Meet our Team

The success of the MRC DTP is made possible by the collaborative work of Theme Leads, Researchers and high-achieving students, guided by a dedicated Management Team.


Professor Mike Malim MRC DTP Director
Prof Michael Malim

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Director


Elena Allen MRC DTP Reseach Development Co-ordinator
Elena Allen

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

Elena is responsible for managing the DTP team and maintains oversight of all activity in the DTP, including adherence to MRC regulations, expected outcomes, reports, student recruitment, progress and training and budget management. 

Megan Davies

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Coordinator

Megan is the first point of contact for all students, providing information and support to our current students. Megan manages all taught components of the programme, including the MRes year, planning of workshops, assessments, deadlines, grades, and feedback. 

Olivia Pryle

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Administrator

Olivia provides essential administrative support to all areas of the DTP to ensure the smooth running of the programme. 

Academic Leads

Dr Cynthia Andoniadou

Theme 1 Co-lead

Tracey Mitchell Photo
Dr Tracey Mitchell

Theme 1 Co-lead

Professor Francesca Happe MRC DTP Theme 2 Lead
Prof Francesca Happe

Theme 2 Co-lead

Dr Sandrine Thuret

Theme 2 Co-lead

Professor Cathy Shanahan Theme 3 Lead
Prof Cathy Shanahan

Theme 3 Lead

Dr Sebastien Roujol

Theme 4 Co-lead

Dr Tim Witney

Theme 4 Co-lead

Dr Baljinder Mankoo

Director of Training

iCASE Team

Dr Steve Niederer MRC DTP iCase Lead
Prof Steve Niederer

Director of Industrial Partnerships

Dr Francesca Capon MRC DTP Theme 1 iCASE Lead
Dr Francesca Capon

iCASE Theme 1

Professor Richard Dobson iCASE Theme 2 Lead
Professor Richard Dobson

iCASE Theme 2

Professor Shanta Persaud MRC DTP iCASE Theme 3
Professor Shanta Persaud

iCASE Theme 3

Theme Teams