Members of the lab

Current members

Nicolas Le NovereNicolas Le Novère is group leader at the  Babraham Institute. His research interests revolve around signal transduction, in particular in neurons. He tries to understand them using computational models. Besides his neurobiological-oriented research, Le Novère develops resources for systems biology, for instance standards like  SBML and  SBGN or databases like BioModels Database.

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Piero Dalle PezzePiero Dalle Pezze is a postdoc in the lab. He is interested in data-driven computational models of biological networks, data analysis, and the development of bioinformatics software. His current projects are related to autophagosome formation, mitochondrial turnover, insulin/ amino acids signalling pathways and software pipelines for model design & simulation.

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Janna HastingsJanna Hastings  is a PhD student in Olivia Casanueva's group and ours. Her main interests lie in the interplay between metabolism, epigenetics and ageing, using the worm Caenorhabiditis elegans as a biological model, and computational biology approaches.


Vincent Knight SchrijverVincent Knight Schrijver  is a BBSRC-GSK CASE PhD student. His main research projects relate to systems pharmacology models: retrieval of existing ones, encoding and enriching them, and creating new ones


Varun Kothamachu is a postdoc in the lab, and a BBSRC funded curator for BioModels and SBO. He obtained his bachelors engineering degree (BE) in biotechnology from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India; MSc in Drug Discovery from University of Edinburgh and completed his PhD on characterizing the dynamic and computational properties of prokaryotic signalling networks (University of Exeter). His current work involves curating models on BioModels and developing standards and tools to share modular multi-scale models. 

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Lu LiLu Li  is a post-doc in the laboratory. She currently focuses on the understanding of molecular mechanisms involved in the late onset of Alzheimer's disease, using spatial modelling approaches.


An NguyenAn Nguyen obtained a Bachelor degree (2007) in Computer Science at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Vietnam and spent one year doing a Master degree in Information Technology at the Federation University Australia in 2009. He also completed a PhD degree about gene expression at the University of Southampton. He is now working as a postdoctoral bioinformatician at the Babraham Institute in the groups of Michael Wakelam and Le Novère. His main research project is to analyse lipid signalling and metabolic pathway in human bronchial epithelial cells infected with rhinoviruses.

Juliette PearceJuliette Pearce is a PhD student interested in the links between metabolism and pluripotency. Her project is a collaboration with Wolf Reik's group.


Nicolas RodriguezNicolas Rodriguez is a senior technical support in the laboratory. His main duties are the maintenance and further development of the group software infrastructure.


Derya SebukhanDerya Sebukhan is an MSc intern working on single cell RNA-seq of cardiac stem cells.

Agathe DelauneAgathe Delaune is an MSc intern from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris). She is working on the reconstruction the genetic core regulatory network deciding if an epicardial cell becomes a cardiac fibroblast or a coronary smooth muscle cell.

Manusnan SuriyalakshManusnan Suriyalaksh is a PhD student in Olivia Casanueva's group and ours. Her main interests lie in the molecular networks underpinning ageing, using the worm Caenorhabiditis elegans as a biological model, and bioinformatics approaches.

Letizia VestitoLetizia Vestito is a Da Vinci ERASMUS+ intern from the University of Roma. She is working on the reconstruction the regulatory network underlying identity of subpopulations of striatal neurons.


Sven_Bergmann-150x150.jpg.jpgSven Bergmann heads the Computational Biology Group at the University of Lausanne. His work includes designing and applying novel algorithms for the analysis of large-scale biological and medical data, as well as modeling genetic networks pertaining to the development of the Drosophila embryo and the response of plants to environmental changes.


Stuart_Edelstein-150x150-2.jpgAfter a full career as a Professor at Cornell University and then at the University of Geneva, upon reaching Emeritus in 2006 Stuart Edelstein returned to his first love: mathematical modeling of allosteric proteins and related phenomena.

