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Current members


Neil Brockdorff

    Professor of Biochemistry

Head of the Group




Mafalda Almeida

2012 - DPhil Student

Originally from Viseu, Portugal
BSc in Biology , University of Porto, Portugal
MSc in Oncology, University of Porto, Portugal
Research interests: Chromatin biology, Gene regulation and Epigenetic machinery     


Burcu Anil Kirmizitas

2012 - Research Associate

Originally from Turkey 
BS, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
PhD, Stony Brook University, USA
Research Interests: biochemical, biophysical and structural characterization of proteins functioning as chromatin modifiers and binders


Antonio Biasutto 

2016 - Research Associate

Originally from Venezuela
BSc in Chemistry, University of Carabobo, Venezuela
DPhil in Structural Biology - Wellcome Trust Programme, University of Oxford, UK
Research interests: Structural biology characterisation of protein complexes involved in chromatin regulation



Bianca Bloechl

2016 - Trainee from Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany

Originally from Stuttgart, Germany


Joseph (Joe) Bowness

March 2017 - Present
Wellcome Trust D.Phil Rotation Student

Originally from Oxford, UK
BA Natural Sciences (Part II Genetics), University of Cambridge, UK
Research interests:




Emma Carter

2013 - Laboratory Assistant

Originally from Staffordshire, UK
BSc:(Hons) Genetics 2.1 from Cardiff University
PhD: "The role of ERK5 signalling in Myogenesis" at the Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge
Post-doc: "CFTR gene regulation" at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford "The role of Igf2 in tumour growth" at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
Research interest:Gene regulation, epigenetics, cellular differentiation


Jeongyoon Choi

2017 - Research Associate

Originally from Seoul, South Korea 
BS, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
PhD, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB), Germany
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Heather Coker

 2008 - Research Associate

Originally from Chatham, Kent, UK
BSc: Biochemistry, King's College, University of London
PhD: Biochemistry, King's College, University of London
Post-doc: Clare Hall CRUK
Research interest: Epigenetics, DNA repair




Sarah Cooper

2008 - Research Associate

Originally from Edinburgh, and then Harpenden, UK
MSci BA (Cantab.) Biochemistry, Downing College, Cambridge
PhD Lab of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Research Interests: Polycomb recruitment and developmental epigenetics



Michal Gdula

2015 -Research Associate

Originally from Bydgoszcz, Poland
BSc & MSc Molecular Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
PhD Molecular biology, Bradford University, UK
Post-doc Boston University, USA & WTCHG, Oxford University, UK
Research Interests: Epigenetics, DNA replication, Computational Biology



Jonathan Godwin

 2008 - Research Associate

Originally from
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Amy Hughes

November 2016- March 2017
Wellcome Trust D.Phil Rotation Student

Originally from Wirral, Merseyside, UK
B.Sc: Biochemistry from the University of Leeds, UK
Research interests:


Tatyana Nesterova

Senior Research Associate

Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia
B.Sc. Novosibirsk State University, Russia
PhD, Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Russia
Research Interests: gene regulation & developmental epigenetics



Greta Pintacuda

2012 - Wellcome Trust D.Phil Student
Trinity College, University of Oxford, Biochemistry



Lisa Rodermund

2016 - D.Phil Student  (co-supervised with Dr. Lothar Schermelleh) 

Originally from Hamburg, Germany
BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Research interests: Superresolution microscopy and Chromatin biology



Chloe Roustan

2014 - Research Assistant

Originally from Aubagne, France
B.Sc. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries, Biochemistry at Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), Paris
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Guifeng Wei  

2015 - Research Associate

Originally from Zhengzhou, China
B.Eng. in Bioinformatics at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China
PhD in Bioinformatics, “Functional long noncoding RNAs in cancer and development” at Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Research interests: long noncoding RNAs, computational epigenomics and RNA-binding proteins


Tianyi Zhang 

2012 - D.Phil Student

Originally from Changchun, China
BSc in Biochemistry, University of Ottawa, Canada
MRes in Structural Molecular Biology, Imperial College London, UK
Research interests: epigenetics, chromatin structure and function