Team

We are a team of scientists with a wide range of skills and experience both at the computational and experimental fronts. We love immunology and we do it with great passion. We also love to connect, collaborate and share our findings so don’t be afraid, come talk to us, we look forward to working with you.

Victor Greiff, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Greiff started his research group in 2018 at the University of Oslo (UiO), Department of Immunology. The group develops computational and experimental tools to decipher, read, predict and re-engineer  antibody and T-cell repertoires with the aim to develop fundamentally novel immunodiagnostics, vaccines and immunotherapeutics. He uses his time away from science to catch up on current immunology topics, technology developments, and state of the art algorithms – wait a minute, that’s just more science!

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Igor Snapkov, MD, PhD

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Igor received his PhD in Cancer Immunology from the University of Tromsø (Norway). He studies antibody and T-cell repertoires on the single-cell level in health and disease ultilizing high-throughput sequencing, immuno-mass spectrometry and large-scale epitope arrays. Away from science, he spends his time perfecting super-delish but super-top-secret-never-been-tasted Pavlova and Pirozhki for the lab!

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Rahmad Akbar, PhD

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Mat received his PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Saarland (Germany). He is currently working to resolve antibody-target binding using deep learning, computational immunology, and high-performance computing. He uses his time away from science to bike along the fabled Oslo Fjord and learn to put together tasty meals in the kitchen. He fails more often than not but he keeps forging ahead.

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Philippe Robert, PhD

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Philippe studied computer science in École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and immediately switched to the dark side of immunology upon graduation. He left wine and stinky French cheese for good beers, to do a PhD in Germany in Braunschweig in the field of computational modelling. It involved the awakening of T helper cells with different cytokine breakfasts, and the flirting of those lazy cells with B cells in Germinal Center to get a good broad vaccine. Now, we work together on designing good models for antibody binding, by simulating many antibody structures and trying to find how the hell they find their soulmate epitope in this world of nerds..

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Brij Bhusan Mehta, PhD

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (co-advised with Fridjof Lund-Johansen)

Brij received his PhD in protein engineering and protein biochemistry under supervision of Prof. Manni LuthraGuptasarma from PGIMER, Chandigarh (India). He is currently looking to gain deep insights into antibody-antigen interactions to decode molecular language of immunity using recombinant molecular biology, surface display system, next-gen sequencing platform and AI. Outside lab, he likes to get lost into forest trails and play club cricket in Oslo

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Mai Ha Vu, PhD

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (co-advised with Dag Trygve Truslew Haug)

Mai Ha is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, and she works in the ImmunoLingo convergence environment with the Greiff Lab on a very exciting collaboration. The aim of the project is to combine linguistics and machine learning methodologies to decipher the language of adaptive immunity. Mai Ha received her PhD in Linguistics at University of Delaware, where she mainly studied syntax and formal language theory. Before you ask, her best languages are Hungarian and English, and she also speaks very limited Vietnamese with her parents. In her free time, she likes playing boardgames and petting cats.

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Andrei Slabodkin

PhD Candidate

Andrei received his Ms in Bioinformatics in St. Petersburg (Russia), and spent some time working on B cells phylogenetics. Now he is trying to understand the connection between germline variations and differences in B(T)CR repertoires. He uses his free time (which of course he, being a PhD student, should not have) to read fiction and walk around the city.

Maria Chernigovskaya

PhD Candidate

Maria received her Master’s degree in Bioinformatics in Russia. Her projects were devoted to analyzing paired 10-x VDJ datasets and to the construction of mixed metabolic and signaling networks. Currently she is trying to clarify the strength and weaknesses of ML methods applied to AIRR data. Maria is addicted to tea and podcasts and she is perfectly fine with that.

Lonneke Scheffer

PhD Candidate. Co-advised with Geir Kjetil Sandve.

Lonneke obtained a BSc in bioinformatics (Hanze UAS, Groningen) and a MSc in informatics (UiO, Oslo), and is currently working as a PhD student in computational immunology. The objective of her PhD is to quantify the impact of germline gene variation on immune receptor repertoires. She will develop representations in which immune repertoire variability is decomposed into genotype- and environment-derived components. These representations will be used for machine learning-based disease classification. ​In her free time Lonneke enjoys drawing, crafting, sewing and going for hikes in the Norwegian mountains.

