Stela Michael has joined the lab in 2010 as a PhD student and obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2016. She has a BSc in Medical Biochemistry (2009) and an MSc in Cancer Cell & Molecular Biology (2010) from the University of Leicester U.K. Currently, she is working in the lab as a senior postdoc and her research focuses on the role of the HPV oncogenes in cellular reprogramming.
Vural Yilmaz has joined the lab in 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow. Currently, he is working on creating a novel lineage tracing MmuPV1 infection model. He studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bradford U.K. (BSc, 2010) and Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences (MSc, 2012) at the Utrecht University, Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in Immuology (2018) from ETH Zürich University in Switzerland.
Alexia completed her BSc degree in Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds, UK and her MSc degree in Molecular Medicine at St James’s University Hospital, University of Leeds. She performed her PhD degree in Cancer Epigenetics within the Leeds Institute of Medical Research, University of Leeds. She is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Strati Lab and focuses on investigating the importance of stemness in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Elena Christofidou obtained her Bachelor degree in Chemistry at the University of Ioannina in Greece and her MSc degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology. In 2009 she joined the lab of Prof. Josephine Adams at the University of Bristol in UK for her PhD. In 2014 she began her first postdoctoral studies at the University of Leicester in UK. She recently joined Strati lab to study the importance of stemness in HPV-related cancers and the role of Oct4 expression in HPV-positive cervical cancer cells.
Panayiota Marcou has joined the lab in 2016 as a PhD student. She has a BSc in Chemistry (2013) and an MSc in Biochemistry (2015) from the University of Crete in Greece. Currently, she is working on a project where the objective is to identify how papillomaviruses interact with their hosts and vice versa during the early stages of infection.
Thefano Panayiotou has joined the lab in 2016 as a PhD student and she is now a PhD candidate. She graduated from the University of Southampton U.K. (2012) and she obtained an MSc in Virology from Imperial College London (2013). Currently, she is studying the interaction of a transcription factor with the HPV viral oncogenes.
Izge Shanlitourk has joined the lab in 2021 as a Ph.D. student. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the Ege University, Izmir, Turkey (BSc, 2019). Next, she completed an MS.c. degree specialized in Biomedical Research in a combined program at Wageningen and Erasmus University, Netherlands (MSc, 2021). Currently, she is conducting her project at Strati’s lab; the project's main aim is to investigate the role of HPV infection in head and neck cancers.