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About Dr Ranko Gacesa
Dr Gacesa began their research career at the Department of Bioinformatics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. There, Dr Gacesa took part in the AMYLOMICS project, a large industry-academia partnership with the goal to use new technology – environmental metagenomics – to discover novel active compounds for use in biotech industry. This experience led Dr Gacesa to realise that their ambitions lay in academic science, prompting them to apply for and obtain an MRC-CASE PhD Scholarship in collaboration with the industrial partner, bioinformatics start-up SemGen Ltd. This opportunity allowed Dr Gacesa to pursue a PhD in the group of Professor Long from King’s College London (KCL) to study antioxidant-inducing natural products and translation of these into pre-clinical studies.
Post-PhD, Dr Gacesa continued their research in the Netherlands at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). Here, they designed a machine-learning tool for microbiome-based IBD diagnostics and co-led a project identifying microbiome signatures of IBD activity.
More recently, Dr Gacesa took a leadership role in The Dutch Microbiome Project, which analysed data from over 9000 individuals in the Northern Netherlands and revealed that many chronic diseases share similar dysbiotic signatures in the gut microbiome. They followed this line of research by joining the TIMID consortium – a Netherlands-wide project aimed at dissecting the links between human autoimmune diseases, microbiome, genetics, and the environment – where they co-directed a project that identified links between type-1 diabetes and the human gut microbiota. Dr Gacesa recently secured funding to initiate a project that aims to dissect microbiome-host interactions in human inflammatory bowel disease at the site of the disease (NWO-XS 2022 project “Spatial analysis of the human host-microbiome interface in Crohn’s disease”).
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