Milena Pavlović

PhD Candidate. Co-advised with Geir Kjetil Sandve.

Milena is a PhD student working on immune repertoires and machine learning (co-supervised with Geir Kjetil Sandve). She obtained her BSc and MSc in computer science from the University of Nis, Serbia. She enjoys reading and learning about new languages. She doesn’t really enjoy food but she does sleep at night (not a robot from the future!). Although, she struggles sometimes to press “confirm you are not a robot” whenever a captcha presents this question.

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Habib Bashour

PhD Candidate. Co-advised with Jose Gutierrez-Marcos.

Habib got his BSc in Pharmacy & Medicinal Chemistry in Syria and an MSc in Biotechnology in the UK. He is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Jose Gutierrez-Marcos (Warwick) and Victor (UiO). Habib has joined our team to learn the ins and outs of experimental AIRR–seq, in addition to working on computational immunology projects with particular focus on BCR repertoire analysis and antibody developability. He uses his free time to cycle around the English countryside and to bake for his friends (but he uses too much syrup sometimes).

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Robert Frank

PhD Candidate.

Robert is a PhD student in computational immunology and obtained his Master Degree in Computer Science in Germany (FSU-Jena) with a focus on machine learning and statistics. His PhD-Topic is about predicting antibody-antigen binding with machine learning. In his free time, he practices sword fencing, hiking, fitness stuff and learning new things.

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Teresa Rubio

PhD Candidate.

Teresa is a PhD student doing a research fellowship in our lab. She obtained a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Bioinformatics, both in Spain. Her project is focused on multi-omics integration in the context of a neurological syndrome with an inflammatory component. The discovery of the AIRR field left her so fascinated that she decided to study TCR repertoire in her project patients. Outside lab, she loves travelling, coffee, asian and italian food, books, videogames and movies.

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Talip Zengin

Short-term PhD Research Fellow


Talip is PhD candidate in Bioinformatics at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University (Turkey). He has worked on cancer bioinformatics including genomics and transcriptomics. He has decided to dive into deep water of immunology. He is currently looking to work on antibody-antigen interactions and get familiar with ML. He dreams about designing antibody against specific mutations on cancer associated proteins. Away from science he uses his time to bike around the city and learning Norwegian and culture. He loves music (large repertoire but tend to some specific ones), hiking, climbing, reading, animes, series, movies and mostly science fiction. Yes, his hair and beard are naturally white 🙂

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Khang Lê Quý

Master Student

Khang received his bachelor’s in biotechnology from International University, Vietnam. Currently he is a Master student in Biology at UiO working on single-cell sequencing under the supervision of Igor. He enjoys travelling, talking to people and learning new things.

Keshav Motwani

BSc student. Co-advised with Todd Brusko, University of Florida.

Keshav is a Mathematics and Statistics bachelors student at the University of Florida and is currently working on immune-repertoire based classification of disease status using machine learning. He is co-supervised by Todd Brusko (UF) and Victor to identify receptor-based signatures of type 1 diabetes for diagnosis and therapeutic response in clinical trials. Outside of science, Keshav loves to explore new places (both in nature and cities), bike, run, and play Indian musical instruments.

Eva Smorodina

Specialist student.

Eva is a Bioengineering and Bioinformatics specialist student at Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is currently working as a computational structural biologist in Virtual Structural Biology Group (Russia) and Strodel Group (Germany). Eva has joined Greiff Lab to learn machine learning methods in structural immunology and now she is working with Habib on antibody developability. In her practically absent free time, Eva enjoys horse riding, reading, traveling, chatting with friends, and learning something new.

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Tudor-Stefan Cotet

BSc student.

Tudor is a third-year Biological Sciences student at Imperial College London, with an interest in bioinformatics and machine learning. At Greiff Lab, he is currently involved in a project on Generative Adversarial Networks applied to antibody generation. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to way too many podcasts, running, and reading philosophy – that’s why he Kant suffer any more Kant puns.

Ingvild Frøberg Mathisen

MSc student.

Ingvild got her Bachelor’s in molecular biology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and is currently studying for a Master’s in bioinformatics at the same university. Her project involves using machine learning methods to study cross-reactivity in antibodies. In her spare time Ingvild enjoys listening to audiobooks, reading questionable literature in the field of psychology (because everyone needs a guilty pleasure), American politics (since one more doesn’t hurt) and watching crime series both fictional and not.