Our people

Johannes Schwab


Johannes studied Mathematics at the Leopold Franzens university of Innsbrueck, Austria, where he did his PhD on deep-learning for inverse problems. He joined our group as a postdoc in April 2021 to work on machine-learning methods for modeling continuous structural heterogeneity in cryo-EM reconstruction.

Yang Yang


Yang studied Biology at Beijing Forestry University, and completed her PhD in Biophysics at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she also worked as an assistant investigator in the group of Prof. Zihe Rao. She joined our group as a postdoc in May 2020 to work on structural studies of amyloids from human brain.

Sofia Lovestam

PhD student

Sofia studied at Imperial College of London where she did a BSc in Biochemistry and an MRes in Structural Molecular Biology. She joined in October 2019 as a PhD student and works on the in vitro aggregation of tau and alpha-synuclein.

Dari Kimanius


Dari studied Theoretical Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm), and did a PhD in Biophysics and Bioinformatics at Stockholm University. Dari joined our group as a post-doc in May 2019. He works on the application of machine-learning methods to cryo-EM structure determination.

Liyi Dong

PhD student

Liyi studied Biology at China Agricultural University and did a BSc at Purdue University, where she worked with Michael Rossmann. Liyi joined our group as a PhD student in November 2017. She works on further automation of the single-particle pipeline in RELION.

Takanori Nakane


Takanori studied as an M.D. at Kyoto University, where he also obtained his PhD in Medicine. In 2014 he also obtained an M.Phil in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge. Takanori joined our group as a postdoc in October 2017. He works on many facets of single-particle analysis and kindly dedicates a lot of his time to provide support to RELION users worldwide.

Wenjuan Zhang


Wenjuan studied Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Central China Normal University and did a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Science and Technology of China. Before joining us in June 2017, Wenjuan did a postdoc in Cara Vaughan's group at Birkbeck College, London on centrosome binding proteins in yeast. Wenjuan works on the structural characterisation of tau filaments.

Sjors Scheres

Group leader

Sjors studied chemistry at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he also obtained his PhD in protein crystallography. He was a post-doc in the group of Jose-Maria Carazo in Madrid, before he started his group at the LMB in 2010. Since 2018, Sjors is also joint Head of the Structural Studies division. His main interests lie in the development of new methods for high-resolution cryo-EM structure determination, and their application to amyloid filaments.

Previous members

Alex Epstein

MPhil student

Alex studied Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Chemistry at Yale, where he also worked in the Pollard lab. Alex joined our group as an MPhil student in October 2018. He worked on in vitro aggregation of tau. Alex went on to do a PhD at the Rockefeller in New York.

Jasenko Zivanov


Jasenko studied Computer Science at the University of Basel, where he also obtained his PhD (on the reconstruction of complex 3D shapes from scanning electron microscopy images). Jasenko joined our group as a postdoc in March 2017. He developed Bayesian polishing, as well as aberration corrections, for cryo-EM single-particle analysis. Jasenko went back to Basel to do another postdoctoral stay in the lab of Daniel Castano-Diez. He later joined our group again for an 11-month remote-working arrangement with our group, before taking up a senior position in the group of Henning Stahlberg in Lausanne.

Shaoda He

PhD student

Shaoda studied Biology at Peking University, where he also participated in a programme organized by the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Department. Shaoda joined our group in October 2014. He developed the helical reconstruction algorithms in RELION. His paper on helical reconstruction in RELION was awarded Paper of the Year in the J. Struct. Biol. and Shaoda won the Max Perutz Prize for best PhD thesis. After obtaining his PhD, Shaoda took up a job at Lloyds bank in the City of London.

Thomas Martin


Thomas studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he also obtained his PhD. Thomas joined our group in March 2014. Thomas developed 3D DNA-origami objects as scaffolds for proteins on cryo-EM grids. He also investigated the use of graphene oxide as experimental support. Thomas went on to become the CEO of his own software company.

Anthony Fitzpatrick


Anthony studied Mathematics at Cambridge University, where he also obtained his PhD in Physics. He did a postdoc as a Marie Curie Outgoing Research Fellow in the Zewail group at CalTech. Anthony joined our group as a returning postdoc under the same Marie Curie fellowship in March 2015 with the aim to learn single-particle analysis. He solved the structures of a bacetrial efflux pump and of tau filaments from the brain of an individual with Alzheimer's disease. He went on to become an Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Xiao-chen Bai


Xiao-chen was a postdoc with us from March 2012 until March 2017. He studied Mechanical engineering at Tsinghua University, Bejing, China, where he also obtained his PhD in Biophysics. In our group, Xiaochen was involved in many methods development that drove the early stages of the 'resolution revolution' in cryo-EM, and he solved multiple structures, including ribosomes, the ryanodine receptor, the apoptosome, the spliceosome, and gamma-secretase. Xiao-chen won a MRC CEO Award for his contributions to LMB science. He went on to become an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas, US

Cornelius Gati


Cornelius was a postdoc with us from November 2015 until December 2016. Coming from a background in free-electron X-ray lasers, he was quickly scooped up as a staff scientist by SLAC when they heard he had mastered cryo-EM single-particle analysis. Cornelius did a structure of a bacterial ion transporter, and will also be remembered for his epic contribution as lead singer of the LMB's own "Yeastie Boys" at the 2016 Christmas Party.

Julian Conrad

PhD student

Julian Conrad was the first PhD in our group! He joined us in September 2012. He worked on the structures of bacterial replication complexes, which we did in collaboration with the Lamers group at LMB. In January 2016, Julian became a support staff scientist at the newly opened cryo-EM facility in Stockholm.

Postdoc positions

We are always interested in bright people that are keen to work with us, especially if they have hands-on experience in cryo-EM, amyloid characterisation or algorithm design. For informal enquiries please contact us directly by e-mail.

PhD-student positions

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Please note that PhD applications can only be made once a year (in Autumn) through the international LMB PhD Programme.