Staff

Graduate Student

  • Marco Cañizares

    I am investigating the development and anatomy of the adult mouse spinal cord central canal. I use a combination of high-resolution imaging, lineage tracing and ex-vivo slice culture approaches. My work is funded by an Anatomical Society studentship.

  • Ioanna Mastromina

    My project addresses the regulation of differentiation by signalling pathways and transcription factors in the elongating body axis. I am jointly supervised by Kim Dale and Kate Storey. My research is supported by Cancer Research UK.

  • Claudia Semprich

    My work addresses the mechanisms downstream of differentiation signalling pathways that direct higher order chromatin organization. I use a combination of mouse embryo culture and small molecule approaches together with Western blotting, FISH and immunocytochemistry. I am supported by a BBSRC DTA studentship.

  • Adriana Amorin Torres

    I am investigating the role and regulation of the polycomb repressor complex associated protein Jarid2 during early embryonic development, using chick and mouse model systems. My research is supported by a CAPES studentship for Brazilian students.

Post-doctoral researcher

  • Dr Alwyn Dady

    I am developing imaging assays and cell lines with which to investigate human neuroepithelial cell behaviour. My work is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

  • Dr Ioannis Kasioulis

    I am investigating aspects of the molecular mechanisms underlying apical abscission, focusing on the role and regulation of microtubules in this process. I use live cell imaging approaches as well as high-resolution microscopy. The Wellcome Trust supports my work.

  • Dr Nadège Poncet

    I am researching neural developmental defects in mouse embryos lacking Slc7a5 (LAT1), which transports thyroid hormone or large neutral amino acids. I use mouse genetics, immunocytochemistry, transcriptomics and imaging approaches. I am supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust to Dr Peter Taylor, collaborating with Kate Storey to investigate the developmental phenotype of this mouse mutant.

  • Dr Aida Rodrigo Albors

    I am using single-cell transcriptomics and high-resolution microscopy to characterise ependymal cells of the mouse spinal cord. These cells are morphologically and molecularly heterogeneous and some are thought to retain neural stem cell potential throughout life. I aim to make sense of ependymal cell heterogeneity and perhaps find out the identity of the elusive spinal cord neural stem cell. My project is supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral fellowship.

     

Research officer

  • Mrs Pam Halley

    I am involved in several research projects in the lab and take primary roles in running the mouse colonies, supporting tissue preparation for imaging approaches and pioneering molecular biology approaches.

  • Mrs Gail Singer

    I use a range of technical approaches to quantify transcripts and proteins at single cell resolution in the spinal cord central canal. My work is supported by the charity Wings for Life.