Editorial Board

co-Editor in Chief:


Sonia Muliyil (Pathology): post-doctoral researcher with expertise in Cell and Developmental biology. Recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP). Sonia has been awarded numerous bioimaging awards, including laurels from the British Society for Cell Biology (BSCB) and Olympus. Sonia is active in science outreach and has served as the head of the Dunn school news desk team, managing  articles pertaining to the news and Research highlights sections. 

co-Editor in Chief:


Marina Kolesnichenko (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin): Post-doctoral researcher at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, where she is investigating the role of NF-kappa B in senescent cells and in a murine model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Marina was a Skaggs Scholar and completed her DPhil in Biochemistry working in Andre Furger’s lab on intergenic splicing. She did her PhD in the lab of Peter Vogt at TSRI, researching mTOR signalling in senescence. Before coming to Oxford, Marina was at UCSF for her MSc in Biomedical Sciences and at Dartmouth College, where she completed triple major in Molecular Biology, German Studies and French Literature. Marina is active in outreach and is currently serving as Regional Leader for the Lincoln Alumni in Germany and as Vice-President of the Oxford Alumni Society Berlin.

Sponsorship & Layout:


Alex (Che Chun) Tsui (Biochemistry): Skaggs (USA) and Croucher (Hong Kong) Scholar on a joint PhD and DPhil program between Oxford University and TSRI. Previously Rhodes Scholar Finalist from Hong Kong. Alex researches mechanisms of novel ion channels, via a combined structural-computational approach. Before coming to Oxford, Alex graduated with a MSc in Biology (Structural Biology & Biophysics) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich). He was awarded First Class Honours for his BSc in Biochemistry from the University College London. At Phenotype, Alex manages sponsorship, funds, and layout design. Outside of work, Alex enjoys wine tasting and learning about viticulture. He recently attained the WSET Level 3 (Advanced) Award in Wines.

Features Editors:


Stefania Monterisi (DPAG): cellular and molecular post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) at Oxford University. Stefania is investigating intracellular mechanisms and signalling pathways that lead to diseases like cystic fibrosis, cardiac hypertrophy and cancer. She earned her Master degree and her PhD in Italy, and she trained as visiting scientist in different research centres, including the prestigious Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine in Padova and the University of Glasgow. Stefania serves as President of the DPAG Post Doc Society. Apart from lab work, she enjoys gym sessions, reading and choir singing, and she fills up most of her spare time with volunteering in different projects that help homeless people in Oxford and taking part in science clubs as STEM Ambassador.


 Victoria Pike (Zoology):

DPhil student in the Department of Zoology. She is an evolutionary biologist investigating the role of nutrition and social behaviours in disease outcomes. Prior to starting DPhil, Vicky graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class degree in Biological Sciences. As part of her undergraduate degree she carried out a research project investigating the role of defensive microbes in shaping host life-history responses to infection.


Timothy Kwok: Tim is an Organic Chemistry DPhil student and Clarendon scholar working in the T. J. Donohoe lab. His PhD research is on total synthesis, a branch of organic chemistry that involves the synthesis of complex molecules. Tim is fascinated by the deeper principles that govern chemical reactivity and the greater societal role organic chemistry plays in supplying useful chemical compounds with wide applications. In his free time, Tim enjoys writing, going on pub trips with friends, and reading about all sorts of organic chemistry unrelated to his research.


Komal Yasmin (Biochemistry): Komal is a Wellcome trust funded student working in the Neil Brockdorff lab. She is enthusiastic about investigating the mechanisms responsible for differential CpG island methylation during X inactivation in mammals. Before coming to Oxford, she graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan with distinction and an award for Dean’s honor roll. She was awarded a gold medal for her undergraduate in microbiology and molecular genetics. Passionate about outreach programs, she supervised students for Nuffield foundation funded summer research and delivers lectures for pathways programs, for inspiring promising young students to join science research. She also serves as a  tutor at New College, University of Oxford , where she teaches undergraduate molecular biology courses.


Science & Society Editors:

Laura Hankins: completed a BA in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford and stayed on at the university for her graduate studies. She is now a DPhil student in Jordan Raff’s lab, where she is studying the process of centriole biogenesis as a model to understand how organelle growth is regulated. Laura presented this work at the BSCB/BSDB 2019 Joint Spring Meeting, where she was named the BSCB Young Cell Biologist of the Year. A keen writer, she was the winner of the 2019 BSCB’s Science Writing Prize, as well as runner-up in the 2018 BSDB writing competition. 

Regular Editors:

Phoebe Oldach (Pathology)

Vasiliki Economopoulos (Oncology)


Anne Hedegaard

Caroline Woffindale

Fran van Heusen

Ines Barreiros

Isaac Wong

Ivan Candido Ferreira

Lauren Chessum

Lewis Arthurton

Lisa Simpson

Luiz Guidi

Osman Tack

Phoebe Oldach

Samuel Connell

Samuel Gerard

Sandra Ionescu

Sheng Pong

Stuart Keppie

Abigail Wilson

Cara Ellison