitors on α-cobratoxin from Naja kaouthia.

Mireia Solá Colom

2016 | Master thesis: Discovery of antitoxins for snake toxins.

2015 – 2016 | Minor Project: Venomics analyses of the venoms of Dendroaspis angusticeps and Naja melanoleuca.

Line P. Lauridsen

2015 – 2016 | Minor Project: Epitopic profiling of antibody response against neurotoxins from the Dendroaspis polylepis.

Martin C. Jespersen

2015 – 2016 | Semester Project: Discovery of Inhibitory peptides against Myotoxin II from Fer-de-Lance Bothrops asper.

Johanna Bjärtun

2015 | Master thesis: Cloning, heterologous expression, and analysis of disulfide-rich snake venom proteins.

Mikkel Rank Nielsen

2014 – 2015 | Master thesis: Discovery of binders of toxins from Dendroaspis polylepis using phage display.

Christina Milbo

2014 | Minor Project: Discovery of peptide-based antitoxins against neurotoxins from green and black mamba Dendroaspis genus.

Enma Jappe

2014 | Minor Project: Discovery of peptide-based antitoxins against neurotoxins from green and black mamba Dendroaspis genus.

2015 | Minor Project: Discovery of peptide-based antitoxins against Myotoxin II from Fer-de-Lance Bothrops asper.

Andreas Munk

2014 | Master thesis: Discovery of peptide binders of α-cobratoxin from Naja kaouthia using phage display.

Jonas Johannesen