S. Soyer, PI
in Istanbul, Turkey on
BSc in Chemistry from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (2000). PhD
from University of Michigan for work with Richard A. Goldstein (2004).
Postdoc with Sebastian Bonhoeffer
at ETH, Zurich
(2004 - 2006). Independent researcher at Microsoft Research -
University of Trento Centre for Computational
and Systems Biology (2006 - 2009). Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Systems Biology at University of Exeter (2009 - 2013). Professor of Evolutionary Systems and Synthetic Biology at University of Warwick (2013 - ).
Research area: Networks, evolution, and all in between. Off work: Keen sailor.
Tobias Grosskopf, PDRA
Born in Munich in 1981. Diploma in Biological Oceanography from the University of Kiel, Germany (2008). Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Marine Biogeochemistry from the University of Kiel (2012), working in the Molecular Biology Lab of Prof. Julie LaRoche in the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR). Joined OSS Lab in April 2013. Research Area: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities, Biomethane Production.
Off work: Sailing, playing guitar, skiing
Kalesh Sasidharan, PDRA
Born in Kerala, India in 1982. BSc in Physics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India (2003). DNIIT (Diploma in Software engineering) from National Institute of Information Technology, India (2003). MSc in Bioinformatics from Bharathiar University, India (2006). PhD in Systems Biology from Keio University, Japan, supervised by Dr. Douglas B. Murray and Dr. Martin Robert (2012). Joined OSS Lab in March 2013. Research area: Parasite-host interaction at the metabolic level. Off work: Sketching, poetry, travelling, cooking.
Jamie Xiaoqiu Luo, PDRA
Born in China, 1985. MMath from University of Warwick, UK (2007). MSc in Complexity Science from University of Warwick, UK (2008).
PhD in Complexity Science from University of Warwick, UK, supervised by Matthew S. Turner (2012). Joined OSS Lab in Feb 2012.
Co-supervisors: Richard Titball (University of Exeter). Research area: Persister Cells and Campylobacter Jejuni.
Off work: Football (normal + American), Cricket, Games.
Arno Steinacher, PDRA
Born 1978 in Austria. MSc in Biology from University of Vienna, Austria (2008).
PhD in Computational Biology from University of Sheffield, UK, supervised by Richard H. Clayton and Ottoline Leyser (2011).
Joined OSS Lab in Oct 2011. Co-supervisor: Ozgur Akman (University of Exeter).
Research area: Evolution of biological networks and robustness. Off work: Swimming, Cooking, Sound Design.
Francesco Montefusco, PDRA
Born in Ischia, Italy on 9th of Sept, 1980.
MEng in Electronic Engineering from University of Naples "Federico II", Naples, Italy (2005).
PhD in Biomedical and Computer Engineering from Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy, supervised by Carlo Cosentino and
Francesco Amato (2010). Joined OSS Lab on Oct 2011.
Co-supervisors: Declan Bates (University of Warwick).Research area: Reverse engineering biological networks, robustness and network evolution.
Off work: Runner and cyclist.
Xue Jiang, PhD student
Born in Chongqing, China. Undergraduate in Bioscience from Sichuan University, China (2010). MPhil in Chemistry from University of St Andrews (2012). Started PhD at OSS lab on September 2013. Phd project title: Biomethane communities optimization. Off-work hobbies: Cooking, animations and badminton. Started PhD at OSS lab on Sep 2012.
Research Area: Microbial communities.
Henry Porter, PhD student
Born in New Jersey in 1989. Acquired a BSc in Biomedical Science at Lancaster University (2010) and an MSc in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London (2012). Work experiences at Vancouver General Hospital, the Agribusiness Syngenta and the African Health Policy Network. I am interested in basic questions regarding microbial ecology and hope to generate stable, synthetic methanogenic communities. Started PhD at OSS lab on Sep 2013.
Research Area: Microbial communities.
Deniz Cizmeci, PhD student
Born in Istanbul. BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Koc University, Istanbul (2010). MSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Koc University, Istanbul (2012) supervised by Yaman Arkun. Started PhD at OSS lab on Sep 2012. Co-supervisor: Richard Titball (University of Exeter).
Research Area: Host-parasite interaction. Off work: Dance (Salsa), snowboarding.
Song Feng, PhD student
Born in China. BSc in Biotechnology from Zhejiang University (ZJU), China (2009).
Intern in CAS-MPG Partner Institution of Computational Biology (PICB) during 2008-2009.
MSc in Biology from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (2011).
Started PhD at OSS lab on Dec 2011.
Research Area: Pleitropy and cross-talk in cellular networks. Off work: Hiker.
Varun Bhaskar Kothamachu, PhD student
Born in Tirupathi, India. B.Engineering in Biotechnology from Visvesvaraya Technological
University (VTU), India (2008). MSc in Drug Discovery and Translational Biology from University of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh, UK (2009). BRIO intern at GlaxoSmithkline during 2009-2010. Started PhD at OSS Lab on Nov 2010 as a Dorothy Hodgkin Awardee.
Co-supervisor: Luca Cardelli (Microsoft Research). Research area: Bacterial 2-component systems. Off work: Cricket player.
Simone Zenobi, Technician
Born in Italy. Master's Degree in Biological Science from the University Polytechnic of Marche in Italy (2005). Masters by Research from University of Exeter in 2013. Joined OSS Lab in April 2013. Research Area: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities, Biomethane Production. Off work: gym, cooking and dancing.
OSS Lab proudly acknowledges the following students and researchers for their work and enthusiasm during their time in the lab. We wish them all the best in their future career.
Munia Amin (PhD student, 2010-13), Kaitlin Weegman (MSc student, summer 2012), Tuba Ayhan (UG project, summer2011). Steve Cockram (UG project, summer 2011). Nihat Sayar (PDRA, 2010-11).