Group Members

Peter Rugg-Gunn

Group Leader and Head of Public Engagement

Christine Hall

Research Assistant

Matteo Mole

Postdoc Research Scientist

Maria Rostovskaya

Senior Research Scientist

Irene Zorzan

Postdoc Research Scientist

Adam Bendall

PhD Student

Kate Maskalenka

PhD Student

Andrea Palomar

Visiting Scientist

Yang Wang

Postdoc Research Scientist

Peter Rugg-Gunn

Our group is housed within a large open plan lab that is shared with all members of the Epigenetics Programme. The open setting establishes an exciting dynamic between research groups, often leading to collaborations, training in new methods and interesting discussions. Weekly departmental meetings and seminars reinforce these close interactions.

Outside of Epigenetics, we collaborate closely with several groups within the Lymphocyte and Signalling Programmes, with a particular focus on potential interactions between signalling pathways and epigenetic processes. Our research also benefits greatly from the excellent facilities at the Babraham Institute, with state-of-the-art genomics, flow cytometry, imaging, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics.

​We maintain close links with the University of Cambridge, with affiliations at the WT-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( and the Centre for Trophoblast Research (

Peter's Career

Peter joined the Babraham Institute in 2011 as a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow. Peter trained in the laboratories of Roger Pedersen (University of Cambridge) and Janet Rossant (The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) where he developed his interest in understanding the epigenetic regulation of stem cells and lineage specification. Peter's research is currently focused on understanding the epigenetic mechanisms that control developmental and stem cell regulation. 

Peter is also involved in the societal impact of stem cell research – working with artists, legal scholars and policy makers to examine the complex ethical and social issues surrounding new biotechnologies such as gene editing in stem cells.