As a community journal, Journal of Cell Science is particularly keen to support the next generation of cell biologists. Here we present a series of interviews with ‘Cell Scientists To Watch’. These researchers talk about their work in the lab and the journeys that led them to where they are now. They also discuss the current state of science funding and give advice on how to navigate the transition to independence. Read the interview transcripts and watch short videos of each interviewee below. Know someone you think we should interview? Email us!
Robert Ernst (University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Robert Ernst is a Professor at the University of Saarland. His laboratory is interested in sense-and-control elements underlying the homeostasis of cellular membrane properties.
Victoria Sanz-Moreno (King’s College, London, UK)
Victoria Sanz-Moreno is a group leader at King’s College London where she investigates the crosstalk between the actomyosin cytoskeleton and transcription factors in cancer cells.
Gaia Pigino (Max-Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
Gaia Pigino is a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute in Dresden. Her research focuses on the mechanisms regulating ciliary transport in cells and the assembly of the eukaryotic cilium.
Marvin Tanenbaum (Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands)
Marvin Tanenbaum is a group leader at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht. His group aims to understand the dynamics of different aspects of gene expression at the single-molecule level, the kinetics that occur in translation and how it influences important cellular decisions.
Arun Shukla (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)
Arun Shukla is a group leader at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. His research group is interested in the signalling pathways and structural aspects of G-protein-coupled-receptors (GPCRs).
Andrew Holland (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA)
Andrew Holland is a group leader at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He studies the mechanisms regulating copy numbers of centrosomes during cell division and how this is linked to genome instability and tumorigenesis.
Edgar Gomes (Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal)
Edgar Gomes is a group leader at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon where he investigates the mechanisms of nuclear positioning and signal transduction into the nucleus in skeletal muscle and migrating cells.
Madeline Lancaster (MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK)
Madeline Lancaster is a group leader at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge where she studies the biological processes underlying human brain development using the organoid system.
Megan King (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Megan King is an Associate Professor for Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine, and she’s interested in how chromatin dynamics are influenced by their cellular context and the mechanical properties of cells.
Brian Stramer (King’s College London, UK)
Brian Stramer works at King’s College London where his group investigates the regulation of contact inhibition of locomotion.
Sabine Petry (Princeton University, USA)
Sabine Petry is a group leader at Princeton University where her group investigates the mechanisms by which microtubules build cellular structures to allow cells to attain a particular shape and function.
Celeste Nelson (Princeton University, USA)
Celeste Nelson is a group leader at Princeton University where her group investigates how biochemical and mechanical cues affect individual cells during organ morphogenesis and what happens when organs are destroyed in diseases such as cancer and fibrosis.
Emmanuel Boucrot (University College London, UK)
Emmanuel Boucrot is a group leader at University College London where his group studies the mechanisms of clathrin-independent endocytosis, as well as the properties of quiescent cells.
Christian Behrends (Frankfurt, Germany)
Christian Behrends is a group leader at the Medical School of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His lab focuses on the basic mechanisms of autophagy, particularly concentrating on the role of ubiquitin signalling, and the crosstalk between autophagy and other vesicular trafficking pathways.
Meritxell Huch (University of Cambridge, UK)
Meritxell Huch is a group leader at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK and a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow. She investigates the mechanisms responsible for adult tissue regeneration in the liver and the pancreas.
Sascha Martens (Vienna, Austria)
Sascha Martens is group leader at the University of Vienna Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Austria. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that orchestrate autophagy.
Virgile Viasnoff (France/Singapore)
Virgile Viasnoff holds a dual appointment between the CNRS in France and the MBI in Singapore. His lab in Singapore investigates how the physical and biochemical parameters of the cellular microenvironment regulate cell–cell adhesion and cell fate.
Lei (Stanley) Qi (California, USA)
Lei (Stanley) Qi is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University, California, USA, and a faculty fellow in Stanford ChEM-H. His research focuses on applying genome engineering and CRISPR technologies to genetic interaction networks related to cell differentiation, proliferation, epigenetic regulation and diseases.
Melina Schuh (Göttingen, Germany)
At the time this interview was conducted, Melina Schuh was a group leader at the Medical Research Council – Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. She is now a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. Her research focuses on meiosis in mammalian oocytes.
Julie Welburn (Edinburgh, UK)
Julie Welburn is a group leader at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology in Edinburgh. Her laboratory works on microtubules and microtubule motors and their function during cell division and differentiation.
Christine Mayr (New York, USA)
Christine Mayr is an assistant professor at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and the Weill Cornell Medical School at Cornell University in New York, USA. She investigates how untranslated regions of the mRNA regulate protein function.
Maya Schuldiner (Rehovot, Israel)
Maya Schuldiner is a principal investigator at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel, and is investigating novel functions of proteins involved in yeast organelle biology.
José Silva (University of Cambridge, UK)
José Silva is a Senior Group Leader at the Wellcome Trust – Medical research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK. He works on nuclear reprogramming and induced pluripotency.
Thomas Wollert (Martinsried, Germany)
Thomas Wollert is an independent group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. His research aims to elucidate the mechanism of autophagosome formation.
Irene Miguel-Aliaga (Imperial College London, UK)
Irene Miguel-Aliaga is a Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre and a Reader at Imperial College London, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the biology of gut cells.
Philip Zegerman (University of Cambridge, UK)
Philip Zegerman is a group leader at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. He works on the regulation of DNA replication initiation.
Victoria Cowling (University of Dundee, UK)
A group leader at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK, Victoria Cowling studies the biology of the mRNA methyl cap.
Paul Conduit (University of Cambridge, UK)
Paul Conduit is a group leader at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. He works on gamma tubulin ring complexes.