Jenny Gallop

2020 - present: Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
2011 - present: Group Leader, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
2011 - 2020: Affiliated Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry
2006 - 2011: Postdoc and EMBO Fellow in laboratory of Marc Kirschner, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2001 - 2006: PhD and short postdoc in Harvey McMahon’s lab, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
1997 - 2001: Masters degree in Biochemistry, Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK

Research area: actin polymerisation, membranes, filopodia formation, cell shape, cell movement, signalling to actin, the membrane-cytosol interface

Julia Mason

Position: Lab Manager since the lab started in 2011
Previous positions: At the Gurdon Institute for many years supporting the research of a number of labs

Research area: Molecular biology, cell culture and Xenopus in vivo studies

Jonathan Gadsby

Position: Wellcome Trust Research Associate, joined the lab in January 2015.
Previous positions: BSc Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Durham University; MRes Newcastle University; PhD and short postdoc in Mette Mogensen’s lab at UEA, Norwich, studying microtubule +TIPs in epithelial differentiation and cancer

Research area: Examining how actin polymerisation is responsive to phosphoinositides and membrane curvature

Thomas Blake

Position: Wellcome Trust Research Associate, joined the lab in January 2021
Previous positions: BA Natural Sciences and MSci Biochemistry, University of Cambridge; MRes and PhD Imperial College, London, and short postdoc in Jake Baum’s lab studying myosin motors in malaria parasites

Research area: Superresolution and rapid timelapse microscopy in studying filopodial initiation and extension

Mary-Pia Jeyarajasingham

Position: AstraZeneca PhD Student, joined the lab in October 2022
Previous positions: MSci in Biomedical Sciences at St Georges, University of London

Research area: Using phage display antibody technology to find new filopodial proteins

Pankti Vaishnav

Position: Wellcome Trust Research Assistant/PhD student, joined the lab in July 2020
Previous positions: BSc in Biochemistry, University of Birmingham and MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Imperial College, London

Research area: Molecular mechanisms of SNX9-mediated actin polymerisation

Alex Sutherland

Position: MPhil student, joined the lab in October 2022
Previous positions: BSc in Bioscience, University of Durham

Research area: PI3K signalling to actin in breast cancer