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STEPHEN ROYLE
I'm interested in things that cells do: how they move proteins around, how they divide and how they move. I did my undergrad at University of Sheffield and my PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at University of Cambridge. Next I did a post-doc with Leon Lagnado at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and started my own group in 2006/7 at Liverpool, moving the lab to Warwick in 2013.
Besides being PI, my role in the lab is doing programming and data analysis in collaboration with everyone in the group.

ORCiD: <a href='http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8927-6967'>0000-0001-8927-6967</a>
GitHub: <a href='https://github.com/quantixed'>quantixed</a>
Twitter: <a href='https://twitter.com/clathrin'>@clathrin</a>
quantixed: <a href='https://quantixed.org/'>Link</a>
Steve Royle
Principal Investigator

NURIA FERRÁNDIZ
I am primarily a molecular and cellular biologist with a strong biochemistry and pharmacology background. Throughout my career I have expanded my knowledge in the area of genomic instability and chromosome biology in Mitosis and Meiosis field.
During my PhD in Professor Javier Leon Laboratory at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology (IBBTEC), I delivered a previously uncharacterised non-cell cycle role for a known tumour suppressor protein in mammalian cellular models. For my postdoctoral training in Dr Martinez-Perez laboratory at Imperial College, I have elucidated the mechanisms that promote correct chromosome segregation during oogenesis in multicellular organisms. Currently, I am working in Dr Steve Royle laboratory at Warwick University, in a project investigating how unaligned chromosomes in mitosis are ensheathed in membrane, phenomenon that potentially could change the way we think about mechanism underlying aneuploidy during tumour cell progression.

KEY WORDS: Mitosis, Meiosis, Chromosome segregation, Anueploidy, Spindle Assembly Checkpoint, Ensheathing chromosomes, Human Sterility and Tumour cells
ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7410-3470'>0000-0002-7410-3470</a>
ResearcherID: <a href='http://www.researcherid.com/rid/V-4071-2017'>V-4071-2017</a> Nuria Ferrándiz Díaz
Postdoc

ELLIS RYAN
I am a trained cell biologist interested in mitosis and genome instability. I completed my PhD at the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham where I characterised a protein previously unknown for its roles in the regulation of the cell cycle and genome instability.
I joined Steve’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2016. In my current role I am interested in characterising proteins that stabilise the mitotic spindle using a combination of CRISPR, light and electron microscopy.
I am also passionate about public engagement and like to involve myself in science communication whenever I can.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7426-2036'>0000-0001-7426-2036</a>
Twitter: <a href='https://twitter.com/ellislouiseryan'>@ellislouiseryan</a> Ellis Ryan
Postdoc

GABRIELLE LAROCQUE
My project is to characterise the role of one of the most abundant proteins in HeLa cells, Tumor protein D54 (TPD54). We think it is an effector for at least a quarter of the Rabome, and that it regulates the anterograde traffic and the recycling of internalised receptors. My main interest is therefore membrane trafficking, but cell migration as well.
I also love to draw schematics and cartoons because I really believe that an image is worth a thousand words, and that science-related art helps making a complicated subject a lot more accessible.
I did my PhD in Steve's lab, got a Master’s degree in experimental medicine from Université Laval and a Bachelor's degree in biology at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, in Canada.

ORCID: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8295-9378'>0000-0001-8295-9378</a>
LinkedIn: <a href='http://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielle-larocque-523466168'>link</a>

If you’re from the National Geographic or BBC Earth and you happen to be lost on this page, please have a look at <a href='https://www.instagram.com/larocque_gabrielle/'>my photography</a> Gabrielle Larocque
Postdoc

PENNY LA-BORDE
I am a postdoc in Steve’s lab working to elucidate the membrane trafficking roles of tumour protein D52-like proteins, which are overexpressed in cancer cells. I completed my PhD in Mark Wheatley’s lab at the University of Birmingham, gaining structural and mechanistic insights into the activation of the vasopressin and oxytocin receptor family. Before doing my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, studying the molecular functions of Parkin in cancer. I received my undergraduate Masters degree in biochemistry from the University of Bath, where I carried out my final year research project in protein crystallography in Ravi Acharya’s lab. During my degree I also undertook two research placements, the first in Miljan Simonovic’s lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the second with David James at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney.
I am also part of the community team behind preLights, the biology preprint highlights service hosted by The Company of Biologists (<a href='https://prelights.biologists.com/profiles/penelope-la-borde/'>my profile</a>).

