Zhe (Violet) Feng
Violet studied for a BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial College London. She joined the Raff lab as a 4 year DPhil student, working closely with Susan Lea’s lab and investigated the structural biology of several key PCM components in Drosophila. She is now doing a post-doc at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Helio did his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Sciences in Lisbon were he also worked as a trainee at Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He then went to Heidelberg – Germany to do his Ph.D. at the EMBL. In 2010 he joined the Raff Lab for his Post-Doc where he became founding member of "Team Cilia".
Metta did her undergraduate degree in Groningen in Pharmacy. She studied for her Masters in Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation in Groningen, and joined the Raff lab as a visiting student. Metta liked the lab so much that she has returned to the Raff lab became a fully fledged DPhil. student as part of the Dunn School DPhil programme working on cilia assemmbly in Drosophila.
Matthew studied for an undergraduate MBiochem degree at Oxford. As part of his 4th year master’s project, Matthew worked in the Dunn School under Professor Susan Lea, on structural characterisation of bacterial Type 3 Secretion System proteins. After sharing lab space with the Raff lab during this time, Matthew inevitably joined the group in late 2010 for a 4 year DPhil project, working closely with the Lea lab where he investigated the structural biology of centriole components in Drosophila. Matt is now working as a post-doc in Ian Taylor's lab at the Crick
Msc (Geneva) 2014-2015
Boris did his BSc in Biology at University of Geneva and has already completed the theoretical courses in Geneva for an MSc in biology. He has joined the Raff lab for one year for his practical dissertation, working on the regulation of centriole formation and the dynamic localisation of centrosomal proteins. Boris is now doing a DPhil in the Freeman lab
Sam did her undergraduate degree in Biomedical science at Lancaster University. She then trained as a Biomedical Scientist in the Virology section of Public Health England. Sam carried out her PhD research at Oxford Brookes University in the Vaughan Lab, looking at flagellum and basal body biogenesis in Trypanosomes. She joined the Raff lab in 2015 as a post doc and is interested in using volumetric electron microscopy techniques to elucidate the ultrastructure of cilia and centrioles in wild type and mutant Drosophila.
Paul Conduit did his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham from 2001-2004 and went on to work with John Kilmartin at the LMB-MRC as a research assistant from 2004-2006. He did his PhD with Jordan Raff from 2006 to 2010 investigating the regulation of centrosome size in Drosophila and continued in the lab as a post-doc investigating the regulation of PCM recruitment to the centrosome. Paul now runs his own lab at the University of Cambridge investigating the role of gamma-TuRCs and MTOCs in development.
Jenny did her BA and MSci at the University of Cambridge from 2000-2004. She then went on to do a PhD at the John Innes Centre in Norwich on the Medicago truncatula – Sinorhizobium meliloti nitrogen fixing symbiosis in the labs of Prof. Allan Downie, and Dr Giles Oldroyd. This was completed shortly before she joined the Raff lab in September 2008. Jenny's work in the Raff Lab focused on how various components of the centrosome interact with one another. Jenny now works as a post-doc in the St. Johnson lab at the Gurdon Institue in Cambridge.
Nadine did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. She joined the Raff lab as a post-doc in May 2011 and her research focused on the structure and regulation of centriole components. Nadine is now working as a post-doc in Simon Bullock’s lab at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge
Janina did her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen, Germany. After doing her masters project at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, she joined the Raff lab to do her DPhil in 2009. Her research focused on understanding the regulation of PCM recruitment to the centrosome. Janina is now working as a post-doc in Simon Bullock’s lab at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge.
Catarina did a Genetics degree at the University of York from 2005-2009, with a placement year at Imperial College. She started her PhD as part of the Wellcome Trust Chromosome and Developmental Biology PhD programme in Oxford in October 2009, and after a rotation year did her D.Phil in the Raff lab. Catarina worked as Online editor for the Node and journal Development and now works as the Online Editor for Lady Margaret Hall College Oxford.
Anna did her undergraduate studies in Heidelberg and went as an Erasmus student to Durham. She then moved to Cambridge to do do her PhD in the Raff lab as part of the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme. She is studied the role of the novel centrosomal protein CP110 in centriole duplication and centrosome maturation. Anna is now a post-doc in Paul Marin’s Lab at Bristol University.
Richard did his undergraduate degree at the University of Durham before completing his Masters degree in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Cambridge. After 3 years as a Business Development Manager for the University of Cambridge he joined Jordan’s lab as a PhD student. Richard worked on the link between DNA repair and centrosomes (he hopes there is one) and on the role of an enigmatic protein in PCM recruitment, Grp71. Richard is now working as a Technology Transfer Manager at Isis Innovation, the University of Oxford’s Technology Transfer office
Kathrin studied Biochemistry in Halle (Germany) (1997-2002) and after graduating moved to the UK to study for a PhD as part of the White Rose PhD Initiative at the University of Leeds (2003-2007). Working in the labs of Andrew Jackson (Leeds) and Phillip Ingham (Sheffield) she was studying the role of MCPH1 in Drosophila mitosis. In 2007 she joined the Raff lab as a post-doc and investigated the role of centrosome amplification in tumorigenesis in flies. She now works as a Post-Doc at the DKFZ Heidelberg
Naomi studied for a BA at Cambridge University from 2002-2005. She was accepted onto the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme in Developmental Biology and after 3 rotation projects she chose the Raff lab for her PhD thesis. She was awarded the BSCB Beddington Medal for her PhD, having worked both on the molecules involved in regulating centriole duplication and on the functions of the centriole in early Drosophila development. Naomi is now a Patent Attorney based in Cambridge.
