Dr Michelle Percharde is an epigenetics and stem cell biologist. She carried out her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry
at the University of Cambridge and PhD in reprogramming and nuclear receptors at Imperial College, London. In 2013, she moved to UCSF and was
awarded a CIRM postdoctoral fellowship to carry out her postdoctoral training with Prof. Miguel Ramalho-Santos. She moved to Imperial College
and the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) as a PI and head of the
Chromatin & Development Group in Sept 2018. In
May 2019 she was awarded one of the first ever UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships.
Key hobbies outside of work involve biking, trying to create furniture with her husband, scuba diving and baking.
Dr Sheila Xie - Senior research scientist
Sheila completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow before joining the MRC LMS, working first with Ana Pombo and later with David Rueda. She specializes in high-resolution microscopy techniques to probe nuclear organization and gene regulation.
Ferran Garcia Llagostera - PhD student
Ferran Garcia Llagostera is a PhD student in the lab. He carried out his undergraduate degree in Genetics
at the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona”. On the same year he moved to London to study MSc in
“Human Molecular Genetics” at Imperial College London. He joined the Chromatin and development lab
at September 2019 with a MRC LMS studentship. Some hobbies outside the lab are history and
philosophy, gardening, cooking and
avoiding to be deported before finishing his PhD once Brexit happens traveling.
Dr Paul Chammas - Postdoc
Paul completed his PhD in 2019 in the Di Croce lab at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, his work focusing on the epigenetic regulation of gene expression during mESC differentiation. He then joined the MRC LMS as a postdoc in the Percharde lab in April 2020. In his free time, Paul is a sports, board game, video game and music enthusiast
Nathan Cheung - Imperial project student
Nathan carried out his Undergraduate project jointly supervised by Dr Louise Fets and the Drug Transport and Tumour Metabolism group, exploring the role of solute transporters and metabolism in distinct early developmental states.
Sita Mall - MSc student (now Account Executive, Hive Health)
Sita carried out an MSc in Reproductive & Developmental Biology at Imperial College and joined the Chromatin and Development group for her research project.