2011 - now: Group Leader, Gurdon Institute
2006 - 2011: Postdoc and EMBO fellow in laboratory of Marc Kirschner, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2001 - 2006: PhD and short postdoc in Harvey McMahon’s lab, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
1997 - 2001: Masters degree in Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK
Research area: actin polymerisation, membranes, filopodia formation, cell shape, cell movement, signaling to actin, the membrane-cytosol interface
About me: I enjoy looking after my children, Pilates and organising old photographs.
Position: Lab Manager since the lab started in 2011
Previous positions: I have worked at the Gurdon Institute for many years supporting the research of a number of labs.
Research area: Molecular Biology, Cell culture and Xenopus in vivo studies
About me: I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog.
Position: ERC Research Associate, joined the lab in August 2014.
Previous positions: Diploma in Genetics at LMU Munich; Dr. rer. nat. in the laboratory of Thomas Ott, LMU, Munich, studying the role of remorin proteins and membrane compartmentalisation in plant defence.
Research area: Discovering functional connections between the components of the filopodial tip complex.
About me: I like sports, travelling, cooking, meeting friends and spending time out in nature.
Position: Funai Overseas Scholarship PhD student (Biochemistry), joined the lab in September 2014.
Previous positions: M.S. in Systems Biology at Keio University
Research area: Investigating the molecular architecture of filopodia-like structures using super-resoultion microscopy
About me: I enjoy traveling, photography, and playing guitar.
Position: ERC Research Associate, joined the lab in January 2015.
Previous positions: B.Sc. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Durham University; M.Res. at Newcastle University; PhD and short postdoc in the lab of Mette Mogensen at UEA, Norwich, studying microtubule +TIPs in epithelial differentiation and cancer.
Research area: Examining how actin polymerisation is responsive to phosphoinositides and membrane curvature.
About me: I enjoy cricket and playing the bassoon & clarinet.
Position: Hershel Smith Postdoctoral Fellow, joined the lab in October 2015.
Previous positions: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford; PhD in Theoretical Physics at Virginia Tech; Diploma in Engineering Physics at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
Research area: Data-driven modeling of actin dynamics inside filopodia, stochastic modeling of biological processes. [personal website]
About me: I enjoy spending time with my family, tinkering, hiking, skiing and reading a good book.
Position: ERC research associate, joined the lab in November 2015.
Previous positions: PhD in Gif sur Yvette, France in the lab of François Rouyer at the INAF studying circadian rhythms in Drosophila then Postdoc in the lab of Iris Salecker at the NIMR in London where I worked on the development and morphogenesis of glial cells in the Drosophila visual system.
Research area: I use Drosophila to study actin regulation and filopodia formation in vivo.
About me: I like climbing, hiking and all sports/activities that require a good balance.
Position: ERC research associate; joined the lab in October 2017.
Previous positions: PhD student at The University of Sydney, Australia, in Virology and Cell Biology. I worked on generating recombinant fluorescent viruses to study how vaccinia virus interacts with the host cytoskeleton, particularly with cytoplasmic actin isoforms.
Research area: I am interested in all things actin-related, focusing at the moment on filopodia formation. Also keeping on eye on the virus world!
About me: I love to communicate (by writing, telling jokes, or through radio/social media), bake, and take long walks/hikes to offset said baking.
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Astrid Walrant: now Maître de conférences at Université Pierre Paris 6, Pierre et Marie Curie. Reconstituted SNX9 actin polymerization in vitro (PNAS 2013, Methods in Cell Biology 2015, JCB, 2017)
Yoshiko Inoue: now staff at Research Organization of Information and Systems, Japan. Moved to us from Nick Brown’s lab, our first Drosophila geneticist, established flies and CRISPR/Cas9 methods in the lab
Frédéric Daste: now on career break for family and writing new research projects. Elucidated mechanisms of SNX9 in actin polymerization and membrane curvature (JCB review, 2016, JCB article, 2017)
Vasja Urbančič: now moving into data science. Developed Filopodyan image analysis pipeline in Xenopus retinal ganglion cell growth cones (JCB tools, 2017)
Claire Mulvey: now working on a Grand Challenge with Greg Hannon at Cambridge Research Institute.
Former PhD students and research assistants
Daniel Saxton: former research assistant, now PhD student at University of Berkeley, USA. Developed methods for looking at filopodia-like structure elongation (Methods in Cell Biology, 2015)
Helen Fox: former PhD student, now a Project Manager at Eurofins. Looked at roles of Toca-1 interactions in actin polymerization (CSH protocols, in press, JBC, 2016)