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About me

I am working right now as "Senior Research Specialist" and group leader (NORDFERTIL research lab Stockholm) at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. In addtion to my work as group leader, I am the research coordinator of NORDFERTIL (www.nordfertil.org) and dissemination manager of the EU-ITN consortium “GROWSPERM” (www.growsperm.eu).

Education

COURSES AND DEGREES

2001 - 2005 - Study of Biology, Westphalian Wilhelms University (WWU), Münster Germany

2005 - Diploma-thesis (Master Thesis; Biology), Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology (CeRA), WWU, Münster, Germany & University of Pittsburgh, USA

2005 - 2009 - Ph.D.-studies (Biology), CeRA, WWU, Münster, Germany

DOCTORAL DEGREE

2009 - Biology (Reproductive Biology), Title: “In vitro differentiation of male germ cells.” CeRA, WWU, Münster, Germany; PhD supervision: Prof. Dr. E. Liebau; Prof. Dr. S. Schlatt

POSTDOC APPOINTMENTS

2009 – 2013 - Post-Doc at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, Karolinska Institutet; supervision: Prof. Dr. Olle Söder

DOCENT-LEVEL COMPETENCE

2016 -  Docent in Reproductive Biology; Karolinska Institutet

Research description

Main research areas:

  • Germ cell differentiation in vivo and in vitro.
  • Fertility preservation techniques in children with gonadal dysfunctions.
  • Experiments on in vitro differentiation techniques include novel cell culture approaches with human and animal gonadal cells as well as human embryonic and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hESCs and hiPSCs).

Teaching portfolio

Ongoing supervision of a PhD candidate:

1) Halima Al-Balushi, Karolinska Institutet

Title: “The origin and fate of human germ cells.”

Registration: 2014-04-22; halftime seminar: 2016-08-31; planned defence: June 2018

main supervisor: Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); co-supervision: Olle Söder, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); Outi Hovatta, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); Fredrik Lanner, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

2) Magdalena Kurek, Karolinska Institutet

Title: “Human induced pluripotent stem cells differentiation towards the male germ cell lineage.”

Registration: 2015-01-19; halftime seminar: 2017-05-31;

main supervisor: Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); co-supervision: Olle Söder, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Rod Mitchell, MD, PhD (University Edinburgh, UK)

3) Joao Pedro Alves Lopes, Karolinska Institutet

Title: “Novel culture conditions for human in vitro spermatogenesis.” Registration: 2015-01-19; halftime seminar: 2017-06-07;

main supervisor: Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); co-supervision: Olle Söder, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Ellen Goossens, PhD (VUB, Belgium)

4) Ieva Masliukaite, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Title: “Propagation of human SSCs”.

Registration: 2015-10-20; main supervisor: Sjoerd Repping, MD, PhD (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), co-supervision: Ans M. M. van Pelt, PhD (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden).

5) Mina Nikolova Mincheva, University of Münster, Germany

Title: “Interaction of male gonadal cell types in differentiation cell culture” Registration: 2015-01-01; main supervisor: Stefan Schlatt, PhD (University of Münster, Germany), co-supervision: Sylvia Kaiser, PhD (University of Münster, Germany), Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

6) Melanie Poganitsch-Korhonen, University of Helsinki, Finland;

Title: “Male fertility, late morbidity and ageing after childhood cancer” Registration: 2014-09-24; main supervisor Kirsi Jahnukainen, MD, PhD (University of Helsinki, Finland), co-supervision: Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

PhD candidates supervised up to the defence of the candidate’s doctoral thesis:

1) Ahmed Reda, Karolinska Institutet

Title: “Artificial testis to study early gonadal development and germ cell differentiation.”

Registration: 2012-04-24; halftime seminar: 2014-06-03; defence: 2016-09-30; main supervisor: Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); co-supervision: Olle Söder, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); Kirsi Jahnukainen, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden & University of Helsinki, Finland

2) Sarita Panula, Karolinska Institutet

Title: “Differentiation and charaterization of human iPSC derived germ cells and the derivation of patient specific iPSC lines for the study of infertility.” Registration: 2009-11-12; halftime seminar: 2012-09-18; defence: 2015-06-09; main supervisor: Outi Hovatta, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); co-supervision: Olle Söder, MD, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden); Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Renee Reijo Pera (Stanford University, USA)

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