Skip to main content Skip to navigation


Current Members

Orkun S Soyer, PI


Born in Istanbul, Turkey on 5th of July, 1975. BSc in Chemistry from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (2000). PhD from University of Michigan for work with Richard A. Goldstein (2004). Postdoc with Sebastian Bonhoeffer at ETH, Zurich (2004 - 2006). Independent researcher at Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (2006 - 2009). Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Systems Biology at University of Exeter (2009 - 2013). Professor of Evolutionary Systems and Synthetic Biology at University of Warwick (2013 - ). Research area: Networks, evolution, and all in between. Off work: Keen sailor. Google Scholar | Orcid | AcademicTree

Mary Coates, Project Manager

Mary 2019

Born in Leamington Spa 1978. BSc in Biological Sciences from The University of Exeter (2001). PhD from The University of Warwick (2007) working with Prof. Jim Beynon on Plant-Microbe Interactions. I have undertaken various Project Facilitator and Project Management positions within the University of Warwick since 2008. Currently Project Manager for the Bio-Electrical Engineering Innovation Hub (BEE).

Post Doctoral Research Assistants
Zoe Schofield, PDRA


Born in Huddersfield, UK 1992. MChem (Hons) in Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry (2014) from the University of Hull and MSc in Physical Sciences for Health from the University of Birmingham (2015). PhD on Computational and Experimental Investigation of the Mechanisms Behind Deep Vein Thrombosis (2019), supervised by: Daniele Vigolo, Alessio Alexiadis, Alexander Brill and Gerard Nash. Joined OSS lab in Feb 2019. Research funded by CRUK for the project Electrical Control of Cancer Metabolism. Off Work: Rugby (playing and watching), cycling, live music and travelling. Orcid

Sarah Duxbury, PDRA

Sarah Duxbury PDRA

Born in UK. BSc (Hons) Biology (2013) from University of Bath. PhD in Biological Sciences (2018) from University of Exeter on resource competition and evolution of antifungal resistance in Candida species, supervised by Professors Ivana Gudelj, Ken Haynes and Dr. Steven Bates. Postdoctoral researcher in Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands (2018-2020) with Professor Arjan de Visser. Joined OSS Lab in October 2020. Research funded by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, on topic of feedbacks between spatial organisation and metabolic interactions in aquatic microbial communities. Off-work: music (clarinet) and travelling

Jerko Rosko, PDRA

Born in Croatia. MSc Physics from the University of Zagreb (2013) and PhD in Biophysics from the University of Edinburgh (2017). Previously worked on bacterial motility and the role of osmotaxis in navigating complex environments. Interested in polymicrobial communities; how microbes interact with each other and their physical environment and the importance of self-propelled motion for these interactions. Joined the OSS Lab in 2021 to study the role of motility in development of spatial patterns in multi-species aquatic communities.

PhD Students
Connah Johnson, PhD Student


Born in Blackburn, England in 1994. MPhys in Physics with Theoretical Physics (2017) from The University of Manchester, MSc in Mathematics of Systems (2018) from The University of Warwick, current PhD student in the Mathematics of Real World Systems Centre for Doctoral training (MathSys - CDT). Joined OSS Lab in September 2018. Research area: Simulating the evolution and dynamics of realistic chemical reaction networks. Off work: hiking, coding

Kelsey Cremin, PhD Student


Born in Swindon, England in June 1996. BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science from Coventry University, completed May 2017. MSc to PhD student in the Molecular Analytical Science- Centre of Doctoral Training (MAS-CDT), based in the OSS Lab and the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interface Group, University of Warwick. Research interests: Scanning probe microscopy techniques for studying biological systems. Joined OSS Lab in May 2018. Off work: drawing, cooking.

Clare Hayes, PhD Student


Born in Los Angeles, USA in 1986. BA in Biology from Harvard University in 2009. Research technician for Professor Richard Murray at California Institute of Technology (2012-2016). PhD student in the Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training and the University of Warwick (2016-2020). Joined OSS Lab in August 2017. Research area: Metabolic system dynamics. Off work: hiking, swimming.

Emily Skates, PhD Student


Born in Worthing, UK 1996. BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science (2018) from the University of Surrey. Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP - DTP) PhD student. Joined OSS Lab in July 2019. Research area: Investigating the effect of electric fields on cellular metabolism. Off-work: Running, hiking and painting.

Luke Richards, PhD Student

Luke Richards

Born in Oldham, UK 1991. MBiolSci (Hons) in Biological Sciences (2013) from the University of Sheffield. Senior Technician (2013-2017) and Scientist I Molecular Biology and Bionformatics (2017-2018) at British American Tobacco Research and Development Cambridge. MIBTP PhD student from Oct 2018 in Patrick Schäfer lab University of Warwick and joined OSS lab in March 2020. Current PhD project: Understanding the structure and assembly of plant root/ soil microbiomes at the level of the community and single microbe-microbe interactions. Off work: Travel, music, painting



OSS Lab proudly acknowledges the following students and researchers for their work and enthusiasm during their time in the lab. We wish them all the best in their future career (their immediate destinations indicated, where available).
Hadrien Delattre (PDRA 2018-2021), Praneet Prakash (PDRA 2019-2021, University of Cambridge), Craig McBeth (PDRA, 2019-2020), Jing Chen (PDRA, 2016-2019, Sichuan University), Christian Zerfass (PDRA, 2015-2019), Andrea Martinez-Vernon (PhD Student, 2014-2018, AigenPlus), Kalesh Sasidharan (Post-doc, 2013-2018, moved on to his own spinout; Humane Technologies Ltd), Sean Aller (PhD Student, 2014-2018, St George's, University of London), Xue Jiang (PhD student, 2013-2017, Los Alamos Labs), Fred Farrell (Post-doc, 2016-2017, Illumina), Tobias Grosskopf (Post-doc, 2013-2016, Roche), Kent McClymont (Scientific Computing, 2014-15), Song Feng (PhD student, 2011-15, Los Alamos National Labs), Chris De Wolf (Technician, 2013-15, University of Warwick), Nicolas Delalez (Post-doc, 2014-2015, University of Oxford), Jamie Lue (Post-doc, 2012-15, University of Warwick), Simone Zenobi (Technician, 2013-14), Francesco Montefusco (Post-doc, 2011-14, University of Padova), Varun B Kothamachu (PhD student, 2010-14), Arno Steinacher (Post-doc, 2011-14, University of Cambridge), Munia Amin (PhD student, 2010-13), Kaitlin Weegman (MSc student, summer 2012), Tuba Ayhan (UG project, summer 2011), Steve Cockram (UG project, summer 2011), and Nihat Sayar (PDRA, 2010-11).


star wars Current and recent collaborators include...
University of Warwick: Chris Quince, Pat Unwin, Marco Polin, Munehiro Asally.
External: Alex Fletcher (University of Sheffield); Elisenda Feliu (University of Copenhagen); Wenying Shou ( Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center).