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Current lab members

Chris MacDonald
Principal Investigator
Chris completed a BSc (hons) degree in Biomedical Science (Glasgow), PhD with Nia Bryant (Glasgow), and AHA funded Postdoc fellowship with Rob Piper (Iowa) before moving to York in 2017.
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Amy Milburn
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Amy completed a MBiolSci degree in Biochemistry (Sheffield), PhD with Owen Davis (Newcastle), and BHF funded postdoc (Liverpool) before moving to York in 2024. 
Blythe Wright 
Postgraduate Researcher
Blythe completed a Biomedical Science BSc (Northumbria) and MRes (Newcastle) before starting a BBSRC DTP studentship in York with primary supervisor Nia Bryant in 2020.
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Justas Stanislovas
Research Technician
Justas completed his BSc in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology (QMU London) before moving to York in 2024.
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Hatwan hemn Nadir
Masters student
Hatwan completed a BSc degree in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Iraq Sulaimani before moving to York in 2024.
Previous lab members

Postdocs
 
2018-23
Kamilla Laidlaw
Kamilla published 4 first-author papers and co-authored 3 other papers before returning to Scotland to start a position as an accounts manager for Azenta Life Sciences.


PhD Students
 
2020-24
Sergios Antoniou 
Sergios has prepared several projects for publication before starting a postdoc at the University of York with Jeremy Mottram.

2018-23
Sarah Lecinski
Sarah co-authored 4 first-author papers and co-authored a fifth before moving to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge as a UKRI career development fellow.

2018-23
Savvas Ioannou
Savvas co-authored a paper and contributed to the creation of 2 patents before moving to the University of Glasgow to start a postdoc with Matt Dalby.
 
2018-23
Katherine Paine
Katherine published 3 first author papers, co-authored a fourth before moving to the University of Edinburgh to start a postdoc with Simon Wilkinson.


Masters Students

2023-24
Lara Smith
Lara performed an Integrated Masters project understanding how diverse algal enzymes can be studied using budding yeast as a model system.

2023-24
Zara Meaby
Zara performed an Integrated Masters project understanding how the carbonic anhydrase Nce103 functions in yeast in different carbon dioxide and nutrient conditions. 

2022-23
Laura Gherman

Laura worked on developing flow cytometry FRET based assay before beginning her PhD at the University of York.

2022-23
Kirsty Ward

Kirsty assessed with ubiquitin ligases serve Ist1 before starting work in the chemical industry.

2020-21
Gabrielle Ecclestone

Gabi published one paper before moving to the University of Liverpool to begin her PhD.

2020-21
Phoebe Mudd
Phoebe developed holotomographic imaging methods, co-authored one paper, and went on be a microbiologist at Smith + Nephew.

2019-20
Lucy Tindale
Lucy developed worked on AP3 trafficking before moving to the University of Manchester to begin her PhD.


Technicians

2020-21
Kate Bunting
Following a GenRes summer studentship in the lab Kate returned as a technician, published 2 papers, and went on be a medical lab assistant at the Nuffield Hospital.

 
Undergraduates and Interns

2023-24
Martha Cruz Xelhuantzi

Martha published Katherine published 1 first author paper and contributed significantly to other projects, using different imaging and molecular dynamics approaches.

one paper performed a final year project understanding the role of the Sit4 
phosphatase in endosomal trafficking before beginning a Generation Research Masters degree and PhD at the University of York.

2021-22
Jadie Acklam
Jadie performed a final year project understanding the role of the Sit4 phosphatase in endosomal trafficking before beginning a Generation Research Masters degree and PhD at the University of York.

2021-22
Emily MacGurn

Emily performed her final year project identifying different stress conditions that specifically affect eisosome mutants.

2019-20
Konstantina Amoiradaki
Konstantina performed her final year project in the lab and published one paper before moving to King's College London to begin her PhD.
 
2019
Josephine Ayre
Josephine performed a summer internship funded by the Biochemical Society and published 1 paper before starting her PhD at the University of York.

