LIDo Network




From its outset The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium has aimed to promote:

  • interdisciplinary approaches to difficult bioscience research problems
  • expansion of meaningful cross-institutional collaboration


The LIDo Network allows aspects of the DTPs activity to be presented as a catalyst for London-wide interdisciplinary bioscience research, providing new or established research collaborations with fully funded studentships to help get exciting work started or support continuation.









  • Pedro Bento Carvalho Almada Developing highly multiplexed technology for high-throughput super-resolution fluorescence microscopy Primary Supervisor: Ricardo Henriques (UCL)
  • Max Blanshard Synthesis of recombinant antibacterial proteins in the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast Primary Supervisor: Saul Purton (UCL)
  • Claire Bromley Investigating biomechanical forces in zebrafish brain morphogenesis Primary Supervisor: Jon Clarke (KCL)
  • Josh Bullock The Architecture of Macromolecular Complexes - Solving A Jigsaw Puzzle Primary Supervisor: Maya Topf (Birkbeck)
  • Marcus Dawson Mechanotransduction as a regulator of the Fat-Hippo pathway in mesenchymal stem cell differentiation Primary Supervisor: Philippa Francis-West (KCL)
  • Michele Frison Role of the 18 kDa Translocator Protein in the mitochondrial response to Parkinsonian neurotoxicity Primary Supervisor: Michelangelo Campanella (RVC)
  • Jose Guerra Gene-synthesis applied to Synthetic Biology of Engineered T-cells Primary Supervisor: Martin Pule (UCL)
  • Athanasios Ignatiou Capsid Maturation of the Bacteriophage SPP1 Revealed by Cryo-Electron Microscopy Primary Supervisor: Elena Orlova (Birkbeck)
  • Sarah Macdonald Impact of Eimeria infection on Campylobacter colonisation and enteric microbiome analysis Primary Supervisor: Damer Blake (RVC)
  • Alec O'Keeffe Development of novel predictive 2D and 3D in vitro models for anti-leishmanial drug testing Primary Supervisor: Simon Croft (LSHTM)
  • Tanel Ozdemir Design and construction of therapeutic bacterial sensors in Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 Primary Supervisor: Chris Barnes (UCL)
  • Diliana Pecheva In vivo assessment of the developing brain using diffusion magnetic resonance imaging Primary Supervisor: Serena Counsell (KCL)
  • Jody Phelan A bioinformatic analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and host genomic data Primary Supervisor: Taane Clark (LSHTM)
  • Rosie Rawlinson Glutathione and the Cytosolic Heme Pool Primary Supervisor: Yemisi Latunde Dadan(KCL)
  • Heather Steele Human iPS cell-based platforms for disease modelling and therapy screening for laminopathies Primary Supervisor: Francesco Saverio Tedesco (UCL)
  • Arjun Thapaliya Biophysical studies of SGTA, a protein involved in quality control Primary Supervisor: Rivka Isaacson (KCL)
  • Edward Tunnacliffe Gene expression dynamics underlying diversification and expansion of an actin gene family Primary Supervisor: Jonathan Chubb (UCL)
  • Guang Yang The roles of lipids in interecellular adhesion and cell movement Primary Supervisor: Guillaume Charras (UCL)
  • Ekaterina Yonova The genetic epidemiology and omics of age-related cataract Primary Supervisor: Chris Hammond (KCL)



Working titles only...

