Lab Members


We welcome enquiries from motivated and enthusiastic scientists who would like to join our group. Expression of interest should be directed to Dr Cynthia Andoniadou.


Cynthia Lilian Andoniadou
Principal Investigator

Cynthia joined KCL in September 2013 as a Lecturer and is currently a Reader in Stem Cell Biology. She has a second appointment at Technische Universität Dresden and a joint research team between the two universities.

Cynthia carried out her PhD at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, under the supervision of Dr Robin Lovell-Badge. Her post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera at the UCL Institute of Child Health focused on anterior forebrain and pituitary development in mouse. She teaches developmental biology and molecular endocrinology.



Emily Lodge
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Emily recently re-joined our group as a postdoc. She completed her PhD in our lab, focusing on the role of the Hippo pathway in pituitary stem cell regulation, funded by the King's Biosciences Programme Four Year Prize PhD Studentship. Emily then joined UCL as a post-doctoral researcher working on the pathogenesis of pituitary tumours, before returning to focus on YAP/TAZ signalling during pituitary disease.




Alice Santambrogio
PhD Student

Alice joined our group in June 2016 as research technician before starting her PhD in April 2018. Alice is studying towards a joint degree between KCL and Technische Universität Dresden. Before joining the lab, Alice completed her studies at the University of Milan-Bicocca. Alice is working on the characterisation and regulation of stem cells of the adrenal medulla and their involvement in adrenal diseases such as pheochromocytoma.



Ilona Berger
 PhD Student

Ilona started her PhD in 2018 and is working towards a joint degree between KCL and Technische Universität Dresden, spending time in both institutions. Ilona's project focuses on the signalling pathways regulating stem/progenitor populations of the HPA axis during stress and metabolic changes.



Val Yianni
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Val is a postdoctoral research associate, shared with the Sharpe group. He carried out his PhD at King's and joined our group in May 2021. Val is interested in lineage commitment decisions during stem cell commitment and their genetic and epigenetic control.



Thea Willis
PhD Student

Thea is a PhD student on the Wellcome Trust ‘Cell Therapies & Regenerative Medicine’ PhD Programme and joined our group in October 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bath and her MRes at King's as part of the four year PhD programme. Thea is interested in stem cell heterogeneity and and the control of stem cell behaviour during homeostasis.



Carlos Abascal Sherwell Sanchez
MSc Student

Carlos is a Masters student in Regenerative Dentistry, investigating the role of FGFs in pituitary stem cell regulation. He completed his BSc in Dental Surgery and Doctor of Medicine from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in 2020. Carlos is the recipient of a CONACYT scholarship for his graduate studies.



Affiliated Lab Members

Evi Xekouki
Clinical Endocrinologist

Evi is a Visiting Lecturer in our lab. She is Assistant Professor in Endocrinology at the University of Crete School of Medicine and Head of the Endocrine, Diabetes & Metabolism Clinic.  Evi is interested in the genetics of pituitary tumours, focusing on new candidate pathways for chemical treatments.