2019
Gülcan Gerstner
Gülcan performed an internship funded by Erasmus+ before returning to Mannheim University to complete her degree.

2018-19
Malaury Veillon
Malaury performed a Brittany funded internship and published 1 paper before returning to the University of Rennes to complete her degree. 

2018-19
Daniel Bisinski
Daniel performed an internship funded by Erasmus+ and published 2 papers before starting a PhD at Osnabrück University. 
Justas 
Research Technician
Justas completed ... before moving to York in 2024.

 
Previous lab members

Postdocs
 
2018-23
Kamilla Laidlaw
Kamilla published 4 first-author papers and co-authored 3 other papers before returning to Scotland to start a position as an accounts manager for Azenta Life Sciences.


PhD Students
 
2020-24
Sergios Antoniou 
Sergios has prepared several projects for publication before starting a postdoc at the University of York with Jeremy Mottram.

2018-23
Sarah Lecinski
Sarah co-authored 4 first-author papers and co-authored a fifth before moving to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge as a UKRI career development fellow.

2018-23
Savvas Ioannou
Savvas co-authored a paper and contributed to the creation of 2 patents before moving to the University of Glasgow to start a postdoc with Matt Dalby.
 
2018-23
Katherine Paine
Katherine published 3 first author papers, co-authored a fourth before moving to the University of Edinburgh to start a postdoc with Simon Wilkinson.


Masters Students

2023-24
Lara Smith
Lara performed an Integrated Masters project understanding how diverse algal enzymes can be studied using budding yeast as a model system.

2023-24
Zara Meaby
Zara performed an Integrated Masters project understanding how the carbonic anhydrase Nce103 functions in yeast in different carbon dioxide and nutrient conditions. 

2022-23
Laura Gherman

Laura worked on developing flow cytometry FRET based assay before beginning her PhD at the University of York.

2022-23
Kirsty Ward

Kirsty assessed with ubiquitin ligases serve Ist1 before starting work in the chemical industry.

2020-21
Gabrielle Ecclestone

Gabi published one paper before moving to the University of Liverpool to begin her PhD.

2020-21
Phoebe Mudd
Phoebe developed holotomographic imaging methods, co-authored one paper, and went on be a microbiologist at Smith + Nephew.

2019-20
Lucy Tindale
Lucy developed worked on AP3 trafficking before moving to the University of Manchester to begin her PhD.


Technicians

2020-21
Kate Bunting
Following a GenRes summer studentship in the lab Kate returned as a technician, published 2 papers, and went on be a medical lab assistant at the Nuffield Hospital.

 
Undergraduates and Interns

2023-24
Martha Cruz Xelhuantzi

Martha published Katherine published 1 first author paper and contributed significantly to other projects, using different imaging and molecular dynamics approaches.

one paper performed a final year project understanding the role of the Sit4 
phosphatase in endosomal trafficking before beginning a Generation Research Masters degree and PhD at the University of York.

2021-22
Jadie Acklam
Jadie performed a final year project understanding the role of the Sit4 phosphatase in endosomal trafficking before beginning a Generation Research Masters degree and PhD at the University of York.

2021-22
Emily MacGurn

Emily performed her final year project identifying different stress conditions that specifically affect eisosome mutants.

2019-20
Konstantina Amoiradaki
Konstantina performed her final year project in the lab and published one paper before moving to King's College London to begin her PhD.
 
2019
Josephine Ayre
Josephine performed a summer internship funded by the Biochemical Society and published 1 paper before starting her PhD at the University of York.

2019
Gülcan Gerstner
Gülcan performed an internship funded by Erasmus+ before returning to Mannheim University to complete her degree.

2018-19
Malaury Veillon
Malaury performed a Brittany funded internship and published 1 paper before returning to the University of Rennes to complete her degree. 

2018-19
Daniel Bisinski
Daniel performed an internship funded by Erasmus+ and published 2 papers before starting a PhD at Osnabrück University. 
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