Becky is in the third year of her DPhil, studying on the BHF CRE Cardiovascular Medicinal Chemistry programme and supervised by Dr Akane Kawamura and Dr Emily Flashman. She is investigating the effect of changing oxygen concentrations on the KDM4 subfamily of JmjC-histone demethylases, and the implications this may have on epigenetic regulation in cardiovascular diseases. Her work spans in vitro and cellular aspects, and sees her dividing her time between the Departments of Chemistry and Cardiovascular Medicine.
Becky did her undergraduate degree at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and undertook her Part II with Professor Chris Schofield, using fluorescence techniques to study the mechanism of the HIF hydroxylase PHD2. Her enthusiasm for mixing things together extends to her life outside the lab, where she is a fervent cook, and an even more fervent restaurant-goer! As well as food, she enjoys languages, drama and science communication, and is currently a Section Editor for Phenotype, the Oxford University Biochemistry Society’s magazine, along with writing a blog about the science of food, entitled The Periodic Tablecloth.
Olly received his BSc. in biology from the University of Nottingham before completing a D.Phil. in materials science at the University of Oxford on biomimetic coatings for orthopaedic implants. Prior to joining Dr. Kawamura's lab, he worked at the Structural Genomics Consortium in Oxford in both the phosphorylation-dependent signalling and the chemical biology groups and then in Prof. Chris Schofield's group as part of a team generating chemical probes to be used against the histone lysine demethylase enzymes.
In his free time, Olly enjoys running, photography, travel and fiddling with computers.