People at Cambridge

Group Head

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena carried out her Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw, Poland, under supervision of Andrzej Tarkowski. In 1993 she received a Promising Young Scientist Prize from Foundation for Polish Science. She came to Cambridge in 1995 to join Martin Evans group with the long-term aim of studying the mechanisms of regulative nature of development and spatial patterning in the mouse embryo. In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Lister Institute to start her independent group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. In 2001 she received the Young Investigator Award from EMBO and then became a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow. In 2007 she was elected to EMBO membership. In 2010, she became a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. In 2013 she became Fellow of British Academy of Medical Science.

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Post-doctoral Scientists

Gianluca Amadei

Gianluca completed his PhD at the University of Toronto where he studied the role of RNA-binding proteins in the context of mammalian embryonic brain development. Now, he is studying how RNA-binding proteins regulate very early mammalian embryonic development, from zygote to preimplantation. He is also interested in studying novel ways to model mouse development in post-implantation. Gianluca joined Magdalena’s group in 2016.

Carlos Ganter

Carlos completed a PhD in neural development at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia with a focus on deriving dopamine neurons from pluripotent stem cells to study and treat neurodegenerative disorders. His work in the Zernicka-Goetz lab focuses on modelling human embryonic development in vitro.

Maciej Meglicki

Maciej is our lab manager. Maciej completed his PhD at the University of Warsaw in the Department of Embryology, where he studied the role of HP1 and histone phosphorylation in regulation of pericentric heterochromatin structure in the early mouse embryo development. Since the beginning of his BSc, he has been also interested in chromatin structure/function and transcriptional activity changes during oogenesis and in early mouse embryos. Maciej spent few years in drug development field working in phase II and III clinical trials as a Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Study Manager. He joined Magda’s group in 2020.

Joseph Mathew Kalappurakkal

Joey completed his Masters in Regenerative Medicine from Manipal University, India. He is completing his PhD in Cell Biology from the laboratory of Prof. Satyajit Mayor at NCBS, India where he has worked out an integrin based mechano-chemical signalling pathway that regulates nanoscale organisation of cell surface molecules and studied its implication for receptor function. His core research interests are in cell signalling and biophysics. In Magda’s lab, he will be looking at the interplay between substrate mechanics and chemical signalling drives during early mammalian development.

PhD Students

Antonia Weberling

Antonia joined Magda’s lab in 2017 as a visiting master’s student from the Freie Universität Berlin, where she also completed her BSc in Biochemistry. She was then recruited under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN project “ImageInLife” (GA n.721537) and her PhD research focuses on live imaging techniques to deepen the understanding of cellular dynamics in the early post-implantation embryo

Charlotte Handford

Charlotte completed a MSci in Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham having spent a research year at the University of Melbourne. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute before joining Magda’s lab for a PhD funded by the Centre for Trophoblast Research.

Kirsty Mackinlay

Kirsty received an integrated Masters and Undergraduate (MSci) degree in Cell Biology from University College London in 2017. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the lab thanks to funding from the BBSRC.

Lisa Iwamoto-Stohl

Lisa is an MB/PhD student at the University of Cambridge, having completed her BA(Hons) in 2018. She joined the lab in 2019 and is studying mouse pre-implantation development and models of aneuploid mosaicism, supported by the Rosetrees Trust and the Frank Edward Elmore Fund.

Kasey Y.C. Lau

Kasey joined the lab in 2019 after completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hong Kong. She is working on developing an in vitro model of mouse post-implantation development. She receives a scholarship jointly funded by the Croucher Foundation and the Cambridge Trust.

Adiyant Lamba

Adiyant Lamba completed his BA Honours degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He joined Magda’s lab in 2019 to study polarity and patterning in the early mouse embryo, supported by the Medical Research Council and the  Vice Chancellor Award Fund.

Bailey Weatherbee

Bailey Weatherbee graduated with an honors bachelors degree in biological sciences from the University of Delaware, USA. She joined the lab in 2019 to study post-implantation development supported by the Gates Cambridge Trust.

Research Associate / Senior Lab Technician / Personal Assistant

Dilan Gokyer, MD

Dilan joined us in August 2021 soon after she gained her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Koç University School of Medicine, Istanbul-Turkey. She is involved in a project investigating the differences in pre-implantation development between male and female human/ mouse embryos. In parallel to this, she supports the principal investigator and the lab manager in everyday tasks and provides technical assistance to the research group.

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Former Group Members

Lauren Hulme (Former Lab Technician and PA). Natural sciences student at the University of Cambridge.

Matteo Mole (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge.

Meng Zhu (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc at Harvard University.

Hannah Mudge (Former Lab technician and PA). Medical Student at Southhampton. 

