Giuseppe joined the group after a PhD in theoretical biophysics in Trieste, following on from an earlier career in industry. He is now working on the mechanisms of cell size control in fission yeast.
Rea joined the group after a PhD in artificial photosynthesis at the University of Nottingham following degrees in biology from Imperial College London and mathematics from the University of Crete. She is now working on the mechanistic basis of cold temperature sensing and on how environmental temperature fluctuations can be filtered out.
Martin studied physics as an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford University. He then stayed on at Oxford to complete a D Phil in theoretical physics on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, where he was senior graduate scholar at Somerville College. After postdocs in Copenhagen, Virginia, Vancouver and Leiden, he then became a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2002 in the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London. In 2007, he moved to his current position as Project Leader at the John Innes Centre, where he also holds an honorary professorship at the University of East Anglia. He was one of the earliest researchers to move from nonequilibrium statistical physics into biology, where he has studied a wide array of different problems including spatiotemporal protein patterning, cell division positioning, phagocytosis, cell checkpoints, morphogen gradients and precision, polarity, metabolic resource allocation and most recently epigenetics and cell size control. In many cases, he has made fundamental contributions, for example to the dynamics of the Min proteins in bacterial cell division positioning and to the nature of switching between epigenetic states.