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Lab members


Irina Stancheva - group leader


      Irina graduated from University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and did her PhD at the Institute of Cell
      Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with Dr Jose M. Sogo. She joined Richard Meehan's
      laboratory at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 as a postdoctoral scientist and in 2002
      became a  Carcer Research UK Senior Research Fellow and established her lab at the School
      of Biomedical Sciences. In 2004, she joined the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology and
      became University Reader in 2012. Irina has been studying the role of chromatin and DNA
      methylation in epigenetic regulation of gene expression since she started her PhD.
      When she is not in the lab, Irina plays tennis or hikes in the mountains.







Anuj Sehgal - postdoctoral scientist



         Anuj geaduated from Heriot-Watt University with honours degree in Biochemistry and
         completed his PhD at the Roslin Instuture, University of Edinburgh, in 2016. He joined
         the lab in October 2016 to study the role of chromatin remodelining during differentiation
         of commited progenitor cells.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



Natalia Torrea - PhD student



      Natalia studied for her BSc degree in Biochemistry and also for her MSc degree at
      the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. After finishing her studies, Natalia 
      was awarded an International Mobility Grant to train for six months at the Ontario
      Cancer Institute, University of Toronto. She joined Stancheva lab as a Darwin Trust-
      funded PhD student in 2014 to work on the regulation of DNA methylation
      establishment in mammalian cells.  









Christian Belton - PhD student



      Christian graduated from University of Newcastle with 1st class BSc degree in Biomedical
      Genetics. During his undergraduate studies Christian worked on several summer projects at the
      Institute of Healthy Aging, UCL, and at the University of Tubingen. He joined Stancheva lab in
      August 2014 as a MRC funded PhD student and currently studies the epigenetic mechanisms
      regulating differentiation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells into mature oligodendrocytes.









Ilaria Amendola - PhD student



     Ilaria studied for her BSc and MSc degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University
     of Torino, Italy. She was accepted to the Wellcome Trust Programme in Cell Biology and
     joined Stancheva lab in 2014. Ilaria's PhD project investigates the regulation of DNA
     methylation in ES cells and early mouse development.








Britanto Dani Wicaksono - PhD student



     Dani studied for his BSc in Biology at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
     and MPhil in Medicine at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He joined the
     Stancheva Lab in December 2015 as an Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education
     (LPDP) funded PhD student. He is currently studying the functions and mechanisms
     of DNA methylation reprogramming that occurs following hTERT-induced
     immortalisation in normal human fibroblasts.








Lab Alumni  -  Where are they now?


Burak Ozkan - PhD student (2012 - 2016) - Now postdoctoral scientist, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh


Tuo Zhang - PhD student (2010 - 2014) - Now postdoctoral scientist, Rockefeller University, New York, USA


Chao Li - postdoctoral scientist (2010 - 2014) - Now postdoctoral scientist, University of Liverpool


Sadie Kemp  - research assistant (2010 - 2014) - Now research technician, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh


Ausma Termanis - PhD student (2008 - 2013) - Now at T3 Pharmaceuticals, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland


Katrina Gordon - postdoctoral scientist (2005 - 2013) - Now postdoctoral scientist, IIIR, University of Edinburgh


Joe Burrage -  PhD student (2008 - 2012) - Now research technician, University of Exeter


Tristin Boe - research assistant (2009 - 2010) -  Now registered nurse, Medstar Washington Hospital Centre, Washington DC, USA


Thomas Clouaire - postdoctoral scientist (2006 - 2009) -  Now senior scientist, University of Toulouse, France


Matthew Lyst - PhD student (2005 - 2009) - Now postdoctoral scientist, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh


Cara Merusi - research assistant (2006 - 2008) - Now research assistant, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh


Jose de las Heras - postdoctoral scientist (2003 - 2008) - Now postdoc, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh


Simone Schatlowski - bioinformatics master student/research assistant (2007-2008) - Now software developer, iOMEDICO, Germany


Arvind Sundaram - bioinformatitian (2008-2009) - Now bioinformatitian, Norvegian Sequencing Centre, University of Oslo


Kevin Myant - PhD student (2004 -2008) - Now Chancellors Fellow and group leader, University of Edinburgh


Shreen Sarraf - research assistant (2002 - 2004) - Now postdoctoral scientist, NINDS (NIH), USA



Visiting students


Jasmin Weber - 2016

Elisa Wuensche - 2013 (ERASMUS)

Alex Kotlowski - 2012 (ERASMUS)

Jenny Raetzer - 2011 (ERASMUS)

Andreas Geissner - 2010