Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Victor Martinez
Postdoctoral Fellow
 v.martinez@ucl.ac.uk

This project examines how extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling is modified by interaction between fibroblasts and myeloid cells. Modification of ECM organization in tumours affects tumour progression via both immune infiltration and tumour metastasis.

Dr Lotte (CM) de Winde
Postdoctoral Fellow NWO Rubicon fellow
 l.winde@ucl.ac.uk

Lotte works on the function of Podoplanin on a molecular level using super resolution microscopy.

Dr Spiros Makris
Postdoctoral Fellow

Spiros will be working to understand macrophage populations within lymph nodes focusing on the resolution of inflammation.

Research Assistants

Christa Benjamin
Research Assistant
 a.benjamin@ucl.ac.uk

Christa supports all of the lab projects and is currently investigating cytoskeletal dynamics in FRCs and making new cell lines for the lab.

PhD Students

Valerio Imperatore    

PhD Student (2017)

Examining the role of neuronal innervation in tumour development

CRUK funded –  Joint project with Lloyd Lab (LMCB)

Harry Horsnell        

PhD Student (2018)

Measuring tension and mechanical forces during lymph node expansion

MRC funded

Lindsey Millward     

PhD Student (2018)

Understanding the molecular signalling downstream of podoplanin

MRC funded

Master’s and Undergraduate Students

Alex Carver     

Master’s Student, UCL – Understanding the role of PDPN in melanoma

Caitlin Fitzgerald 

Undergraduate Project Student, UCL Biosciences – Validation and exploration of FRC RNAseq dataset

Rachel Finlay 

Undergraduate Project Student, UCL Biomedical sciences – Validation and exploration of FRC RNAseq dataset

Past Lab Members

Samantha George

Valeriya Pankova

Abbey Arp

Pinar Gumus

Master’s student UCL Cell Biology. Podoplanin function in melanoma

Undergraduate project student, UCL Cell biology. Working on the function of LL5beta in FRCs

Master’s student visiting from University of Amsterdam. Examining myeloid infiltrations of tumours.

Master’s student visiting from Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Examining myeloid infiltrations of tumours.