Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr. Leticia Torres
|I graduated from University of Mar del Plata in 2004 and remained there for my PhD in Biological Sciences, graduating in 2009. For the last ten years I have worked in the characterization and improvement of bacterial enzymes, including glycosyltransferases, glycosylases, amidases, esterases and other hydrolases. My PhD focused on understanding the modularity of proteins involved in sucrose metabolism of bacteria. Particularly, my research in Agrobacterium tumefaciens unraveled a new metabolic pathway leading to the biosynthesis of a sugar osmolyte. I became specially interested in protein engineering during my PhD and in 2010, joined the Severo Ochoa Centre for Molecular Biology in Madrid, Spain, where in collaboration with Antibiotics S.A. (a Spanish biotechnology company), I worked on the cryoactivation of a thermostable penicillin-acylase from Thermus thermophilus using rational and directed evolution techniques. I joined the Pinheiro group to work in the development of an HNA episome in April 2014.|
Post-doctoral Research Associates
Dr. Antje Krueger
| I studied Nutrition Science at the University of Potsdam and the German Institute of Human Nutrition, Germany, and graduated in 2008.
Fascinated by the impact of metabolism on all aspects of cellular regulation, I then joined the lab of Markus Ralser at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, Germany, where I undertook a PhD in natural sciences, graduating in 2014. My PhD work focussed on the influence of metabolism on gene and protein expression during the oxidative stress response.
My deep interest in protein translation and the genetic code, led me to the Pinheiro group at the University College London in May 2014, where I develop new in vitro selection methods facilitating the directed evolution of amino-acyl-tRNA synthetases with reassigned amino acid specificity.
Dr. Eszter Csibra
|I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, graduating in Pathology in 2009. Following this, I remained in Cambridge to pursue interests in RNA biology and virology by undertaking a PhD in the Department of Pathology under the supervision of Dr Ian Brierley. My thesis focused on the analysis of translational recoding mechanisms in viral gene expression.
I joined the Pinheiro laboratory in November 2014, to expand my RNA world into that of orthogonal genetic systems based on XNAs.
Mr. Warren Hazelton
Ms. Ana Riesco
Ms. Yan Kay Ho
|I studied Natural Sciences at University College London (UCL, 2010-2014), focusing on Genetics, Evolution and Development. My Masters project, with Prof. Mark Thomas, was to develop a method for identifying signatures of natural selection in human evolution through gene-protein interaction networks. Currently, I am a first year PhD student on the BBSRC LIDo programme, having joined the Pinheiro Lab at UCL in June 2015.|
Mr. Alberto Aparicio de Narvaez
|Visiting PhD student from UCL STS|
Mr. Hugo Villanueva
|Collaboration with Dr. Renos Savva|
|I am French and did my undergraduate at the university of Edinburgh getting a degree in biotechnology and working on the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project, specifically on the SCRaMbLE technology. During my masters in Systems and Synthetic Biology, I continued working on the Synthetic Yeast Project and SCRaMbLE doc using on creating libraries of three fluorescent proteins and testing yeast terminator strength via flow cytometry. I continued my interests in synthetic biology at the Renos Savva lab and the Vitor Pinheiro lab focusing on phage-based biotechnology.|
|Mr. Andras Sandor||UCL BIOLM030 student|
|Mr. Yi Fan||UCL BIOCM010 student|
|Mr. Samuel Alberman||Summer volunteer|
|Ms. Paola Handal Marquez||Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship|
|Ms. Chinyere Ihuegbu||MRes Biosciences – Membrane channels (collaboration with Prof. Kaila Srai)|
|Mr. Enrique de Zamacona Meza||MRes Synthetic Biology|
|Ms. Pinelopi-Eleftheria Stamou||MRes Synthetic Biology|
|Mr. Daniel de la Torre||UCL BIOC3002 student|
|Ms. Barbara Steijl||BBK iGEM, Research assistant|
|Ms. Havva Yalinca||LiDO BBSRC rotation PhD student|
|Dr. Marleen Renders||Visiting Post-doc (Herdewijn Group – KUL/Belgium)|
|Ms. Mei Teh||UCL BIOC3002 student|
|Ms. Li Cheah||UCL BIOC3002 student|
|Ms. Bethan Wolfenden||LiDO BBSRC rotation PhD student|
|Mr. Joel Sabaniego Nunes||ERASMUS exchange student|
|Mr. Thomas Murthi||MRes Synthetic Biology student|
|Ms. Luba Prout||XNA nanotechnology, BBK iGEM|
|Mr. Edoardo Gianni||Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentship|
|Ms. Ana Riesco||Summer volunteer|
|Mr. Paul Rutten||Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship|
|Ms. Laure Canarelli||Biochemical Society Summer Vacation Studentship|