Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Alumni – where are they now and what are they doing?

Former PhD students

Claire Weston:
Graduated in 2000 Moved on to Post-Doc with Roger Davis at HHMI, UMASS, Worcester. Now re-located to San Diego.

Claire Chalmers:
Graduated 2001 Took a position with GSK at Stevenage. Now re-located to Bath.

Sarah Molton:
Graduated 2002 Moved to Post-Doc with Martin McMahon at UCSF Cancer Centre. Now Business Development Manager for Cancer Research Technology based in London and Glasgow.

Ruth Densham:
Graduated 2004 After a Post-Doc with Michael Olson at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow Ruth moved to Post-Doc with Jo Morris at KCL, Guy’s Hospital.

Katherine Ewings:
Graduated 2006 Moved to Post-Doc with Kevin Ryan at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow. Currently Senior Scientist in Functional Pharmacology at Cancer Research Technology, London.

Nikki March:
Graduated 2006 Currently a Post-Doc with Doug Winton at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute.

Rebecca Arkell:
Graduated 2008 After a brief Post-Doc with Alison Lloyd at the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UCL Rebecca has taken a post as R & D Policy Officer with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, London.

Ceri Wiggins:
Graduated 2009 Moved to a Post-Doc position with Steve Ley and Gitta Stockinger at the NIMR, Mill Hill, London

Victoria Knights:
Graduated 2009. Moved to a Scientist post in Functional Pharmacology with Cancer Research Technology, London

Claire Cope:
Graduated in 2012. Moved to Scientific Officer post at the Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton. Now Senior Policy Officer at The Academy of Medical Sciences

Matthew Sale:
Graduated 2013. Stayed on in the Cook lab as a post-doc funded by AstraZeneca on a collaborative project with Duncan Jodrell and Fran Richards at the CRUK Cambridge Institute

Anne Ashford:
Graduated in 2013. Stayed on in the Cook lab as a BBSRC funded post-doc.

Nicola Darling:
Graduated with her PhD in 2015 and has headed north to Dundee where she is a post-doc working with Sir Phillip Cohen in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit

Raffaella Gallo:
Finished her placement project with the Cook in 2015 and has moved to the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich where she is undertaking a PhD with Lucas Pelkmans

Lisa Baak:
Spent 4 months in the Cook lab in 2014 on a research placement supported by the Erasmus Programme. She is now studying for her PhD in Philippe Bastiaens lab at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund

Former Post-Docs & Research Assistants

Andrew Garner:
Moved into Drug Discovery, taking a position a position as a Team Leader in Lead Generation, Cancer & Infection Group, AstraZeneca, Alderley Edge. Recently joined the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research, Massachusetts, USA as a Research Investigator in Oncology Biotherapeutics

Daniel Todd:
Moved into Drug Discovery, taking a position at BioFocus. Is currently Principal Scientist with BioFocus Discovery Ltd, Saffron Walden.

Tracy Millar:
Still missing in action. Last seen heading for New Zealand. Report of appearance as Elf No 6 in LOTR movies proved to be bogus. Tracy where are you?

Matt Squires:
Moved to set up cell-based assays at Astex Therapeutics. Is currently Senior Research Associate at Astex Therapeutics, Cambridge Science Park

Paula Nixon:
Re-located to the USA. Now returned to Cambridge area and working at PPD Development, Granta Park, Cambridge.

Catherine Newson:
Moved to work in the Inflammation group at Novartis, Horsham. Now re-located to New Zealand.

Simon Chell:
After much debate decided to stick with science rather than become a professional guitar hero/rock god. Presently at GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Scientist, in the Oncology section of their Biopharmaceuticals Discovery Team in Stevenage.

Shaista Hayat:
Re-trained as a teacher and now living and teaching in the Cambridge area. The education of your children is in safe hands!

Julie Wickenden:
Moved to take up a post-doc post with Christine Watson in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. Took her entire shoe collection with her in three packing cases.

Felix Krueger:
​Moved to take up a core post in Bioinformatics at the Babraham Institute. He remains an honourable member of the Cook laboratory and is still close enough for us to taunt him!