Former Lab Members

Andy Plackett (Postdoc 2011-2017)


Andy moved to the University of Cambridge to work as a postdoc in Julian Hibberd’s lab. He is currently working on a joint project between the the Langdale and Hibberd labs that aims to enhance photosynthesis in rice.




Denis Saint-Marcoux (Postdoc 2009-2016)


Denis returned to France take up a permanent position at the University of St Etienne.

Peng Wang (Postdoc 2007-2015)


After 8 years in the lab Peng has moved on – but not very far. He is currently a postdoc with Steve Kelly in the lab next door. Still working on chloroplast development and photosynthesis.

Mara Schuler (Postdoc 2011-2015)


Mara is now a postdoc at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany.

Eftychios Frangedakis (Graduate student 2010-2014)


Eftychios spent a couple of years working in Asia before returning to the UK to carry out postdoc research in Jim Haseloff’s lab at the University of Cambridge.

 Jim Fouracre (Graduate student 2009-2013)


Jim is a Postdoc in Scott Poethig’s group at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Heather Sanders (Postdoc 2008-2013)


Heather is now an Operations Manager at Crop-Innovations at the University of Bath, UK.

Matt Hodges (Graduate student 2007-2011)


Matt spent some time as a management consultant before seeing the light. He is currently Business Development Manager at BioTrans – an Oxford University spin-out company.

Armando Bravo-Garcia (Graduate student 2004-2008)


Armando is currently a PostDoc in Maria Harrison’s group at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, USA. His research focuses on mycorrhizal symbiosis.

Mark Waters (Postdoc 2004-2008)


Mark has his own group at the University of Western Australia in Perth. His research focusses on the genetics of karrikin perception and action during seed germination.

Jill Harrison (Postdoc 2002-2007)


Jill is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Bristol. Her research focuses on the evolution of land plant bodyplans.

Chris Della Vedova (Postdoc 2002-2004)


Chris is Biosciences Program Director in the School of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia. His research focuses on the neuroimmunological mechanisms of addiction and chronic pain.

Anne Francis (nee Mellor) (Graduate student 2001-2005)


Anne is currently a co-ordinator for clinical trials in Clinical Pharmacology, Oxford.

Elizabeth Moylan (Postdoc 2001-2004)

Elizabeth is Biology editor for BioMed Central working on its open-access journals.

Magnus Hertzberg (Postdoc 2001-2002)

Magnus is a Senior Research Scientist at Sweetree Technologies, Sweden.

Yuki Yasumura (Graduate student 2000-2004)

Yuki is a teaching assistant in Tokyo, Japan.

Debbie Alexander (Graduate student 1998-2002)

Debbie is a Licensing Associate at the Office of Technology Management, University of California, San Francisco.

Dave Martin (PostDoc 1998-2001)

Dave is now a patent attorney.

Dave Fitter (Graduate student 1997-2001)

Dave is Assistant Head for teaching and learning at a comprehensive school in Newbury.

Laura Rossini (Postdoc 1997-2001)

Laura is a research group leader in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Milan. Her research focusses on cereal transformation and genomics.

Miltos Tsiantis (Postdoc 1996-2000)

Miltos is a Director at the Max Planck Intsitute for Plant Breeding in Cologne. His research group focusses on comparative leaf development.

Ruairidh Sawers (Graduate student 1996-2000)

“Rod” is an Assistant Professor at Langebio, Mexico. His research focuses on the use of genetic variation in maize to increase tolerance of phosphate stress.

Tom Brutnell (Postdoc 1995-1999)

Tom is now head of the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, USA. His research focuses on the development of new model grasses to increase crop productivity.

Ronelle Roth (Graduate Student 1993-1997)

After a career break in South Africa, Ronelle is now doing a postdoc in Uta Paszkowski’s lab at the University of Cambridge.

Catherine Kidner (Undergraduate project student 1993)

Catherine is a University Lecturer based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Her research focusses on understanding the evolution of leaf shape.

Rob Ewing (Graduate student 1992-1996)

Rob is a Senior Lecturer in Proteomics and Systems Biology ate the University of Southampton. His research focusses on bionformatics approaches to understanding protein function.

We have lost touch with, but would love to hear from: Lizzie Knowles nee Cribb, Martin Copley, Susie MacRobbie nee Corley, Lisa Hall.