Former Lab Members

Julia Lambret (Postdoc 2017-2022)


Julia is now a research scientist at NIAB in Cambridge.

Tom Hughes (Graduate student 2012-2016; postdoc 2017-2022)


Tom is currently training to be a school teacher in Sheffield.


Laura Moody (Postdoc 2011-2017)


Laura is still in the Department  but now runs her own research program on the evolution of 3D growth in land plants having secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.



Olga Sedelnikova (Graduate student 2012-2016; postdoc 2016-2018)

Olga moved to Syngenta, returning to an industry career.




Andy Plackett (Postdoc 2011-2017)


Andy secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to start his own research program investigating mechanisms underlying the evolution of seeds and is now at the University of Birmingham.



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)

PengWangAfter 8 years in the lab Peng  moved on – but not very far. He did another  postdoc with Steve Kelly in the lab next door before moving to lead his own research program on photosynthesis at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Institute for Plant Physiology and Ecology.



Mara Schuler (Postdoc 2011-2015)

UntitledMara is a technology scout in the technology transfer unit at the University of Saarland, Germany.



Eftychios Frangedakis (Graduate student 2010-2014)

eftychios_5834Eftychios 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 and is now in Julian Hibberd’s lab at Cambridge.



 Jim Fouracre (Graduate student 2009-2013)

jim_5831After a postdoc in Scott Poethig’s group at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, Jim returned to the UK and secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to set up his own research program on phase change in plants at the University of Bristol.



Heather Sanders (Postdoc 2008-2013)

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



Matt Hodges (Graduate student 2007-2011)

MattMatt 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)

armandoArmando carried out a postdoc in Maria Harrison’s group at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, USA and then moved to the  Donald Danforth Center to set up his own research program on mycorrizal symbioses.



Mark Waters (Postdoc 2004-2008)

markMark 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_HarrisonJill is a Senior Lecturer at Bristol. Her research focuses on the evolution of land plant bodyplans.



Chris Della Vedova (Postdoc 2002-2004)

chrisChris 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)

anneAnne 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 Business Development Manager 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” was a Group Leader at Langebio, Mexico for many years before moving to become an Assistant Professor at Penn State. His research focuses on the use of genetic variation in maize to increase tolerance of phosphate stress.

Tom Brutnell (Postdoc 1995-1999)

Tom is an independent consultant, advising industry and academia on functional genomics.

Ronelle Roth (Graduate Student 1993-1997)

After a career break in South Africa, Ronelle did a postdoc in Uta Paszkowski’s lab at the University of Cambridge. She then secured a Royal Society Univeristy Research Fellowship to start her own research program in the Department fo Biology at Oxford on cellular reprogramming during mycorrizhal/plant symbioses.

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 Associate Professor in Proteomics and Systems Biology at 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.