The Erler Lab Team

If you’re interested in joining our group, please get in touch.

Professor Emeritus

Reidar Albrechtsen

I am a specialist in pathology and cytology since 1976, have worked for several years as a clinicalPIC_Reidar_Albrechtsen pathologist at the Department of Pathology, Rigshospitalet, and served as professor emeritus at BRIC since 2018. My research is focused on the the field of pathology and cell biology, where I have and still am contributing with DNA sequencing, production of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies and expression studies of several proteins including laminin, tetranectin, and ADAM12.



Postdoctoral scientists

Kamilla Westarp ZornhagenKamilla

During my PhD I studied the tumour microenvironment and its heterogeneity in spontaneous canine soft tissue sarcomas using different molecular markers. Now my research is focused on the extracellular matrix (ECM) and how it affects metastasis.



Rikke Stagaard


The past few years I have worked with exercise oncology in a research environment that combined mechanistic preclinical studies with clinical training interventions studies in cancer patients. My current research focuses on elucidating whether exercise modulates ECM components in the tumor microenvironment to foster anti-cancer conditions and limit metastatic development.



Alexia Lopresti Alexia

The past few years I have worked with translation reasearch, ADAMs, the tumor microenvironment, organoids, and circulating tumor cells, which will also be my research focus here at BRIC.


Victor OriaPassport Photo 

I am intrigued by the tumor microenvironment; specifically how cancer cells hijack the vascular system to their benefit. My current research investigates how tumor-driven angiocrine signaling feeds back on the growing tumor to drive loco-vascular invasion and subsequent metastasis.


Kasper J. Mygind  

I have worked on protein maturation and transport in cells, moreKasper specifically how proteins exit the ER and are transported into the Golgi apparatus. To this end I have worked on small GTPases involved in Golgi integrity. I am currently focused on two research areas, first genome modulation (knock-out and knock-in) to study endogenous gene functions. Here I have developed a library of reporter cells enabling us to study protein function as well as cell-cell interactions in vitro and in vivo. Second research area is understating how soluble Basigin / CD147 are pro-tumorigenic


PhD students

Jan StrøbechJan Strøbech 1

I want to explore what happens within stromal tissue during metastasis, in particular how the tumour microenvironment promotes cancer progression. My PhD focuses on changes in cell populations during metastatic disease and how stromal cells contribute to changes in the ECM. I will apply single cell RNA sequencing to explore this area.



Joana Leitão Castro

During my PhD,309285256_767805344326702_8073269147422492457_n I aim to understand the cellular communication between cancer cells and cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs), as well as to unravel the molecular mechanism by which cancer cell-derived ADAM12 activates the tumor stroma and promotes ECM production. Overall, my goal is to identify new strategies to limit the desmoplastic response as a way to improve cancer treatments.


Guangzheng Wengimage001

I’m a PHD student at BRIC. My research interest is about single-cell RNA-sequencing and machine learning applied on large-scale biological data analysis. Now I’m focusing on spatial transcriptomics.


Bachelor students

Freia Isak Jørgensen Freia

I am a molecular biomedicine bachelor student, and will as part of my bachelor thesis help Victor investigates how tumor-driven angiocrine signaling feeds back on the growing tumor to drive loco-vascular invasion and subsequent metastasis.



Adina Jensen

Alejandro Mayorca Guiliani

Amro Ashmawy

Andreas Hadjiprocopis

Anette Høye

Ann-Marie Baker

Anna Leibold

Anu Laitala

Chris Madsen

Christine J

Demelza Bird

Dina Grønseth

Dorte Lauritsen

Fabian Schmich

Freja Venning

Georgina Lang

Giorgia Maltese

Helen Frost

Holly Barker

Jan Strøbech

Jesper Thorhauge Pedersen

Joan Chang

Lara Perryman

Lena Wullkopf

Lidia Leonte

Louis Jensen

Lukram Babloo Singh

Marc Garcia Montolio

Maria Rafaeva

Marie-Claude Djidja

Marina Crespo Bravo

Martina Mrsnik

Ninna Rossen

Oliver Willacy

Peter Bavngaard Thrane

Pier Giorgio Amendola

Pietro Giuriatti

Raphael Reuten (LinkedIn profile)

Sebastian R. Nielsen

Sofie Dahl Tolstrup

Thomas R. Cox

Tian Xia

Tine Thurison Røndbjerg