About CBIovikings

CBIoVikings, short for Computational Biology Vikings, is a non-profit organization for students in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Our goals are to promote events that enable networking between students and established researchers in the field, and to help train the next generation of computational biologists in Denmark. Our visions within this field are to promote interactions amongst students, create a platform for scientific knowledge sharing and social networking, with the ultimate goal of boosting the collaborative spirit and helping researchers in their further career paths.

The founding board of CBIoVikings was established in early 2015 by ten ambitious PhD students with diverse backgrounds in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biology from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). In May 2015 CBIoVikings was accepted as the official International Society for Computational Biology(ISCB) Regional Student Group (RSG) in Denmark.



Current Board










BSc Nikolaj Pagh Kristensen, President

Nikolaj is a Master student within Immunology and Inflammation at University of Copenhagen.

His main academic interests are Cellular Senescence, Virology and applications of Computational Biology to understand and design protein structures for immunology purposes.

Nikolaj has previously been part of the iGEM team from University of Copenhagen, designing and validating sustainable plastic production with co-cultures, which he also competed with in Venture Cup 2016.

Goal for the future is to cure cancer, and as many autoimmune diseases as possible.

emails: secretary@cbiovikings.org ;  nik.kristensen@cbiovikings.org


MSc Lucas van Duin, Treasurer




BSc Michael West, Secretary

Michael is studying Bioinformatics with Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen.

Michael completed a Bsc in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol UK - where he realised the scale of data in modern biological sciences requires programming, to handle this complexity.

Michael is volunteering at the Statens Serum Institut working with Staphyloccous aureus CC45.
His main interests are currently the urban microbiome, synthetic biology and the interface between computer science and biology.


PhD Leonor Rib, Event coordinator & Social media

Leonor Rib is a post-doctoral researcher on Computational Biology of RNA metabolism in the lab of Prof. Albin Sandelin at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). She pursued her MSc in Bioinformatics at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). Later did her PhD in Computational Biology in the lab of Prof. Winship Herr in Lausanne (Switzerland) and co-supervised by Dr. Nicolas Guex at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

She aims at better understanding the cellular mechanisms of RNA metabolism and its implications to cellular function. Furthermore, Leonor has been part of multiple science associations in Switzerland and now in Denmark.

She is a strong believer in the many opportunities that CBioVikings offer to connect to people, learn and have fun.

emails: finance@cbiovikings.org ; leonor.rib@cbiovikings.org


MSc Jakob Berg Jespersen

Jakob Berg Jespersen is doing his graduate research in the Lage Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as well as in the Protein and Immune Systems Biology group at DTU Systems Biology. He is developing and using methods in computational biology to investigate the structural genomics and network biology of cancers and other malicious diseases.

Before moving to the US, Jakob got his masters degree in Advanced and Applied Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), from where he also holds a B.Sc in Human Life Science Engineering. During his time at DTU, he was involved in the student chapter of Society for Biological Engineering where he co-organized a Symposium for Biotech Research. He also helped organize and execute career fairs for the Students Business Relations (DSE). Jakob has represented the DTU team in the iGEM competition and the Denmark team in Global Management Challenge.

email: jakob.jespersen@cbiovikings.org


Admin Georgi Ivanov Dimitrov

Georgi is a Freelancer, Hardware/Software developer.

Former President. He has a Master's Degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from the Technical University of Denmark. His Thesis was focused on production of Bioelectricity, Biofuels and other commodity chemicals as part of the former Bioelectrosynthesis Unit at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability with supervisors prof. Søren Molin(Denmark), prof. Tian Zhang(China) and Prof. Pier-Luc Tremblay(Canada).

 emails: president@cbiovikings.org ; executive.admin@cbiovikings.org

MSc Jamshed Gill

Jamshed is currently a MSc Bioinformatics student at Copenhagen University (KU). His interests mainly lie in the biological application of RNA structure prediction, Analyses of NGS(Next Generation Sequencing data) and Population Genetics.

In 2014, Jamshed graduated from SRM University, India with a Bachelors Degree in Bioinformatics. He worked to develop 16s rRNA Bacterial Database for comparative analysis of 16s rRNA gene sequences from Human Oral Microbiome Population.

email: jamshed.gill@cbiovikings.org


PhD Alexander S. Hauser

Alexander is a PhD student at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (SUND), Copenhagen University. He is applying computational biology methods to elucidate biological insights into G protein coupled receptors as well as aiming at characterising the remaining orphan receptors.

Alexander has studied molecular biomedicine in Münster, Germany with research projects in India, Brazil and Finland, where he focused on mathematical modeling and computational drug design.

email: alex.hauser@cbiovikings.org


PhD Helen Cook

Helen Cook is currently a PhD student at the NNF Center for Protein Research (CPR) at Copenhagen University (KU). Helen's PhD project focuses on bioinformatics methods to predict interactions between viral and host proteins.