  • Kavin Abelak The Molecular Determinants For Fatty Acid Metabolism By Eicosanoid Metabolising Cyp450 Enzymes Primary Supervisor: David Bishop-Bailey (RVC)
  • Andrew Bard Mapping the Functional Topography of Vision in the Zebrafish Primary Supervisor: Matt Grubb (KCL)
  • William Barrell Functional analysis of ciliopathy mutations in human and mouse Primary Supervisor: Karen Liu (KCL)
  • Jennifer Booker Structure and Function of the Human Nav1.7 Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel and Rational Drug Design of Pharmaceuticals for Treatment of Pain Primary Supervisor: Bonnie Wallace (Birkbeck)
  • Lea Brochard Novel effectors of metabolic stress signalling in adipocytes Primary Supervisor: Lazaros Foukas (UCL)
  • Alexandru Chivu Cell and tissue targeting of siRNA using non-viral, biodegradable nanoparticles Primary Supervisor: Wenhui Song (UCL)
  • Julia Deathridge Investigating the dynamics of kinase activity and transcription in stem cells using live cell imaging Primary Supervisor: Maddy Parsons (KCL)
  • Maheen Siddiqui The role of cytochrome in altered neural responses in infants at risk of autism Primary Supervisor: Mark Johnson (Birkbeck)
  • Jade Hall Dynamic quantitative analysis of posture and movement as a indicators of bird personality and affective state in individual and group settings Primary Supervisor: Monica Daley (RVC)
  • Yan-Kay Ho Rewriting the genetic code through aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase engineering Primary Supervisor: Vitor Pinheiro (UCL/Birkbeck)
  • Athene Knufer Neuronal assemblies and circuit formation: watching development in action Primary Supervisor: Jon Clarke (KCL)
  • Anna Lopez-Munoz GSK3 and Beta-catenin requirements during neural crest cell migration and differentiation Primary Supervisor: Karen Liu (KCL)
  • Edvinas Pakanavicius Gene regulation in the development of the vertebrate nervous system Primary Supervisor: James Briscoe (UCL)
  • Ankur Perry Influence of retinal cell density on structural and functional properties of the visual topographic map in mammals Primary Supervisor: Robert Hindges (KCL)
  • Jennifer Pritchard Structural, functional and genetic studies of the proteins of the BkaR regulon of M. tuberculosis, probably involved in Leucine degradation Primary Supervisor: Nicholas Keep (Birkbeck)
  • Izajur Rahman Investigating signal networks between cell adhesion molecules in monocytes and their contribution to the inflammatory response Primary Supervisor: Aleksandar Ivetic (KCL)
  • Matt Ravenhall A bioinformatic analysis of malaria host and pathogen genomics Primary Supervisor: Taane Clarke (LSHTM)
  • John Russell Regulation of the pituitary stem cell compartment in mammals Primary Supervisor: Cynthia Andoniadou (KCL)
  • Hannah Safi Blood flow and the development of aneurysms: novel investigative methods Primary Supervisor: Richard Bomphrey (RVC)
  • Jerzy Samolej How to build a virus: Superresolution imaging of virus architecture Primary Supervisor: Jason Mercer (UCL)
  • Samuel Sherratt Natural Killer cells as effectors of vaccine-induced immunity Primary Supervisor: Martin Goodier (LSHTM)
  • George Stanley Biophysical mechanisms of viral transport into the cell nucleus Primary Supervisor: Bart Hoogenboom (UCL)
  • Susana Teixeira E Rodrigues Ramos A comprehensive single cell transcriptional profiling of multipotent and restricted cortical progenitors Primary Supervisor: Setsuko Sahara (KCL)
  • Tim Walker Investigating the biology of bacteria capable of inhibiting other microorganism Primary Supervisor: Simon Gibbons (UCL)
  • Catryn Williams The Evolution of Primate Gut Microbiota: implications for human and non-human primate health and disease Primary Supervisor: David Spratt (UCL)
  • Lawrence Yolland The biophysics of cell motility in vivo Primary Supervisor: Mark Miodownik (UCL)



Working titles only...

