A guide to Feng Lab members past and present.
Xiaoqi studied at the University of Oxford for her PhD and did a postdoc at the University of California, Berkley. She opened her lab at the John Innes Centre in mid-2014, and was awarded tenure in 2019. She received the prestigious David Phillips Fellowship (2014-2019) and the EMBO Young Investigator Award (2018-2022). She is grateful for funding and support from the John Innes Foundation, the BBSRC, the Gatsby Foundation and the ERC among others.
Shujuan completed her PhD at Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is trying to understand the mechanism underlying the condensation of sperm nuclei in Arabidopsis.
Yalin's PhD was about de novo centromere formation in maize. She is now working on the heat-sensitivity of the male germline, as well as Marchantia DNA methylation reprogramming.
James recently completed his PhD in the Feng lab, notably publishing as co-first author in Nature Genetics and Science. He is interested in the evolution of DNA methylation mechanisms in land plants.
Martin is a bioinformatician, and has also been a computer scientist, sys-admin, and a geographer. His tools are instrumental to the lab's progress, and he has a forthcoming manuscript detailing new computational approaches for bisulfite sequencing.
Shaoli joins us from perfecting single cell Hi-C in rice and is now investigating histone modification dynamics during germline development.
Chris is an independent research fellow funded by the Discovery Fellowship. He is an expert on meiosis and super-resolution microscopy.
The most recent arrival in the lab. Chao is now exploring the mechanism underlying the nurse cell-derived small RNAs in Arabidopsis.
Toby has been in the lab since his undergraduate days at UEA, and is now a fourth year PhD student. He is interested in the broad-scale chromatin dynamics over reproduction, and the mechanism of sperm chromatin compaction. He is an expert on the extended Star Wars universe.
A former summer student and now PhD student in the lab, Sam is working on improving how we understand large DNA methylation datasets. His Star Wars knowledge is only Padawan level.
Judit started her PhD in the Feng lab in 2020 and is interested in following the intricacies of small RNA biology in the development of the germline.