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9499-0062'>0000-0002-9499-0062</a> Penny La-Borde
Postdoc

PPONAM SHAH
I am a PhD student on the ARAP programme at University of Warwick with a two-year attachment at the A-STAR research institute, Singapore, supervised by Steve Royle and co-supervised by Fred Bard. I work on membrane trafficking and my PhD project involves studying a novel endocytic pathway discovered by the Bard Lab, in which vesicles called Nuclear-Envelope Associated Endosomes (NAEs) translocate from the plasma membrane to the nuclear envelope. I will work on characterising these vesicles and the pathway they take to nucleus.
Prior to my PhD I studied the University of Essex for my Bachelor’s and at Imperial College London for my Master’s, working on the effects of Hepatitis C Virus infection and its effects on the cell cycle.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5679-9702'>0000-0001-5679-9702</a>
LinkedIn: <a href='http://www.linkedin.com/in/poonam-shah-024622127'>Link</a> Poonam Shah
PhD student

JAMES SHELFORD
I am currently studying for a PhD on the <a href='https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mibtp/'>MIBTP</a> programme, a BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester. I am interested in mitotic spindle stability and am currently investigating mechanisms for new microtubule nucleation in the mitotic spindle, supervised by Steve Royle and co-supervised by <a href='http://www.astbury.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/staffpage.php?StaffID=RWB'>Richard Bayliss</a>. 
Prior to starting my PhD I studied Biochemistry at the University of Warwick pursuing a fourth year research project on the functionality of lignocellulosic degrading enzymes in fungi.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4546-9844'>0000-0002-4546-9844</a>
LinkedIn: <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-shelford-246a08161/'>Link</a> James Shelford
PhD Student

CANSU KÜEY
I received my BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University, Ankara. During my second year, I worked as a summer research intern in UT Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, TX on Rabs in Drosophila brains and imaginal discs. After completing my MSc on modeling Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in Drosophila at Bogazici University, Istanbul, I worked as a Product Manager at Gen Era Diagnostics, Istanbul, developing marketing strategies for life sciences and oncology products and organizing promotional events.
I’m now a PhD student on the Synthetic Biology CDT, a joint program between Warwick, Bristol and Oxford. I’m interested in membrane trafficking and am currently working on increasing the functionality of GFP in the cell.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7992-3523'>0000-0002-7992-3523</a>
LinkedIn: <a href='https://www.linkedin.com/in/cansukuey'>cansukuey</a>
Twitter: <a href='http://twitter.com/pixycus/'>@pixycus</a>
Google Scholar: <a href='https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=Mg2YpyAAAAAJ&hl=en'>Link</a> Cansu Küey
PhD Student

LAURA DOWNIE
I am a PhD student on the BBSRC-funded Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) programme. I am interested in the mitotic spindle and am currently working on a 3-month project investigating components of the microtubule crosslinking network stabilising K-fibres in human cells.
Previously, I have received BSc Molecular & Cellular Biology (with Biotechnology) from the University of Glasgow, completing an investigation into cellular response to surface topography in my final year. I then continued study at the University of Glasgow, completing a Master of Research degree, during which I investigated the possible interaction of a cell cycle regulator with a structural protein in fission yeast cytokinesis, and also the potential of specific stickleback populations as evolutionary mutant models of diabetes.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9039-942X'>0000-0001-9039-942X</a> Laura Downie
Rotation Student

DANIEL MOORE
I’m a PhD student in the Msc year of the Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Programme.

I am interested intracellular membrane trafficking, my current mini-project involves assessing interactions between TPD52/53 and the Rab family of small GTPases. My previous mini-project was developing quantitative methods to measure cortical actin during macropinocytosis.

Before Warwick I completed a BSc at the University of York in Biomedical Sciences, with my final year project characterising the role of the ubiquitous mammalian membrane protein cellugyrin. I also undertook two summer studentships with the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research and Cancer Research UK Cambridge studying cytotoxic T cell killing.

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1553-0939'>0000-0003-1553-0939</a> Daniel Moore
Rotation Student

ERICK MARTINS RATAMERO
I am part of CAMDU providing computing and image analysis support to the division, but I am also an honorary Royle lab member!

ORCiD: <a href='https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7545-3675'>0000-0002-7545-3675</a>
Twitter: <a href='http://twitter.com/erickratamero/'>@erickratamero</a> Erick Martins Ratamero
Honorary lab member