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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)
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.
Mat is working on classification and functional annotation of endogenous-siRNAs and other small RNAs. He is associated with the Gullerova lab and the Enright group at EMBL, Cambridge, UK.
Funding: MRC Methodology
Sheng, who hails from the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is associated with the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Programme. Graduated from University College London with an MSci Biological Sciences in 2016, he undertook his final year project in Prof Jürg Bähler’s lab, researching on the impact of overexpression of intergenic non-coding RNAs in fission yeast. He is fascinated by the complexity of the molecular mechanisms of gene expression regulation. During his free time, he enjoys reading and taking meditative strolls in the University Parks.
Funding: Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP and Sir William Dunn School of Pathology