Helen Ray-Jones


I use population genetics approaches to understand the logic of enhancer-promoter interactions.

Monica Della Rosa

PhD student

Monica is investigating the logic of gene regulation by enhancer elements in human pluripotent cells.

Pavel Artemov

PhD student

Pavel is studying gene regulatory network rewiring in cancer.

Jess James

Masters student

Jess is working with Pavel on gene regulatory networks underlying cancer drug resistance.

Nicole Wong

Masters student

Nicole is investigating gene regulatory networks underlying stimulus response of innate immune cells.

Mikhail Spivakov

Group Leader

I am interested in the logic and robustness of gene regulation. I am also interested in keeping the group happy and motivated.

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Group Alumni

Valeriya Malysheva


    Valeiyra used a combination of wet-lab and computational approaches to study promoter-enhancer interactions and stimulus response in innate immune cells. She moved on to start her own lab at VIB Institute of Molecular Neurology, Antwerp.

    Namrata Gogineni

    MSc student

      Namrata was working with Pavel on computational methods to predict the effect of enhancers on gene expression. She moved on to continue her Masters course.

      Joseph Ellaway

      MSc student

        Joseph worked with Pavel on the computational methods to predict the effect of enhancers on gene expression (a project later picked up by Namrata). He moved on to continue his Masters course.

        Vanessa Tan

        BSc student

        Vanessa worked with Helen on the chromatin properties of genetic variants and is now back home in Singapore to continue her education.

        Michiel Thiecke

        PhD student

          Michiel worked on the effects of cohesin and CTCF on promoter-enhancer interactions. He has moved on to a Senior Computational Biologist position at Enhanc3D Genomics Ltd.

          Lina Dobnikar

          PhD student

            Lina led single-cell genomics analysis of vascular lineage plasticity. She has moved on to a Staff Bioinformatician position at CeMM, Vienna.

            Emma Yang

            MSc student

              Emma did her Masters project in our group, looking at the molecular underpinnings of immune traits, including COVID susceptibility. She moved on to start her PhD studies in Edinburgh after a gap year.

              Anna Litovskikh

              BSc student

                Anna did her summer internship and 3rd year project with us, working with Helen to study the chromatin properties of genetic variants.

                Carmen Petitjean

                BSc student

                  Carmen did her 3rd year project with us, working with Valeriya on the enhancer-promoter interaction detection.

                  Mirko Celii

                  Visting postdoc

                    Mirko was visiting from Valerio Orlando’s lab to study the nuclear dynamics of muscle cell differentiation.

                    Will Orchard

                    Visting student

                      Will worked on the chicdiff pipeline before going back to continue his studies at Cambridge University.

                      Jo Mitchelmore

                      PhD student

                        Jo worked on the transcriptional effects of variation in transcription factor binding. She has moved on to a Data Scientist position at Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research in Basel.

                        Jonathan Cairns

                        Postdoc (jointly with Peter Fraser group at Nuclear Dynamics ISP)

                          Jonathan worked on the Chicago pipeline. He moved to become a Senior Research Statistician at AstraZeneca.

                          Hashem Koohy

                          Postdoc (jointly with Nuclear Dynamics ISP)

                            Hashem worked on the cis-regulatory features of V(D)J recombination. He moved to start his own group at Oxford University’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine.

                            Paula Freire Pritchett


                              Paula worked on the Chicago pipeline and the rewiring of enhancer-promoter interactions upon human ES cell differentiation. She moved to MRC LMB as a founding member of the core bioinformatics facility.

                              Pawel Bednarz

                              Visiting student

                                Pawel moved back to Poland to finish his PhD at Warsaw University.

                                Phoebe Oldach

                                MPhil student

                                  Phoebe moved back to the US, and then again on the island to do a PhD at Oxford.

                                  Sunghee Park

                                  Visiting professor

                                    Sunghee is now back at Soongsil University in Seoul.

                                    Qian Gao

                                    Postdoc (jointly with Jon Houseley group at Epigenetics ISP)

                                      Qian joined Adaptimmune as a bioinformatics scientist.

                                      Erin Oerton

                                      Rotation PhD student

                                        Erin moved on to do a PhD in Andreas Bender’s group at Cambridge University’s Department of Chemistry

                                        Manuela Zanda

                                        Visiting postdoc

                                          Manuela was staying with us in 2013 as part of our collaboration with her main lab at UCL led by Vincent Plagnol. Manuela has moved on to become a data scientist at ARM.