Currently our team includes me. We have a PhD student and a Postdoctoral Researcher starting soon. If you are interested in joining, please check Join us section, as we have multiple positions coming up.

Özgen Deniz – Group Leader

Özgen received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University and MSc degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Ruprecht Karls University. She obtained her PhD in 2014 with Professor Modesto Orozco from Barcelona University, working on nucleosome positioning in budding yeast. She then joined Dr Miguel Branco’s group at Queen Mary University of London for her postdoctoral training to investigate the epigenetic regulation of transposons in early development and cancer. After her postdoc, she joined the Imperial College London as a Research Fellow to establish her own research programme. In 2022, Özgen set up her own lab at the Centre for Haemato-Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute funded by Cancer Research UK, European Hematalogy Association and AstraZeneca.

Other than science, Özgen is a running, swimming, live music and improvised dancing enthusiast.


We have current positions available:

2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows

1 PhD students


Kamela Bellovoda – Imperial MSc student 2020/2021. Kamela spent six months in the lab studying gene regulatory regions in a poor risk AML subtype.

Asja Puncuh – Imperial MRes student 2021/2022. Asja stayed four months in the lab investigating the potential contribution of transposons to therapy resistance.

Ziqing Xia– Imperial MRes student 2021/2022. Ziqing’s four-month research project involved analysing epigenetic activation of transposons in AML.  

Nicola Hili – Imperial MSc student 2021/2022. Nicola’s research project focused on the transposon-induced viral mimicry.

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