e-mail: Jeroen email address
After studying Biochemistry in Belgium, in 2000 Jeroen went to the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) to do a PhD in the lab of Yves Barral studying the role of septins in cytokinesis in budding yeast. In 2005, he moved to the UK to work on centrosomes and in particular on centrosome maturation. Jeroen left the lab at the end of 2009 to move to Vienna, where he is continuing his work at the MFPL.
Lab Manager. 2008-2009
e-mail: Juliet email address
Juliet’s working life has encompassed the voluntary sector, town planning and the arts world. She has a degree in Fine Art and an NVQ in architectural carving. She has worked for the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge since 1997.
Carly was born in Essex, UK and did her undergraduate studies at UCL in London. After graduating in 2003 she began her PhD studies as part of the Wellcome Trust four year PhD programme in Developmental Biology. In 2004 Carly joined the Raff lab full-time for her PhD, which she completed in August 2008. Carly’s research focused on understanding how factors required for PCM recruitment co-operate to build a mature centrosome in mitosis. Carly is now working as a Post-Doc in the lab of Simon Bullock at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge.
e-mail: renata email address
Renata now runs her own group at the Institut Curie in Paris. Her lab are interested in understanding how centrosomes and cilia regulate various cellular processes and how these influence development, proliferation and the establishment of diseases.
Jun-Yong did his PhD at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China from 1986-1990 and was a Post-Doc with Trevor Jowett at the University of Newcastle from 1992-1995, and then stayed in Jordan's lab from 1995-2003 as a Post-Doc. He set up his own lab at the University of Newcastle, UK in 2003. His laboratory focuses on mitosis and is currently trying to understand and dissect the mechanism of spindle checkpoint using Drosophila as model organism.
PhD. 1998 - 2001
Since summer 2006 Fanni has run her own lab at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute. Her group aim to understand the normal behaviour of the microtubule cytoskeleton both in cell division and tissue organisation, and its perturbation in cancer.
Nina was awarded her MSci from the University of Glasgow in 2002. She subsequently joined the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Cambridge, doing her thesis work with Jordan Raff from 2003-2007. In 2007 Nina moved to the NIH, Bethesda, USA to take up a post-doc position with Kevin O'Connell. She now has her own lab at the College of New Jersey.
Maruxa left Jordan's lab after obtaining her PhD to spend two years in London working as an Editor for Genome Biology. She enjoyed it nearly as much as being in the Raff lab, but decided it was time to move back to sunny Spain. She is currently working as a science communicator/editor in front of the beach, at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). She is in charge of writing the monthly newspaper el·lipse, which she highly recommends you to read!
Lab Manager 2007-2008
Gill did her FIMLS in Cellular Pathology and MSc in Applied Immunology whilst working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1978-1988) and has also worked at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and Baxter AG in Vienna. Was a member of the Raff lab from July 2007- Sept. 2008. Gill is now working at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge.
Teresa studied Microbiolgy and Genetics at University of Lisbon. After graduating in 2001 she began her PhD studies as part of the GABBA Program (Graduate Program in Areas of Basic and Applied Biology) at University of Porto. She was awarded a PhD scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and joined the Raff lab to study D-TACC involvement in microtubule stabilization. Teresa completed her PhD in 2006. She then joined Summit plc (formerly DanioLabs), a drug discovery company. Teresa now works in the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge.
After completing his PhD in 2003 Mike took up a position as a Senior Research Scientist at AstraZeneca in Loughborough, UK. His current research focuses on early stage drug discovery in the area of respiratory and inflammatory disorders. Mike is now Head of Improvement & Master Black Belt designate - Supply Chain HQ at Rolls-Royce
Joyce graduated in University of Southampton in 2002 and was a technician in Jordan Raff's lab from 2003-2007. She did an MPhil in Jordan's lab from 2005-2006. She has returned to Hong Kong and is doing leukemia research in the University of Hong Kong.
James is now Professor and Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology at Exeter University where his lab is interested in the microtubules of the mitotic spindle and central spindle.
Lab Manager 1997 - 2000
Kim joined the Raff lab from Australia in 1997 as Jordan’s first ever technician. Everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief as there was now someone to knock over the ever increasing numbers of fly stocks. When not organising the smooth running of the laboratory, Kim spent her time attaching GFP to everything Jordan could think of. After nearly 3 ½ years Kim returned to Australia and is currently working for Zoetis as a Virologist researching and developing viral vaccines for domestic and companion animals.