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Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing in the Department of Pathology


Heike Laman

Dr Heike Laman

Gender Champion

I graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and pursued a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University in New York City, working with David Shore on transcriptional silencing in yeast. In 1997 I moved to London to work at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund on the control of DNA replication by oncogenic cyclins with Nic Jones and Gordon Peters. I then moved to the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research at University College London to work with Chris Boshoff on the regulators of herpesvirus-encoded cyclins.   

In 2005 I joined the Department of Pathology to establish my independent research group focusing on the biology and therapeutic targeting of ubiquitin ligases in cancer and Parkinson's disease.  I am now a Senior University Lecturer in the Division of Cancer and Genetic Disease and a Fellow of Clare College, where I am Director of Studies for Pathology and Genetics.  

I have been part of the Athena SWAN Working Group starting in 2013, and am now the Gender Champion for the Department, charged with coordinating the implementation of the action plan outlined in our Bronze Award. I am very much looking forward to bringing about the structural and cultural changes needed to promote and progress women and minority groups in our Department.


Gillian Fraser

Dr Gillian Fraser

Chair, EDW Committee; Deputy Head of Department (Teaching)

I joined the Department of Pathology in 1993 as a postgraduate student in Microbiology. On completing my studies and after a short post-doc, I was awarded a Wellcome Trust International Prize Travelling Research Fellowship to work on bacterial flagella biogenesis at Yale University. In 2002, I returned to the Department to complete my fellowship and take up a University Lectureship in Cellular and Molecular Microbiology. I'm now Senior University Lecturer, Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of Department. In addition to my work in Pathology, I'm the Niccoli Fellow in the Natural Sciences at Queens' College.

In 2014, I joined the Athena SWAN working group and was heavily involved in preparing the submission and action plan for the Department's 2015 Bronze Award. The EDW Committee is now implementing the action plan and I'm hopeful that this will have a positive impact on the Department's culture and, in particular, the progression of women and other under-represented groups into senior academic positions.




Nerea Irigoyen

Dr Nerea Irigoyen

After obtaining a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Navarra (Spain), I carried out a PhD at the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC, Madrid) under the supervision of Dr José Francisco Rodríguez Aguirre and Dr José Ruiz Castón where I studied and gained practical knowledge of structural aspects of viral capsids. Wishing to extend my knowledge in mechanisms of viral translation and virus gene expression, I joined Dr Ian Brierley’s laboratory (Division of Virology, University of Cambridge) as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow. Since October 2010, I have been trying to understand the implication of frameshifiting and readthrough in retro- and coronaviruses and applying the novel technique of ribosome profiling to RNA viruses like coronaviruses, HIV, flu, etc.

As a female scientist I have also experienced how difficult it can sometimes be to progress to senior roles in Academia, therefore I decided to join the Athena SWAN Working Group at the Department of Pathology. I hope we will be able to work towards the advancement of gender equality in higher education and research.



Colin Crump

Dr Colin Crump

I graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biochemistry in 1995, and then undertook a PhD in George Banting's laboratory at the University of Bristol in membrane traffic research. After completing my PhD in 1999 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust International Prize Travelling Research Fellowship to work on the role of membrane trafficking proteins in herpesvirus assembly in Gary Thomas' laboratory at the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University. I returned to the UK in 2002 and joined the Department of Pathology to continue my research on herpesvirus assembly in Tony Minson's laboratory and I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to establish my independent research group in 2005. I took up a University Lectureship in the Department in 2012 and I was promoted to University Senior Lecturer in 2016. I am also a Fellow and Director of Studies at Robinson College. I have been a member of the Athena SWAN working group since 2014.


Mr Alan Kirby


Dr Brian Ferguson