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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




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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 studying the role of chromatin remodeling factors and other upstream regulators of enhancer RNAs in breast cancers. 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. 

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Hayden Jones

Research Associate (Postdoc)

Hayden completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at The University of Manchester. During his time there, he conducted research on the transcription factor ZMYM2. After that, he was accepted into The British Heart Foundation's 4-year PhD programme at The University of Manchester. His research focused on studying the role of lncRNAs and enhancers in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. Following his PhD, Hayden joined the lab in April 2024 to investigate the role of the chromatin architecture complexes in resistance to endocrine therapy in breast and prostate cancer.


Naomi Eastwood

MCRC-CRUK-funded joint PhD student

Naomi completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2021. During her degree she undertook an industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline working in the functional genomics team which sparked her interest in the field of cancer epigenetics. She is currently in the 3rd year of her PhD exploring the role of chromatin remodellers in the context of lobular breast cancer.

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