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Rugile Januškevičiūtė

PhD student

My project is focused on the tumour microenvironment of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), which is a soft tissue malignancy of mesenchymal origin. The cellular differentiation states underlying RMS, its immune microenvironment, and how these relate to patient outcomes remains unknown. I will be using single-cell omics approach to characterise the differentiation stages and immune landscape of RMS. Additionally, I will validate the potential therapeutic targets using patient-derived RMS organoid models and immune cell co-culture models.

Outside of work I try to immerse myself into sports - recently I got into running and completed my first half-marathon, therefore you will often find me in the evenings running around Utrecht. Additionally, I enjoy swimming and rowing - last year I even got to represent my university team in multiple races in London. Once tired from all the sports, I enjoy exploring new cities and reading books - even managed to start a bookclub over my time here!

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