People

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 - BBSRC Senior Research Technician

Rachael completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. She was on the 4 year Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Cell Biology from 2013-2017, where she completed her PhD on cohesin regulation during meiosis. She is currently Senior Research Technician in the lab where she oversees lab management and training. 

 

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.

 

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

 

Melanie Lim - Carnegie Trust PhD student

After her Undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, Melanie joined the lab in October 2019. She is studying how recombination is regulated at the pericentromeres during meiosis.

 

 

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.

 

Lucia Massari - BBSRC Postdoc

Lucia got her MSc in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Milan, Italy. She then did her PhD in Rosella Visintin’s lab at IEO, Milan, studying the effects of DNA intertwines on chromosome segregation in yeast. Lucia joined the Marston lab in September 2019 to study chromosome segregation with synthetic minichromosomes.

 

Bettina Mihalas - Wellcome Postdoc

Bettina completed her PhD at the University of Newcastle, Australia where she investigated the age-related decline in mouse oocyte quality. Bettina joined the Marston lab in January 2020 to study the role of shugoshin and cohesin protection in human oocyte meiosis.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

 

Gerard Pieper - Wellcome Postdoc

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 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.

 

 

Aparna Vinod - Darwin Trust PhD student

Aparna got her BSc-MSc integrated degree in Biological Sciences from IISER Thiruvanathapuram, India and shortly after that joined the lab in October 2019. She is presently investigating the molecular players involved in monoorienting sister chromatids during meiosis I.

 

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.

 

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