Adèle Marston - Group Leader

Adèle did her PhD at the University of Oxford on cell division in Bacillus subtilis with Prof. Jeff Errington. After a postdoc at Harvard University with Dr. John Chant studying cell polarity in yeast, Adèle joined Prof. Angelika Amon's lab at MIT, where she initiated her studies on meiosis. Adèle moved to Edinburgh in November 2005 to start the lab and continue her work on chromosome segregation during meiosis.


Rachael Barton - Wellcome PhD student

Rachael completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Oxford before joining the 4 year Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Cell Biology. She started her PhD in our lab in June 2014 to investigate the role of shugoshin during meiosis.


Weronika Borek - Wellcome Postdoc

Weronika (Wera) did her PhD at the University of Edinburgh working on microtubule nucleation proteins in Prof. Ken Sawin's lab. She is now investigating the role of core kinetochore proteins in establishing kinetochore-microtubule attachment during meiosis I in budding yeast. She will also initiate studies in X. laevis to understand how vertebrate kinetochores are specialized during meiosis I.


Julie Blyth - Wellcome Research Assistant

Her Molecular Biology degree from the University of Edinburgh instigated Julie's position as a Research Assistant for Prof. Kevin Hardwick from 2001 until 2005. Like a boomerang, she returned to the Wellcome Centre after a year travelling and 4 years working on apoptosis at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne. Julie is using fission yeast to identify novel genes involved in meiosis.


Katarina Jönsson - EPSRC CASE PhD student

Katarina graduated from the University of Edinburgh in June 2015. She is continuing her studies here in Edinburgh as a PhD student and is synthesising mini-yeast chromosomes and testing their ability to segregate during mitosis.



Lori Koch - Wellcome Postdoc

Lori received her undergrad degree in Molecular Genetics from Ohio State University. She earned her PhD in Sue Biggins' lab at University of Washington, Seattle studying the regulation of kinetochore-microtubule attachments during mitosis. She joined the lab in October 2018 to investigate phosphoregulation of meiosis in budding yeast. 


Vasso Makrantoni - Wellcome Postdoc

Vasso joined the lab after a postdoc in Mike Stark's lab in the Wellcome Trust Centre in Dundee where she was studying the regulation of the Chromosomal Passenger Complex in budding yeast. She is currently investigating novel genes involved in meiosis in fission yeast.


Flora Paldi - Wellcome PhD student

Flora was an undergrad at the University of Edinburgh before being accepted into the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme. Flora joined the lab as a PhD student in July 2016. She is currently investigating pericentromere structure.



Anuradha Mukherjee - Darwin Trust PhD student

Anuradha (Anu) completed her undergraduate degree in Genetics and Molecular cell Biology from the University of Sheffield before moving to Edinburgh in October 2018 to begin her PhD in the lab. She is investigating the role of spindle checkpoint proteins in chromosome segregation during meiosis I.


Rebecca Plowman - MRC PhD student

Rebecca did her undergraduate degree in Cell Biology at the University of Manchester.  In September 2015 she moved to the Marston lab to begin her PhD.  Her project focuses on the role of monopolin in monoorientation of chromosomes during meiosis I.



Meg Peyton-Jones - EASTBIO PhD student

Meg joined the lab in September 2017, after an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford. She's investigating the function of various proteins involved in cohesin loading at the pericentromere of fission yeast. 



 Aleksandra (Ola) Pompa - Darwin Trust PhD student

Ola did her BSc and MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Warsaw, Poland. After spending 3 months in the lab in summer 2016 on an Erasmus internship, she returned  in October 2017 to do her PhD. Her project focuses on the recruitment of monopolin complex to the kinetochore.


Xue (Bessie) Su - Wellcome Postdoc

Bessie did her PhD at University of California- San Diego, where she studied the role of histone modifications on transcriptional regulation. She joined the lab in Feb 2015 to study the regulation of shugoshin during mitosis.



Lily Wang - Wellcome Postdoc

Lily did her PhD at the University of Edinburgh working on the mechanism, structure and protein engineering of Bacillus subtilis pimeloyl-CoA synthetase with Prof. Campopiano. She joined the lab in Jul 2017 to investigate the influence of phosphorylation on key pericentromeric regulators in vivo and in vitro.


Begumhan Yilmaz - Visiting PhD student

Begumhan did her undergraduate degree at Middle East Technical University and she is a research assistant at Balikesir University (Turkey). She  joined the lab as a visiting PhD research student in June 2018 within the scope of an international research fellowship programme of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). She is currently investigating the role of shugoshin and its effector proteins in meiosis.

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