About us

Single Cell Discoveries makes single-cell sequencing accessible for everyone

Single Cell Discoveries provides complete single-cell sequencing services. We help you get the best out of your single-cell experiments by offering everything you need for a successful project - planning, experiments, and data analysis - under one roof.

Founded in 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, SCD has serviced 150+ researchers from more than 60 institutes and companies across 15 countries. As well as making single-cell sequencing accessible to a wide research community, we are committed to continuous development and offering the very latest single-cell sequencing technologies.

About the founders

Judith Vivié and Mauro Muraro founded Single Cell Discoveries after working together in the Alexander van Oudenaarden lab at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. They worked on some of the earliest single-cell sequencing technologies, back when every single cell had to be handled manually.

During his PhD, Mauro devised the SORT-seq technique to automate this process, which was published on Cell Systems in 2016. As demand rapidly grew for single-cell sequencing, the Hubrecht Institute Single Cell Core Facility was established, with Judith as its general manager. The core facility, one of the first in the world, quickly grew to service customers from many different research groups both inside and outside the Hubrecht Institute.

When Judith and Mauro realized that there was an urgent need for expert services in the single-cell sequencing field, they decided to team up to start Single Cell Discoveries. Since the very beginning, their goal has been the same: to make single-cell sequencing available to everyone.

OUR MISSION

To provide high-quality, state-of-the-art single-cell sequencing methods and expertise. To contribute to ground-breaking research. To develop and implement single-cell technologies fit for use in clinical settings.

OUR VISION

We believe that current and future single-cell technologies should be easily accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Our team

Meet our team of talented and experienced scientists

and get to know their inner nerd  

Mauro Muraro

Co-founder & CEO

Mauro is responsible for steering SCD in the right direction, setting up scientific collaborations and to keep pushing single-cell sequencing technology to new heights. He loves using technology to solve complex biological questions. Before founding SCD, Mauro finished his PhD at the Hubrecht Institute (van Oudenaarden lab), where he developed the SORT-seq platform for single-cell sequencing. His inner nerd is triggered by all things quantitative, and he knows many obscure Greek Mythology stories.

Judith Vivié

Co-founder & COO

As COO, Judith is responsible for many things: from running client experiments in the lab to handling the financial administration of the company. Prior to starting Single Cell Discoveries, she worked as a manager at the core facility for single-cell sequencing in the Hubrecht Institute. Judith has an MSc degree in Cancer, Stem Cells & Development from Utrecht University. She is an aficionado for lab robots and gets her inner nerd excited by sharing her love for automation with others.

Bastiaan Bijl

Head of Business Development

Bastiaan is responsible for Sales and Business Development at Single Cell Discoveries. He loves to talk to (potential) customers and discuss their scientific projects to figure out how we can help. Bastiaan has a knack for automation and tries to automate his day-to-day tasks as much as possible. With an MSc in Science & Business Management and a background in consulting, his inner nerd is triggered by Excel spreadsheets.

Lotte Koopman

Head of Laboratory Operations

Lotte is highly meticulous and loves a perfectly organized lab, making her our ideal lab manager. She manages the daily operations of the laboratory and oversees the processing of customer samples, lab safety, and QC. Before joining SCD, she completed her Ph.D. at the UMC Utrecht and the Hubrecht Institute, where she gained extensive experience with genetics and with project management. In her free time, Lotte enjoys traveling and photography, and she is currently improving her programming skills with R and Python.

Dylan Mooijman

Head of R&D

 

Dylan is responsible for developing new technologies and improving methods that we currently have. He loves working on the cutting edge of new single cell sequencing techniques in order to always provide the proverbial hammer for every experimental nail. Before coming to SCD, Dylan was a postdoc and HFSP fellow at EMBL Heidelberg (Ephrussi lab) and prior to that a PhD student in the van Oudenaarden lab (Hubrecht Institute). Apart from molecular biology, Dylan loves classic literature and brazilian jiu-jitsu, both of which are totally not nerdy at all.

Andrei Prodan

Head of Data

 

Andrei is responsible for coordinating the SCD Data Science team, updating and maintaining computational infrastructure and managing research collaborations. Originally from Romania, he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees studying in Romania, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Canada before earning his PhD at the Free University of Amsterdam. He was a postdoctoral researcher in Bioinformatics at the AMC for 4 years analyzing human clinical trial and cohort data. Before SCD, he worked as Senior Data Scientist at NIZO, a Dutch CRO doing research for the Food and Pharma industries. He enjoys running, hiking and reading.

