Martin Andreas Santini, PhD
Chief Executive OfficerMartin is the Chief Executive Officer of Clinical Microbiomics. Prior to joining Clinical Microbiomics in 2016, Martin worked with R&D and corporate strategy in the Danish biotech company Novozymes as part of the R&D Leadership Team. Martin is well-versed in strategy and business development through his tenure as a management consultant in Bain & Company, mainly within the pharma and biotech area. Extensive experience within the private equity sector positions him well to understand market developments and opportunities. Martin holds a MSc in Human Biology from University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Health and Medical Sciences from the University of Copenhagen and Harvard Medical School.
Henrik Bjørn Nielsen, PhD
Chief Scientific OfficerBjørn, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Clinical Microbiomics. Bjørn is part of the leadership team together with the CEO and CFO. He is responsible for directing the science team and our scientific innovation. Moreover, Bjørn oversees all client projects. Bjørn has an outstanding background as both group-leader at the Technical University of Denmark and has been a frontrunner in the field of microbiome research for more than a decade. He has published more than 20 high-visibility publications within the microbiome field, covering biomedical discoveries and a series of key analysis concepts for microbiome data. Bjørn has extensive expertise in analyzing, integrating and managing diverse types of data. With his experience and innovative mindset, Bjørn has played a key role in establishing Clinical Microbiomics as the leading CRO for advanced microbiome analysis.
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Klaus Gamst Hansen
VP, Strategic Accounts & PartneringKlaus joined Clinical Microbiomics when the company was founded in 2015. He has a background within commercialization and start-up analytical work in Danish consultancy company TTO (part of Plougmann Vingtoft). Klaus' responsibilities include sales, marketing and communication activities combined with work in business development, competitive intelligence, representing the company at conferences and building partnerships and collaborations across the EU and US. Klaus holds a MSc in Medical Biology and Communication Studies from Roskilde University.
VP, Business DevelopmentKlaus joined our Business Development team and will, among other things, be heading our activities focused on the biopharma industry. Klaus has extensive experience in CRO services with interlinked laboratory work and data analysis and will focus on building long-term partnerships and collaborations within key microbiome-related disease areas. Klaus holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Medicine and a Master Degree in Health Economics from Aalborg University.
Jacob Bak Holm, PhD
VP, Discovery Programs & PartnershipsJacob is involved in our studies from the very beginning to end. He is in charge of our internal project development such as our Skin Microbiome Platform including both skin-optimized laboratory protocols and data analysis. His area of expertise is the microbiome in relation to host, metabolism, immune response and pathogens. Jacob also has experience with a broad variety of animal and human studies focusing on how diet, pathogens, diseases, prebiotics and probiotics modulate the gut microbiota and what potential functional consequences this can have for the host. Jacob holds a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Laboratory of Genomics and Molucular Biomedicine from the Institute of Biology at University of Copenhagen. He became part of our team in November 2016.
Nikolaj Sørensen, PhD
VP, OperationsNikolaj is involved throughout the whole timeline of our client's projects. He has a key role in our quality assurance and is responsible for and has also designed our Q&A system from which we received the ISO 17025 certification in the beginning of 2018. Nikolaj has a string ecological background with extensive knowledge in molecular analysis of microorganisms allowing him to gain deep insight into the microbial world. His specialized area of expertise include finding linkage between nutrition, diseases and the gut microflora. Nikolaj holds PhD from the University of Copenhagen. This research focused in microbial ecology from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. Nikolaj has been part of the team since 2016.
Aron Eklund, PhD
VP, TechnologyAron has a key role in developing our bioinformatics pipelines and workflows. He is involved in client project management and performing statistical analysis. Aron has specialized expertise in development and application of cutting-edge genomics and computational methods for cancer diagnosis, personalized treatment, and target discovery of immuntherapy. This includes methods to infer homologous recombination, DNA repari deficiency, tumor copy number profiles, and the origin of metastatic cancers of unknown primary, as well as methods to both predict and experimentally validate tumor neoantigens. Aron holds a MSc in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Systems Biology from the Technical University of Denmark. He became part of our team in August 2017.
Marianne Koliana, PhD
Director, Key Accounts & Academic CollaborationsMarianne recently finished her PhD in Clinical Medicine Research at Imperial College London abd also holds a master in Molecular Biotechnology from Lund Technical University in Sweden. During her PhD Marianne studied the gut-lung axis and the effect of gut microbial metabolites on the airway epithelium and microbiota in asthmatics, and metabolic profiling to identify potential biomarkers that could aid the diagnoses of asthma. Marianne's solid knowledge in microbiomics makes her a strong addition to our sales team which she joined in November 2019.
Director, Head of Clinical RA & QANassia holds a Pharmacy degree and a Msc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Copenhagen. She has a solid in-depth professional experience within clinical regulatory affairs during her long professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Nassia’s expertise include drug development and regulatory approval processes from product development to registration, including direct contact with regulatory authorities in the US, EU and Japan. As regulatory affairs manager, Nassia will support you by ensuring that all our microbiome data deliverables meet the regulatory submission requirements and so bringing your microbiome products, or microbiome targeting products, to market. Nassia joined our team in March 2021.