  • Mariann Angola Rojas Design and construction of novel muscle stimulation technology that combines electrode array with engineered nerve tissue. Primary Supervisor: James Phillips (UCL)
  • Kalliopi Arkoudi A Multiphoton microscopy approach for live-cell imaging of NF-kB signalling in macrophages using FLIM/FRET Primary Supervisor: Robert Knight (KCL)
  • Marie-Christine Bartens Innate Resistance Dichotomy Primary Supervisor: Dirk Werling (RVC)
  • Anna Borlase Transmission Dynamics of Novel Zoonotic Hybrid Schistosomes in Africa Primary Supervisor: Joanne Webster (RVC)
  • Alessandra Casamento Targeting endocytic recycling to prevent neurodegeneration Primary Supervisor: Emmanuel Boucrot (UCL)
  • Matthew Chin Control of Cell Behaviour Using Hierarchically Structured Functional Materials Primary Supervisor: Richard Day )UCL)
  • Michael Coghlan The Functional Analysis of Proteins in the Lysosomal Pathway Primary Supervisor: Johannes Dessens (LSHTM)
  • Iulia Darolti Evolutionary history of recombination on newly evolved sex chromosomes Primary Supervisor: Judith Mank (UCL)
  • Andrea Elser Coupling between alternative promoters and alternative splicing in different types of neurons Primary Supervisor: Jernej Ule (UCL)
  • Elizabeth Evans Can The Skin Make You Fat?: Investigating the role of the skin in the regulation glucose and lipid homeostasis Primary Supervisor: Paul Caton (KCL)
  • Heather Fitzke Studies of interaction between psychological state and food intake on gastrointestinal motility, splanchnic perfusion and autonomic nervous system in healthy subjects. Primary Supervisor: Qasim Aziz (QMUL)
  • Tom Francis The ageing and senescense of muscle stem cells Primary Supervisor: Steve Harridge (KCL)
  • Xiao Xiao Han Utilizing advanced biomedical imaging to determine the role of cardiac stem cells in physiological remodeling of the heart Primary Supervisor: Daniel Stuckey (UCL)
  • Suvi Harmala Integrating Electronic Health Records and Molecular Techniques to Define Healthy Ageing Primary Supervisor: Alastair O’Brien (UCL)
  • William Hawkes Mechanical interaction of cardiomyocytes with their microenvironment Primary Supervisor: Thomas Iskratsch (KCL)
  • Suzanne Hocking Single-cell functional and population genomic analysis of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria parasites Primary Supervisor: David Conway (LSHTM)
  • Brynna Hoggard Quantification and modeling of c-Met endosomal signalling Primary Supervisor: Stephanie Kermorgant (QMUL)
  • Assel Kashkenbayeva Investigating mechanotransduction in the mouse cochlea Primary Supervisor: Joerg Albert (UCL)
  • Antreas Katsiamides Brain regeneration, an earthworm phenomenon: from molecular characterization to bioengineering a functional “brain in a dish” Primary Supervisor: Stephen Sturzenbaum (KCL)
  • Katarzyna Kozdon Development of a biomimetic spiking neural network for modelling plasticity in the adult nervous system. Primary Supervisor: Peter Bentley (UCL)
  • Andy Lau An integrative approach for modelling large protein complexes using mass spectrometry-based strategies and computational analyses. Primary Supervisor: Argyris Politis (KCL)
  • Shomon Miah Structure and function of a highly conserved complex that is essential for synthesis and function of ribosomes Primary Supervisor: Cara Vaughan (Birkbeck)
  • Chris Minnis A genomic and chemogenomic approach to the protein quality control problem Primary Supervisor: Sara Mole (UCL)
  • Stephanie Nofal Cyclic nucleotide signalling in malaria parasite differentiation Primary Supervisor: David Baker (LSHTM)
  • Yaa Oppong Investigating host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis using genomic data Primary Supervisor: Martin Hibberd (LSHTM)
  • David Osuna De La Pena Development of a biomimetic and tuneable three-dimensional platform to propagate rare pancreatic cancer cells Primary Supervisor: Christopher Heeschen (QMUL)
  • Despoina Paschou 3D Nanodiamond structures as a platform for the spontaneous differentiation of neural and adipose stem cells Primary Supervisor: Ricahrd Jackman (UCL)
  • Marios Poullas Investigation of climate variability as a factor in worldwide diabetes susceptibility Primary Supervisor: Jonathan Wells (UCL)
  • Luba Prout Building synthetic enzyme fusions for chiral molecule production Primary Supervisor: John Ward (UCL)
  • Catalina-Andreea Romila Roles of non-coding RNAs for cellular lifespan in fission yeast Primary Supervisor: Jurg Bahler (UCL)
  • Fiona Shilliday Structure-function relationships of kinesin molecular motors in Plasmodium parasites Primary Supervisor: Carolyn Moores (Birkbeck)
  • Laura Stennett Novel therapeutic approaches to target cancer spread in the brain Primary Supervisor: Gilbert Fruhwirth (KCL)
  • Caroline Stoten Understanding the inheritance of the Endoplasmic Reticulum during cell division Primary Supervisor: Jeremy Carlton (KCL)
  • Hugo Villanueva Refactoring bacteriophage as repurposed nanomachines Primary Supervisor: Renos Savva (Birkbeck)
  • Natalie Wood Neuropeptide function during embryonic development in sea urchins S. purpuratus Primary Supervisor: Paola Oliveri (UCL)
  • Havva Yalinca Towards a molecular understanding of phosphomimetic substitutions. Primary Supervisor: Francesco Luigi Gervasio (UCL)
  • Henna Zahid Structure-function studies of a lipid-binding class I MHC-like protein may lead to a possible treatment for type 2 diabetes Primary Supervisor: Steve Perkins (UCL)
  • Karina Zile Understanding the emergence of new genes and their phenotypic consequences Primary Supervisor: Christophe Dessimoz (UCL)



Working titles only...

