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Lab Members

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Dr. Sankari Nagarajan

​Lecturer in Chromatin Biology

CRUK Career Establishment Award holder

Principal Investigator, Manchester Breast centre (MBC)

Manchester Cancer Research centre (MCRC)

CRUK Manchester Centre





Dr. Sumitra Mohan

Research Associate (Postdoc)

​Sumitra joined the Nagarajan Lab as a Research Associate in the summer of 2022 and is interested in the role of Cohesin and Mediator complexes in endocrine treatment response in ER positive Breast Cancer. She has over ten years of experience in oncology research and biomarker studies with a focus on Next Generation sequencing analyses of patients’ samples with solid cancers. Sumitra completed her PhD in Austria and a postdoc at CRUK Manchester Institute, analysing the clinical utility of liquid biopsies from patients with solid cancers. 


Simone Ward

Research Assistant

Simone has an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology with Genetics from Liverpool John Moores University and an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from Nottingham Trent University. She worked as a Senior Laboratory Technician at The University of Liverpool School of Life Sciences for 10 years before moving to Manchester to join the Nagarajan Lab in 2021. Simone manages the lab and carries out experimental work for collaborative projects.


Naomi Eastwood

MCRC-CRUK-funded joint PhD student

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