People

Joanna Kalucka, Assistant Professor


Joanna is a tenure-track Assistant Professor and COFUND II Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) at Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from TU Dresden, Germany and is a graduate of the International Max Planck Research School in Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.

Joanna Maria Kalucka

AIAS-COFUND Fellow, Assistant Professor

More about Joanna

Prior to being appointed in Aarhus, Joanna was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) to pursue her project on endothelial cell metabolism in health and disease at the KU Leuven, Belgium. Her involvement in the venture resulted in advancing our understanding of endothelial cell heterogeneity in health and disease.

Since August 2019, she has been leading her Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Inflammation at the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University. Supported by LundbeckFonden Fellowship and Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowships together with her group she aims to unravel the features of endothelial biology. Specifically, her group addresses the questions on endothelial cell dysfunction and tissue inflammation in obesity and cancer.

Joanna aims to create a vibrant and international scientific environment filled with active discussion, hard work and enthusiasm. Joanna has a proven track record in mentorship and supports junior researchers. She is a board member of The Danish Society for Women in Science, DANWISE, member of steering committee for the Inflammation Network, and a scholar at Leadership Academy at German Scholars Organization (GSO).

Joanna believes that sharing methodology and knowledge through collaboration is fundamental in scientific life, and only by empowering each other can we bring forward the best of science.

Julie Nelly Christensen, Postdoc


Julie is a PhD with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine from Aarhus University.

During her PhD Julie has been working in the field of cancer cell biology with specific focus on cellular dedifferentiation mechanisms driving metastatic behavior.

Julie finished her PhD in September 2020 and currently works as a PostDoc in the group. 

Julie leads the project on how inflammation alters the metabolic signature and function of endothelial cells.

Olivia Wagman, PhD Student

 

My name is Olivia, I am from Belgium and I have a bachelor and Master degree in pharmaceutical sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium. I joined Joanna’s lab I 2019 as a Erasmus Master student and worked on the role of endothelium in mediating inflammatory responses. I will continue to work on my project as a PhD student. 

Monja Müller, Erasmus Master Student


 

Monja is a German ERASMUS student doing her master thesis at Joanna Kalucka's lab. She is working on a project that aims to assess the immunoregulatory functions of endothelial cells in order to finish her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University Albstadt-Sigmaringen. As she performed her bachelor thesis at the University Medical Center in Hamburg, Germany investigating the interaction of blood components and endothelial cells with coronary stents in vitro, she is already experienced at working in the field of vascular biology. In spring 2020, Monja finished her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Monja Müller

Monja Müller

Erasmus Master Student

Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University
Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

mmu@biomed.au.dk

Anke Meyers, Erasmus Master Student


Anke has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Currently, she is in her second year of the two-year Master of Drug Development programme at KULeuven and is doing an internship in Joanna Kalucka’s lab as an ERASMUS student. She will be writing her master’s thesis about the role of the STING signalling pathway in endothelial cell activation in vitro and in vivo.


Anke Meyers

Erasmus Master Student

Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University
Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

anke.meyers@biomed.au.dk 

Frederik Skov, Bachelor Medical Student


Frederik is studying medicine in the fifth semester at Aarhus University. Currently, he is writing his bachelor’s thesis at Kalucka-lab. Here, he is looking into how endothelial cells in the liver are affected by obesity.

Frederik Skov

Frederik Skov

Bachelor Medical Student

Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University
Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

201904341@post.au.dk

Katarina Dragicevic, Research Assistant


Katarina is a part-time Research Assistant in Bioinformatics with a Master's degree in Molecular Biology from University of Zagreb. She joined Joanna Kalucka's lab in May 2020 and is focused on the analysis of single-cell and bulk RNA-seq datasets of mouse and human endothelial cells from obese individuals.

Dragicevic

Katarina Dragicevic

Research Assistant

Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University
Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

dragicevic1996@gmail.com

Bettina Hansen, Laboratory Technician


I started working at Department of Human Genetics February 2005 as laboratory technician trainee.

I got my diploma the year after and have been working at the Department of Human Genetics, now Department of Biomedicine, ever since.

I was a part of associated professor

Bjørn Andersen Nexøs group for 9-10 years and after Bjørns retirement Magdalena Laska continued his work with endogenonus retroviruses and there role in autoimmune disease.

I have been a part of Joanna Kaluckas group since August 2019. I take care of all the administrative work to make the lab running. I know a broad numbers of laboratory analysis. Iam in charge of isolating endothelia cells from various human and mouse tissues.

Group Picture September 2021
Group Picture September 2021