  • Mohamed Ali Al-Badri Renormalization of hemocyanin-ligand binding energetics by quantum many-body effects Primary Supervisor: Cedric Weber (KCL)
  • Sam Blakeman “Are you looking at me?”: Behavioural and electrophysiological measures of gaze-following across childhood. Primary Supervisor: Denis Mareschal (Birkbeck)
  • Jonathan Brenton Novel brain networks influenced by ageing; effects on gene expression and synapses of enhancing healthy ageing by dietary restriction Primary Supervisor: Frances Edwards (UCL)
  • Victoria Butt Fungi and their role in the oral micro biome Primary Supervisor: David Moyes (KCL)
  • Maryam Clark Cell Shape and the Formation of Macro Cellular Assemblies During Embryo Development Primary Supervisor: Stephen Price (UCL)
  • David Dang Using principles from social media to explore cytoskeletal regulatory networks in dividing human cells Primary Supervisor: Viji Draviam (QMUL)
  • Ben Dorgan Cellular and structural studies of type IX dependent secretion in porphyromonas gingivitis Primary Supervisor: James Garnett (QMUL)
  • Ugochim Stefany Eduputa Uncovering the mechanism of senescence activation in cancer cells Primary Supervisor: Cleo Bishop (QMUL)
  • Scott Gardner Mechanisms of chaperone-assisted protein folding and unfolding studied by electron cryo-microscopy (cryoEM) and native ion mobility mass-spectrometry (IM-MS) Primary Supervisor: Helen Saibil (Birkbeck)
  • Karola Gerecht Chemical Biology of Protein Ageing Primary Supervisor: Manuel Mueller (KCL)
  • Simon Guillaume Tuning and Targeting Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles To Enhance In Vivo Photoacoustic Imaging Primary Supervisor: Alethea Tabor (UCL)
  • Rebecca Jones Connecting Ca2+ and cell migration to development and cancer Primary Supervisor: Sandip Patel (UCL)
  • Behzad Karkaria Integrating context into the synthetic biology design-build-test cycle Primary Supervisor: Chris Barnes (UCL)
  • Alexandra King Routes to 2-aminooxazolines using single and multistep enzymatic transformations Primary Supervisor: Helen Hailes (UCL)
  • Lena Kirschneck Biophysical modelling of collagen architecture in the extracellular matrix, in normal and diseased states Primary Supervisor: Andela Saric (UCL)
  • Nils Korte Cerebrovascular Immune Cell Interactions in Health and Disease Primary Supervisor: David Atwell (UCL)
  • Ilya Levantis The determinants of viral success in mammals: a phylogenomic study of endogenous retroviruses Primary Supervisor: Stephen Rossiter (QMUL)
  • Anna Mallach Microglial exosome secretion coupled to TREM2: implications for development of human iPSC-derived neurons Primary Supervisor: Jennifer Pocock (UCL)
  • Ismail Moghul Development of computational tools for the analysis of epigenetic heterogeneity, clonal evolution and monitoring of cancer progression Primary Supervisor: Stephan Beck (UCL)
  • Michael Norman Well-defined, modifiable hydrogel networks to unravel key parameters that control stem cell fate in 3D Primary Supervisor: Eileen Gentleman (KCL)
  • Alice O'Leary The role of grid cell replay in navigation and memory consolidation Primary Supervisor: Caswell Barry (UCL)
  • Salvatore Federico Pedicona Dissecting non-canonical circuitry in the PI3K/AKT/mTORC1 signalling pathway Primary Supervisor: Pedro Cutillas (QMUL)
  • Jonna Petzold Mechano-regulation of cell fate Primary Supervisor: Philippa Francis-West (KCL)
  • Demi Pink Multi&scale approach to designing novel colloidal drug delivery vehicles Primary Supervisor: Chris Lorenz (KCL)
  • Luca Pinton Editing the Nuclear Envelope: Using Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and CRISPR-Cas Technology to Develop Novel Therapies for Laminopathies Primary Supervisor: Pete Zammit (KCL)
  • Margarita Pitsiani Integration of sensory information in layer 2/3 of barrel cortex Primary Supervisor: Michael Hausser (UCL)
  • Rebecca Roddan The rational engineering of (S)-norcoclaurine synthase Primary Supervisor: Nick Keep (Birkbeck)
  • Martin Rosellen Using advanced computational methods and NMR to model the binding of flexible proteins: a case study from the coagulation cascade Primary Supervisor: Flemming Hansen (UCL)
  • Jack Rutter Taking control of synthetic biology – optimizing the design and construction of robust regulatory circuits Primary Supervisor: Geraint Thomas (UCL)
  • Claudia Sisa A new approach to treating infection-sensitized hypoxic-ischaemic brain damage and retinopathy Primary Supervisor: Mariya Hristova (UCL)
  • Adam Suhaj Membrane biophysical properties and environmentally-sensitive probes Primary Supervisor: Dylan Owen (KCL)
  • Margot Tirole Cortico-hippocampal interactions underlying memory consolidation Primary Supervisor: Daniel Bendor (UCL
  • Kristin Vassileva Ca2+ and Viruses: Probing Novel Ca2+ Channels in Viral Entry. Primary Supervisor: Mark Marsh (UCL)
  • Moritz Wagner Changes to pathogen fitness as a result of population growth, ageing and migration Primary Supervisor: Mark Jit (LSHTM)
  • Anna Worsley Antibacterial Nanofibres for Wound Care Primary Supervisor: Liam Good (RVC)


