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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. To find out about Huanhuan's work click here.


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. To find out about Chuanxin Chen's work click here.

Mingyue Guo

Mingyue joined our Lab in April 2021 from Tongji University where he performed PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Gao Shaorong. To find out about Mingyue's work click here.

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

Wei 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)

Xinggu Wang

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


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 work click here.













Former Lab Members


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 work 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 moved to industry to became a Research Scientist at Charles River. 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 and is currently the Director of Research at Mogrify. To see Rodrigo's work 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


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 her PhD studies. To see Charlotte's work click here.



TY was a Research Assistant working with Yael and Hannah (2014).

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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