Eugenia Piddini (the boss!)


PhD in EMBL Heidelberg, 2002

Postdoctoral work at MRC NIMR, 2002-2009

Group Leader at The Gurdon Institute & University of Cambridge, 2010-2017

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow since 2017

Professor at University of Bristol since 2017

Winner of the BSCB’s 2019 Hooke Medal

Click here for a piece on Eugenia by the Journal of Cell Biology.



Postdoctoral fellows

Medhavi Vishwakarma


After obtaining masters’ in Bioengineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, I moved to Germany to obtain a PhD in Biophysics through Max Planck-EPFL joint Center for Molecular Nanoscience and Technology and continued my research in Biophysics for another year in the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. Mechano-biology of epithelial tissues has been the major focus of my research whilst working in the Max Planck Society. Realizing the importance of cooperation and communication between cells in dealing with pathological situations such as a wound, I developed keen interest in how cells of an epithelial tissue work as a society to maintain a healthy state and what happens if some members become corrupted, which interestingly, is often the case. This question now brought me to Piddini lab where we are interested in looking at molecular and biophysical mechanisms of cell competition- a situation, when winners (healthy cells) remove the losers (unhealthy cells) to maintain a happy tissue status. Outside the lab, I am inclined to read, do yoga, jogging, hiking and am a fairly good cook!


PhD students

Michael Baumgartner


I came to cell competition research via a detour in neurobiology and immunology. As such, I’ve a keen interest in how cells communicate, defend themselves, and attack each other. I studied biology and liberal arts at the University of Texas at Austin, got a Biochemistry Master’s from the University of Cambridge, and am currently a PhD student at Bristol. Outside the lab, I’m partial to running, diving, reading, and fiction writing.

Michael Dinan

mike lab.jpgHi, I am Mike Dinan and I am a final year PhD group in thePiddini group. I studied for an MSci in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, which focussed on cell biology and biochemistry. My PhD work has been part of the Wellcome Trust 4-Year Developmental Biology Programme that I started at the University of Cambridge, before moving over to Bristol. During my PhD, I have focussed on understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine the loser cell status in the context of cell competition. In my free time, I like to go out for drinks with friends and I consider myself (probably wrongly) as a semi-professional chef/baker!!

Kasia Kozyrska


After a BSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Dundee, I ventured south for my Masters in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. I joined the Piddini lab in 2014 to do my PhD, which I’m completing very soon (fingers crossed!). I’m currently investigating the molecular pathways involved in cell migration during wound closure. Outside of work, I enjoy pumping modest amounts of iron at the gym and sleeping.

Lab Technician

Natalie Osborne


Hi. I’m Natalie (Nat) Osborne, and I’m the shared research technician for the Piddini and Carazo Salas Groups. I graduated with a BSc (hons) in Forensic Science in 2008, and have found a real passion working in research since. I led a novel project for diagnosis of disease within Microbiology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and continued along this route working as a Research Laboratory Technician for the University of Bristol for the last 5 years, I have two beautiful daughters, Sophia (4) and Ella (2) who keep me extremely busy! I also own and run my own successful beauty business alongside my day job at the University. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with friends over a glass of wine and also spending time with my husband and daughters.