Chalene Ehlers

HR Manager

Chalene focuses on HR at Single Cell Discoveries. She has come all the way from South Africa where she obtained her qualification in Marketing and Business Management. She has a strong background in customer relations and staff management. Her management expertise stems from various senior management positions, where she was responsible for excellence, HR duties and the general management. For her hobbies, Chalene loves to scuba dive, cuddle with her fur-babies, walks, and meeting new people.

Jenine Kruger

Management Assistant

 

Jenine focuses on assisting the CEO, COO as well as the heads of departments. She is originally from South Africa, where she obtained 17 years of experience in personal and administrative assistance. Jenine loves spending time with her husband and children and visiting art galleries, flower gardens, historical buildings, and museums. She is also greatly interested in beauty, such as make-up, nails, and pedicures.

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Jan Willem Wijnands

Data Manager

Jan Willem's main focus is on maintaining the data analysis pipeline at Single Cell Discoveries. He completed his BSc degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden and his MSc degree in Evolutionary Biology at Leiden University. During his research internships, he mainly worked on the phylogenetics of bacteria, orchids and banded newts at Institute Biology Leiden and Naturalis Biodiversity Center. During off-duty time, his inner nerd gets triggered by all types of gadgets to establish a smarter home!

Nathalie Groen

Data Scientist

Nathalie helps our customers get the most out of their data as a part-time data scientist. Next to that, she is a PostDoc at the Hubrecht Institute, where she works on building a cell atlas on the human pancreas. Being a biomedical engineer, she obtained her Ph.D. in computational biology at the University of Twente. She first started working with single-cell data as a PostDoc when studying β-cell biology in the context of diabetes. At home, she is using Raspberry Pi's to smarten things up.

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Janneke Hulsen

Data Scientist

Janneke analyzes and interprets single-cell sequencing data to uncover useful insights. She studied Philosophy and Biomedical Sciences, specializing in immunology with a Master's degree in Infection & Immunity. Next to performing data analyses at SCD, she follows a second master’s in Bioinformatics to further expand her programming skills. Her inner nerd is excited to learn programs and languages: from Spanish and Illustrator to R. Janneke recognizes any common wild bird within 0.1 seconds.

Empar Baltasar Pérez

Junior Data Scientist

Empar focuses on setting up a pipeline to analyze spatial transcriptomics data. She obtained a BSc degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at University of Valencia, and is currently pursuing a MSc in Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity at Utrecht University. During her previous research internships, she gained experience both in wet and dry labs, being able now to run a PCR as well as write a Python/R script. Besides science, she loves listening to and playing music. She can play the flute and the piano.

Sofia Drobysheva

Junior Data Scientist

 

Sofia is working together with R&D and Data teams to analyse data from the exciting in-house projects. Before joining SCD, she was living in Stockholm where she did her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as working parttime in a biotech start-up. Her bachelor’s project focused on yeast with impaired Ca2+ homeostasis. During her master’s she got into single-cell transcriptomics and as a result she was integrating single-cell datasets for her master’s degree project. In her free time Sofia goes on long city walks or hikes.

Pablo Gómez Sacristán

Junior Bioinformatician

Pablo works as a junior bioinformatician at Single Cell Discoveries and is responsible for processing and sending out data to clients. He obtained both his BSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Computational Biology at Technical University of Madrid and carried out his internships in Ireland and France. He then moved to Amsterdam to work at Macrogen Europe, as a Bioinformatician analyzing NGS data. His inner nerd gets triggered by videogames such as Pokemon and Super Mario.

Florin Poenariu

Data Intern

Florin will be working on the SCD pipelines, helping develop them while analyzing the results and evaluating the pipelines performance. He did a Bachelors in Physics, specialized in pure physics, alongside a minor in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Now, he is doing a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, hence doing his thesis project at SCD. In his free time, he likes to go to the gym on a daily basis, read non-fiction and play video games.

