Lab members and alumni

Enquiries to join the group from interested postgraduate and postdoctoral scientists are always welcomed.

Fellowship and PhD studentship positions can potentially be funded by the BBSRC, EU or John Innes Centre. Contact Martin Howard for more details.

Current lab members

Martin Howard - Project Leader

Martin studied physics as an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford University and stayed on at Oxford to complete a D Phil in theoretical physics on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, where he was senior graduate scholar at Somerville College.

After postdocs in Copenhagen, Virginia, Vancouver and Leiden, Martin became a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2002 in the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London.

In 2007, he moved to his current position as Project Leader at the John Innes Centre, where he also holds an honorary professorship at the University of East Anglia.

Martin was one of the earliest researchers to move from nonequilibrium statistical physics into biology, where he has studied a wide array of different problems including spatiotemporal protein patterning, cell division positioning, phagocytosis, cell checkpoints, morphogen gradients and precision, polarity, metabolic resource allocation and most recently epigenetics and cell size control. In many cases, he has made fundamental contributions, for example to the dynamics of the Min proteins in bacterial cell division positioning and to the nature of switching between epigenetic states.


Cecilia Lövkvist - Postdoctoral Researcher

Cecilia joined the group after a PhD in theoretical biophysics in Copenhagen with Kim Sneppen, where she studied models of DNA methylation dynamics.

She is now working on models of histone modification based epigenetics.

Giuseppe Facchetti - Postdoctoral Researcher

Giuseppe joined the group after a PhD in theoretical biophysics in Trieste, following on from an earlier career in industry.

He is now working on the mechanisms of cell size control in fission yeast.

Rea Kourounioti - Postdoctoral Researcher

Rea joined the group after a PhD in artificial photosynthesis at the University of Nottingham following degrees in biology from Imperial College London and mathematics from the University of Crete.

She is now working on the mechanistic basis of cold temperature sensing and on how environmental temperature fluctuations can be filtered out.




Amy Briffa - Postdoctoral Researcher

Amy has a background in modelling condensed matter physics with a preference for working closely with experimental groups. Her PhD in Birmingham focused on geometrically frustrated classical magnets. Subsequently, she also studied Fermi surface reconstruction in high-Tc superconductors and correlation functions of quantum magnets.

Recently she has shifted to modelling biological systems and is currently collaborating with the group of Dr Daniel Zilberman to investigate inheritance of DNA methylation.


Martin Howard lab alumni

  • Dr Scott Berry (Postdoc at University of Zurich)
  • Dr Robert Ietswaart (Postdoc at Harvard Medical School)
  • Dr Sean Murray (Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg)
  • Dr Antonio Scialdone (Group Leader, Helmholtz Zentrum Munich)
  • Dr David Richards (Postdoc at University of Exeter)
  • Dr Andrew Angel (Royal Society University Research Fellow, Oxford University)
  • Dr Timothy Saunders (Group Leader, National University of Singapore)
  • Dr Jeroen van Zon (Group Leader, AMOLF Institute, Amsterdam)
  • Dr Konstantin Doubrovinski (Group Leader, UT Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Dr Filipe Tostevin (postdoc at LMU, Munich)

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