Current Group Members

Principal investigator:

Prof. Vincent Savolainen


Dr Alba Herraiz Yebes (Laboratory Manager and Genomic Analyst)
Dr Owen Osborne


Mr Adam Ciezarek (PhD Student)
Ms Victoria Priestley (PhD Student)
Mr Tom Elliott (MRes/PhD Student)

Past Group Members

Dr Andrew Helmstetter (PhD Student 2012-2015), now intern at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Dr Javier Igea (postdoc 2013-2015), now postdoc at Cambridge University
Dr Xueping Quan (postdoc 2008-2014), now bioinformatician at General Bioinformatics Ltd, UK
Dr Yang CT (postdoc 2014), now postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London
Dr Luke Dunning (postdoc 2013-2014), now postdoc at the University of Sheffield
Dr Luca Cornetti (postdoc 2014), now postdoc at the University of Zurich
Dr Helen Hipperson (Postdoc 2010-2014), now lab analyst at University of Sheffiled
Mr Tom Smith (technician 2012-2014), now PhD student of Imperial College London
Dr Alex Papadopulos (PhD and Postdoc 2008-2014), now research leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richard Fautley (PhD Student 2009-2013), now consultant
Robert Dyer (PhD student 2009-2013)
Dr Luis Valente (Marie Curie Fellow, 2010-2012), Now Humboldt Research Fellowship hosted by University of Potsdam (Germany)
Dr Martyn Powell (Facility Manager 2008-2012), now biology teacher at St Paul's School
Dr Lynsey McInnes (Postdoc 2011-2012), then visiting scientist in Edinburgh 
Adam Britton (Technician 2012), then doing conservation work overseas
Dr Kowiyou Yessoufou (PhD Student 2010-2012), then postdoc at Univ. Johannesburg, South Africa
Dr C. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis (PhD student 2009-2011), then research assistant at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
Dr Andy Jones (Postdoc 2011), then assistant professor of university of Oregon, USA
Miss Silvana Del Vecchio (Technician 2008-2011), then Scientific Officer at the Institute of Cancer Research
Dr Katerina Guschanski (Postdoc 2009-2010), now EMBO fellow at the university of Lausanne
Dr Guillaume Besnard (Marie Curie Fellow 2009-2010): now CNRS researcher at University of Toulouse, France
Dr Wieslaw Babik (Postdoc 2008), then back to Poland
Dr Cynthia Motsi (PhD 2005-2009), then Intellectual Property Analyst, South African Technology Innovation Agency
Dr Omar Fiz (Postdoc 2007-2009): then postdoc at Uppsala University, Sweden
Dr Jan Schnitzler (PhD 2006-2009): then postdoc at the University of Frankfurt, Germany
Dr Matthieu Boulesteix (Postdoc 2009), then lecturer at the University of Lyon, France
Dr Paul Rymer (Marie Curie Fellow 2007-2009): now lecturer at the Univeristy of West Sydney
Dr Hanno Schaefer (Marie Curie Fellow 2008-2010): now assistant professor at Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Dr Carole Smadja (Postdoc 2009-2010), now researcher CNRS at the University of Montpellier II, France
Dr Celine Devaux (Marie Curie Fellow 2008-2010), now lecturer at the University of Montpellier II, France
Dr Zuzana Price (Postdoc 2010-2012)

Past members at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:

Dr Y. Bouchenak-Khelladi (PhD 2004-07); then postdoc, University of Sevilla, Spain
Dr D. Edwards (PhD 2002-05): then Botanist, Royal Horticultural Society, UK
Dr R. Grenyer (Postdoc 2006-07): now lecturer, Oxford University, UK
Dr J. Davies (PhD 1999-03): now assistant professor, McGill university, Montreal, Canada
Dr F. Forest (Postdoc 2007): now Head of Mol. Syst. Section, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
Dr D. Otieno (PhD 2004-06): then Lecturer, Moi University, Kenya
Dr E. Dos Santos (Postdoc 2004): then Professor, Federal University of Parana, Brazil
Dr M. Perret (PhD 1997-02): now Curator, Geneva Botanical Garden, Switzerland
Dr N. Ronsted (Postdoc 2003-07): now Assist. Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr N. Salamin (PhD 1998-02): now assistant professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Mr Luke Dunning (scientific officer 2008-2009): now doing a PhD in New Zealand
Mr Guillaume Gigot (scientific officer 2007-2008): now project officer, Fed Cons Bot Nat, France
Dr Herve Sauquet (postdoc 2007-2008): now lecturer at the Orsay university , France
Dr Renaud Lahaye (postdoc 2007): now environmental consultant, France
Dr Laura Kelly (postdoc 2008), now postdoc at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
Jonathan van Alphen Stahl (research assistant 2007), now medical doctor, South Africa