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*JOIN OUR TEAM*

If you are interested in joining the Development and Transcriptional Control group, located at the  London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Imperial College London, contact us to discuss your interests and explore opportunities to join our team!


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Email enquiries are welcome from applicants wishing to apply for postdoctoral fellowship opportunities related to the group’s core interests.

Applicants are encouraged to check the deadlines for submission and eligibility criteria for further details prior to getting in touch.


MRC DTP Studentships at Imperial College London

Enquiries are currently welcome from students wishing to apply to the MRC DTP program at Imperial College London. This program would suit applicants wishing to pursue a cutting edge project spanning development, stem cells and regenerative medicine. For further details on the programme, including entry requirements and due dates, see below:


President’s PhD Scholarship at Imperial College London

These positions suit applicants interested in developing expertise in stem cell technologies, molecular biology and mouse genetics. For further details on the PhD programme, including entry requirements and application due dates, see below:


Irène Amblard

Research Associate

Irène graduated from École Polytechnique (Paris, France), followed by a PhD in cell biology at Sorbonne Université. Under the supervision of Alain Joliot at the Collège de France, she developed expertise in protein trafficking and cell signalling. Her work focused on the mechanisms controlling protein trafficking, and how these events impact the establishment of signalling gradients in developing tissues. See some of her work highlighted in the Journal of Cell Science.

Irène joined the Metzis Lab in February 2021 to study the molecular mechanisms controlling transcription factor activity during development.

Email: IRÈNE AMBLARD


Julia Needham

PhD student

Julia joined the Metzis Lab at Imperial College London as a PhD student in 2020. She obtained a BSc in Biology from the the University of Bristol in 2019. She completed an MPhil in Genetics at the University of Cambridge in the Ferguson-Smith Lab, studying the epigenetic regulation of the mammary gland. She is funded by the President’s PhD Scholarship.

Email: JULIA NEEDHAM


Vicki Metzis

Lab head

Vicki Metzis is a developmental biologist. She obtained her PhD from the University of Queensland, working with Carol Wicking at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Brisbane. Here, she developed an interest in mouse genetics and in vitro approaches to study gene regulatory networks.

Vicki then undertook postdoctoral training in the lab of James Briscoe at the Francis Crick Institute, where she developed expertise in the use of embryonic stem cells to model cell fate decisions, combining experimental and computational approaches.

In 2020, Vicki moved to Imperial College London to establish her own research group, which studies the molecular mechanisms that control cell identity in the developing nervous system. Vicki is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow supported by Wellcome and The Royal Society.

Email: VICKI METZIS


Lab alumni


Neda Mousavy

Research Associate

Neda obtained her BSc in Biology from Iran. She then moved to London where she undertook an MSc in Molecular Medicine at UCL. She continued her scientific career working as a Research Assistant at the UCL-Institute of Child Health and at the National Institute for Medical Research (now part of The Francis Crick Institute). During these years she developed expertise in neural tube and pituitary gland development, working with James Briscoe and Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera. She was supported by a Diabetes UK grant to pursue her PhD at Imperial College London. Her work focused on the roles of two GWAS genes linked to type 2 diabetes in the control of glucose homeostasis. Neda joined the Metzis Lab as a Research Associate working on neuroaxis development. She is now based at Sixfold Bioscience, at our neighbouring White City Campus.

Email: NEDA MOUSAVY


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