Meet the staff

Group Leaders

HawesChris Hawes: Professor and Director of Life Science Research. His specialist interest is the study of the flow of membrane and transport of proteins within the endomembrane system in plant cells, currently working on the structure of the cortical ER, ER and Golgi dynamics and the Golgi matrix. Chris is currently Hon. Secretary of the Royal Microscopical Society.

David EvansDavid Evans: Professor in Plant Cell Biology, Post-graduate Tutor and Head of the Oxford Brookes Graduate School. He is currently directing research in protein traffic and transport at the nuclear envelope using GFP fusions, and is active in research into programmed cell death in plants.

John Runions

John Runions: Senior Lecturer in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology. John first joined the group in Sep. 2003 as a Post Doc after completing a Post Doc in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He researches into protein mobility in plant membranes.


Support Staff


louise 001.jpgLouise Hughes joined the lab in September20011after a postdoc. in the California Nano Systems Unit, UCLA working on the three dimensional structure of Trypanosomes. She runs the BioImaging Unit in the Department. Louise is an expert in scanning and transmission electron microscopy and specialises in electron tomography.

Anne Kearns Anne Kearns: Teaching and research technician, and is in charge of plant cell cultures, maintaining cell lines and is involved in all aspects of tissue culture, as well as work in flow cytometry.





Research Fellows


Anne OsterriederAnne Osterrieder: joined the Hawesgroup in October 2004 as a PhD student and is working on matrix proteins and the biogenesis of the plant Golgi apparatus. She has recently been appoiinted Research and Science Communications Fellow in the Faculty and as such runs her own research programme on plant Golgi and is in charge of all the Outreach Programmes within the Faculty.Prior to Brookes she completed her degree at the Technical University in Munich on the subcellular localisation of a secondary metabolite pathway in maize.  She is worked on a BBSRC-funded project on plant Golgi matrix and is now continuing this work using optical tweezers to study Golgi-ER interactions. proteins.


Katja in labKatja Graumann: carried out her PhD on plant nuclear envelope proteins. She has identified and cloned two SUN domain proteins and is using confocal and electron microscopy to study their location and interactions. Her postdoc.was  in the Evans group funded by the Leverhulme Trust is to work on the function of the SUN proteins and identify their binding partners. She is now carrying on this work as a Leverhulme Early Career research Fellow.  Katja comes from Bad Suderode in Germany and also completed her undergraduate degree in Cell & Molecular Biology here at Oxford Brookes

 Postdoctoral research Assistants 

Verena Kriechbaumer is a senior postdoctoral research assistant in the Hawes Group. She is working on a BBSRC funded project on the role of reticulons in the formation of plasmodesmata. This is a collaborative grant with the group of Prof. Karl Oparka at the University of Edinburgh.  Verena previous held a BBSRC postdoctoral position at Sheffield Hallam University work on tail anchored proteins of the endoplasmic reticulum.

 PhD students

 Alessandra Rochetti joined the hawes group in November 2011 from Milan and is working on the interactions of the Golgi apparatus with the cytoskeleton in plants. She is using fluorescent protein expression and live cell imaging to study interactions with both the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons.

Petra Kiviniemi completed her degree in Cell & Molecular Biology with a first at Brookes in 2010 and Petrajoined the Hawes group as a PhD student in October 2010. Petra is working on the role of the ER family of proteins, the reticulons at the cell plant and reticulon interacting proteins. 


Vidya Pawar MenonVidya Pawar MenonVidya has recently the Evans group as a PhD student funded by Oxford Brookes University. Her research includes studying putative nucleoskeletal proteins and their linkage to the nuclear envelope. In addition, she is also examining interactions between the cytoskeleton and the nuclear envelope and how these affect nuclear positioning and movement.






Frances Tolmie

Andrea Frances Tolmie: Frances is a PhD student in the Runions group working on formin 1 in plant cells. Previously, she completed her Masters and undergraduate studies at Leeds University working on vesicle trafficking and on chemotaxis in cyanobacteria before coming to Brookes to work as a research assistant in the Evns group for a year.



Microscopy Consultant

GarethGareth Morgan: joined in June 2009 as Microscopy Consultant and has many years experience in electron microscopy. He was originally Chief Technician and Laboratory Manager of E.M.Unit, Kings College London (Strand Campus) and more recently as Applications Specialist for RMC-Boeckeler Instruments and I.S.S. Group Services.




Chris Hawes
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