Lab members


Ken Sawin - Principal investigator

Professor of Cell Biology

Ken is from Boston, Massachusetts. He studied Physics and Philosophy at Yale University but became interested in Cell Biology during his final undergraduate year. After graduating, he worked with Daniel Mazia at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, studying mitosis in sea urchin embryos, and was later a student in the Physiology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. He obtained his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of California San Francisco, working with Tim Mitchison on mitotic spindle assembly, microtubule dynamics, and microtubule motor proteins, using the Xenopus egg extract system. He began working with fission yeast as a post-doctoral fellow with Paul Nurse at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK), studying microtubule organization and its role in regulating cell polarity. He started the lab in 2000 as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow.


Ye Dee Tay - Post doctoral researcher

Tay is from Malaysia. He completed his Biomedical Sciences degree in the University of Hull in 2005. He then moved to the University of Oxford to study homologous recombination in yeast under CRUK and Clarendon Scholarships. After his PhD, Tay started his first postdoc in Prof. Iain Hagan’s lab in CRUK Manchester Institute (aka Paterson Institute) and began to study cell cycle using another yeast model, i.e. fission yeast. In summer 2014, Tay joined the Sawin’s lab to investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating cell polarity in fission yeast. 


Ana Rodriguez - Darwin Trust PhD student

Ana is from Spain. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from the Pablo de Olavide University in Sevilla, Spain. She did her final year project at the Andalusian Center of Developmental Biology (CABD) and King's College London. In 2016 she started a 4 year PhD programme, supported by the Darwin Trust, in Ken's Lab. Here, Ana is currently studying the relationship between cell stress and polarity control.  



Past members:

Su Ling Leong

Hayley Johnson

Sanju Ashraf

Harish Thakur

Xun Bao

Delyan Mutavchiev 

Weronika Borek

Eric Lynch 

Hilary Snaith 

Itaru Samejima 

Lynda Groocock 

Claudia Bicho

Vicky Miller 

Andreas Anders