Editorial Board

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.


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.


Lucy Dunbar is a Locum Associate Editor for BMC Medicine. She began her DPhil in 2016 with MRC Harwell Institute and the University of Oxford, where she studied molecular genetics involved in the mammalian auditory system. Prior to her DPhil, Lucy completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with Science Communication at the University of East Anglia, where for her dissertation she investigated the role of long non-coding RNAs in prostate cancer. In her free time, Lucy enjoys playing the flute in a local wind band and learning British Sign Language.


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. 


Ines Barreiros

Lisa Simpson

Laura Golusda (Berlin)

Daniel Frey

Samuel Connell

Stuart Keppie

Quyen Do

Cansu Yerinde Tufan (Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin): PhD student at Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. She is investigating the role of epigenetic regulators in T cells by using a combination of tumor models in mice and genomic approaches. She is interested in cancer immunotherapy and recently awarded by Ruth Jeschke fellowship for tumor immunology. She is originally from Istanbul-Turkey, where she obtained her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bogazici University. Cansu completed her undergrad with honors degree and continued her masters at the same university where she worked on the oncogenesis of melanoma cells by using CRISPR based technologies. Apart from lab work, Cansu enjoys traveling, hiking as well as skating and biking.