Marta Shahbazi (Former Post-Doc). Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Christos Kyprianou (Former PhD Student). Community Manager at Journal of Cell Science at The Company of Biologists.

Neophytos Christodoulou (Former Post-Doc). University of Cyprus, Department of Biological Sciences, Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory.

Lorenzo Carlo Orietti (Former PhD Student). Master of International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy at Bocconi University of Milan.

Shruti Singla (Former PhD Student).

Hannah Sharplin (Former Lab Technician and PA). Student at Loughborough University, UK.

Agnieszka Jedrusik (Former Post-Doc). Senior Scientist in start up.

Juliet Tyndall (Former Lab Technician and PA). Medical student at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Francesco Antonica (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc, Centre for Integrative Biology – CIBIO, University of Trento.

Ania Hupalowska (Former Post-Doc). Scientific Illustrator. Boston, USA.

Sarah Harrison (Former PhD Student). Research Liaison Manager. Department for Health and Social Care. London, UK.

Rosie Larter (Former Lab Technician and PA). Biology student at the University of Oxford, UK.

Georgie Hudson (Former Lab Technician and PA). Medical student.

Mubeen Goolam (Former PhD Student). Lecturer in Human Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Sanna Vuoristo (Former Post-Doc).  Principal Investigator, University of Helsinki.

Bernhard Strauss (a joint Post-Doc between Zernicka-Goetz and Jon Pines’ lab). Post-Doc with Jon Pines, Cambridge.

Paula Coelho (a joint Post-Doc between Magdalena and David Glover’s lab). Post-Doc with David Glover, Cambridge.

Sarah Graham (Former Post-Doc). Medical Writer with Oxford PharmaGenesis.

Gaelle Recher (Former Post-Doc). CNRS Researcher, Bordeaux, France.

Ivan Bedzhov (Former Post-Doc). Principal Investigator at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Munster, Germany.

Monika Bialecka (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc at  the University of Leiden, Netherlands.

Chuen Yan Leung (Former PhD Student). Post Doc with Kenneth Chien, Integrated Cardio Metabolic Center, Karolinska Institute.

Maryna Panamarova (Former PhD Student). Post-Doc at King’s College London.

Maria Skamagki (Former PhD Student). Post-Doc with Kitai Kim, Sloan-Kettering Institute. New York.

Anna Ajduk (Former Post-Doc). Associate Professor at Warsaw University.

Samantha Morris (Former Post-Doc). Assistant Professor of Genetics, and Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, USA.

Roy Teo (Former PhD Student).

Seema Grewal (Former Post-Doc). Reviews editor at Development.

Alex Bruce (Former Post-Doc). Group Leader. University of South Bohemia. Czech Republic.

Emlyn Parfitt (Former PhD Student). Post-Doc, with Micheal Shen, Columbia University, NYC.

Rui Martins (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc, London.

Qiang Wu (Former Post-Doc). Assistant Professor, Singapore.

Maria Elena Torres-Padilla (Former Post-Doc). Director of the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells (IES) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Lucy Richardson (Former PhD Student). Scientist in IVF clinic

Joanna Grabarek (Former Post-Doc). Post-Doc with Dr. Berenicka Plusa

Lee Carpenter. Senior Scientist, Stem Cells and Immunotherapies, NHS Blood and Transplant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Stephen Frankenberg. Post-doc with Dr. Claire Chazaud at Faculté de Médecine, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Dionne Gray. Research assistant at the Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge. Former research assistant.

Seiki Haraguchi. Senior Scientist at Chiba Cancer Center Research Institute, Chiba, Japan. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Karin Lyke-Anderesen. Adjunkt, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Sigolene Meilhac. Chargée de Recherche à l’Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Daniel Mesnard. Post-doc with Dr. Daniel Constam, ISREC, Lausanne, Switzerland. Former PhD student obtained his Ph.D. thesis in 2005 under the direction of M. Zernicka-Goetz.

Catherine Moore. Post-doc with Prof. Phil Ingham at University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Former graduate student, obtained her Ph.D. thesis in 2005 under the direction of M. Zernicka-Goetz.

Jie Na. Associate Professor at School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Karolina Piotrowska-Nitsche. Post-doc with Prof. Anthony Chan, Yerkes National Primates Research Center, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Berenika Plusa. Former post-doctoral fellow, received an independent fellowship to set up a group in Manchester

Miguel Soares. Post-doc with Dr. Anne Fergunson-Smith, Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Roberta Weber. London, United Kingdom. Former research assistant.

Florence Wianny. Chargée de Recherche INSERM atDepartment of Stem Cells and Cortical Development, Lyon, France. Former post-doctoral fellow.

Krzysztof Wicher. Scientist at MedImmune, Cambridge, UK. Former post-doctoral fellow.

The Cambridge lab was established in 1997.

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