Micron Committee Members

Ilan Davis

Micron Director

I have been director of Micron since 2007 as well as Principal Investigator of my own lab. In the past my lab has focussed on how mRNA transport and localised translation impacted on Drosophila embryonic axis specification. In recent years we have expanded our interest to include the same basic molecular processes to the Drosophila nervous system, in particular the brain and neuromuscular junction.  

In order to achieve our scientific aims we use a wide range of scientific techniques, including advanced imaging techniques as well as an array of genetic and biochemistry-based methods. 

email: ilan.davis@bioch.ox.ac.uk

Jordan Raff

Micron Deputy Director

The main goal of Jordan Raff's research is to understand how centrioles and centrosomes function at the molecular level. Centrioles organise the assembly of two important cell organelles: centrosomes and the cilia; our goal is to understand how these organelles function at the molecular level. Centrosomes are the major microtubule (MT) organising centres in many animal cells, and they have an important role in cell division, in establishing and maintaining cell polarity and in positioning and transporting molecules and organelles within the cell.

email: jordan.raff@path.ox.ac.uk

Martin Booth

Martin's research centres on the development of adaptive optics to compensate for optical abberations caused by focussing through a specimen. These adaptive optics techniques were originally developed for astronomical research, for stabilising and de-blurring telescope images of stars and satellites. Such images are affected by the optical distortions introduced by turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. Recent technological developmentsmean that this technology is now being adapted for more down-to-Earth reasons. This has opened up the possibility of using adaptive optics in these smaller scale applications.

email: martin.booth@eng.ox.ac.uk

Christian Eggeling

The main research interests of my laboratory are focused on the application and development of ultra-sensitive, live-cell fluorescence microscopy techniques with a spatial resolution down to the molecular level (super-resolution microscopy or nanoscopy), superior to conventional optical microscopes. These super-resolution microscopes will be used to unravel nanoscopic changes at the molecular level in living cells following cellular immune responses.

email: christian.eggeling@rdm.ox.ac.uk

Yvonne Jones

Yvonne Jones is Director of the Cancer Research UK Receptor Structure Research Group which is focused on the structural biology of extracellular recognition and signalling complexes. The group's core techniques include protein crystallography and, increasingly, cryo electron microscopy, which are used to generate high resolution structural information. 

email: jones-pa@strubi.ox.ac.uk

Shankar Srinivas

Our group works on how cell movement is controlled during mouse embryogenesis, particularly focusing on the following problems:

  • the cellular mechanism for anterior patterning in mouse embryos.
  • how the molecular motors that cause cell movements work in a coordinated manner to bring about stereotypic cellular and tissue behaviour. 
  • what influence physical parameters have on cell fate specification 

email: shankar.srinivas@dpag.ox.ac.uk

Lothar Schermelleh

Micron Group Leader

We apply and refine advanced optical imaging methods (e.g., super-resolution structured illumination, single molecule localization, FRAP, laser-microirradiation) to address general rules and dynamic aspects of higher order chromosomal organization in mammalian cell nuclei and its contribution to control genome function. We combine optimized immunolabelling, FISH and GFP-based protocols with customized statistical tools to quantitatively analyse spatial distribution pattern and dynamic properties of factors involved.

email: lothar.schermelleh@bioch.ox.ac.uk

Mike Dustin

Mike Dustin studies the immunological synapse using advanced imaging techniques. See Michael's website for more details. https://www.kennedy.ox.ac.uk/team/michael-dustin 

Marco Fritzsche

I am a physicist by training with strong interest in the physical functioning of biological systems. My research at the interface of physics, biology, and immunology combines theoretical and experimental concepts to study the impact of a vital cytoskeleton in immunity. Having had a steep transition from theoretical physics to cell bio-immunity, my research aims to join state of art imaging modes and computation analysis methods to address the most challenging biomedical research questions from a bio-physical perspective: We are taking highly interdisciplinary approaches to investigate cytoskeleton-driven cellular processes in immunity and disease.

email: marco.fritzsche@rdm.ox.ac.uk