  • Precious Akhuemokhan Mechanisms of sugar alcohol effects on respiratory membrane biophysics Primary Supervisor: Ben Forbes (KCL) Industry Partner: Chiesi
  • Azhaar Ashraf Non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging-based methods for determining brain iron content and health status Primary Supervisor: Po Wah So (KCL) Industry Partner: Perspectum Diagnostics
  • Jack Bradley-Clarke Precision engineering of enzyme organisation Primary Supervisor: Richard Rickersgill (QMUL) Industry Partner: Prozomix Limited
  • Gil Ferreira Hoben Analysis and prediction of antibody stability Primary Supervisor: Andrew Martin (UCL) Industry Partner: UCB Celltech
  • Kjetil Hansen Probing the conformational dynamics of Human immunoglobulin E using a mass spectrometry-based hybrid approach Primary Supervisor: Argyris Politis (KCL) Industry Partner: Waters Corporation
  • Jana Javorovic Calcium phosphate nanoparticles in detect and treat dental caries Primary Supervisor: Maya Thanou (KCL) Industry Partner: Reminova
  • Conor Lanphere Antibacterial nanopores composed of DNA Primary Supervisor: Stefan Howorka (UCL) Industry Partner: National Physical Laboratory
  • Jordan Lee Generation hair follicle cell lines and 3D histiotypic models of the human hair follicle using human induced pluripotent stem cells Primary Supervisor: Mike Philpott (QMUL) Industry Partner: Unilever Research
  • Andrew Potterton Development of a binding affinity calculator for G protein-coupled receptor drug discovery programmes Primary Supervisor: Andrea Townsend Nicholson (UCL) Industry Partner: Evotec
  • Douglas Rees Probiotic modulation of the microbiome in pregnancy and epigenetic effects on the offspring Primary Supervisor: Paul Taylor (KCL) Industry Partner: Danone Nutrition
  • Luca Rosa Constructing robust synthetic feedback systems using a combined experimental and Bayesian approach Primary Supervisor: Chris Barnes (UCL) Industry Partner: Microsoft
  • Nurjahan Saleque Mechanisms of sensory dysfunction in diabetic neuropathy Primary Supervisor: David Andersson (KCL) Industry Partner: Pfizer
  • Emilie Steinmark Development of a wide-field TCSPCdetector for FLIM TIRF microscopy of cell membrane receptors Primary Supervisor: Klaus Suhling (KCL) Industry Partner: Photek Limited
  • Ben Wall Investigation cost effective management strategies for neonatal mortality in broiler breeding stock Primary Supervisor: Dirk Pfeiffer (RVC) Industry Partner: Cobb Europe Limited



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