our people
Hiro Ohkura
Hiro Ohkura(group leader)
Hiro obtained his PhD from Kyoto University, Japan in 1990 under the supervision of Prof Mitsuhiro Yanagida. After a postdoc in Prof David Glover's lab in Dundee University, he started his lab in 1997 at The University of Edinburgh. He has been a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow since 1997. He is also one of the founding members of The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. In 2008, he was appointed as Professor of Cell Biology.
Kathryn O'Brien
Kathryn O'Brien(research assistant)
Kathryn obtained her MSc in Complex Trait Human Genetics from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, she then worked as a Research Technician for Chronos Therapeutics, a small spin-off company from the University of Oxford. She joined the Ohkura lab in January 2017 as a Research Assistant and is involved in a large scale RNAi screen. She enjoys going on cycling trips and playing ukulele.
Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva(PhD student)
Pedro obtained his master degree in Biochemistry from the University of Porto in 2015. He did his master thesis at CNRS, Paris based on regulation of DNA replication in xenopus. In 2016, he then joined Zanin group at the LMU, Munich, to study spatial and temporal regulation of cytokinesis in c. elegans and mammalian cells. From October 2016 he has joined Hiro Okhura lab as a PhD student funded by Darwin Trust to work on female meiosis of Drosophila.
Charlotte Repton
Charlotte Repton(PhD student)
Charlotte graduated with honours from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, with a major in Molecular Genetics. From 2013 to June 2016, she then worked as a Post-Graduate Research Assistant in Sarah Reece's group, investigating the population dynamics and evolution of malaria parasites. Following this, in the summer of 2016, she worked on gallwasp genomics in Graham Stone's lab. In October 2016, she took up a PhD in Hiro Ohkura's lab, studying spindle-associated proteins in female meiosis. She is funded by EAST-BIO (BBSRC). Outside of her research, she enjoys playing music and volunteers with the Brownie Guides.
Ricardo Bastos
Ricardo Bastos(postdoc)
Ricardo obtained his PhD from Helsinki University, Finland in 2008 under the supervision of Prof Marja Makarow where he worked on the yeast secretory pathway. He then joined the lab of Francis Barr in Oxford to study the spatial and temporal regulation of cytokinesis in mammalian cells where he developed a special interest in the regulation of kinesins by kinases and phosphatases. Ricardo has joined Hiro Ohkura's lab in 2016, to work on female meiosis of Drosophila, focusing on the role that microtubule regulators play in controlling the assembly and behaviour of the meiotic spindle.
Mariana Costa
Mariana Costa(PhD student)
Mariana graduated from University of Oporto, Portugal in 2011, with a major in Biochemistry. In 2013 she obtained her master degree also in Biochemistry in the same institution, studying the neurophysiology of the nociceptive system. From February 2014 she joined Hiro Ohkura's lab as a PhD student, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Currently, she is working on female meiosis of Drosophila, focusing on microtubule establishment. Besides playing handball, Mariana also likes to run outdoor, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Liudmila Zhaunova
Liudmila Zhaunova(PhD student)
Liudmila graduated with honours from Belarusian State University in Minsk in 2013, with major in Microbiology. Her Diploma work was based on animal cultured cells. From September 2013 she joined Hiro Ohkura's group as a PhD student, funded by Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. Currently she is working on female meiosis of Drosophila. In her free time Liudmila enjoy sports, especially gymnastics, likes travelling and cooking.
Pierre Rome
Pierre Rome(postdoc)
Pierre did his PhD in Rennes, France, within Regis Giet's team. Pierre has studied the phosphoregulation of MAPs which appear to be required in the mitotic spindle assembly in Drosophila somatic cells. Pierre has joined Hiro Ohkura's lab in 2012 to elucidate a new pathway that might have a specific role in the meiotic spindle assembly in Drosophila oocytes.
Emma Peat
Emma Peat(technician)
Emma has worked in technical positions in the NHS and Dundee and Edinburgh Universities. After leaving employment to have her family, she has since returned to work in the Ohkura Lab providing technical support. Emma's hobbies include fossil hunting, fish keeping and cake making as well as volunteering for a local youth group.
Fiona Cullen
Fiona Cullen(research assistant)
Fiona joined the Ohkura lab when he became independent in 1997, and previously worked in David Glover's lab in Dundee as a general assistant. She has worked on numerous different projects using yeast and Drosophila, and at present is working on female meiosis in Drosophila.

Former members of the lab

Robin Beaven (Edinburgh University)

Manuel Breuer (Journal of Cell Science)

Sophie Bourbon (Universite de Rennes, France)

Ponsit Sathapondecha (Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand)

Elvira Nikalayevich (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)

Sara Clohisey (Edinburgh University)

Agata Gluszek (Edinburgh University)

Karolina Lesniewska (Lonza Biologics, Berkshire)

Heather Syred (Edinburgh University)

Sally Beard (Melbourne University)

Nathalie Colombie (Toulouse University)

Heather Grey (Edinburgh University)

Benjamin Loh (Wilmer Innovation Center, Singapore)

Ana Meireles Sousa (Stanford University)

Oscar Lancaster (King College London)

Neil Pearson (Bristol University)

Nick Dzhindzhev (Cambridge University)

Amy Brittle (Sheffield University)

Anne Davidson (Livingstone)

Nicola Wrobel (Edinburgh University)

Sarah Elliott (Glasgow)

David Millband (Lonza Biologics, Berkshire)

Karen May (Edinburgh University)

Anne Abraham (Toronto North York Hospital)

Nicola Reynolds (Cambridge University)

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