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About us

Single Cell Discoveries is a spin-off from the single-cell core facility at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Mauro and Judith, founders of the company, have extensive experience with single-cell sequencing. Mauro worked as a PhD researcher at the Van Oudenaarden group and Judith was general manager for the single-cell core facility at the institute. Both of them have collaborated with numerous scientists from different backgrounds to set up, execute and analyse single-cell sequencing experiments.

When noticing the difficulties many researchers have with setting up single-cell sequencing experiments, they decided to join forces and incorporate Single Cell Discoveries.

Single Cell Discoveries is a one-stop-shop for single-cell sequencing as a service and is supported by the Hubrecht Institute and the Oncode Institute.

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.

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Judith Vivié

Co-founder and 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.

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Bastiaan Bijl

Head of Business Development

Bastiaan is responsible for Marketing, 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.

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Lotte Koopman

Lab manager

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.

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Anneleen Bobeldijk

Lab Technician

Anneleen works as a lab technician at Single Cell Discoveries and is responsible for running experiments, sample shipments, and lab maintenance. Before joining SCD, 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. After joining SCD and working with the robots, she became interested in programming and is currently developing her inner nerd by becoming a Python genius.

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Erik Jansen

Lab Technician

Erik works as a technician in our lab and is responsible for sample processing, customer shipments, and NGS library prep. Before he joined SCD, he worked as a research technician at the Radboudumc and the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht. He has a Masters degree in Medical Biology from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He gets his daily work motivation from his interest in the nature of life. In his own words: "biology unfolds itself in the lab as nature does outside".

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Hannah Oevermans

Marketing Intern

Hannah focuses on digital marketing at Single Cell Discoveries, as well as on finishing her Master Thesis on branding. She has a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences and is almost done with her Master's in Science & Business Management, both at Utrecht University. Before she joined SCD, she completed a research internship on acute infant leukemia at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. She is currently learning how to play chess.

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Doreth Fransen

R&D Intern

Doreth works as an R&D intern on improving the SORT-seq single-cell sequencing platform. Currently, she also focuses on learning how to analyze single-cell data with the R programming language. 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. She will soon graduate from her master’s in Biology of Disease at Utrecht University and is working on her inner nerd by becoming a master in R programming.

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Anna Alemany

Chief Data Scientist

Anna is responsible for all things data at Single Cell Discoveries. She will lead the Data Science department to new heights by improving data analysis pipelines and building new ones. Next to her work at SCD, she is a PostDoc at the Hubrecht Institute (Van Oudenaarder group), where she works on the development of genetic lineage tracing tools. Anna avoids using her mouse as much as possible by memorizing keyboard shortcuts, and: "whenever I can \LaTeX, I won't Word".

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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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Advisory board

Alexander van Oudenaarden

Advisory board member

Prof. Dr. Ir. Alexander van Oudenaarden obtained 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. Van Oudenaarden has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2014.

Angus Livingstone

Advisory board member

Angus Livingstone serves as the Valorization Director for the Oncode Institute, a new Dutch foundation with the goal of bringing together the Netherlands’ top scientists in a new, world class institute that strengthens the best fundamental cancer research and drives scientific breakthrough. Oncode will accelerate the development of better cancer treatment by combining excellent research with first-class valorization in an innovative model.

Angus is excited to bring his 30 years experience at The University of British Columbia in translating academic research for social and economic benefit to the Netherlands. He has played critical roles in the creation of many Canadian technology transfer and commercialization initiatives including: entrepreneurship@UBC; The Centre for Drug Research and Development; The Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology (ACCT) Canada; Westlink Technology Commercialization Internship Program; Flintbox™; Aggregate Therapeutics IP Toolkit; West Coast Licensing Partnership; the Canada California Strategic Innovation Partnership – IP Protocol; and, UBC’s Global Access Licensing Principles.

 

Key support partners

 

Hubrecht Institute

 

Oncode Institute