User:Sophia Hafner

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Sophia Hafner
  • Sophia Julia Häfner, PhD
  • Biotech Research & Innovation Center (BRIC)
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Ole Maaløes Vej 5, DK-2200 Copenhagen N
  • Denmark

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Anders Lund at the BRIC institute in Copenhagen, and currently working on two projects. The first one consists in investigating the role of posttranscriptional modifications of ribosomal RNA, more specifically 2'-O-methylations and comparing them in normal and cancer tissues. In parallel, I am searching for long noncoding RNAs which are important both in normal pluripotency (stem cells) and in stem-cell like tumors.


  • 2014, PhD, Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France), Center of Epigenetics and Cell Fate, UMR7216
  • 2010, Masters Degree, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France)
  • 2008, Bachelors Degree, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France)

Research interests

  1. Long noncoding RNA
  2. Pluripotency and stem cells
  3. Evolution
  4. History and philosophy of Science
  5. Interdisciplinary issues


  1. Häfner S. NTangled. Microbes Infect. 2015 May;17(5):323-6. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2015.03.002 | PubMed ID:25790758 | HubMed [Paper1]
  2. Häfner S. Candida: or, opportunism. Microbes Infect. 2015 Apr;17(4):243-6. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2015.01.006 | PubMed ID:25683689 | HubMed [Paper2]
  3. Corbett Y and Häfner S. Crystal myth. Microbes Infect. 2015 Mar;17(3):169-72. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.12.010 | PubMed ID:25624268 | HubMed [Paper3]
  4. Jubelin G, Harel J, and Häfner S. To serve man. Interview by Sophia Häfner. Microbes Infect. 2015 Jan;17(1):1-5. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.11.005 | PubMed ID:25476146 | HubMed [Paper4]
  5. An J. The odds of small things. Interview by Sophia Häfner. Microbes Infect. 2014 Nov;16(11):881-4. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.10.008 | PubMed ID:25448053 | HubMed [Paper5]
  6. Villanueva SY. Reservoir rats. Interview by Sophia Häfner. Microbes Infect. 2014 Nov;16(11):877-80. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.09.002 | PubMed ID:25240478 | HubMed [Paper6]
  7. David J and Häfner S. Flatland goes 3D. Microbes Infect. 2014 Sep;16(9):707-10. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.07.008 | PubMed ID:25124543 | HubMed [Paper7]
  8. Qibing L. Dear prudence. Interview by Sophia Häfner. Microbes Infect. 2014 Aug;16(8):587-90. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.06.003 | PubMed ID:24973544 | HubMed [Paper8]
  9. Häfner S. Freddy meets Wagner. Microbes Infect. 2014 Jun;16(6):451-3. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2014.04.005 | PubMed ID:24819213 | HubMed [Paper9]
  10. Häfner S and Luckhart S. Dope or die. Microbes Infect. 2013 Nov;15(12):755-8. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2013.07.007 | PubMed ID:23911842 | HubMed [Paper10]
  11. Shannon O and Häfner S. The Hitchhiker's guide to the blood system. Microbes Infect. 2013 Sep-Oct;15(10-11):645-8. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2013.07.002 | PubMed ID:23856300 | HubMed [Paper11]
  12. Häfner S, Keriel A, and Balamurugan K. Model casting. Microbes Infect. 2013 Jul-Aug;15(8-9):535-9. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2013.06.005 | PubMed ID:23791955 | HubMed [Paper12]
  13. Häfner S. Birds of ill omen--is H7N9 the harbinger of the next pandemic?. Microbes Infect. 2013 Jun;15(6-7):429-31. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2013.04.011 | PubMed ID:23688529 | HubMed [Paper13]
  14. Häfner S. Tuning the immune system. Microbes Infect. 2013 May;15(5):339-41. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2013.02.007 | PubMed ID:23474332 | HubMed [Paper14]
  15. Häfner S. SARS attacks!. Microbes Infect. 2013 Feb;15(2):85-7. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2012.11.011 | PubMed ID:23262187 | HubMed [Paper15]
  16. Häfner S. Sending out an ExoS--eyes kept on Pseudomonas. Microbes Infect. 2012 Dec;14(15):1363-5. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2012.10.009 | PubMed ID:23142033 | HubMed [Paper16]
  17. Häfner S and Weitzman J. Of mice and men--NAIP homologues face Legionella pneumophila. Microbes Infect. 2012 Nov;14(13):1119-22. DOI:10.1016/j.micinf.2012.07.010 | PubMed ID:22922068 | HubMed [Paper17]
  18. Marie M, Hafner S, Moratille S, Vaigot P, Mine S, Rigaud O, and Martin MT. FGF2 mediates DNA repair in epidermoid carcinoma cells exposed to ionizing radiation. Int J Radiat Biol. 2012 Oct;88(10):688-93. DOI:10.3109/09553002.2012.706358 | PubMed ID:22732006 | HubMed [Paper18]
  19. Montserrat N, de Oñate L, Garreta E, González F, Adamo A, Eguizábal C, Häfner S, Vassena R, and Izpisua Belmonte JC. Generation of feeder-free pig induced pluripotent stem cells without Pou5f1. Cell Transplant. 2012;21(5):815-25. DOI:10.3727/096368911X601019 | PubMed ID:21944493 | HubMed [Paper19]
  20. Häfner S. [IGEM 2009: synthetic biology and ethics]. Med Sci (Paris). 2010 Nov;26(11):986-92. DOI:10.1051/medsci/20102611986 | PubMed ID:21106182 | HubMed [Paper20]
  21. Montserrat N, Bahima EG, Batlle L, Häfner S, Rodrigues AM, González F, and Izpisúa Belmonte JC. Generation of pig iPS cells: a model for cell therapy. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2011 Apr;4(2):121-30. DOI:10.1007/s12265-010-9233-3 | PubMed ID:21088946 | HubMed [Paper21]
  22. Häfner S. [Evolution as if by a MAGE]. Med Sci (Paris). 2010 Feb;26(2):142-3. DOI:10.1051/medsci/2010262142 | PubMed ID:20188042 | HubMed [Paper22]
  23. Häfner S and Coulombel L. [Birth of Mito and Tracker: mitochondrial gene replacement]. Med Sci (Paris). 2009 Oct;25(10):802-3. DOI:10.1051/medsci/20092510802 | PubMed ID:19849980 | HubMed [Paper23]
  24. Häfner S. [Our Body, the universe within]. Med Sci (Paris). 2009 Aug-Sep;25(8-9):747-50. DOI:10.1051/medsci/2009258-9747 | PubMed ID:19765391 | HubMed [Paper24]
  25. Häfner S. [iGEM competition 2008, two French teams!]. Med Sci (Paris). 2009 May;25(5):524-8. DOI:10.1051/medsci/2009255524 | PubMed ID:19480835 | HubMed [Paper25]
  26. Häfner S and Coulombel L. [The shaking oligarchy of cancer stem cells]. Med Sci (Paris). 2009 Mar;25(3):227-8. DOI:10.1051/medsci/2009253227 | PubMed ID:19361381 | HubMed [Paper26]

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