Lab Members

Simon Elsässer (Group Leader) has read Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Tübingen and Harvard University. He joined the graduate program at Rockefeller University in 2007 and performed his thesis research in David Allis’ lab on the biochemistry, structure and function of histone variant H3.3 and its cognate histone chaperones.  He held a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship. Graduating in 2012, he moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he was an EMBO Fellow, Herchel Smith Fellow and Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, working with Jason Chin. Since 2015, he is a Science for Life Laboratory Fellow, Ming Wai Lau Fellow and Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet.
Photo (c) Angelika Leuchter, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Simon’s Google Scholar Profile


Lab management and research assistants

Rozina Caridha (Lab manager)

Christopher Dirks (Research Assistant)
Eva Soto Afonso (Research Assistant)
Bruno Urien (Research Assistant)

Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Students

Lorenzo Lafranchi (Postdoc)

Philip Yung (Postdoc, Chroucher Foundation Fellow)

Carmen Navarro (Postdoc)

Birthe Meineke (Postdoc) did her PhD research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York working on the biochemistry of endonucleases and worked at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology before joining a small biotech company Isogenica in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She now works on technology for generating stable amber suppression cell lines.

Jing Lyu (Phd Student) graduated from Peking Union Medical College of Tsinghua University with Master’s degree. She enjoys the creative and independent atmosphere at Karolinska Institutet. In her spare time, photography is one of her favorite activities, particularly scenes from nature. She is also fond of cycling and plans to try out skiing for the first time while in Sweden. After all, challenges make life more interesting and exciting.

Banushree Kumar (Phd Student) did her MSc degree at Lund University and worked at the EMBL Heidelberg.

Rui Shao (PhD Student)

Angelo Salazar (PhD Student)

Dörte Schlesinger (PhD Student)

Yuying Cheng (PhD Student)

Lea van Husen (PhD Candidate) from Lübeck University shared with the Tjernberg Lab.


Anna-Maria Katsori, now at 10x Genomics
Helena Ishak
Marianne Simon
Justine Brun
Javier Arroyo Gomez
Rumeysa Ermis
Fransizka Liss
Kyle Kimler
Rahul Kumar, now at Tartu Institute of Technology
Maria Pires
Alexander Kühn, now PhD candidate, DKFZ Heidelberg
Fabian Hink, now MSc, Konstanz
Zithao Xiang
Mareike Bach,  now MSc, MPI Bremen
Laura Neises, now MSc, Mainz University
Daniel Horn, now MSc University Tübingen
Annika Faucon, now PhD candidate, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA
Azadeh Pour, now PhD candidate, Kings College London, London, UK
Evan Alsaleem (MSc 2016), now Project Manager at Karolinska Hospital
Sigrid Lundin (MSc 2015), now Scientist at SOBI
Zakir Tnimov, now postdoc at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


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