Dr Maria Dermit

Maria joined Mardakheh's lab in April 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher. She studied the relationship between RNA localisation and protein expression in mammalian cells. Synthesis of proteins from mRNA is not a 1 to 1 process, and there are many biochemical processes that impact on protein translation. One of them is dynamic movement of transcripts within the cellular milieu. During her time in Mardakheh's lab, Maria used multi-omics approaches to assess how RNA localisation is dysregulated in cancer cells via action of different RBPs, in order to promote a malignant phenotype. Maria's work has been published in Developmental Cell (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2020.10.006and STAR Protocols (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xpro.2021.100462).

Maria moved to the biotech sector in June 2021. She currently works for bit.bio in Cambridge, UK.

Atiya Sarmin

Atiya is a final year PhD student at the Blizzard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. She completed a rotation project in the Mardakheh lab in the 1st year of her  MRC DTP PhD programme programme in 2018.  During her project, Atyia worked to optimise a quantitative immunopeptidomics pipeline for analysis of tumour antigens.

Atiya is currently completing her PhD project on 'Developing Advanced Models of Wound Healing and Inflammation using 3D Bioprinting'.