The Gergely Lab

Current Lab Members

Fanni Gergely

Group Leader

Since 2006 Junior then Senior Group Leader at CRUK Cambridge Institute

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.

Tanmay Gupta

CRUK Postdoctoral Fellow (Apr 2019-)

Tanmay completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Botany and Biotechnology at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore (India) and his MSc in Biochemistry at University of Manchester (UK). He was awarded the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh fellowship to pursue his PhD with Dr. Jeyaprakash Arulanandam at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh (UK). He then joined Prof Imre Berger’s lab in Bristol as a postdoc, where he studied the role of protein complexes regulating transcription. His current interest lies in understanding the tissue and cell-type specific roles of centrosomes and aims to use quantitative proteomics, genomics, functional and cell biology methods in order to unravel their link to cell cycle control.

Daphne Huberts

Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2016-)

Daphne obtained her Molecular sciences Master degree cum laude at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She studied the effect of metabolism on yeast replicative aging as a PhD student at the University of Groningen. After completing her PhD in 2015, she joined the lab of Dr KJ Patel at MRC LMB in Cambridge. After obtaining a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), she joined our lab in September 2016, where she will study mechanisms that inhibit cell growth in relation to fetal development.

Lovorka Stojic 

CRUK Postdoctoral Fellow (Jan 2014-)

I have obtained my undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb (Croatia). After four great years in Switzerland where I got my PhD from (IMCR, University of Zurich), I did my first postdoc in Italy (Dulbecco Telethon Institute) studying the mechanisms of gene regulation. This EMBO fellowship introduced me into the amazing field of epigenetics. My current research interest is to understand how noncoding RNAs regulate gene expression in the context of cell division by using genomic approaches coupled with computational, functional and cell biology.

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 Research Assistant  (March 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.