The Gergely Lab

Current Lab Members

Fanni Gergely

Group Leader

July 2020 Senior Group Leader at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Since 2006 Junior then Senior Group Leader at CRUK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge

2005-2013 Royal Society University Research Fellow

2001-2005 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

2000-2004 Gonville and Caius College Junior Research Fellow

2000-2005-Post-doc at the Gurdon Institute (with Jordan Raff) and at the Department of Pharmacology (with Colin Taylor), Cambridge University, UK

1997-2000 Wellcome Trust Prize PhD Studentship with Jordan Raff, Wellcome CRC Institute

Sarah Carden

PhD Student, Cambridge International Scholar (Oct 2017-)

Sarah completed her degree in Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Following this, she completed her MSc in Medical Biochemistry, also at UCT, which focussed on investigating inhibition of nuclear import as a novel anticancer mechanism. She spent four months during her MSc in a laboratory at La Sapienza University in Rome, studying the effects of nuclear import inhibition on the cell cycle of normal and cancer cells.  Sarah joined our lab in October 2017; her PhD project focuses on using proteomics to study centrosome composition.

Tannia Gracia 

Senior Scientific Associate (July 2017-) 

Tannia is a Pharmaceutical Chemist from the University of Cartagena (Colombia). After four years working in the petrol industry (ExxonMobil) as QA/QC Supervisor went to Michigan State University (USA) to do a PhD in Environmental Toxicology to study the effects of environmental contaminants on steroid hormone production and function. She then obtained a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to design and optimize tandem affinity purification methods to elucidate protein networks in yeast and stem cells, combining genomic and proteomic approaches. Before joining CRUK CI, as a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, she worked on characterizing the protein and miRNA content of urinary exosomes, evaluating their clinical relevance.

Julia Tischer (nee Haefner) 

DFG and CRUK Postdoctoral Fellow (Apr 2015-)

Julia studied Biology at the University of Konstanz and received her degree in 2009. During her Master-studies she became interested in regulation of motor proteins during mitosis. Therefore Julia continued working in the lab of Thomas U. Mayer at the University of Konstanz to study the regulation of the mitotic kinesin Kif18A and its role in chromosome movement. In March 2015, she received her PhD from the University of Konstanz and joined our lab in April 2015.

Danis Thomas

CRUK PhD Student (Oct 2019-)

Danis Thomas is a graduate from King’s College London where he undertook his degree in MSci Biochemistry (Hons). His commitment to start a career in research stems from the challenging and enjoyable lab projects that he worked on in this time. These included studying the activation of caspase-2 in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the lab of Dr. Claire Thornton and investigating RUNX2 and its role in DNA damage response in vascular smooth muscle cells in Prof. Catherine Shanahan’s Lab. His current interests lie in investigating the link between centrosomes and the cell cycle in different tissue types using cell and molecular biology approaches.

Elisa Vitiello

CRUK Postdoctoral Fellow (Oct 2019-)