She received her Master's degree in 2014 from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where she developed a model of translation in yeast and their mitochondria for her thesis work in the Workman lab.

Helen received her bachelor's degree in mathematics in 2002 from the University of British Columbia, and she worked in industry as a software developer and program manager before switching fields into computational biology

emails: helen.cook@cbiovikings.org ; virus@cbiovikings.org ; mentorship@cbiovikings.org












PhD Ferhat Alkan

Ferhat Alkan is one of the co-founders of CBioVikings and a PhD student at Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH), University of Copenhagen. He received his MSc degree in Computer Science from Kadir Has University, Istanbul with a thesis focusing on comparative analysis of biological networks.

His current PhD project is about designing fast computational approaches for discovery of RNA-RNA interactions, however, he is involved in several other RNA bioinformatics projects as well. Apart from his academic career, he is also a passionate swing dancer.

email: ferhat.alkan@cbiovikings.org


MSc Rudolf Berzins

Rudolfs Berzins is an MSc Bioinformatics student at Copenhagen University (KU). Rudolfs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from University of Latvia, with thesis focused on using exome sequencing data to investigate the most frequently observed Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) SNPs in in Latvian population. He also helped develop a familial hypercholesterolemia diagnostic panel that is specific for Latvian population.

His main research interest are analysis and manipulation of NGS data and population genetics. In his free time Rudolfs enjoys debating about various topics, ranging from science to politics.

email: rudolfs.berzins@cbiovikings.org



Joseph is currently a MSc Bioinformatics student at Copenhagen University (KU). His interests mainly lie in the biological application of data science to the personalisation of medicine and medical treatments.

In 2011, Joseph graduated from Exeter University with an Bachelors Degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry, where he worked to investigate nanoparticle stability and radical production.

He is also currently working within Copenhagen Capacity within the Investment Promotion team, specialising in the Life Science sector.

email: joe.blair@cbiovikings.org


Christian Garde co-founded the CBioViking when he was a PhD student in the Regulatory Genomics group at the Center Biological Sequence Analysis (DTU Systems Biology) and making up the informatics part of the Protein-RNA interaction work package at the Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health , University of Copenhagen.

Christian's PhD studies revolved around co-evolution driven specificity inference of RNA binding proteins and investigations the polyadenylated RNA bound proteome. Additional projects encompass inference of functional ncRNA-ncRNA/protein networks and genome-wide investigations of evolutionarily conserved RNA structures.

email: christian.garde@cbiovikings.org


Jessica Xin Hu is one of the co-founders of CBioVikings and she is currently a PhD student at the Center for Protein Research (CPR) at Copenhagen University (KU). Jessica works primarily within cancer bioinformatics, and her PhD project focuses on deducing molecular rewiring patterns in cancers and their comorbidities.

In the summer 2014, she aqcuired a cand. polyt. from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) after doing her master’s thesis at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she worked with identifying breast cancer driver genes using computational approaches.

During these studies, she was engaged in several extra-curricular activities, ranging from teaching high school students (EduForce) to taking part of a student organization (SBE DTU).

email: jessica.hu@cbiovikings.org

PhD Alexander Junge

Alexander Junge is a PhD student at the Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

His research interests include RNA bioinformatics, analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and machine learning. Alexander enjoys talking about science, reproducibility and open research on Twitter. (https://twitter.com/JungeAlexander).

email: alexander.junge@cbiovikings.org



Jan Christian Refsgaard is one of the co-founders of CBioVikings and he was a PhD student at the Center for Protein Research. His main research interests is proteomics data.

He is very interested in trying to model MS/MS spectra fragmentation patters, and understanding which biases are inherent in MS data, and how they can best be understood/corrected.

email: jan.refsgaard@cbiovikings.org



Alberto Santos Delgado is one of the co-founders of CBioVikings and he is currently a PhD student at the Center for Protein Research (CPR) at Copenhagen University (KU).

He works on the Cellular Network Biology department, and his main focus is on giving spatio–temporal context to biological networks, with a special focus on cell cycle and disease.

email: alberto.santos@cbiovikings.org


PhD Cecilia Engel Thomas

Cecilia is one of the co-founders of CBioVikings and was it’s first president. She is currently a PhD student at Copenhagen University at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research. Cecilia is working on elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying complex diseases and their comorbidities with a special focus on diabetes.

She has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where she also did her bachelor studies in Technical Biomedicine. As a part of her studies Cecilia was on two external stays at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University respectively.

email: cecilia.thomas@cbiovikings.org