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Maxie Dr. Maxie Roessler 00 cctld de icon

Principal Investigator

I grew up in Germany (with a small detour via Italy), went to a French school in Berlin and did both my undergraduate and PhD degrees in the UK (Oxford). Subtracting a 1.5 year excursion to China (Beijing), I have been in the UK for over 10 years and now enjoy living in London. In my spare time I enjoy sports and music, and spending time with my family.

academic bio

Dr. Enrico Salvadori 00 cctld it icon
EPR Facility Research Fellow

Born and bred in Italy, near Venice. I did my undergraduate and PhD degrees in Padova (Italy) in a research group with a long tradition in EPR spectroscopy. I am currently holding a joint appointment between QMUL and UCL. I have been living in London for the past 4 years and loving it!
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4th year PhD student

BSc (hons) and MSc Biochemistry University of Manchester

I was born and raised in Manchester, where I went on to study my undergraduate and master’s degrees in biochemistry at the University of Manchester. Not content to remain in the exotic climate of Manchester, I left the north and travelled south to London to study my PhD. My PhD project is the investigation of the mechanism of mitochondrial complex I using EPR spectroscopy, focusing on the reduction of uniquinone. Away from the lab, I enjoy playing and watching football, music and film.

Martina Cirulli 00 cctld it icon

3rd year PhD student (in collaboration with Dr Steve Goldup)

Masters in Chemistry with honors, University of Rome (Tor Vergata)

I was born in Italy and I went to school and university in Rome (University of Rome Tor Vergata). I just moved to London for my PhD - my first long-term experience abroad - and in my spare time I really enjoy swimming, walking outdoors and cooking. My PhD project is focused on the synthesis and characterization of mechanically interlocked molecules (rotaxanes) and the application of these metal ions complexes.

Wei Song 宋巍 China Flag icon

2nd year PhD student

I'm from China, I finished my undergraduate study in Northwest A&F University (near Xi'an) and a 3-year Master's in Peking University. I get the CSC-QMUL scholarship to support my 4-year PhD research here in QMUL. My project is trying to elucidate the mechanism of mitochondrial Complex I using both site-directed mutagenesis and advanced EPR methods. London is an amazing place to explore and I really enjoy living here!

Kaltum Abdiaziz Sweden Flag icon Somalia Flag icon
 2nd year PhD student

I am Somali but was born in Sweden, Gothenburg. I moved to the UK when I was 8 and have lived in Leicester ever since. I did my undergraduate and masters in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Leicester. I am currently doing my PhD at QMUL in London and am loving it. I also enjoy traveling and food in my spare time.

Chrisline Thomas India Flag icon
MSci student

I was born in India but have lived in London for most of my life. I'm currently completing the final year of my MSci in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and am working on a project based on quinone chemistry in respiratory complex I. Last year I worked at Reckitt Benckiser for my year in industry as a formulator for Veet. I enjoy reading, cooking and volunteering at my church in my spare time.

Dilan Al Turkey icon
BSc research student

I was born in Turkey, but, I have lived in London since the age of two. Currently in the final year of Bachelors with a year in industry programme. I recently returned from a year of working with Roche on natural drug synthesis and antibiotics in Basel, Switzerland. I am currently working on Mechanically interlocked structures called Rotaxanes and analysing the transition metal Complexes through EPR Spectroscopy. I enjoy traveling,reading and trying new cuisines.


Dr. Judy Hirst (Medical Research Council, Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge)

Dr. Stephen Goldup (University of Southampton)

Dr. Guy Hanke (Queen Mary University)

Dr Alison Parkin (University of York)

Dr. Rachel Crespo-Otero (Queen Mary University)

Dr Sarah Barry (King's College London)

Alumni - where are they now?


Dr. Nolwenn le Breton 00 cctld fr icon (2015-17)

Nolwenn now has a permanent CNRS research position (ingénieur de recherche) at the Chemistry Institute at the University of Strasbourg, which is part of the national French EPR platform.

Dr. Ana Maria Esteves Portugal Flag icon (2016-17)

Ana is now a PostDoc at King's College London.

Master students

Adam Suhaj (2016-17) - currently a PhD student at King's College London
Chagish Gnanaranjan (2016-17)
Nilab Rashidi (2016-17)
Michelle Liu (2015-16)
Anokhi Shah (2014-15)- currently a PhD student in EPR spectroscopy at the University of St. Andrew's
Hong Nhi Truong (2014-15)
Nicholas Pillay (2013-14)

Summer students

Gemma McGuire, Imperial College London (2017)
Chris Gusenda, University of Frankfurt, Germany, DAAD RISE funded (2017)
Camille Galateau, ESCOM (Ecole Normale de Chimie Organique et Minerale), Compiegne, France (2016)
Svenja Hehn, University of Konstanz, Germany, DAAD RISE funded (2016)
Sumeyye Altun, Bogazici University, Turkey,
Erasmus + funded (2016)
Catalina-Andreea Romila, QMUL, RSC summer bursary (2014) - now a PhD student at UCL