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Current members


Roberto A Steiner


Roberto graduated in Chemistry from the University of Padova. He then moved on to study for his PhD in structural biology at the University of Groningen followed by a postdoc in crystallographic methods development at the York Structural Biology Laboratory. Soon after he started his own lab at King's College London (KCL).


He hasn't yet found a sport he doesn't like.


Magda Chegkazi

Postdoc (2017-now)

Magda studied Biochemistry in Athens before obtaining her PhD in Natural Sciences at the EMBL-Hamburg/University of Heidelberg. Since 2017 she has been working on kinesin-1/cargo recognition.


Lucrezia Catapano

PhD Student (2019-now)

Lucrezia has a Degree in Biology from the University of Salerno. She is funded by CCP4 to implement neutron refinement methods in Refmac5. She is embedded in the Murshudov lab at the LMB.

Former postdocs


Soi Bui

Postdoc (2011-2020)

Soi got his PhD from the University of Manchester working on P450 enzymes. In the lab he moved forward enzymology studies funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He is now working on cryo-EM projects in the Bergeron Lab at KCL. 


Stefano Pernigo

Postdoc (2011-2017)

Stefano stayed in the lab after his PhD working on projects funded first by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and then by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). As soon as he left the lab he joined Charles River Laboratories where he is now Senior Scientist. 


Dina Fotinou

Postdoc (2013-2014)

A very experienced postdoc who also worked on the PP1/Nox4 project. Now Research Administrator at the Institute of Glycobiology in Oxford.


Jolanta Kopec

Postdoc (2012-2013)

Jola got her PhD from TU Berlin and joined the lab from Karolinska to work on the PP1/Nox4 project in collaboration with the lab of Prof Ajay Shah at KCL. Super-organised postdoc. Now senior scientist at Evotec.  


Ivan Campeotto

Postdoc (2011)

Passionate crystallographer. After a short period in the lab he moved to Imperial College and then Oxford. Now an independent investigator at Nottingham Trent University. 


Bruno Gagliardo

Postdoc (2010-2013)

Bruno worked successfully on a membrane protein industrial project in collaboration with the Swiss company Vifor International. He then left the bench and after many years in Asia he is now Head of Data Analytics at Sanofi.

Past PhD students


Lindsay McGregor

PhD student (2017-2020)

Lindsay studied Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Her neutron crystallography project meant that she worked at the ILL in Grenoble close to the reactor. After her PhD she remained in Grenoble working at the ESRF.

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Laura Fin

PhD student (2012-2016)

Laura studied Biotechnology at the University of Verona. After her PhD she left London for Dundee and is now Research Assistant at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna.  


Louise Saul

PhD Student (2007-2011)

Louise studied Biochemistry at the University of Bath. After her PhD Louise stayed at KCL for a bit as a postdoc in the Karagiannis Lab. Following a period in Scotland she is now postdoc in oncoimmunology the University of Southampton.  


Stefano Pernigo

PhD Student (2007-2011)

Stefano studied Biotechnology at the University of Verona. His PhD thesis was on the structure and interaction of M-band muscle proteins. Stefano remained in the lab as postdoc for several years after his PhD (see slightly older Stefano in the postdoc section). 

Guest PhD students


Giulia Glorani

PhD student (2017-2018)

Registered for a 3-year PhD at the University of Verona, Giulia ended up spending one year in my lab working on kinesin-1 and contributing to our 2018 eLife paper. She then moved for her first postdoc to the Neu Lab at the Freie Universität Berlin working on structural glycovirology.

Master students

The lab has had the privilege of hosting several excellent Master students for typically 6-8 months long projects. Here is a semi-complete list (apologies if I have forgotten someone...)

Mr Samuel Lowden (went on to train and work as a patent attorney)

Mr Conor Tracey (went on to do a PhD in the Ameer-Lab at KCL)

Miss Fiona Shilliday (BBSRC rotation student - went on for her final project in the Moores lab at Birkbeck)

Miss Anka Lucic (went on to do a PhD at the University of Oxford in the Schofield lab)

Miss Mengjia Zhu (went on to work at a biotech in China)

Miss Helen Armes (went on to do a PhD at the University of Sussex)

Miss Lucy Vyletova (went on to work at the Institute of Cancer Research in the Wigley lab)


Undergrad project students

Many good ones. You know who you are.


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