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Lab Members

Associate Investigators

Huanhuan Li


Huanhuan joined our Lab in March 2021 from FMI (Switzerland) where she was a post-doc for 3 years. Huanhuan has a background in Molecular and Cellular Biology and did her PhD at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). To find out about Huanhuan's work click here.

Post-docs/Assistant Investigators

Chuanxin Chen

Chuanxin joined us in January 2021 from Purdue University (USA) where he was a post-doc. Chuanxin has a background in Chemical Engineering and Technology from Zhejiang University. To find out about Chuanxin's work click here.

Haiyong Zhao

Haiyong joined us in January 2024. Haiyong is a developmental biologist with training and research experience from Sichuan University, Peking Union Medical College, CAS, Tsinghua University and Washington University (USA).

Lab Manager/Personal Assistant
Xudan Peng
Xudan joined our lab in September 2022.
Research Assistants

Haiping Luo


Haiping joined our lab in November 2023. Haiping did her Masters studies at South China University of Technology.

Shaoqiang Ning

Shaoqiang joined our lab in July 2023. Shaoqiang did his Masters studies at Southern Medical University

Xinggu Wang

Xinggu joined our Lab in November 2022. Xinggu did her Masters at Imperial College

Kaiyi Wu

Kaiyi joined our lab in March 2024. Kaiyi did her BSc at Southeast University (bioinformatics)  and her Masters at Imperial College (Genes, Medicines and Stem Cells). 

PhD students 
(The Guangzhou Lab has protocols with Universities across China and in our lab PhD students are affiliated with Double First Class Universities such as Sun Yat-sen)

Jiahui Huang

Jiahui joined our Lab in July 2022, initially as Research Assistant. Jiahui did her BSc at South China Normal University (Biotechnology) and Masters at Sun Yat-Sen University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

Wei Guan

Wei joined our Lab in July 2022., initially as Research Assistant/computational biologist. Wei did his BSc at Jinan University (Biomedical Engineering) and Masters at  Jinan/Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) (Computational/Developmental Biology).

Litao Chang

Litao joined our Lab in October 2021, initially as Research Assistant. Litao did her BSc at Jinan University (Pharmacy) and her Masters (Pharmacy) a National University of Singapore (NUS).

Jinyi Wu


Jinyi joined our lab in September 2021, initially as our Research Assistant/Computational biologist. Jinyi did her BSc at Wuhan University (Science and technology) and her Masters at Imperial College (Data Science).




Former Lab Members

Senior Post-doc

Yael Costa

Yael studied Nanog mediated mechanisms (2009-2022). Yael was funded by her own BBSRC project grant. To see Yael's work click here.


Mingyue Guo

Mingyue was a postdoc in our lab for 2 years (2021-20203). In 2023 Mingyue moved to West Lake University. To find out about Mingyue's work click here.

Chibeza Agley

Chibeza was a member of both the Silva and the Chalut labs between October 2013 and June 2017. In July 2017 he started full time in the company he had previously founded, CamBioScience. To learn more about Chibeza click here.

PhD Students

Lawrence Bates

Lawrence was a MRC funded PhD student. In 2022 Lawrence joined Professor Nichols's lab at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh as postdoctoral researcher. To see Lawrence's work click ​here.

Sergey Gladkov (Siarhei Hladkou)

Sergey was a Darwin Trust of Edinburgh funded PhD student (2019). Sergey moved to Sweden to become a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University.

Elsa Sousa

Elsa was a PhD student enrolled in the Graduate Program in the Areas of Basic and Applied Biology (GABBA) from the University of Porto, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal).​ In 2019 Elsa started a career in industry. To see Elsa's work click here.

Hannah Stuart

Hannah was a MRC funded PhD student (2018). Hannah was awarded the prestigious Marie Curie and Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships when moving to Professors Elly Tanaka's lab and Nicola Elvassore's lab (joint post-doc) at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (Vienna/Austria) and at University College London respectively. To see Hannah's work click ​here.

Kathryn Tremble

Katie was a Clinical School PhD program student. After PhD (2017) Katie went back to Medical School to complete her medical degree. To see Katies's work click here.

Aliaksandra Radzisheuskaya​

Alex was a Darwin Trust of Edinburgh funded PhD student. Alex was awarded the prestigious EMBO and Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowships when moving to Prof Kristian Helin’s lab at the Sloan Kettering Institute (USA) in 2014.  Alex is now a principal Investigator at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. To see Alex's work click here.


