Current Research Fellows

Current Research Fellows

Dani Machlis

We are committed to working together with leading UK universities to identify the next generation of scientific leaders. We fund a number of junior research fellowships across a wide spectrum of translational research fellowships with our partners the Stoneygate Trust across a wide spectrum of translational research projects. Please note that all applications must be made to the host university and not to the Rosetrees Trust.

Dr. Chris Abbosh – UCL

Chris is a Clinical Fellow under the supervision of Professor Charles Swanton at University College London. He works with patients enrolled in the lung TRACERx (TRAcking lung Cancer Evolution through treatment Rx) study. TRACERx is a multi-centre study tasked with determining the impact of intratumor heterogeneity on clinical outcomes in lung cancer. Chris is focusing on cell free DNA analyses arising from this study and is particularly interested in application of this technology to stratify risk in adjuvant clinical trials.

Dr Elita Jauneikaite – Imperial College

Elita is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Imperial College Research Fellow in bacterial genomic epidemiology and evolution of human pathogens. She is investigating the transmission, evolution and antimicrobial resistance patterns in disease-causing bacteria. Prior to her fellowship, Elita was a postdoctoral research associate at NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) at Imperial College London, leading analysis of whole genome sequences of methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, C. difficile, Streptococcus and other bacterial isolates collected from specified populations.

Dr. Kerri Kinghorn – UCL

Kerri returned to UCL in 2017 as a Rosetrees UCL Excellence Fellow and an honorary consultant neurologist. Kerri’s research group seeks to understand the underlying pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, as well as neuronal models of disease. In particular, her research is focused on unravelling the intracellular trafficking defects in endosomal-lysosomal pathways in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. James Myers – Imperial College

James is currently a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Imperial College Research Fellow based in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London. His research involves bringing the molecular value of PET to the structural and functional fields of brain networks and connectomics. His background is in biology and molecular neuroscience, gaining a PhD in neuroimaging of the GABA system, and his work in neuroimaging is greatly influenced by identifying physiological relevance.

Dr. Barney Bryson – UCL

Barney is an NIHR BRC UCL Excellence Fellow, supported by Rosetrees and Stoneygate Trust funding. In addition, he is also a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association Lady Edith Wolfson Senior Non-Clinical Fellow. His research focuses on the development of novel therapeutic strategies to overcome the effects of paralysing conditions, such as MND and neurological injury. Barney employs a combination of cutting-edge techniques, including stem cell based modelling of neuromuscular disease, in vivo neural replacement and “optogenetics” in rodent models of paralysis to artificially restore lost muscle function in response to pulses of light.

Dr. Nicola Whiffin- Imperial

Nicola is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Imperial College Research Fellow based in the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on bioinformatic analysis of large-scale sequencing data sets to investigate the contribution of rare non-coding variants to (cardiovascular) disease. Prior to her fellowship, Nicola was a post-doctoral researcher at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences where she developed methods and tools to improve clinical variant interpretation.

Dr. Clare Llewellyn-UCL

Clare is the MQ/Rosetrees fellow and a lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL. Clare’s research interest is to understand how genes and the environment impact eating habits.

Dr. Tom Nicholls-Newcastle

Tom is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Research Fellow based at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University. Tom’s work uses molecular and biochemical techniques to study how the mitochondrial genome is maintained and propagated within human cells, and how the failure of these processes underlies human mitochondrial diseases. Prior to this Fellowship, he worked at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge and then at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, also studying the genetics of mitochondria and its links to human disease.

Dr. Agostino Stilli – UCL

Agostino is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Enterprise Fellow, in the Surgical Robot Vision Group led by Prof. Danail Stoyanov within the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, investigating novel soft robotic technologies to enhance robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery and medical imaging. Agostino received his PhD in Robotics from King’s College London. In this Fellowship, Agostino will develop the SoftSCREEN System – a Soft Shape-shifting Capsule Robot for Endoscopy based on Eversion Navigation. The SoftSCREEN project proposes an untethered, track-propelled endoscopic capsule that can change its shape using inflatable elastic body elements and ensure constant contact with the contours of the tissue. The proposed design allows robust motion control of the capsule, resulting in a stable, accurate and finely controllable image output.

Dr. Richard Wang – Imperial College London

Richard is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Enterprise Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. His research involves using novel polymers for cardiac regeneration with a focus on clinical translation through collaborations with the National Heart and Lung Institute. Richard has a background in mechanical engineering with industry experience, having previously worked as a Validation Engineer and co-founded a commercialised tech startup. Prior to his Fellowship, Richard completed his PhD in vascular engineering at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Weiguang Wang – The University of Manchester

Weiguang is a Rosetrees/Stoneygate Enterprise Fellow based at Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, the University of Manchester. His research focus is on engineering the next generation of biocompatible, biodegradable bone tissue engineering scaffolds, harbouring growth factors and antibiotics, mimicking the natural bone tissue regeneration process, and speed up the healing of large scale bone defect. Prior to this Fellowship, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the same department investigating hybrid 3D printing technologies for tissue engineering applications.