Hannah Oevermans

Team Lead Marketing

Hannah is responsible for the marketing team and the off- and online marketing activities at Single Cell Discoveries. She has a Master's degree in Science & Business Management and a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, both obtained at Utrecht University. She finished her Master program at Single Cell Discoveries with a marketing internship and her thesis about branding. Before she joined SCD, she completed a research internship on acute infant leukemia at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. Her inner nerd is triggered by board games and unsolved mysteries.

Kelly Klaassen, online marketer at Single Cell Discoveries

Kelly Klaassen

Online Marketer

Kelly is responsible for digital marketing at Single Cell Discoveries. She completed her MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in management at the University of Leiden. The dual nature of this master allows her to combine her passions for both science and business. During her research internships, she gained experience in both wet and dry labs. In her masters, she did a management internship for Single Cell Discoveries. During this internship, she focused on investigating the needs and wants of commercial clients. In her spare time, she loves to do sports and play board games.

Niels Tjoonk, Scientific Content Marketer at Single Cell Discoveries, B.V.
Niels Tjoonk, Scientific Content Marketer at Single Cell Discoveries, B.V.

Niels Tjoonk 

Content Marketer

 

While Niels' left hand is writing ebooks, his right hand will be typing blog posts, and his mind will be searching for new ways to tell the story of Single Cell Discoveries. He did a bachelor's in biomedical sciences, a master's in cancer, stem cells & developmental biology, and a minor in science communication at Utrecht University. He likes to play footy, read, draw, and give guided tours through Utrecht during his time off. You can speak to his inner nerd with questions about famous writers, genome evolution and HBO's Deadwood.

Doreth Fransen

Automation Scientist

Doreth works as an Automation Scientist in our R&D department. Currently, she focuses on managing and testing new robotic solutions to automate our current and new techniques. Prior to joining Single Cell Discoveries, she completed her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Biotechnology (with a major in Forensic Sciences) at Van Hall Larenstein and graduated from her Master's in Biology of Disease at Utrecht University. In her spare time, she enjoys thrill-seeking sports such as snowboarding and kitesurfing.

Darina Šikrová

R&D Scientist

 

Darina works as a Scientist in our R&D department, where she is working on improving the currently offered methods as well as developing new ones. Born and raised in Slovakia, she obtained her BSc in Biology there and afterwards, her MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics in Czech Republic. After that she moved to Netherlands to get her PhD at Leiden University Medical Centre, which she has yet to defend. She enjoys doing yoga and solving a daily Wordle puzzle.

Stefani Giacopazzi

Support Scientist

 

Stefani started out at SCD managing our bulk RNA-seq pipeline. After single-handedly processing thousands of samples, she carried her bulk RNA-seq expertise into her next role in SCD's R&D team, where she is responsible for bulk RNA-seq optimization and translating new R&D techniques into service-ready SOPs for our Services team. She is originally from California and completed her BSc in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her inner nerd is obsessed with the human microbiome, tropical plants, and exploring recipes from all over the world.

Fredrik Salmén

Data scientist & R&D Consultant

 

Fredrik’s role is to improve existing methods and to develop novel methods that we can offer our clients. He takes pride and joy in working with technologies covering the transcriptomics and genomics field, focusing mainly on single-cell and spatial methods. Before working for SCD, Fredrik was a PhD student at the Royal Institute of technology (KTH)/Scilifelab in Stockholm, Sweden, followed by a post-doc position at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Netherlands. In his free time, Fredrik enjoys working on and riding motorcycles, spending time with his family and surfing.

Nataša Josipović 

Senior Lab Technician

 

Nataša is responsible for 10x Genomics samples and processing at Single Cell Discoveries.  She is originally from Serbia, where she completed her Bachelors in Molecular Biology and Master studies in the field of Neurobiology. Before joining SCD, she completed her PhD at International Max Planck Research School for Genome Science in Germany, studying multifaceted regulatory mechanisms governing the cell’s transcription program. Besides her enthusiasm for learning piano, her inner nerd is excited by computational analysis and automation of NGS data, as well as coding in R/Python.

Anneleen Bobeldijk

Team Lead Plate-based Services

Anneleen works as Team lead of plate-based services at Single Cell Discoveries and is responsible for leading and monitoring the plate-based services team. She maintains overall TaT, runs experiments and is in touch with clients. Before that, she completed her BSc in Life Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. She did internships in Israel at the Sheba Medical Center and at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. Besides biology, she is interested in women's empowerment. She is currently training her Krav Maga skills and helping at self-defense classes for women.

