HubLE Minutes Committee

Niloufar ‘Nil’

Chelsea M. Heveran

Abdellatif El-Seoudi

Christoph Haudum

Marco Ponzetti 

Tsuyoshi Isojima 

Jillian Cornish
New Zealand

Niloufar Ansari

Nil is a postdoctoral researcher at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University (Australia). During her PhD, she worked on osteocytes and their role in the control of bone mass and strength. Currently, she works on using nanoparticles for targeted delivery of drugs, and studies the interaction of nanoparticles with the cells. During her free time, she enjoys playing guitar (the name of her guitar is Gisoo!), dancing, and readings books. She also likes baking/cooking, but she’s not good at following recipes!

Chelsea Heveran, PhD

Chelsea is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State University. Her Biomechanics & Bio-Inspired Materials Lab studies the role of the osteocyte in maintaining bone fracture resistance in aging. She also studies bone-inspired building materials that are assembled and disassembled by leveraging microbial metabolism. Chelsea is an avid mountaineer and trail runner and enjoys spending her time out of the lab in the beautiful mountains of Montana. 

Abdellatif El-Seoudi PhD

Abdellatif is an Egyptian born Postdoctoral researcher currently based at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center, University of Montreal (Canada). His current research focuses on the role of Prohibitins in Osteoarthritis pathogenesis. Abdellatif received his Bachelor’s Dental degree at Mansoura University in Egypt and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Dentistry at Okayama University in Japan. Besides research, Abdellatif enjoys spending time with his wife and his 2 lovely daughters, reading, cooking, and travel.

Christoph Walter Haudum

Christoph Walter Haudum is a third-year biochemist PhD student from the University of Graz (Austria). He is also employed at the centre for biomarker research (CBMed, Austria) and works in the interdisciplinary field of biosensor development with special interest in metabolic and endocrine disorders and their detection. He also focuses on the connection of biochemistry, engineering and informatics to fulfil clinical needs in cooperation with industry partners and basic researchers. Besides of science he enjoys cycling and team sports but also 3D printing and challenging boardgames with friends.

Marco Ponzetti

Marco is a PhD candidate from the University of L’Aquila, Italy. His research focus on bone and muscle phenotype modulators in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the role of cancer-derived extracellular vesicles in metastatic bone disease. Marco is also strongly involved in a science divulgation group called “TMS – Thursday Morning Science” at the University of L’Aquila, for which he created the website, performs the online marketing and manages social media coordinating a group of talented students. He also took care of technical as well as scientific aspects of the monthly ECTS newsletter since its very first issue. When not at work, Marco enjoys woodworking, photography and watching television shows.

Tsuyoshi Isojima, MD, PhD

Tsuyoshi is a lecturer at Department of Pediatrics, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Japan. He is a pediatric endocrinologist. Through his PhD work in which he identified a causative gene for Kenny-Caffey syndrome type 2, he developed an interest in bone research. After PhD, he studied bone cell biology for two years at St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. Currently, he is back in Japan, and continues to study translational research as a clinician scientist. During his free time, he enjoys walking in nature and spending time with his family. He likes travelling as well.

Jillian Cornish, PhD

Professor Cornish leads the Bone and Joint Research Laboratory in University of Auckland, New Zealand and held a visiting professorship with University of Oxford, UK. Her New Zealand team investigate factors that are anabolic to bone, cartilage and tendon cells for which they hold international patents.  The group has established numerous in vitro and in vivo models in cell and molecular biology and developed a keen interest in skeletal and cardiac valve regenerative medicine.  She has received many prestigious awards which in the last 5 years, include: in 2019 a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research, 2018 Nancy Sirett Achievement Award (New Zealand Society of Endocrinology), 2014 Paula Stern Achievement Award, (American Society of Bone and Mineral Research) and 2014 Career Achievement Award, (Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society) and she has served on editorial boards and councils of the International Bone and Mineral Society, International Society of Bone Morphometry and is a past-president of Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.