Timo Kern, PhD
Director, Scientific OperationsTimo's expertise is the bridging between our laboratory processes and bioinformatic analysis. He is leading our microbiome projects from beginning to end. Timo has acquired extensive experience in planning and performing large-scale studies exploring the global human microbiome and human genetics; managing both the technical challenges of the wet lab and the analysis of high-dimensional sequencing data. Timo holds a MSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Frankfurt and a PhD from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research. During his PhD, Timo was particularly interested in exploring host-microbiome interactions and the influence of metabolic diseases, lifestyle, and other environmental factors of the human gastrointestinal microbiome. Moreover, he studied the role of the oral microbiome in the pathogenesis of metabolic disorders and liver diseases. He joined our team in January 2019.
Helle Pedersen, PhD
Director, Integrative Systems BiologyHelle is one of our bioinformatics specialists specialized in integrative systems biology approached in type 2 diabetes and related disorders. Helle holds a PhD in integrative systems biology in type 2 diabetes from the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Moreover, a master’s degree in Systems Biology also from the DTU.
Josef Vogt, PhD
Director, Integrative Systems BiologyJosef holds a PhD in bioinformatics from the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark (DT) and a MSc in biotechnology from DTU. Josef is an experienced bioinformatician specialized in integrative systems biology focusing on investigating interactions between the host and microbiome by applying data integration and machine learning methods in disorders such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Andrea Marion Marquard, PhD
Director, Head of Data Science & AutomationAndrea is specialized in NGS-based technologies in relation to immunotherapy and cancer research. She holds a PhD in Cancer Genomics from the center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark. Moreover, a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen. During her PhD studies Andrea developed analyses tools for high-throughput screening of antigen responses in patients based on DNA-barcode tagged libraries which is today used to identify tumor neoantigens and antigens in autoimmune diseases. Moreover, a tool to describe a T cell’s recognition fingerprint that can help predict cross-recognition of T cells intended for clinical development. Andrea joined our team in August 2019.
Thorsten Brach, PhD
Senior Scientist, MicrobiomeThorsten is an experienced microbiome scientist and his competences bridge lab and bioinformatics which will be instrumental for your absolute microbiome abundance profiling offerings and much more. He holds a bachelor and a master's degree in molecular biotechnology from the University og Heidelberg in Germany. During his PhD he studied the regulation of vesicular trafficking pathways, endocytosis and autophagy, at EMBL. He continued his career at CBMR at University of Copenhagen after receiving a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to investigate age-associated changes in the way our immune system reacts to gut microbes. At CBMT he further studied the role of gut microbes in cirrhosis progression as part of the European liver disease consortia. Thorstens research has contributed to well-cited scientific publications in the field of redox biology, vesicular trafficking and gut microbiome research. He joined our team in November 2019.
Oksana Lukjancenko, PhD
Senior Bioinformatician, MicrobiomeOksana works as science lead for many of our shotgun metagenomics projects where she is responsible for performing bioinformatics analyses and visualization of the results. Oksana holds a PhD in Microbial Comparative Genomics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She is specialized in the global surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, she holds a master’s degree of Science in Biotechnology also from DTU. She joined our team in April 2018.
Albert Pallejà Caro
Senior Bioinformatician, MicrobiomeAlbert is one of our bioinformatics specialists carrying out mainly shotgun metagenomics projects, from QC processing of the sequencing reads and data crunching to statistical analysis and visualization of results. Albert has led various shotgun metagenomics studies characterizing the effects of interventions targeting directly or indirectly the human, pig or mice gut microbiota. He is specialized in the effects of antibiotic treatment of the gut microbiota and in the resistome (understood as collection of antibiotic resistance genes) characterization. Besides this, Albert has broad expertise within several disciplines of bioinformatics including comparative genomics, human protein networks related to human disease and omics integration. Albert holds a PhD in Bacterial Genomics and a MSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry, both from the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Catalunya. He became part of our team in May 2017.
Scientist, MicrobiomeNynne is working in our laboratory with our pipeline for DNA extraction from very beginning to end. She takes part in our innovation projects such as optimizing extraction protocols for various types of skin samples. Nynne holds a BSc and a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine from University of Copenhagen. During her research she has been working with bacterial interactions in multispecies biofilms and applied modelling approaches to study the interspecies interactions in biofilms relevant for industrial food facilities. Nynne Joined our team in September 2017.
Pernille Myers, PhD
Bioinformatician, MicrobiomePernille is one of our young talented PhD students from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She is working with us as a bioinformatics specialist developing our SNV-level resolution pipeline for tracking therapeutic microbes in intervention studies and our metagenomic species database for the infant gut microbiome. In her PhD research, she studies the development of the gut microbiome of small children, how it interacts with the immune system and how this may lead to childhood obesity or allergies. Pernille is dedicated to developing ultra-high-ressolution methodologies for analyzing the gut microbiome. Pernille holds a Mac in Bioinformatics Engineering and Systems Biology also from DTU. She joined our team as a master thesis student in August 2016.
