Lab Members

Current Members

Federico Pelisch – Principal Investigator


Laura Bel Borja – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant



Laura is focusing on understanding how PP2A, and its different sub complexes, regulates meiosis I in C. elegans oocytes.

Flavie Soubigou – Research Technician


Flavie is currently focusing on identifying new regulators of chromosome segregation during meiosis I.

Sam Taylor – PhD Student (MRC)


Sam is trying to understand how the cross-talk between sumoylation and phosphorylation regulates chromosome dynamics during meiosis. He is using a combination of biochemical and cell biology approaches.

Edward Kaye – PhD Student, rotation (Wellcome Trust)

Edward joined our lab for the 6-week rotation mini project. He will be focusing on BUB-1 meiotic functions, using biochemical approaches.

Cameron Naylor – PhD Student, rotation (MRC)

Cameron joined our lab for a 3-month rotation project. Cameron will be focusing on the Aurora B-PP2A/B56 axis and its function during meiosis.

Past Members

Marketa Novotna – Wellcome Trust PhD Student

Marketa did her third rotation and she optimised expression of recombinant proteins.

Sam Taylor – MRC DTP Rotation PhD Student

Sam focused on identifying and characterising specific phosphorylation events & their role during oocyte meiosis.

Conchita Fraguas Bringas – Honours Student

 Conchita will focus her project on understanding how sumoylation and phosphorylation hold together protein complexes involved in Meiosis I.

Andrea Princz – EMBO short-term Fellow (Tavernarakis Lab)

Andrea spent two months in the lab working on SUMO modification of proteins involved in ageing and stress in C. elegans.

Carmen Espejo Serrano – Wellcome Trust PhD Student (Rotation)

Carmen spent three months in the lab working on the mechanisms of action of the SUMO E3 ligase GEI-17.

Conchita Fraguas Bringas – Summer Student (funded by Medical Research Scotland) 

Conchita characterised the localisation of SUMO proteases during meiosis and mitosis in C. elegans.

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