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Pinar PirPınar Pir is a senior post-doc in the laboratory. Her research interests include developing interfaces and algoritms for parallel simulation of modular models of cellular processes and developing models of stem cell differentiation and re-programming

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Ishan AjmeraIshan Ajmera, 2011, summer intern. Now (2012) PhD student at University of Nottingham. UK
Benedetta Frida BaldiBenedetta Frida Baldi, 2009-2015 PhD student. Now (2016) Post-doc, Garvan Institute of Medical Research,
Duncan BerenguierDuncan Berenguier, 2008, summer intern. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Marseille, FR
Alexander BroicherAlexander Broicher, 2004, winter interm. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Stuttgart, DE
Denis BrunDenis Brun, 2011, summer intern. Now (2013) Software Developer for Amadeus IT Group
Finja BuechelFinja Büchel (Wrzodek), 2011, software developer. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Tuebingen, DE
Vijayalakshmi ChelliahVijayalakshmi Chelliah, 2008-2014, database curator. Now (2014) database curator at EMBL-EBI.
Mélanie CourtotMélanie Courtot, 2004-2006, software developer. Now (2015) GO/GOA project leader, EMBL-EBI, UK
Simon DelagneauSimon Delagneau 2014, summer intern.


Marie-Ange DjiteMarie-Ange Djite, 2004, summer interm. Now (2012) unknown position
Koray Dogan KayaKoray Doğan Kaya, 2008, Marie Curie visiting PhD. Now (2012) post-doc at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Marco DonizelliMarco Donizelli, 2003-2005, Software engineer. Now (2012) CTO of Technology at bMobilized Inc.
Marine DumousseauMarine Dumousseau, 2009, summer intern and software developer. Now (2012) bioinformatician at EMBL-EBI, UK
Ranjita Dutta-RoyRanjita Dutta Roy, 2008, summer intern. Now (2012) PhD student at the Charite, DE
Lukas EndlerLukas Endler, 2008-2011, database curator. Now (2016) Staff bioinformaticians, University of Vienna, AT
Eric FernandezÉric Fernandez, 2004-2006, postdoctoral fellow. Now (2012) project leader, Physiomics plc, UK

Martina FroehlichMartina Fröhlich, 2012-2015, postdoctoral fellow. Now (2015) postdoc at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), DE.

Mihai GlontMihai Glont, 2012-2014, software developer. Now (2014) software developer at EMBL-EBO.
John_Gowers-150x150.jpgJohn Gowers. 2013 summer intern. Now (2013) studying mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Enuo HeEnuo He, 2006, database curator. Now (2012) scientist, GSK, UK
Ron HenkelRon Henkel, 2009, visiting PhD. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Rostock, DE
Arnaud HenryArnaud Henry, 2006, summer intern. Now (2012) project leader, fondation fondaMental, FR
Noriko HiroiNoriko Hiroi, 2008, postdoctoral fellow. Now (2012) assistant professor, Keio University, JP
Gael JalowickiGael Jalowicki, 2011, summer intern. Now (2013) PhD student University College Dublin
Marija_Jankovic-150x150.jpgMarija Jankovic, 2013, summer intern. Now (2013) student at Faculty of physics in Belgrade, Serbia
Nick JutyNick Juty, 2008-2014, database curator and ontology developer. Now (2014), database curator and ontology developer at EMBL-EBI.
Sarah KeatingSarah Keating, 2009-2014, software developer. Now (2014) software developer at EMBL-EBI.

Vladimir KiselevVladimir Kiselev , 2011-2015, postdoctoral fellow. Now (2015), postdoctoral fellow at the Sanger Institute, UK

Christian KnuepferChristian Knüpfer, 2007, Marie Curie visiting PhD. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Jena, DE

Massimo LaiMassimo Lai, 2011-2015, post-doc. Now (2015) unknown.