Bioinformatician, Machine LearningGustav works on our internal bioinformatic projects. This could be examining different ways of detecting bacteriophages in the human microbiome. Gustav holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark and a MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology also from DTU which is very focused on statistics, machine learning and modelling. He joined our team in 2018 to write his bachelors thesis.
Bioinformatician, MicrobiomePaula joined our team back in December 2019 as a student assistant while she was completing her master's studies. In the summer of 2021 she joined the Bioinformatics team full-time. Paula works on developing and maintaining our bioinformatic tools, such as our microbiome analysis framework and our machine learning pipeline. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Madrid and a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from the Technical University of Denmark.
Manager, Business DevelopmentMilda is part of our sales and business development team. She help us meet the growing interest for our microbiome analysis services for clinical studies. Before joining our team, Milda worked as part of the ELC GROUP - a global provider of regulatory pharma services - supporting clinical and pharmacovigilance projects of global pharmaceutical companies. Milda holds a MSc in Skin Sciences and Regenerative Medicine from the University of Bradford (EU Center for Skin Sciences).
Manager, Laboratory OperationsPia is a key player in ensuring our high quality of DNA extractions and sample preparations for 16S MiSeq sequencing and metagenomic shotgun sequencing. She has broad experience within laboratory work in different scientific areas. Among her experiences, Pia has been responsible for setting up a molecular laboratory at Makerere University in Uganda and has developed fluorescent proteins at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Colorado. Also, Pia was involved in some of the early microbiome projects during the Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract consortium and therefor have extensive knowledge in the area of microbiome extractions. Pia has been part of our team since January 2018.
Biomedical Laboratory ScientistJin completed her Master’s in Plant Science form the University of Copenhagen, where she got experience in the laboratory with one paper published as the first author. She has extensive experience working in the biotechnology industry. Before Jin joined our team, she worked at BGI Europe A/S for two years as a Research Scientist, focused on DNA extraction, library construction for NGS and protocol optimization. Jin joins our laboratory team performing analysis of the microbiome or related research on behalf of clients, documenting research in report and presentations.
Biomedical Laboratory TechnicianPriyanki is part of our Laboratory Team. Before she joined our team in late 2020 she had experience from Gentofte Hospital for 4,5 years, where she worked in the laboratory with sample analysis, hematologic procedures, coagulation tests, blood chemistry tests and parathyroid operations where she had the responsibility for ELISA. Furthermore, she is an experienced phlebotomist. Priyanki holds a Bachelor in Biomedical Laboratory Science from University College Copenhagen, Metropol.
Student Assistant - Business Development & MarketingCatalina supports the Sales and Business Development team. She is responsible for keeping the CRM system updated, lead research and competitive intelligence and is also involved in different marketing activities. Beside this Catalina is responsible for the general IT support in the company. She is currently studying for an MSc in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling at The Technical University of Denmark. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nanoscience from University of Copenhagen.
Bioinformatics AssistantCas supports the Data Science and Automation team. He works with developing and maintaining our critical data science infrastructure and optimising our data analysis pipelines. He is currently studying for an MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University of Copenhagen. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Life Sciences from Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Bioinformatics AssistantElena supports the Data Science and Automation team. She works with developing and maintaining our critical data science infrastructure and optimising our data analysis pipelines. She is currently studying for an MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems biology at The Technical University of Denmark. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Medicine from Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Bioinformatics AssistantRoosa supports the Data Science and Automation team. She works with developing and maintaining our critical data science infrastructure and optimising our data analysis pipelines. She is currently studying for an MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University of Copenhagen. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedicine from University of Turku, Finland.
Ida Bager Christensen
Biomedical Laboratory AssistantIda supports the Laboratory team. She works with several laboratory tasks, among others DNA extractions, PCR and indexing. Ida has previously worked as a clinical supply assistant at KLIFO A/S working with secondary packaging, labelling and compilation, and administrative tasks supporting the Quality Assurance department. She was also a student assistant at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Copenhagen supporting the lab facilities. She is currently studying for an MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at the University of Copenhagen.
PhD StudentDennis is one of our young talented PhD students working with us while doing his PhD in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is part of the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Best Treat Programme aiming at developing new diagnostics and treatments for non-alcoholic fatty lever diseases (NAFLD). The purpose of Dennis' research is to identify microbiome keystone-species for the systems diversity, stability of human health from longitudinal microbiome data. For this, Dennis will develop a framework for estimating microbial persistence and colonization probabilities. Also, he works on identifying metabolic disease related strains from meta-omic data analysis. Dennis holds a MSc in Bioinformatics and is doing his PhD research at DTU Biosustain department. In his master theses, Dennis estimated the impact of a 6-day course of antibiotic treatment on bacterial replication rates in a metagenomics time-series experiment.