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October 2020

Vacancies

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 Medical Research Council's Career Development Award. Her research group investigates DNA damage response, in particular how RNA mediates rapid and efficient DNA damage repair. She held the Hugh Price Fellowship at Jesus College from 2015 until 2017.

In 2018 Monika was awarded a prestigious Senior Research Fellowship by Cancer Research UK to fund her research on genome stability and its relevance to cancer. She joined Wadham College as a Lee Placito Fellow in medicine and an Associate Professor in Experimental Pathology. More recently Monika stepped into translational research, bridging the knowledge of basic science with new drug development. She is an Academic founder, Senior scientific advisor and Non-executive Director of Kleidox Therapeutics, as well as Consultant in molecular medicine for Dark Blue Therapeutics.

Funding:

  • 2011 L’Oreal/UNESCO Women in Science UK Award
  • 2013 Medical Research Council UK, Career Development Award
  • 2014 John Fell Fund Main Award
  • 2015 John Fell Fund Small Award
  • 2016 Jesus College Major Research Grant
  • 2016 EPA Trust Research Grant
  • 2016 Goodger and Schorstein Grant
  • 2016 Rosetree’s Trust Research Grant
  • 2017 Cancer Research UK, Senior research fellowship
  • 2018 Rosetree’s Trust Research Grant
  • 2019 Cancer research UK Translational Fund
  • 2019 Lab 282 Research Grant
  • 2020 Cancer research Seed Fund

Jana Terenova

DPhil Student

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.

Dr. Adele Alagia

Post Doctoral Researcher

After her MSc in Biotechnology at the Federico II University in Naples, Adele moved to Barcelona and completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Ramon Eritja. During this period, she was involved in several project regarding the study of modified sRNAs on RNAi pathway and antisense technology. Thanks to her keen interest about ncRNAs, Adele joined the Gullerova team in November 2018 to investigate the structure and role of sRNAs in DNA damage response. In her free time, Adele loves playing mandolin and drums.

Sheng Kai Pong

DPhil Student

Sheng joined the Gullerova Lab in October 2017 after he completed his first year of training and rotations, as part of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP. Prior to his PhD studies, he graduated with an MSci in Biological Sciences from University College London (UCL), where he researched on the functions of long non-coding RNAs in fission yeasts in the Bahler Lab. Now, he continues to explore the enigmatic non-coding genome through investigating tRNA-derived small RNAs and their roles in the regulation of gene expression in human cells.

Funding: EPA Research Fund and Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP

Dr. Qilin Long

Post Doctoral Researcher

Qilin graduated from China Medical University in 2015 with a BSc in Clinical Pharmacy. In September 2015, she moved to Queen’s University Belfast for Ph.D. training in Molecular Therapeutics in Natural Drug Discovery Group, where she conducted the functional and mechanical investigations of novel peptides in treating cancer or hyperglycemia. During which, she developed her passion for molecular biology and novel therapies/targets. In June 2018, she started to work as a visiting research fellow in eye health and immunity in Center for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast. She joined Dr. Monika Gullerova’s group in May 2019 to study the RNA dependent DNA damage response and its relevance to cancer.

Funding: CRUK

Annabelle Shaw

DPhil Student

Annabelle joined the Gullerova Lab in October 2020, having recently graduated from the University of Southampton with an Integrated Masters in Biochemistry. While her Master’s project focused on the isoforms of eIF4GI and their specific roles in translational control, she will now be researching the role of YBX1 in RNA-dependent and inter-cellular DNA damage responses. In her free time, Annabelle enjoys playing netball, attending concerts and cooking.

Funding: Oxford EPA Graduate Scholarship

Zhichao Liu

DPhil Student

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

Arianna Di Fazio

Research Assistant

Arianna, from Italy, graduated from the University of Sydney in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) with a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics. She spent the last year of her degree at Centenary Institute in Australia where she purified proteins for studying liver diseases. She joined the Gullerova lab in January 2020 where she is investigating the role of NSUN2 in tsRNA biogenesis. In her free time, Arianna enjoys reading, traveling and painting.

Kaiyang Song

Intern

I'm Kai, I'm a 3rd year medical student from Merton. I am very excited to be doing an 8 week FHS research project in the Gullerova Lab. Over the course of the project I will be looking at tRNA derived small RNAs and their role in silencing gene expression in different cell lines. I aim to home in on the optimal concentrations of lipofectamine (used for cell transfection) and tsRNAs to use to enhance gene silencing, and if time permits, will consider the potential of using tsRNAs in different combinations.

Collaborations

Dr Margarita Schlackow, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford.

Bioinformatic Analysis

Dr. David Carter lab, Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Project: The roles of Exosomal RNA in communication in mammalian cell lines.