Camille LaibeCamille Laibe, 2007-2014, software and database developer. Now (2014) Project coordinator at EMBL-EBI.
Hoa LeHoa Le, 2014, summer intern.
Chen LiChen Li, 2005-2008, software Engineer. Now (2012), PhD student at the University of Cambridge, UK
Catherine LloydCatherine Lloyd, 2010, visiting scientist. Now (2012), Research Associate at Kerridge & Partners, NZ
David P. MarshallDavid P. Marshall, 2007, summer intern. Now (2012) unknown position
Lucas_Marmiesse-150x150.pngLucas Marmiesse, 2015, visiting PhD student. Now (2016) PhD student.


Michele MattioniMichele Mattioni, 2007-2012, PhD student and post-doc. Now (2012) Scientific Project Manager, Seven Bridges, UK
Antonia MayerAntonia Mayer, 2007, database curator. Now (2013) sequence bioinformatics Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK
Daniel McGrealDaniel McGreal, 2006-2008, database engineer. Now (2012) unknown position
Florian MittagFlorian Mittag, 2011, software developer. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Tuebingen, DE
Stuart MoodieStuart Moodie, 2011-2013, developer. Now (2013) freelance developper
Kedar Nath NatarajanKedar Nath Natarajan, 2008, summer intern. Now (2012) [last heard of] PhD student, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, UK

Katrina NeiburgaKatrina Neiburga, 2016, summer intern.

Anika OellrichAnika Oellrich, 2007, summer intern. Now (2012) [last heard of] PhD student, EMBL-EBI, UK
Ioana OlanIoana Olan, 2014, summer intern. Now (2014) PhD student

Krutik PatelKrutik Patel, 2016, summer intern.

Jean-Baptiste PettitJean-Baptiste Pettit, 2010, summer intern. Now (2012) PhD student at EMBL-EBI, UK
Renaud SchiappaRenaud Schiappa, 2006, summer intern. Now (2015) Data Manager chez Centre Antoine Lacassagne, FR
Michael SchubertMichael Schubert, 2011, summer intern. Now (2012) PhD student at EMBL, DE
Christine SeeligerChristine Seeliger, 2009-2014, PhD student. Now (2014) Bioinformatics Research Officer, Garvan institute of medical research, Australia
Nathan SkeneNathan Skene, 2011, visiting PhD. Now (2012) PhD student at the University of Cambridge

Melanie_Stefan-150x150.jpgMelanie I Stefan, 2005-2010, PhD student and postdoc. Now (2015) Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Maciej SwatMaciej Swat, 2011-2014, software developer. Now (2014) software developer at EMBL-EBI.
Grigalius_Taujanska-150x150.jpgGrigalius Taujanska, 2013, Summer intern. Now mathematics undergraduate at Cambridge University.
Karim TazibtKarim Tazibt, 2010, summer intern. Now (2012) unknown position
Dominic TolleDominic Tölle, 2005-2008, PhD student. Now (2015) IT specialist bei mgm technology partners GmbH

Bhupinder VirkBhupinder Virk, now affiliated with the Babraham Bioinformatics, is developing training material for epigenetics and systems biology.

Dagmar WaltemathDagmar Waltemath(Koehn), 2007, Marie Curie visiting PhD. Now (2015) Junior group leader at the University of Rostock, DE
Sarala WimalaratneSarala Wimalaratne, 2011-2014, software developer. Now (2014) software developer at EMBL-EBI, UK
Youwei ZhengYouwei Zheng, 2011, visiting student. Now (2013) visitor Northwestern University, USA
Junmei ZhuJunmei Zhu, 2010-2011, post-doc. Tragically passed away in 2011.
Anna ZhukovaAnna Zhukova, 2011, summer intern. Now (2015) Post-doc fellow at the University of Bordeaux, FR

Yangyang ZhaoYangyang Zhao, 2012, summer intern. Now (2014) unknown position.

Simone_Zorzan-150x150.jpgSimone Zorzan, 2013, visiting scientist. Now (2013) Research Associate at the Center for BioMedical Computation (CBMC) in Verona.