Alex de Mendoza

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Lab head

I did my PhD at the University of Barcelona (Spain) working on comparative genomics of unicellular relatives of animals with Prof. Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo. Then I trained as a postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. Ryan Lister at The University of Western Australia, working on comparative epigenomics of various organisms, from dinoflagellates to humans. From January 2020 I became a Lecturer and I run my own group at Queen Mary University of London, focusing on the evolution of epigenomes, transposable elements and everything in between.


Luke Sarre

PhD student

I graduated with a Masters from the University of Sheffield in 2017, before moving to California to continue my studies with Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where I studied macromolecule synthesis and regulation in plants. My interest in evolution then took me to Columbia University to work with Professor Peter Andolfatto and Professor Molly Przeworski before beginning my PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Here I am studying the evolution of DNA methylation in unicellular eukaryotes.

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Vladimir Ovchinnikov


During my PhD at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS (Russian Federation), I studied microRNAs of parasitic flatworms using molecular and bioinformatics techniques under Dr Viatcheslav Mordvinov supervision. During my postdoc in the lab of Mary O’Connell at the University of Nottingham, I had a project on large-scale detection of selective pressure variation and gene birth and death analyses in a wide variety of vertebrates. My research interests are microRNAs, epigenetics, parasitology and evolution.

Yasemin Bridges


I studied the Biochemistry BSc at QMUL, and then enrolled in the Bioinformatics MSc also at QMUL. I am doing a project trying to understand brain cell type evolution in vertebrate brains. 


Parnia Babaei - BSc in Medical Genetics last year project 2021-2022.


Many of our projects are done in close collaboration with other laboratories, both at QMUL and elsewhere. Here we list some of the ongoing collaborators: 

  • Omaya Dudin Lab, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.