October 2022


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

Prof Monika Gullerova

Group Leader

Prof 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. In 2022 Monika was awarded with Full Professoship in Molecular Medicine. More recently Monika stepped into translational research, bridging the knowledge of basic science with new drug development. She is the Academic co-founder of Dark Blue Therapeutics.

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.

Funding: CRUK and MRC

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

Arianna Di Fazio

DPhil Student

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.

Funding: Oxford EPA Graduate Scholarship and MRC

Michelle Glossop

DPhil Student

Michelle was awarded her BSc from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Molecular Genetics, graduating in the summer of 2022. Throughout her undergraduate degree she participated in several research projects, including a thesis project in Dr. Brent Derry’s lab studying the rare genetic disease Cerebral Cavernous Malformations. Michelle joined the Gullerova lab in October 2022. In her free time, Michelle enjoys rowing and sketching.

Funding: Oxford EPA Graduate Scholarship and CRUK

Dr. Xiao Zhang

DPhil Student

Xiao Zhang, joint-training PhD student in Gullerova lab. He comes from Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University in China, and he majors in neurosurgery under the guidance of Prof. Jiao. His research focuses on the clinical studies and molecular mechanisms about cerebrovascular diseases. During his master’s degree, he concentrated on studying the molecular mechanisms of carotid stenosis caused by radiation, and established research interest in DNA damage response and vascular disease. After he joined Gullerova lab, he continued to explore the roles of NPM1 and DNA damage response in vascular disease. Xiao likes traveling and playing basketball.

Funding: China Scholarship Council

Manon Chataignier

Undergraduate Student

Manon is in her second year of an Integrated Masters in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Oxford and is particularly interested in DNA damage and repair pathways in the context of breast cancer. She joined the lab for an internship in April 2023 and is helping with research on the role of YBX1 in RNA-dependent and inter-cellular DNA damage response. In her free time, Manon likes alpine skiing, music, and traveling.

Kamal Ajit

Research Assistant

Kamal joined the lab in October 2022, after completing a Masters' in Biomedical and Molecular Science Research from King’s College London. Prior to his Master’s, he graduated from Bits Pilani, India with a dual degree in Biological Science and Computer Science. He is passionate about uncovering molecular mechanisms of ageing and age-related diseases. Hence, he joined the lab as a research assistant to study DNA damage response pathways, utilizing his skills in computational and experimental biology. As hobbies, he likes reading books and grappling.

Funding: CRUK


Dr Irina Chelysheva, Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK

Dr Kilian Huber, Centre for Medicines Discovery, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford OX3 7FZ, UK; Target Discovery Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford OX3 7FZ, UK.

Prof Matt Higgins, Biochemistry Department, University of Oxford