Lab Members

Associate Investigators

Huanhuan Li


Huanhuan joined our Lab in March 2021. She joined us from FMI (Switzerland) where she was a post-doc for 3 years.


Chuanxin Chen

Chuanxin joined us in January 2021. He joined us from Purdue University (USA) where he was a post-doc. Chuanxin has a background in Chemical Engineering and Technology.

Mingyue Guo

Mingyue joined our Lab in April 2021. He joined us from Tongji University where he performed PhD studies  under the supervision of Professor Gao Shaorong.

Lab Manager/Personal Assistant
Xudan Peng
Research Assistants

Kexin Wang

Kexin joined our Lab in January 2022. She did her BSc at the University of Nottingham (international pharmacy) and her Masters at the the Imperial College (Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells -Novel Therapies)

Wei Guan

Guan joined our Lab in July 2022. He did his BSc at Jinan University (Biomedical Engineering) and Masters at  Jinan/Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) (Computational/Developmental Biology)

Jiahui Huang


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

PhD students

Litao Chang

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

Jinyi Wu


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

Associate Investigator

Yael Costa

Yael is interested in the Nanog mediated mechanisms of induced pluripotency. She has been a lab member since October 2009 and was funded by her own BBSRC project grant. To see Yael's publications click here.












Former Lab Members


Lawrence Bates

Lawrence studied the mechanisms of action of transcription factors in reprogramming. He joined the Silva lab as an MRC funded PhD student in October 2014 and then continued his work as a post-doc from October 2018 till March 2022. To see Lawrence's publications 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 see Chibeza's publications click here.

Research Assistants

Imogen Stockwell

Imogen was a Research Assistant working with Yael and Lawrence between July 2019 and September 2020. In October 2020 she  started studying for her MPhil in Biological Science at the Physiology, Development and Neuroscience department at the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Yamamoto

Daniel was a Research Assistant working with Jose between October 2019 and June 2020. In October 2020 he joined the Stem Cell Institute MRes+PhD program.

Charlotte Handford


Charlotte was a Research Assistant working with Yael between October 2014 and September 2017. After three years she joined the lab of Prof Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz to undertake her PhD studies. To see Charlotte's publications click here.



TY was a Research Assistant working with Yael and Hannah between July and December 2014.

PhD Students

Sergey Gladkov

Sergey was a Darwin Trust of Edinburgh funded PhD student from October 2015 to September 2019.

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 between 2013-2018 and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal.​ In 2019 she became a Research Scientist at Charles River in Cambridgeshire. To see Elsa's publications click here.

Hannah Stuart


Hannah was a MRC funded PhD student in the Silva Lab between 2012-2018. She then moved to Professor Elly Tanaka's at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna and Professor Nicola Elvassore at University College London for an interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral position in March 2019. To see Hannah's publications click ​here.

Katie Tremble


Katie was a Clinical School funded PhD student between 2014-2017. After her PhD Katie went back to Medical School to complete her medical degree. To see Katies's publications click here.

Aliaksandra Radzisheuskaya​

​Alex was a PhD student funded by the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh between 2010-2013. She then did a short post-doc in the Silva lab, whilst funded by an Isaac Newton Trust fellowship. In October 2014 she moved to Professor Kristian Helin's laboratory, now at the Sloan Kettering Institute (US), as a Post-Doctoral fellow (Alex was awarded the prestigious EMBO and Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowships). To see Alex's publications click here.


Moyra Lawrence​​​


Moyra was a PhD student from the Wellcome Trust - Stem Cell PhD Programme between 2011-2014. She moved to Dr Robert Schneider's laboratory in Strasbourg as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in November 2014. To see Moyra's publications 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 between 2011-2014 and funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal.​ In 2014 Rodrigo started a career in Industry and is currently the Director of Research at Mogrify. To see Rodrigo's publications click ​here.



​Anouk van Oosten


Anouk was a BBSRC funded PhD student in the Silva Lab between 2009-2012. Her PhD degree was awarded in 2012. She has then moved back to the Netherlands  as a Clinical Research Associate. To see Anouk's publications click here.

Thorold Theunissen

​​Thor was a PhD student from the Wellcome Trust - Stem Cell PhD Programme between 2008-2011. His PhD degree was awarded in 2011. In 2012 he moved to the MIT to do a post-doc in the Professor Rudolf Jaenisch laboratory, Whitehead Institute, MIT, USA, being awarded a prestigious ​Sir Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship. To see Thor's publications click here. Thor has now his own laboratory at Washington University, US.

Ornella Barrandon


Ornella was a PhD student in the Silva Lab, co-supervised with Professor Austin Smith, between 2007-2011. Her PhD degree was awarded in 2011. From 2011 she moved to Professor Douglas Melton laboratory, Harvard, USA to continue her academic career as a post-doc.

Master's Students

Aron Sandoval


Aron was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and joined the Silva lab in October 2020 to study programing of stem cells into defined cell types.

Tim Lohoff


Tim was an Erasmus funded Master's student in the Silva lab between March and August 2016. His Master's degree was awarded in October 2016 and he then joined the Wellcome Trust - Stem Cell PhD Programme from September 2016. To see Tim's publications click ​here.

Mariana Alves


Mariana was an Erasmus funded Master's student in the Silva lab from June 2016 to July 2017. She passed her viva in July and then joined Dr. Justin Crocker's lab at the EMBL in Heidelberg as a PhD student in August 2017. To see Mariana's publications click ​here.

Lab Manager/Personal Assistant


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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