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Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • Head of Schol (January 2014-) 
  • Director of Research (2008-2013)
  • Director of Postgraduate Research (2007-2008)
  • Member of the BIO Executive
  • Member of the Promotion Committee


  • Professor of RNA Biology (2012-)
  • Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology in Biology, University of East Anglia (2009-2012)
  • Senior Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology in Biology, University of East Anglia (2007-2009)
  • Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology in Biology, University of East Anglia (2002-2007)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK (1997-2002)
  • EMBO Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK (1995-1997)
  • Ph.D. - Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Godollo, Hungary (1995)
  • B.Sc. - Genetics, University of Budapest, Hungary (1990)

Research group website





External Activities

  • Journal Editor for Methods in Next Generation Sequencing http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/mngs
  • Grant reviewer for BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust and foreign funding bodies (e.g. DFG (German), Irish Health Research Board, Horizon and NOW (Dutch), Medical Science Foundation Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Invited speaker to meetings in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Italy, etc.
  • Sub-project organiser in an FP6 consortium SIROCCO ‘Silencing RNAs:organisers and coordinators of complexity in eukaryotic organisms’
  • Editorial Board member for FEBS Letters
  • Editorial Board member for Planta

Key Research Interests

I am a molecular biologist with primary interests in RNA silencing. Our research uses both plant and animal systems (Arabidopsis, tomato, mammals, chicken, etc.). The major theme in our laboratory is the role of microRNAs in various biological processes.

Current Research Projects

  • The role of short RNAs in tomato fruit development
  • Investigating the role of microRNAs in cartilage development
  • Biological function of miR-449, a choroid plexus specific microRNA
  • Analysis the role of short RNAs in dehydration stress tolerance using plant model systems

Life in our research group

We use molecular techniques to study short RNAs that regulate the expression of protein coding genes. Our research involves a variety of species including both plants and animals. Our group is very international and a good mixture of students and postdocs. The weekly lab meetings are shared with a bioinformatics group at the School of Computing Sciences (Moulton group) because most projects involve a strong bioinformatics component. The laboratory is well funded and even owns a Wii console.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


Postdocs & Fellows

There are no positions currently but feel free to approach me to discuss possibilities (e.g. fellowships from EMBO or EU).

Areas of Expertise

RNA interference or gene silencing.

Teaching Interests

  • Molecular Biology (2B02)
  • Gene silencing/RNA interference (3C39 and 3C41)
  • Cell Biology (2B06)


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