Our Team

In chronological order of joining lab.


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Peter Thorpe

Peter completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh with Noreen Murray studying viral restriction. He undertook post-doctoral training with David Porteous, also at the University of Edinburgh and Rodney Rothstein, at Columbia University, New York studying genetic recombination and kinetochore function. In 2011 he started his own laboratory at the National Institute of Medical Research in London, which later became the Francis Crick Institute. In 2018 the lab moved to East London to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.

E-mail: p [dot] thorpe [at] qmul [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Guðjón Ólafsson

Guðjón completed a BSc in Molecular Biology at Birkbeck, University of London and then a PhD in the Thorpe lab at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill (later the Francis Crick Institute). He is now  a post-doctoral fellow principally studying the function of kinetochore phosphorylation.

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Lisa Berry

Lisa completed a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter (Cornwall campus). Lisa is working on high-throughput approaches to modify the yeast genome and proteome in order to understand how the kinetochore functions to separate chromosomes during cell division.

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Wenun Guo

Wenjun completed a BSc in Optical Information Science and Technology at Sun Yat-sen University and a Masters in Optics and Photonics at Imperial College London. He is studying for his PhD in a joint project with the lab of Prof. Paul French at Imperial. He uses high-throughout fluorescence lifetime imaging methods to study protein-protein interactions.

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Rowan Howell

Rowan completed a Masters in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is studying for his PhD in a joint project with Attila Csikasz-Nagy at Kings College London. He uses both biology and mathematics to understand how protein-protein interactions affect cell division.

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Cinzia Klemm

Cinzia is undertaking a PhD in our lab, she is studying phosphorylation of mitotic spindle components by key cell cycle kinases and their subsequent de-phosphorylation. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Konstanz (BSc) and University of Freiburg (MSc).

Robin Hayes

Robin is an undergraduate who is working in our lab as part of his Biomedical Sciences BSc at Queen Mary.

Alumni - These are past members of the lab

  1. Erika Aquino - Sandwich student

  2. Eleanor Bellows - Sandwich student

  3. Sonia Stinus - Placement student

  4. Eva Herrero - Post doctoral research fellow

  5. Elena Ledesma-Fernández - PhD student

  6. Mathilde Fousier - Placement student

  7. Dorine Thobois - Placement student

  8. Alex Becalick - Sandwich student

  9. Léa Bouton - Placement student

  10. Ilona Tyré - Placement student