November 2018


Post Doctoral research in molecular biology open call, submit your CV to MG

Post Doctoral research in bioinformatics open call, submit your CV to MG

Current Members

Dr. Monika Gullerova

Group Leader

Dr Monika Gullerova studied molecular biology at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she developed her passion for molecular biology and experimental oncology. After graduation, she moved to Vienna to conduct her PhD and to extend research interests in the basic science of transcriptional regulation.

In 2006 Monika joined Professor Nicholas Proudfoot’s laboratory in Oxford as Postdoctoral Fellow investigating functions of Cohesin and RNA interference pathways. During her postdoctoral studies she was awarded the L’Oreal/UNESCO Women in Science UK award and joined Exeter College as Staines Medical Research Fellow. Concurrently Monika conducted studies at Harvard Medical School and Kyoto University.

In 2013 Monika established her own laboratory in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, funded by MRC’s Career Development Award. Her research group investigates DNA damage response, in particular how RNA mediates rapid and efficient DNA damage repair. She was awarded the Hugh Price Fellowship at Jesus College in 2015. More recently, Monika was awarded a prestigious Senior Research Fellowship by Cancer Research UK to fund her research on genome stability and its relevance to cancer.

Funding: MRC Career Development Award (2012), L’Oreal/UNESCO Woman in Science UK & Ireland Award (2011), CRUK senior research fellowship (2018)

Dr. Kaspar Burger

Post Doctoral Researcher

Kaspar Burger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK. He completed his PhD in genetics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany working on human ribosome biogenesis in Dirk Eick’s lab. He joined Monika Gullerova’s group in 2013 to study nuclear Dicer function in mammals. Kaspar is interested in regulatory principles of human DICER and its impact on nuclear RNA metabolism. Kaspar was a fellow of the German José Carreras Leukemia Foundation e.V. from 2009 to 2011. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, cycling and live music. At the moment he is exploring the role of dicer in alternative polyadenylation and The role of human nuclear Dicer in DNA damage response.

Funding: MRC

Jana Terenova


Jana obtained a Master' s degree in Molecular Biology from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. During her studies, she spent a semester at the Zagreb University in Croatia. She was also involved in a number of projects related to cancer research and bioinformatics. She worked on the role of human nuclear dicer at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford. Jana's thesis project and post-graduation internship were focused on the in silico prediction of RNA secondary structures at the EMBL-EBI, Cambridge and Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna. Shortly after graduation, she joined molecular modelling and bioinformatics team of Prof. Orozco at the Institute of Biomedical Research in Barcelona.

Sheng Kai Pong

DPhil Student

Sheng is a DPhil student who is associated with the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at University College London, where he researched on the function of long non-coding RNAs in fission yeasts. Now, he continues exploring the enigmatic non-coding component of the genome in human cells. His project investigates tRNA-derived small non-coding RNAs and their potential roles in regulating gene expression.

Funding: EPA Research Fund and Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP

Meliti Skouteri

Post Doctoral Researcher

Originally from sunny Athens, Greece, Meliti Skouteri studied Molecular Medicine at the University of Sussex UK, where she was also awarded a studentship to conduct her PhD in Biochemistry. Under Professor Antony M Carr’s supervision, Meliti investigated the functions of the scaffold protein TopBP1 in the transmission of checkpoint signals through the ATR stress response kinase. Fascinated by the complexity of the molecular mechanisms underlying the sensing, signalling and repair of DNA damage, Meliti joined Dr. Monika Gullerova’s laboratory in September 2018 to study the function of small RNAs in the DNA damage response. During her free time she enjoys reading and traveling.

Funding: CRUK

Zhichao Liu

Post Doctoral Researcher

Zhichao has recently graduated from Imperial College London with an MRes Molecular Cellular Biosciences in 2018. Before his master’s degree, he was awarded a BSc degree in Biotechnology from Tongji University, where he joined Professor Mao’s lab and was involved in several projects relating to aging and DNA double-strand break repair. Having developed strong Interests in the mechanism of DNA damage response and DNA repair, Zhichao joined the Gullerova lab in October 2018 and started his research in exploring the role of non-coding RNA in DNA damage response and DNA double-strand break repair. During his free time, he enjoys travelling and swimming.

Funding: CRUK

Ruth Ketley

DPhil Student

Ruth, from Hull in the north of England, did her undergraduate and Master's degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, graduating in the summer of 2018. She completed her Master's project in the lab of Peter McHugh at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, where she studied the role of SNM1A in Interstrand Crosslink Repair, becoming interested in the signalling and regulation of the DNA Damage Response. In her free time, Ruth enjoys cooking and travelling.

Funding: CRUK