UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


The Molecular NeuroPathobiology Laboratory

Former MNP Team Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Judit Herreros

Research Fellow

Involvement of lipid rafts in neurospecific uptake of TeNT

Jul 1997 - Feb 2001
Teresa Iglesias

Research Fellow

Cloning and characterisation of Kidins220

Aug 1998 – Sep 1999
Frederic Meunier

Research Fellow

Toxin affecting neuroexocytosis

Dec 1999 - Nov 2002
Giovanni Lesa

Research Fellow

Analysis of complex lipids in C. elegans

Oct 1999 - Oct 2003
Carole Verastegui

Research Fellow

Biochemical analysis of TeNT receptors

Aug 2001 - Feb 2005
Aurora Bracale

Research Fellow

Interacting partners of Kidins220

Nov 2002 - Feb 2005
Alessandra Granata

Research Fellow

The cellular function(s) of TorsinA.

Nov 2004 - Jun 2008
Sara Salinas

Research Fellow

Lipid raft and retrograde transport in motor neurons

Jul 2004 - Sept 2008
Olga Vites

Research Fellow

Role of rab7 effectors in retrograde transport

Apr 2006 - Apr 2009
Lynsey Bilsland

Research Fellow

In vivo assay for axonal retrograde transport

Jan 2006 - Sep 2009
Veronika Neubrand

Research Fellow

Kidins220 regulates the activity of the Rho GEF Trio

Jan 2006 - Oct 2009
Alessandra Reversi

Research Fellow

Regulation of Kidins220-kinesin interaction

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009
Sunil Kappagantula

Research Fellow

Proteomics of axonal transport carriers

Jun 2010 - May 2011
Olga Martins de Brito

Research Fellow

Regulation of Rab7 by RTK-dependent phosphorylation

Jan 2009 – May 2012
Michael Parkinson

Research Fellow

Modulation of Rab GTPases along the axonal transport pathway

Aug 2010 – Sep 2013
Solene Debaisieux

Research Fellow

Proteomics of axonal transport carriers

Oct 2011 – Nov 2015

PhD Students

Shona L. Osborne

PhD Student

PtdIns(4,5)P2: An essential lipid involved in membrane dynamics and nuclear physiology

Oct 1997 - Sep 2001
Giovanna Lalli

PhD Student

The binding fragment of TeNT: a probe to study neuronal endocytosis and retrograde transport

Recipient of the “Guido Pontecorvo” Prize for best PhD Thesis at the LRI

PhD Student
Mar 1998 - Feb 2002

Research Fellow

Mar 2002 - Dec 2002

Gerald Hammond

PhD Student

The role of phosphoinositides in mast cell exocytosis

Oct 2001 - Feb 2006
Stephanie Bohnert



pH analysis of endocytic carriers in motor neurons

Diploma Student

Sep 2001- Apr 2002

PhD Student

Oct 2002 - Jul 2006

Katrin DeinhardtThe endocytic pathway of tetanus toxin in motor neurons

PhD Student Oct 2002 - Nov 2005

Research Fellow Nov 2005 - Nov 2006

Fabrizia CescaFunction of Kidins220 in health and disease

PhD Student

Oct 2003 - Sep 2007

Research Fellow

Sep 2007 - Jul 2008

Marco Terenzio A novel RNAi screen for neurotrophin receptor internalisation and trafficking in motor neurons

PhD Student

Sep 2006 - Dec 2010

Visiting Fellow

Jun 2012 - Oct 2012


Guillermo MenendezMicrofluidics in the study of vesicular transport in neurons

PhD Student

Aug 2006 - Jul 2010

Research Fellow

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Anna Wade


A novel role for activated Leukocyte cell adhesion molecule (ALCAM) in neurotrophin signalling in neurons

PhD Student Sep 2007 - Dec 2010
Arisa Yabe


In vivo functional analysis of Kidins220

PhD Student Oct 2007 - Dec 2011
Martin Wallace

PhD Student

"Functional screens in human motor neurons”

Oct 2010 – Sep 2014
Kinga Bercsenyi

PhD Student

Modifying axonal transport as a therapeutic strategy for ALS

Oct 2011 – Sep 2015
Katherine Gibbs

PhD Student

Modifying axonal transport as a therapeutic strategy for ALS

Oct 2011 – Sep 2015
Nathalie Schmieg

PhD Student

Trafficking of growth factor receptors in Kidins220-/- neuron

Oct 2011 – Jan 2016


Graduate Rotation Student

David LynchLeonard Wolfson PhD ProgrammeOct 2013-Jan 2014
Albert SnowballWellcome Neuroscience ProgrammeJan 2014-May 2014
Melissa Wren Leonard Wolfson PhD ProgrammeOct 2014-Jan 2015
Ione Meyer MRC Neuromuscular Disease PhD ProgrammeOct 2014-Jan 2015
Alexander FellowsLeonard Wolfson PhD ProgrammeFeb 2015-May 2015
Matthew BenthamLeonard Wolfson PhD ProgrammeOct 2015-Jan 2015
Grace C O’Regan4 year PhD Programme in Clinical NeurosciencesNov 2015-Jan 2016



Visiting Research Fellows


Carles Gil Giro'

Research Fellow

TeNT and neurotrophin complexes in brain

Mar 2001 - Aug 2001

Oct 2003 - Jan 2004

Feb 2005 - Mar 2005

Laura Restani

Research Fellow

Retrograde transport of botulinum neurotoxins

Sep 2008 - Feb 2009
Maria Manich

Undergraduate student

Retrograde transport of botulinum neurotoxins

Jul 2008 - Aug 2009
Edoardo Moretto

MSc Student

A quantitative proteomic approach to dystonia

Apr 2011 - Sep 2011
Francesco Giribaldi

PhD Student

BoNT/A and E undergo retrograde transport in motor neurons”

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

Pilar González Cabo

Research Fellow

Differentiation of mouse ES cells into sensory neurons

Mar 2012 - Aug 2012


Scientific Officers


Felicia A. Hunte

Scientific Officer

Kidins220 as marker for malignant astrocytomas

Oct 2001 - Jul 2003
Daniel Worth Scientific OfficerJan 2006 - Jul 2006
Claire L. Thomas

Senior Scientific Officer

Kidins220/ARMS functions in health and disease

Jan 1997 – Aug 2013
Matthew Golding

Principal Scientific Officer

Mutations in cytoplasmic dynein

Jan 2003 - Sep 2013