Phil Wigge started the lab in January 2005 at the John Innes Centre in Norwich where he was a project leader before being hired to work in the new Sainsbury Laboratory in 2012. Previously, Phil had been a junior group leader with Detlef Weigel at the MPI-Tuebingen following a 2 year postdoc at the Salk, also with Detlef. Phil came to plants after doing his Ph.D on budding yeast cell biology, in Cambridge where he learnt how hard biochemistry was. Phil has since taken up developmental genetics. Phil did his undergraduate work at Oxford University in the Biochemistry department. Phil got his start in molecular biology working as an undergraduate in Dave Sherratt's lab, studying site-specific recombination. 

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Martin Balcerowicz is an EMBO Fellow interested in the interplay between light and temperature signalling. Previously, Martin worked with  Jo Putterill in New Zealand. Martin did his PhD in the lab of Ute Höcker studying how light affects development. 


Daphne Ezer did her undergraduate studies in Duke University, majoring in computer science and biology. She went on to pursue her PhD as a Marshall Scholar here in Cambridge in Boris Adryan’s lab where she looked at the role of noise in transcriptional regulation. Daphne is working on a lot of exciting projects with us leveraging our enormous RNA-seq and ChIP-seq temperature experiments to work out what is actually going on when the temperature changes. Stay tuned!


Xuelei Lai is a structural biologist who did his PhD in the group of Bauke Dijkstra in Groningen, The Netherlands. He spent much of his time in France, working at the synchrotron in Grenoble. Xuelei is teaching us how to purify proteins on the AKTA and fascinated by how structural changes in proteins can transmit temperature information. He likes biking and running when he is not in the lab.

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Betty Chung did her PhD with John Atkins in University College Cork, Ireland, studying mechanisms of non-canonical translational regulation. She then joined the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, as a long-term EMBO Fellow and a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow. Betty has joined the group as a visiting scientist to work on temperature dependent translational mechanisms in plants. 


Jaehoon Jung is a postdoc from Seoul, Korea. Previously, Jaehoon did his PhD in the lab of Chung-Mo Park where he studied flowering time, looking at the role of microRNAs and RNA binding proteins such as FCA. Jaehoon is working with Anna on the regulation of H2A.Z-nucleosomes by temperature More details


Meixuezi (Michelle) Tong did her PhD at the University of British Columbia in the group of Xin Li studying mechanisms of plant innate immunity. Here in Cambridge, Michelle is identifying new mutants in the temperature perception pathway in the HSP70:LUC screen and is also investigating mechanisms by which H2A.Z-nucleosomes control thermoresponsive gene expression.

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Hui Lan did his PhD in Computer Science with Anthony Bonner at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is fascinated by gene expression regulation and is discovering new methods for analysing and investigating gene expression networks.


David Schoepfer did his undergraduate studies in Imperial College London. David got into plants working in Thorsten Hamman’s lab, when it was at Imperial, and he is now holds a BBSRC CASE studentship in a joint project with Syngenta. David is using chemical genomics to analyse the temperature response pathway. Outside of the lab, David is a keen footballer and musician. More details


Noemie Vimont is a joint PhD student working between the Wigge lab and the lab of Benedicte Wenden in INRA in collaboration with the Rouiller Group. Noemie is investigating how temperature influences dormancy in the Sweet Cherry. Noemie is therefore in the fortunate position of being able to eat the subject of her experiments!

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