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Meet the team

 

Jean Beggs- Group leader 

Jean is the Royal Society Darwin Trust Research Professor and Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained a BSc Hons in Biochemistry and PhD at Glasgow University. Following a postdoc with the late Professors Ken and Noreen Murray in the Dept of Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, she was awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship for Medical Research and moved to the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge. There she completed work to develop yeast two micron plasmid cloning vectors for highly efficient yeast transformation. She then moved to a lectureship at the Dept of Biochemistry, Imperial College London, where she began her long-term study of yeast splicing machinery. In 1985 she returned to Edinburgh funded by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and then by a Royal Society Cephalosporin Fund Senior Research Fellowship and, subsequently, the Royal Society Darwin Trust Research Professorship. She was awarded the Royal Society Gabor Medal in 2003 and the Biochemical Society Novartis Medal and Prize in 2004. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh where she was Vice President for Life Sciences from 2009 til 2012. In 2006 was appointed CBE for services to science. The laboratory is mainly funded by the Wellcome Trust and in 2015 Jean was awarded Wellcome Trust Investigator status.

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David Barrass- Research associate

David Graduated from the University of Edinburgh before working in PPL Therapeutics for 10 years as the Head of Molecular Genetics.  Following that company's demise he moved into RNA processing in the Beggs lab. He optimised a method for high kinetic resolution analysis of transcription and splicing in yeast.


 

Susana de Lucas- Research associate

Susana joined the lab after a postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. Juan Ortin at the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) in Madrid where she analysed the association of mRNAs with human Staufen1 and hStaufen1's role during influenza virus infection. She is currently investigating the interactions of RNA-binding protein Cus2 and its role in splicing.

 

 

Emanuela Sani- Research associate

Emanuela completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in Anna Amtmann's laboratory focusing on epigenetic changes under stress conditions in Arabidopsis. She is currently investigating the link between splicing and chromatin. 

 

Eve Hartswood- Research associate

Eve joined Edinburgh University in 1993 working initially with Prof. David Finnegan on retrotransposition. She became interested in RNA localisation motifs working in collaboration with Prof. Ilan Davis (Oxford). After working with Dr. Laura Spagnolo in structural biology she joined the Beggs group to apply proteomic and biophysical techniques to understand the protein interactions that control co-transcriptional splicing. 

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Jim Brodie- Research associate

Jim works remotely, carrying out analysis of our mass spectometry and other data

 

Edward Wallace- Marie Curie Research Fellow

Edward has a B.A. Hons. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. Retraining in biology, he spent one year as a postdoc at the FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, followed by four years in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago. At the start of 2016, he moved to Edinburgh, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship. Dividing his time between the Edinburgh Informatics Forum (with Guido Sanguinetti) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, he is combining experimental studies of RNA metabolism and RNA-protein interactions while enhancing his bioinformatics skills.

 

Gonzalo Mendoza Ochoa- PhD student

Gonzalo completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of UAG (Mexico). Now he is exploring the regulation of splicing, with particular interest in understanding co-transcriptional spliceosome assembly. He is funded by a studentship from CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (the National Council of Science and Technology), Mexico. Gonzalo is investigating the consequences of rapid knock-down of different splicing factors.

 

 

Vahid Aslanzadeh- Darwin Trust Phd student

Vahid carried out his master degree in the laboratory of Dr Mehdi Sadeghi (Iran), where he studied computational alternative splicing prediction. He is now studying the effects of RNA polymerase elongation mutants on co-transcriptional splicing in yeast, funded by a studentship from the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh. 

                              

 

Bella Maudlin- Wellcome Trust PhD student

Bella obtained a BSc with Hons in Molecular Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and an MPhil in Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She joined the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh in October 2014 and joined our lab a year later. Her project is to investigate how splicing causes transcriptional pausing in yeast.


 

Julia Neumeier - Erasmus+ trainee

Julia is a Masters student at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She is spending 6 months with us, trying to get BioID working in budding yeast.

 

Catriona Nicolson- Honours Project student

Catriona is doing her final year undergraduate project in our lab, using auxin degron constructs in budding yeast, supervised by Susana de Lucas.

 

Former Lab Members

Darek Abramczyk

Robert Crawford

Penny Hirsch

Margaret McGarvey

Michael Spiller

Michael Albers

Vanessa Cristão

Peter Hodges

John Morran

Stefan Teigelkamp (deceased)

Ross Alexander

Mike Dalrymple

Olga Ignatovich

Mariela Muraru

Barbara Terlouw

Gordon Anderson

Ann Diment

Steve Innocente

Helen Kulesza

Marian Thomson

Tatsiana Auchynnikava

Ian Dix

Steve Jackson

Melanie Lee

Elizabeth Thompson

Frankie Bligh

Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert

Derek Jamieson

Mary Plumpton

Lori Verdone

Jeremy Brown

Charlotte Capitanchik

Parastoo Ehsani

Silvia Galardi

Florance Kennedy

David Page

Rob van Nues

Keerthi Chathoth

Amit Gautam

David King

Jane Reid

Valerie Vidal

Alan Colley

Richard Grainger

Boon Kum Loong

Martin Reijns

Erica Whittaker

Michelle Cooper

Elena Hackl

Marie Lossky

Caroline Russell

 

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