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The Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity Committee has representatives from all staff and student groups in the Institute.

We welcome comments and suggestions from all Institute members about wellbeing, equality, diversity and related issues.

You can send an  to the committee or you can leave an anonymous comment in the Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity Committee's pigeonhole.






Prof Julie Ahringer, Chair





Dr Andy Bannister




Giuseppina D'Alessandro




Di Foster is the Institute's Principal Technician and Deputy Business & Operations Manager, and is also the Wellbeing Advocate.  She organises the annual staff survey allowing everyone to comment on their experiences at the Institute. She is particularly keen to see support staff championed.





Kay Harnish is a Research Assistant who runs the in-house Sequencing Facility at the Gurdon Institute.  They joined the WE&D working group to ensure the views of LGBTQ and non-gender conforming individuals were considered.




Tessa Hughes is a PhD student researching progenitor stem cell populations in the developing lung. She is part of the Gurdon PhD society, and joined WED to represent students and promote inclusivity in science.





Pantelis Ioannou is a PhD student researching actin regulators involved in filopodia formation. He is member of the Gurdon Institute PhD Society (GPS) and joined the WED Committee because he cares about the wellbeing of other students.





Sri Lestari is a Senior Research Technician in the Kouzarides lab. She joined the WED committee to promote wellbeing and equal opportunities in the Institute and at the University. She is a Disability Liaison Officer.




Dr Miriam Lynn (ex-officio member) is a Senior Equality & Diversity Consultant for the University of Cambridge.




Dr Hansong Ma is a Research Group Leader working on mitochondrial genome. She is the responsible officers for all the students in Gurdon. She is also part of the career guidance and support team that helps students, postdocs and young group leaders to obtain mentorship and career guidance.




Ragini Medhi is a PhD student researching on RNA biology in cancer.  As a part of the WE&D working group, she contributes towards public engagement to communicate science in non-technical terms and inspire the next generation of future young biologists.




Dr Sylviane Moss is the Safety and Compliance Manager of the Institute. She enjoys engaging with people on all sorts of matters including equality and diversity and she publishes a monthly WE&D digest with Di Foster.




Dr Claire O'Brien (Co-chair) is the Institute's Communications Officer. Claire is interested in women’s career choices and in a work environment that is supportive and inclusive for all. Has two teenage children and in the past worked part-time to improve the work/life juggling act.




Arianna Pezzuolo




Dr Emma Rawlins is a Research Group Leader working on lung development and lung stem cells. She is interested in research career structures and mentoring.




Prof Daniel St Johnston




Dr Jelle van den Ameele is a Clinical Research Associate and he is member of GIPA (the Gurdon Institute Postdocs Association).




Peter Williamson is part of Core's IT team. Has a two year old son and joined to be part of wider work within the Institute and to provide a more technical background.



Previous Committee Members