Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

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Affiliated Scientists

Scientific research is a global undertaking and moving around allows scientists to build new collaborations, explore new research directions and to develop expertise in new techniques and technologies.

Over the years, many research groups have come and gone from the Institute. Despite not being here all the time, some retain active links with the Institute, including holding grants here, accessing shared facilities and collaborating with other scientists here. The leaders of these groups are our Affiliated Scientists, they have expertise in a range of areas and our work with them is helping the Institute to build new connections with other organisations.

Several of our Affiliated Scientists were previously part of our Nuclear Dynamics Programme, which closed in early 2018. The Programme explored how the physical arrangement of DNA inside cells influences gene activity. Members of these groups continue to work at the Institute and make valuable contributions to our research.

Michael Coleman

Coleman nerve image

The cellular mechanisms of neuron survival and neurodegeneration. Based at the University of Cambridge.

Sarah Elderkin

Elderkin research compilation

How epigenetics and genome architecture affect stem cell renewal and differentiation.

Peter Fraser

Fraser 3D chromosome

How changes to chromosome arrangement affect different cell types and environmental responses. Based at Florida State University

Myriam Hemberger


Establishing new cellular models that can better model the earliest stages of pregnancy. Based at the University of Calgary

Karen Lipkow

Lipkow research diagram

Identifying common rules for changing genome organisation by using computational models and experimental approaches.

Klaus Okkenhaug

Okkenhaug signalling pathway

How PI3K proteins are used to instruct and coordinate the immune system. Based at the University of Cambridge.

Mikhail Spivakov

Spivakov research image

Decoding the complexity of gene regulation in the genome. The logic of genome control. Based at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences.

Patrick Varga-Weisz

Varga Weisz imaging

Remodelling the genome. The role of remodelling factors in organising and controlling the genome. Based at the University of Essex.