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. The 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 among research  and educational backgrounds. There is only one common key: we are all passionate and hard-working scientists with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Current members

Andreas H. Laustsen

Andreas H. Laustsen

Associate Professor

Andreas is specialized in antibody discovery and toxinology. Co-founded: Biosyntia, VenomAb, Antag Therapeutics, Chromologics and Bactolife.

Manuela B. Pucca

Manuela B. Pucca

Visiting Professor

She is professor of Medical School of University of Roraima, Brazil. She works with antivenom production and venom-based drug discovery.

Felipe A. Cerni

Felipe A. Cerni

Visiting Postdoc

Posdoc of University of São Paulo, Brazil. He works with antivenom production, isolation, and structural characterization of toxins.

Weiqiao Rao

Weiqiao Rao

PHDC

PhDc at DTU. Working on the project of unlocking the toxic arsenal of bioactive proteins from snake venoms for biotherapeutic applications.

Shirin Ahmadi

Shirin Ahmadi

Visiting PhDc

B.Sc. in Molecular Biology, M.Sc. in Plant Biology, and Phd cand. in biotechnology and bio-safety at the Eskişehir Osmangazi University.

Sofie Føns

Sofie Føns

STUDENT

B.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine and M.Sc. cand. at the University of Copenhagen.

Albert F. Madsen

Albert F. Madsen

STUDENT

B.Sc. in Biotechnology and M.Sc.cand. in Biochemistry at KU. Working on cross-reactivity studies for neurotoxins from cobras and mambas.

Christoffer Sørensen

Christoffer Sørensen

M.Sc. cand.

B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Cellular Biology and Physiology at the University of Copenhagen.

Jonas Jürgensen

Jonas Jürgensen

STUDENT

M.Sc. cand. working on harnessing monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes in snakebite envenoming.

Aleksander Haack

Aleksander Haack

student

B.Sc. Human Life Science Engineering (DTU). Development of a point of care diagnostic test against Brazilian snakes.

Rahel Janke

Rahel Janke

Intern

B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Basel

Andrea Martos Esteban

Andrea Martos Esteban

Research Assistant

Andrea holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.Sc.Eng. in Pharmaceutical Engineering (DTU). Popular science commentator and web designer.

Line Ledsgaard

Line Ledsgaard

Research Assistant

B.Sc. and M.Sc.Eng. Biotechnology. She is developing antibodies against African cobras using phage display technology.

Cecilie Knudsen

Cecilie Knudsen

M.Sc.

B.Sc. Molecular Biomedicine and M.Sc. at the University of Copenhagen. She is developing human IgGs against snake toxins.

Timothy Jenkins

Timothy Jenkins

Affiliated PhDc

PhDc in biomedical research at the University of Cambridge. Collaborating in scientific discussion research on antivenom and toxinology.

Rasmus U. W. Friis

Rasmus U. W. Friis

Student

B.Sc. Human Life Science Engineering. He is collaborating on the design of Fab-based antitoxins against SVMPs from Bothrops asper.

Søren Helweg Dam

Søren Helweg Dam

Student

Stud.M.Sc.Eng. Bioinformatics and System Biology (DTU). Developer of Venomics Display and a diagnostic kit for stratification of snakebites.

Rasmus Dehli

Rasmus Dehli

Student

B.Sc. cand. in Life Human Sciences. He is conducting his bachelor thesis developing human recombinant antivenom against spitting cobra.

Alumni

Carina Skaarup

Carina Skaarup

Research assistant

Worked with peptide microarray data. She analyzed the cross-reactivity of antibodies in different snake antivenoms.

Kamille Elvstrøm Krause

Kamille Elvstrøm Krause

Research Assistant

Worked with peptide microarray data. She analyzed the cross-reactivity of antibodies in snake antivenoms.

Urska Pus

Urska Pus

M. Sc.

2018 | Master thesis: Developing IgGs against toxins from several elapids.

Erick Bermúdez Méndez

Erick Bermúdez Méndez

Affiliated researcher

B.Sc. Pharmacy and M.Sc. cand. working on the discovery of human antibodies against toxins from the Central American coral snake.

Mikael Engmark

Mikael Engmark

PhD

2017 | PhD: investigating antibody cross-reactivity and toxin expression.

Mia Øhlenschlæger

Mia Øhlenschlæger

M.Sc.Eng.

2017 | Master thesis: Discovery of antitoxins for snake toxins.

Saioa Oscoz Cob

Saioa Oscoz Cob

M.Sc. Eng.

2016 | Master thesis: Discovery of the inhibitory action of several synthetic molecules agains snake bite.

Kristoffer Haurum

Kristoffer Haurum

PhDc

2016 | Collaboration: Analysis of future manufacturing costs for recombinant antivenoms.

Sandra W. Thrane

Sandra W. Thrane

PhD

2016 | Collaboration: Black mamba genome assembly.

Malte B. Hallgren

Malte B. Hallgren

B.Sc.

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

Queralt C. Serra

Queralt C. Serra

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Laura B. Møller

Laura B. Møller

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Henrik Flindt

Henrik Flindt

M.Sc.

2016 | Master Thesis: Uncovering the interactions between a peptide antitoxin and cobratoxin using H/D exchange.

Søren D. Petersen

Søren D. Petersen

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Majken L. Olesen

Majken L. Olesen

M.Sc.

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

Mireia S. Colom

Mireia S. Colom

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Line P. Lauridsen

Line P. Lauridsen

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Martin Jespersen

Martin Jespersen

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Johanna Bjärtun

Johanna Bjärtun

M.Sc.

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

Mikkel Rank

Mikkel Rank

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Christina Milbo

Christina Milbo

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Enma Jappe

Enma Jappe

M.Sc.Eng.

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

Andreas Munk

Andreas Munk

M.Sc.

2015-2014 | Minor Project: Discovery of peptide-based antitoxins against Myotoxin II (Bothrops asper) and neurotoxins (Dendroaspis genus).

Jonas Johannesen

Jonas Johannesen

M.Sc.

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