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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


David Bargiela

Wellcome Trust PhD Fellow

Pedro Cunha

PhD student

I am a PhD student from Portugal. My academic background in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology was obtained in the University of Coimbra. As part of my Master’s research project I evaluated the potential use of miRNA modulation for targeted therapies to treat cancer. In 2017, I was awarded a FCT studentship to join the Johnson group in 2017. My PhD project aims at understanding the role of nitric oxide in T cell function. I am also interested in how HIF signalling can modulate T cell differentiation and fate.

Dr Iosifina Foskolou


Dr Iosifina Foskolou is a Patrick Sissons Evelyn Trust Research Fellow (Darwin College, Cambridge) who works in the field of cancer immunotherapy. Iosifina completed her DPhil in Oncology at the University of Oxford. Iosifina’s research interests focus on Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy and investigates how hypoxia-inducible metabolites could improve immunotherapy. Iosifina is also affiliated with the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) as a Jonas Söderquists scholar for immunology research.

Rugile Matuleviciute

Research Assistant

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2019. Currently, I am working as a Research Assistant in the Johnson group focusing on the TET2 project.

Eleanor Minogue

PhD student

I am a first year PhD student from Ireland. I did my undergraduate degree in Human Health and Disease at Trinity College Dublin. During my PhD I will study the interactions between hypoxia induced metabolites, cells of the immune system and cancer.

Sandra Pietsch

Lab Manager

I started my career in academia in 2007 as a Laboratory Technician in the field of Neuropsychiatric Research working in the lab of Dr Sabine Bahn at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. In 2011 I decided to challenge myself with a research project in Neurodegeneration funded by CHDI in the lab of Prof Jenny Morton at the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience. I have been in my role as Lab Manger for Prof Randal Johnson since 2017.