Christoph Mikkel Janitzek

Christoph Mikkel Janitzek

PhD Student

Member of:

  • VAR2CSA team

1. Education

2017 - now
PhD Candidate, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Center for Medical Parasitology.

Title: ’Development of high efficacy vaccines based on novel virus like particle technologies’
Supervisors Morten Agertoug Nielsen, Ali Salanti and Adam Sander.

2012 – 2015
MSc in Human Biology, UCPH. Master Thesis completed at CMP) with highest possible grade (12) & weighted grade average of 11.6.

2007-2010
BSc in Biology-Biotechnology, UCPH. Bachelor Thesis completed with the highest possible grade (12) & weighted grade average of 10.3.

2. Current and recent employments

March 2015-  present Research Assistant at CMP, UCPH

April 2011- August 2012 Capacity Building Coordinator at Department of Virology, Statens Serum Institut with Placement at Bandim Health Project in Guinea Bissau

3. Scientific Focus and Research Skills

My Master’s thesis and job as a Research assistant have equipped me with extensive knowledge and skills revolving around cloning and producing proteins for use in Virus Like Particle (VLP) based vaccines and testing these in animal models. This includes, but is not limited to:

Expert knowledge in molecular cloning and protein engineering

  • Utilizing bioinformatic tools to retrieve antigen sequences as well as designing engineered Virus Like Particles (VLPs) and protein antigens compatible with VLP display
  • Designing protocols and executing experiments to clone engineered VLP and protein antigens

Expert knowledge in recombinant protein expression

  • Recombinant protein expression of VLP and protein antigens in a multitude of expression systems (E.coli, insect and mammalian cells)
  • Extensive experience in diverse protein purification methods (e.g. Immobilized Metal Affinity Purification, Ion Exchange- and Size Exclusion Chromatography). This includes pronounced knowledge in using the Äkta protein purification system.

Expert knowledge on malaria parasite biology and producing recombinant malaria proteins

  • Previous work included production of Circumsporozoite protein (CSP), which resulted in a first authorship in Malaria Journal and have granted me extensive theoretical and practical knowledge in malaria parasite biology
  • Extensive knowledge in production of other recombinant malaria proteins, including VAR2CSA, AMA-1, RH5 and Pfs25.

Virus Like Particle Production

  • Great prior experience with producing various Virus-Like Particles (HPV, AP205, JGMV, FR, CB and MS2) for vaccine use.

4. Honours

April 2016
Young Scientist's Award at the annual DSP/DSTMIH Spring Symposium

5. Other Qualifications

  • Laboratory Animal Science Course- FELASA Category C (2014)
  • Radioactive Isotopes and Ionizing Radiation (2014)

6. Patents

April 2015
Adam F. Sander, Ali Salanti, Thor Theander, Susan Thrane, Christoph Mikkel Janitzek, Mette Ørskov Agerbæk, Morten Agertoug Nielsen, Tobias Gustavson.
Virus-like particle based Vaccine delivery. ID: P3710DK01.

January 2015
Adam F. Sander, Ali Salanti, Thor Theander, Susan Thrane, Christoph Mikkel Janitzek, Mette Ørskov Agerbæk, Morten Agertoug Nielsen, Tobias Gustavson.
Virus-like particle with efficient epitope display. ID: P3710DK01.

November 2014
Adam F. Sander, Ali Salanti, Thor Theander, Susan Thrane, Christoph Mikkel Janitzek, Mette Ørskov Agerbæk, Morten Agertoug Nielsen, Tobias Gustavson.
Virus-like particle platform. ID: P3596DK00.

7. Language Proficiency

  • Danish, English and German (fluent written, oral and understanding)
  • Portuguese Creole (fluent written oral and understanding)
  • French (basic written, oral and understanding)

Education

MSc Human Biology

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