Saez-Rodriguez Group

Systems Biomedicine

Monica Toft Hannani

In 2016, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Life Science Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), focusing on microbiology and experimental work. After being introduced to computational biology, I enrolled in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Master’s program at DTU and graduated in 2019. During my Master’s Thesis, I studied the effects of ibuprofen on skeletal muscle recovery through transcriptome and protein-protein interaction network analyses. Upon graduation, I worked as a Bioinformatician in the industry, where I conducted transcriptional analyses of RNA-Seq and microarray data. I am very passionate about unravelling the underlying mechanisms of diseases and how these can be utilized to improve prognosis of patients. In 2020, I joined Rafael Kramann’s group at RWTH Aachen and Saez-Rodriguez’ group as a PhD student where I will study the mechanisms of chronic kidney disease and associated cardiovascular diseases.

Research Interests

I am profoundly fascinated with the rules that govern biology and how computational modeling can be utilized to capture and describe complex biological systems. I am very interested in how one can reduce the dimensionality of comprehensive and inherently noisy biological data and as a result unravel meaningful patterns. By doing so, these can potentially be used to discover novel biomarkers and therapeutic drug targets against a wide array of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease.

Professional Career

2020 - present: PhD candidate at Kramann’s group, Department of Nephrology, University Hospital RWTH Aachen and Saez-Rodriguez’ group, Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Heidelberg University
2019 - 2019: Bioinformatician at Intomics, Lyngby, Denmark
2017 - 2019: Student Assistant at Intomics, Lyngby, Denmark
2016 - 2017: Bioinformatics Teaching Assistant, DTU
2016 - 2016: Student Assistant, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark


2017 - 2019: M.Sc.Eng. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, DTU
2013 - 2016: B.Sc.Eng. in Human Life Science Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)