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Lily conducted her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Cardiff University, during this time she conducted a professional training year at the University of Pisa school of Chemical Engineering generating novel biobased wound healing agents as part of the PolyBioskin consortium. The focus of Lily’s dissertation project was on the P2X7 ballast domain employing protein structure prediction, molecular dynamics simulations and molecular cloning to investigate the novel fold in a divide and conquer approach. Additional research experiences include being part of the Cardiff University’s 2018 iGEM utilising RNAi to generate genetically modified plants and conducting a genetic screen in Drosophila melanogaster with the UK Dementia research institute. Lily joined Dr Ritwick Sawarkar’s research group at the MRC Toxicology Unit in October 2021

Research Interests:

Cells face many stressors including, but not limited to proteotoxic stress observed in many disease pathologies. To such stress cells can respond in order to survive or perform cell death. The complex mechanism as to how cells react to stress is not fully understood but, it is known that during cellular stress there is global shut down of genes at the level of transcription while few genes are actively upregulated to rescue the cell. Lily will work to understand how the cell can facilitate this selective regulation with a focus on noncoding elements of the genome and genome architecture.




Key publications: 

Azimi B, Thomas L, Fusco A, Kalaoglu-Altan OI, Basnett P, Cinelli P, De Clerck K, Roy I, Donnarumma G, Coltelli M, Danti S and Lazzeri A. Electrosprayed chitin nanofibril/electrospun polyhydroxyalkanoate fiber mesh as functional nonwoven for skin application. Funct. Biomater. 11(3), 62. (2020).

PhD Student

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MRC Toxicology Unit
Gleeson Building
Tennis Court Road


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