Director: John Solly

Following a PhD in genetics at the Gurdon Institute at Cambridge University, John worked at the management consultancy ZS Associates advising clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, before moving to the Myrovlytis Trust.


Charity Officer: Toby Collins

Toby Collins completed his undergraduate degree in pharmacology with industrial experience from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from University College London. He has postdoctoral research experience from the GOSH Institute of Child Health, where he investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying rare congenital diseases. He became the Myrovlytis Trust’s Charity Officer in July 2017.


Former Staff

Charity Officer: Joana Guedes

After completing a degree in Bioengineering at the Technical University of Lisbon, Joana continued onto a PhD in cancer research and immunity at Imperial College London before joining the Myrovlytis Trust as a Charity Officer in May 2016.


Charity Officer: Danielle Stevenson

After completing a degree in Medical Genetics at the University of Leicester, Danielle continued onto a PhD in stem cell biology and disease modelling at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at the  King’s College London before joining the Myrovlytis Trust as a Charity Officer in January 2015.


Charity Officer: Lizzie Perdeaux

Following a PhD in epigenetics at the Babraham Institute at the  University of Cambridge and a Post-Doc at the Institute of Cancer Research investigating the genetic susceptibility of Wilms Tumor, Lizzie joined the Myrovlytis Trust as a Charity Officer. Lizzie is now a Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis.


Senior Research Manager: Sanjay Thakrar

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences, Sanjay worked as a Research Assistant at the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research, before completing a PhD in epigenetics and stem cells at the University of Edinburgh. Sanjay then took up the position of Charity Officer then Senior Research Manager at the Myrovlytis Trust.


Charity Officer: Vicki Colledge

After completing a degree in Biochemistry at the University of York, Vicki continued on to a PhD in the York Structural Biology Laboratory, before joining the Myrovlytis Trust in as a Charity Officer. Vicki is now the Facilitator for the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham.


Communications Officer and Administrator: Galina Shyndriayeva

Galina joined the Myrovlytis Trust in with an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Imperial College London, after completing a degree in French Literature and Classics from Harvard University. She is currently doing a PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.


Charity Officer: Duncan Azzopardi

Duncan joined the Myrovlytis Trust, having finished his PhD on colon cancer at the Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University. Duncan went on to be the Research Portfolio Development Coordinator of Lung Research Wales.