Senior Scientific Officer - Eleanor Wendy Trotter


I obtained my BSc in biological sciences in my home town at the University of Edinburgh.  Following this, I studied for my PhD working on protein misfolding in yeast and plants.  This was a collaborative project supervised by Joe Gray at the University of Glasgow and Ian Graham at the University of York.  I then worked as a post-doctoral scientist in Chris Grant’s lab at the University of Manchester then in Jeff Green’s lab at the University of Sheffield.  I joined the Signalling Networks in Cancer group in November 2010.


Scientific Officer - Natalie Stephenson

I’m originally from the Lake District, but moved to The University of Liverpool in 2004 to undertake my BSc in Applied Biochemistry. During this degree I spent a year working for the Cancer and Infection Research Area within AstraZeneca, looking into key players in the mitotic spindle checkpoint. After completing my degree in 2008 I moved to The University of Manchester to undertake a PhD in Dr. Johanna Avis’ lab using biophysics and computational approaches to investigate the mechanical activation of the Notch signalling pathway. In August 2012 I finished my thesis and joined the Signalling Networks in Cancer group where I work on a variety of kinase targets, investigating their role in cancer.

Postdoc - Anna Marusiak

I come from Poland, the capital of pickles and vodka. I obtained my BSc and MSc in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Wroclaw. My master thesis was performed in the Cell Pathology laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Maria Malicka-Blaszkiewicz. In 2006 I started PhD course at the University of Birmingham in Prof. John Heath’s group. The goal of my thesis was to identify novel binding partners for fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). Particularly, I focused on the interaction between FGFR and STAT3 in breast cancer cells.

I joined Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in January 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow where I work on the role of MLK4 in signal transduction. 

Anna Marusiak & Shameem Fawdar

Anna Marusiak (left) and Shameem Fawdar

PhD Graduate Student - Zoe Edwards

Zoe Edwards

In 2009 I graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Biochemistry. During my degree I undertook a Wellcome Trust funded vacation placement at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. Under the supervision of Dr. Allison Green I investigated the molecular interactions between B cells and CD8+ T cells in Type 1 Diabetes.
Since my degree I have been working in a commercial laboratory in Manchester, using analytical chemistry techniques to analyse samples from pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other industries. I am due to join the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research as a PhD student in September 2011, and will be looking at the role of a novel MLCK protein in cell migration.

PhD Graduate Student - Ewelina Testoni

Hi, I am Ewelina and I am from Poland. I began a Medical Biotechnology course at Silesian Medical Academy in Poland; however, I chose to break my studies and work in UK in order to learn the language. After two years of adventure in England I resumed my education at the University of Manchester, from which I have recently graduated with a BSc in Molecular Biology with Industrial Experience. During my placement year at AstraZeneca in Alderley Park, I researched miRNAs and their potential use as biomarkers in the treatment of colorectal cancer. I am now continuing in the field of cancer research, which fascinates me, by beginning a PhD within John Brognard’s lab, investigating novel mutational drivers in lung carcinoma. The Paterson Institute offers very stimulating environment and I am very excited to workamongst so many talented scientists.

Clinical Fellow - Andrew Hudson

I graduated in 2004 from Manchester University with MBChB having also intercalated with a BSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law. I remained in Manchester for my medical training, obtaining membership to The Royal College of Physicians in 2008 before embarking on a career in clinical oncology. I spent 4 years training in radiotherapy at The Christie and gained fellowship to The Royal College of Radiologists in 2012. I started a Cancer Research UK funded PhD in August 2012 looking for novel drivers of lung carcinogenesis.

Alumni - Shameem Fawdar

I am originally from Mauritius, a small but beautiful tropical island in the midst of the Indian Ocean.  I studied for my Bsc (Hons) Biotechnology in Medicine at the University of Westminster (London, UK) after which I obtained a scholarship for a PhD at the same institution.  My PhD work, supervised by Dr Mark O. Clements, focused on the characterization of STRO-1 as a biomarker for the identification of bone marrow derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells.  This project also led onto the identification of putative Cancer Stem Cells in osteosarcoma.  In January 2011, I joined the PICR and my research interest currently lies in the identification of novel driver mutations in lung cancer.