Editorial Board

Co-Editors in Chief:

Marina Kolesnichenko (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin): PI at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin working on inflammation and cellular senescence. Marina was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine where she worked NFkappa B signalling. She completed her DPhil in Biochemistry with the focus on RNA processing in Oxford, and 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. 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.

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.

Senior Editor (layout and sponsorship):

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.

Senior Editor:

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. She also serves as a  tutor at New College, University of Oxford , where she teaches undergraduate molecular biology courses.


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.


Lucy Dunbar is an 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.


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. 

Laura Steel: Laura is a DPhil student in the Peirson Circadian and Visual Neuroscience group, supervised by Professor Stuart Peirson and Professor Russell Foster. Her research aims to integrate circadian neuroscience with visual ecology, to understand how circadian rhythms are regulated by the natural light environment.

Daniel Frey: Daniel is a Wellcome Trust funded DPhil student in the Department of Biochemistry, who aims to combine structural biology with computational biochemistry to study interactions of proteins involved intracellular protein trafficking. He is also enrolled in the University of Bayreuth’s certificate programme in Biological Physics. Before moving to Oxford, Daniel conducted his B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies in Biochemistry at the Technical University of Munich in Germany, where he computationally investigated the mechanisms underlying proton transfer within the respiratory chain enzyme cytochrome C oxidase. In addition to his scientific interests, Daniel enjoys playing the clarinet, rowing, and climbing.

Quyen Do: Quyen Do is a DPhil student in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG), where she studies neuronal dysfunctions and electrophysiological disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease using human neutrons derived from patients’ cells. Prior studying at the University of Oxford, she read Biomedical Sciences at Imperial College London and graduated with a first class degree with specialisation in Neuroscience and Mental Health. Outside the lab, she is a sport and philosophy enthusiast.

Stuart Keppie : Stuart is an Oxford alumnus and a Life Science consultant. He was a DPhil student at the University of Oxford Kennedy Institute, researching the role of growth factors in osteoarthritis. Stuart has a passion for biomedical innovation, with interest in the pharmaceutical industry. Stuart previously worked in R&D at GSK and clinical science at Roche. Outside of the lab Stuart is involved with science outreach as a STEM Ambassador and enjoys training martial arts as a TaeKwonDo first Dan black belt.

Swathi Lingam (National University of Singapore and A*STAR, Singapore): research fellow developing novel cellular therapeutics against degenerative retinal diseases and investigating how retinal ageing leads to degeneration. Prior to this, Swathi was a postdoctoral scientist at DPAG, Oxford, where she studied the function of an ABC transporter in diabetes.  She completed her PhD in Biochemistry and MSc in Cancer research from the University of Manchester, where she studied two ABC transporters involved in multidrug resistance. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging about science and staying fit by swimming and boxing. 

Laura Golusda: is a PhD student at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany in the department of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and Infectiology, where she is investigating the imaging of the extracellular matrix in murine models of intestinal inflammation.

She obtained her B.Sc. with the focus on molecular biology at the University of Potsdam and continued with her M.Sc. at the Freie University in Berlin.

Special features editors:

Julia Hecker: is a PhD student at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany in the department of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and Infectiology where she is studying the role of T cells in inflammatory bowel disease. Apart from that, she is working close with the clinics to diagnose and characterize patients with rare auto-inflammatory diseases. Outside of the lab, she enjoys bouldering, inline skating and travelling. 

Copy Editors:

Lisa Simpson: is a DPhil student in the Tzima Mechanotransduction lab at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. Lisa’s research is funded by the British Heart Foundation and focuses on how endothelial cells that line all blood vessels respond to mechanical forces generated by blood flow and how this influences cardiovascular health and disease. Lisa served as copy editor since 2018.

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 tumour immunology. 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. Outside of the lab, Cansu enjoys traveling, hiking, skating and biking.

Vignesh Murugesan : Cardiovascular post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) at Oxford University where he is investigating the potential of endocardium to augment neovascularization of ischaemic heart after myocardial infarction.Before coming to Oxford, Vignesh earned his master’s specializing in Tissue engineering from Chalmers university, a PhD from Lund University in cardiometabolic diseases and subsequently worked for a short term as a Research scientist in Truly labs AB, Sweden.
Previously, he has been a board member in EXODIAB and other research organizations where his active role involves conveying information.
Outside of the lab Vignesh has a keen interest in photography and videography.

Emma Jones: read Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded a First Class Master’s degree (MBiochem). After Oxford, Emma completed law qualifications (GDL and LPC) at The University of Law and BPP Law School in London.  Currently Emma is high school coordinator at an international school in Berlin, where she teaches biology and chemistry. Outside of work, Emma is active in outreach as Secretary of the Oxford Alumni Society Berlin and loves languages, cinema, philosophy, politics, literature, travelling, good food and her baby daughter.

Marilena Letizia: is currently a PhD student at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany in the department of Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and Infectiology, where she is investigating the contribution of adipose tissue and adipokines to the development of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She is very proactive in collaborating on different scientific projects, with a particular interest in the latest trending technologies such as Mass cytometry and scRNA sequencing. She obtained her B.Sc. with the focus on Biotechnology at the University of Milan and continued with her M.Sc. focusing on Immunology and Glycobiology at the University of Milan and Tohoku Pharmaceutical University in Sendai, Japan. Outside of the lab, Marilena has a keen interest in Arts and Acrobatics. She is currently serving in structured mentorship programs aiming at empowering female networks and growth in science.

Sophie Zahalka: After receiving her bachelor’s degree in microbiology and genetics at the University of Vienna, Austria, Sophie completed her master’s in microbiology and immunology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, she is working as a PhD student at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, where she investigates the immunomodulatory potential of lung-resident macrophages in the context of respiratory infections. Outside the lab, Sophie is very passionate about singing/song writing and graphic design.

Liska Crofts: has edited a number of projects including Edinburgh University’s Retrospect Journal and the Quarterly Journal Kwartalnik Historyczny for the Polish Academy of Sciences Historical Institute (IHPAN). She read Classical Archaeology & Ancient History at Oxford University and following a brief career in Marketing, now develops software. Running, DIY and playing the piano are her current preferred means to blow off steam.

Amanda Ng: is a PhD student in the lab of Georg Winter at the Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Science (CeMM), Austria. There, she studies E3 ligases using high-content imaging approaches. Prior to moving to CeMM, she completed her BSc. (with Honours) majoring in life sciences in addition to two interdisciplinary programmes (the University Scholars Programme and the Special Programme in Science) at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. In her free time, Amanda enjoys exploring teas and tea brewing techniques, writing, and reading comics. Occasionally, she gets too engrossed in baking/cooking and spends hours in the kitchen.

Kar Lai Pang: works as a post-doctoral researcher at Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine (Oxford University). She is primarily interested in investigating how proteins in the endothelial cell layer sense or transduce force to identify the downstream mechanosensitive pathways that lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. Before coming to Oxford, she earned her Master of Pharmacy and PhD in Biomedical Sciences degree at University of Nottingham. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking. 

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