Moyra Lawrence​​​

Moyra was a Wellcome Trust-Stem Cell PhD Programme student. She moved to Dr Robert Schneider's laboratory in Strasbourg as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 2014. To see Moyra's work click ​​​here.



Rodrigo Santos

Rodrigo was a PhD student enrolled in the PhD program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine (PDBEB) from the University of Coimbra, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal).​ In 2014 Rodrigo started a career in Industry. To learn more about Rodrigo click ​here.



​Anouk van Oosten

Anouk was a BBSRC funded PhD student (2012). Anouk moved to the Netherlands to become a Clinical Research Associate. To see Anouk's work click here.

Thorold Theunissen

Thor was a Wellcome Trust-Stem Cell PhD Programme student (2012). Thor was awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship when moving to Professor Rudolf Jaenisch lab at the Whitehead Institute, MIT, US. Thor is now a Principal Investigator at Washington University, US. To see Thor's work click here.

Ornella Barrandon

Ornella was a PhD student in the Silva Lab, co-supervised with Professor Austin Smith. In 2011 Ornella moved to Professor Douglas Melton lab, Harvard, USA for post-doc work. To see Ornella's work click here.


Master's Students

Aaron Sandoval


Aaron was a Marshall Scholarship Master's student. To see Aaron's work click here.


Tim Lohoff


Tim was an Erasmus funded Master's student. In 2016 Tim joined the Wellcome Trust - Stem Cell PhD Programme. To see Tim's work click ​here.

Mariana Alves


Mariana was an Erasmus funded Master's student. In 2017 Mariana joined Dr. Justin Crocker's lab at the EMBL in Heidelberg as a PhD student. To see Mariana's work click ​here.

Research Assistants

Kexin Wang

Kexin was a research assistant in our Lab (2022-2023).  She moved in 2023 to Hangzhou to start a new position at West Lake University.

Imogen Stockwell

Imogen was a Research Assistant working with Yael and Lawrence (2019-2020). In October 2020 Imogen started MPhil studies in Biological Science at the Physiology, Development and Neuroscience department at the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Yamamoto

Daniel was a Research Assistant working with Lawrence (2019-2020). In 2020 he joined the Wellcome Trust-Stem Cell PhD Programme at the University of Cambridge.

Charlotte Handford

Charlotte was a Research Assistant working with Yael (2014-2017). After three years she joined the lab of Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz to undertake PhD studies. To see Charlotte's work click here.

Other Research Assistants (less than 6 months) 

TY So                           (2014)                       Hongkonger             

Yuanshen Zhao             (2023)                       Chinese       

Lab Managers/Personal Assistants


Tan Xiao                    October 2020- December 2021      Chinese

Huang Li                    April 2022-July 2022                    Chinese

Stem Cell - Wellcome Trust PhD Rotation Students

Andrew Malcom            October-December 2017              Scottish

Sarah Förster                April-June 2014                         German

Loukia Yiangou             January-March 2014                   Cypriot

Anna Osnato                October-December 2013              Italian

Elena Itskovich             January-March 2013                    Israeli

Moritz Matthey             October-December 2012             German

Anzy Miller                   April-June 2012                         English

Vicki Moignard              April-June 2011                         English

Moyra Lawrence           January-March 2011                    Irish

Ana Leal                      October-December 2010             Mexican

Robert Fordham           October-December 2009            English

Thorold Theunissen       April-June 2008                        Dutch

Undergraduate Students

Xiner He                       July-August 2019                     Chinese

Adam Boxall                  January-March 2019                 English

Imogen Stockwell          June-July 2018                        Australian

Anastasiya Malyshava     May-July 2018                         Belarusian

Bryce Lim                     January-March 2018                 Singaporean

Carolyn Rodgers            January-March 2017                 English

Katsiaryna Maskalenka   June-July 2016                        Belarusian

Aran Shaunak               June-July 2015                         English

Joachim Hanna             January-March 2016                 Swiss

Petros Fessas               January-March 2016                 Greek 

Rebecca Lloyd               January-March 2015                 English

Alicia Caunter               January-March 2015                  English

Saeed Kayhanian          July-August 2014                      Welsh

Mariana Alves               July-August 2014                     Portuguese

Jia Yi Fong                   January-March 2014                  Singaporean

James Patterson           January-March 2013                  English

Hannah Stuart              January-March 2012                  English

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