Scientific exploration & discussion

These quarterly online seminars are designed to encourage networking and communication of novel concepts through short lectures and poster sessions where scientists present unpublished work of biological responses to variations in oxygenation.

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Inaugural meeting of HypoxEU
An international forum on oxygenation and biology.

HypoxEU is an international forum for disseminating and discussing discoveries relating to biological responses to variations in oxygenation.

On September 16th 2021 the first HypoxEU seminar day will take place, followed by many more in the years to come, bringing together hypoxia researchers and providing a platform for sharing and connecting through our passion for science.

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Dr. Joona Tapio, Ph.D.

Dr. Joona Tapio has received his medical training at the University of Oulu, Finland and will specialize in internal or general medicine.

Currently he is working on his Ph.D. with focus on HIF prolyl-4-hydroxylases, hemoglobin and metabolic health in the group of Professor Peppi Karppinen at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Oulu, Finland. Dr. Tapio is passionate about golf and ice hockey and his motto in life is: “One does not simply walk into Mordor”.

Dr. Brian Ortmann,

Brian is originally from a small fishing village on the east coast of Scotland, close to St. Andrews. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. James Nathan’s group at the University of Cambridge, where his work has been focused on identifying genes required for activation of the hypoxia response. Brian obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Dundee in Professor Sonia Rocha’s lab, investigating the interplay between the oxygen sensing Ph.D. enzymes and the cell cycle. Outside of work you can find Brian on the tennis court and his claim to fame is playing against Andy Murray when he was a junior tennis player.

Brian’s favorite motto (especially relevant to science) is:

Success is not fatal. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters.

Dr. Maria Prange-Barczynska,

Maria Prange-Barczynska is a 3rd year DPhil student in the Bishop/Ratcliffe group at the University of Oxford, working to understand the role of the HIF-2α protein within the carotid body in the physiological responses to hypoxia. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Maria first came to the UK in 2015 and studied Pharmacology at the University College London before moving to Oxford. Outside of the lab, Maria is a keen sailor, representing the Oxford University Yacht Club at inshore and offshore regatta and has just completed her first Fastnet Race with the Oxford team!

Dr. Anke Zieseniß,

Anke Zieseniss is a research group leader at the Institute of Cardiovascular Physiology, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. Her research focuses on the hypoxia-induced changes in cytoskeletal dynamics.

Anke received her PhD from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, where she studied biology and where her interest in the cytoskeleton was sparked. Prior to joining Prof. Katschinski´s lab in Göttingen, Anke was a Research Associate at the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. In her free time, Anke enjoys running in the woods and learning how to windsurf.


Chris Pugh, Johanna Myllyharju, Peppi Karppinen, Edurne Berra, Dorthe Katschinski, Roland Wenger, Cormac Taylor and Randall Johnson

Roland Wenger

Randall Johnson

Chris Pugh

Cormac Taylor

Doerthe Katschinski

Edurne Berra

Johanna Myllyharju

Peppi Karppinen