Jeroen Geerligs

Lab Technician

Jeroen works as a lab technician at Single Cell Discoveries and is responsible for sample processing, sample shipments, and lab maintenance. He has obtained both his BSc and MSc in Life Sciences at Utrecht University. Jeroen has worked a lot with lentiviral transduction systems to manipulate cell differentiation with transcription factors and to reverse mutations in DNA with Prime Editing. Away from the lab, Jeroen likes to spend his time outside on his road bike, running, hiking, and ice skating.

Lovindy Lebalado

Lab Technician

 

Lovindy is responsible for sample processing, sample shipments, and general lab maintenance. She was born and raised in Indonesia, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science. After her Bachelor's degree, she moved to the Netherlands to obtain her Master’s in Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology at Wageningen University. Before SCD, she has gained experience in panel sequencing as a lab technician for the NGS lab at Macrogen Europe. In her free time, she can be found creating new recipes or taking care of her plant colony.

Manon Messchendorp

Lab Technician

 

As a lab technician at Single Cell Discoveries, Manon is responsible for sample processing, sample shipments, and lab maintenance. She obtained her BSc and MSc in Biology at the University of Leiden. During her internships, she worked on the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative stress response in zebrafish embryos and the identification of mutation-independent neoantigens in cancer cells. Besides playing tennis, going to the gym, and an occasional run, her inner nerd gets excited by fantasy books and video games.

Reinke de Vries

Financial Assistant

Reinke is responsible for the operational tasks in finance, including invoicing. Reinke’s education actually started in science. She finished the HLO in Utrecht. Reinke started working in finance and for the last 15 years, she has worked for multiple businesses ranging from small to big companies. Her inner geek is triggered by old-fashioned hidden object games. If she has some spare time, she likes to take care of her garden and pond with the many fishes it harbours.

Marina Costagliola di Polidor, Business Development Representative at Single Cell Discoveries
Marina Costagliola di Polidor, Business Development Representative at Single Cell Discoveries

Marina Costagliola di Polidoro

Business Development Representative

Marina will be responsible for the sales pipeline and executing consultation calls with leads and clients. She completed her BSc in molecular biology at the University of Naples Federico II. Soon after, she recognized her character suited communication and sales activities better, so she combined her scientific background with the goal of fulfilling clients' needs. She gained experience in sales working for denovoMATRIX, a German biotech start-up where she learned account management and sales strategies like prospecting, lead generation, and cold outreach. In her free time, she (binge-)watches movies or series and she enjoys making lists (lots of lists), board games, and solving puzzles.

Advisory board

ALEXANDER VAN OUDENAARDEN

Advisory board member

Prof. Dr. Ir. Alexander van Oudenaarden gained his PhD in physics in 1998 from Delft University, the Netherlands.

After a postdoc at Stanford, he moved to MIT in Cambridge, MA in 2000 and became Professor of Physics in 2008, as well as Professor of Biology in 2009.

In 2012 he moved back to the Netherlands to become director of the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research and professor of quantitative biology of gene regulation at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University.

He has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2014.

Alexander van Oudenaarden
John Groten

JOHN GROTEN

Advisory board member

Prof. Dr. Ir. John Groten is the managing director of PamGene and a visiting professor at Wageningen University.

He is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of management experience in life science research companies.

After gaining his PhD at Wageningen University in 1992, he started his career at TNO before joining various other life science companies and contract research organizations.

He describes himself as "Change manager to enhance quality, creativity, and business insight in organizations", which sums up the expertise that he brings to Single Cell Discoveries.

 

 

MENZO HAVENGA

Advisory board member

Dr. Menzo Havenga is Founder, President & CEO of Batavia Biosciences and Batavia Biopharma since company launch in 2010.

After obtaining his PhD degree in molecular virology at the University of Leiden, he worked as a Senior scientist and subsequently Director Research at IntroGene B.V. until 2001.

He then continued his career as Vice president Research and Development at Crucell until 2007, followed by joining TNO as the Managing Director Business Unit Biosciences.

Menzo Havenga - Advisory board member

Support partners

Hubrecht Institute

Oncode Institute