Dr Helder Ferreira

I graduated with a B.Sc. Honours degree from Imperial College London and spent a year working in GlaxoWellcome before obtaining a PhD from the University of Dundee with Prof. Tom Owen-Hughes. I then did a postdoc in Switzerland at the Friedrich Miescher Institute with Prof. Susan Gasser before joining the School of Biology as a lecturer in 2013.

Our research focusses on chromatin dynamics from local chromatin structure to global nuclear organization and how this regulates cellular processes. In particular, I am interested in ATP-dependent chromatin remodelling enzymes and telomere maintenance. My goal is to understand how the cross-talk between these systems is regulated within a developmental context and to uncover novel targets of chromatin remodelling enzymes. This is done by combining forward genetic analysis in budding yeast and C. elegans with biochemistry to obtain mechanistic insight into novel chromatin remodelling enzymes and the means by which they affect telomere function.

Dr Helder Ferreira
Biomolecular Sciences Building
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

tel: 01334 463425
fax: 01334 462495
room: B303
email: [email protected]


Xupeng Yu

Janie Olver

Former lab members

Karim Hussain: PhD project

Katka Zabrady: Postdoc

Amy Swanston: PhD project

Sean Gray: MSc (Res) project

Michaela Dermendjieva: Summer project

Ana Luisa Pereira : Summer project

Ilona Welsch: Summer project