ESR Blog

The RAMP ESRs will first introduce themselves on this page each at a time, then they will post regular articles on their activity within RAMP all throughout their PhD.


elham rognée 2Elham, ESR1, tells us about her experience in the “Advanced methods in macromolecular crystallization VIII” course held in Nove Hrady in Czech Republic.

” Why did you take part in this event? (Describe your participation)

“Methods in macromolecular crystallization” is one of the FEBS advanced courses that is held in Nove Hrady, Czech Republic. This course was about different methods in crystallization and in crystallography studies. It was completely related to my thesis and gave me a general understanding of various methods…” read full article


Swati, ESR11IMG_9125, tells us about her experience in the recent RAMP research workshop “in meso in depth” that took place in May 2018 in Dublin and Maynooth

“What did you learn during the workshop?

Biological membranes mostly consist of lipids and proteins. These lipids and proteins form a complex that is required for protein stability and folding. So, this workshop was all about how we crystallize membrane proteins (MP) in presence of lipids and make the in vitro niche most suitable for the crystallization of a protein. In order to achieve this, we gained the expertise in Hi-LiDe and Lipidic cubic phase (LCP) …” read full article


My - Blog post pictureMy, ESR9, tells us about her experience in the recent RAMP research workshop “in meso in depth” that took place in May 2018 in Dublin and Maynooth

“The workshop enabled me to gain an insight into important crystallisation methods, which I had not used before and covered a theoretical understanding of nucleation and crystallisation processes. I learned why protein-protein interactions have a huge impact on crystallisation and more about the importance of protein phase diagrams…” read full article


Picture virginiaVirginia  Apostolopoulou is ESR10, works in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey, UK. Her PhD subject is  “Modelling crystal formation in complex systems”.

“I graduated from University of Crete, Greece, in 2014 with a bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics. I continued my studies at the University of Crete, and in 2017 I got my master degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics. I am passionate about many areas of applied mathematics…” read full article


SofiaTrampariCutSofia Trampari is ESR5, works in Aarhus University, Denmark. Her PhD subject is “Crystallization and phase behavior of membrane transporters in lipid-detergent micelles

“I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Being an excited and naturally curious person, I consider Physics to be the most intriguing field of research as it addresses a huge range of phenomena, from the nanoscale physics to the laws of the infinite universe. My innate passion to discover the world and my need to work towards finding ways to improve people’s wellbeing led me to pursue my studies in biophysics….” read full article


Clpicture claudia rogneeaudia Stohrer is ESR3, works at University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Her PhD subject is “Structure determination of the Adenosine receptor A2A in complex with intracellular binding partners”.

“I grew up in Switzerland near the city of Basel. Biology was always my favourite subject, and during high school I could follow up my interests. With “Schweizer Jugend Forscht”, I got my first opportunity to get to know research work at University level by carrying out a little research project at the University of Geneva. I absolutely loved it…” read full article


Passbild-JannikJannik Strauss is ESR4, works at University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His subject is “Novel Approaches to Proton Pumping Pyrophosphatases”.

“I grew up in a small town close to Hannover in Germany. After I finished school, I worked at the Institute of Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene of Nordstadt Hospital in Hannover for one year, where I helped identifying disease-causing microbes in patient samples. It was during that time that I found my passion for infectious disease research…” – read full article


Cristina picture-final-finalCristina Cecchetti is ESR7, works at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Her subject is “Structural and functional studies of plant and fungal secondary active transporters”.

“I come from Nemi, a small town close to Rome in Italy. I grew up in a family with a scientific background: my father used to teach physics and chemistry in high school and my uncle is a chemist and teaches chemistry and maths. I got a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome, thanks to a deep interest in chemistry developed during high school…” – read full article


Picture Sam rognéeSamuel Hjorth-Jensen is ESR 12 and is completing his PhD at Aarhus University in Denmark. His PhD subject is “proton pumping in sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase studied by neutron crystallography “.

“I grew up in Pittsworth, a small country town in Queensland, Australia. Growing up in Australia has provided me with a love of the outdoors – I enjoy being in the sun while kayaking, hiking or swimming in the ocean. Education wise, I have completed a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from James Cook University in tropical far-north Queensland…” – read full article


elham rognée 2Elham Vahdatahar is ESR1, she works at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France. Her subject is “Optimisation of crystal growth using a microfluidic technology-based crystallisation bench”.

“I was born in Ahwaz, Iran. I studied cellular and molecular biology (genetics) at Isfahan University and then I chose to study biophysics at the University of Tehran. My master thesis was about the effect of potassium sorbate and vitamin C on fibrillation of bovine serum albumin. I really like to know more about proteins;…” – read full article


My - Blog post pictureThi Thanh My Nguyen is ESR 9, works at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her PhD subject is “experimental phase diagrams to optimise membrane protein crystallization”. 

“I come from a small fishing village in Vietnam and grew up near the North Sea in Germany. Living close to the sea my whole life, I enjoy being at the coast in any kind of weather. I did my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Biology at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences…” – read full article


Swati picture finalSwati Aggarwal is ESR 11, works at European Spallation Source (ESS) ERIC in Lund, Sweden. Her PhD subject: Elucidating the function of proton pumps with neutron crystallography.

“I come from a small valley surrounded by Himalayas known as Dehradun in India. I completed my Master’s in Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. I spend my leisure time in painting…” – read full article.


Cromarte RogersMarty Rogers is ESR 6, works at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His subject: Novel lipid environments for use in lipid cubic phase (in meso) crystallization of membrane proteins.

“I was born and raised in South Carolina in the USA. I played the French horn in school bands and orchestras since I was 10 years old, and music of all forms is still one of my passions. I completed an undergrad degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford before….” – read full article.


photo-Sofia-Jaho-finaleSofia Jaho is ESR 2, works at the Institute for Structural Biology in Grenoble, France. Her subject : Crystallization of membrane proteins with an automated microfluidic pipeline.

“I come from Fier, a small city in Albania but I grew up in Argos, a town in South-East of Greece. While being a high school student, I used to work during summer at different half-time jobs. I studied at the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Patras…” – read full article.


Diogo is the first to go, and accepted to answer a few questions to present himself!

Diogo Melo is ESR 8, works at the Center foto cortadafor Free Electron Laser Science (CFEL) in Hamburg, Germany. His subject : Controlled growth of uniformly sized microcrystals, optimised for time-resolved crystallographic experiments

“I come from Alguber, a small village in Portugal that mostly lives off agriculture, in which I used to work most of the summers. I studied biochemistry for four years in the University of Algarve and two years in NOVA University of Lisbon…” – read full article