Meet the Team

The group at our joint Christmas dinner with Daan Frenkel (December 2018).

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Rosana Collepardo

Group Leader


Rosana studied chemistry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and obtained her DPhil in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof David Manolopoulos. She then did postdoctoral work at New York University as a Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellow with Prof Tamar Schlick, at the Institute for Biomedical Research-Barcelona Supercomputing Centre as a Marie Curie Fellow with Prof Modesto Orozco, and at the University of Cambridge joining the groups of Prof Daan Frenkel and David Wales. In 2016 she started her group as a Winton Advanced Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. 

Rosana's main research interests lie in understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine the packaging of DNA insides cells, DNA structure, epigenetic phenomena, and the relationship between the structure of the genome and gene expression regulation. Her technical expertise is on molecular modelling, coarse-grained model development, atomistic simulations, and high-performance scientific computing. 

Jorge Reñe Espinosa


Oppenheimer Research Fellow (2019-)

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2018-2019)

Doctor in Physics, Complutense University of Madrid

Jorge works on liquid-liquid phase separation of protein mixtures

Zahra Fahmi


Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-)

Doctor in Computational Biology, The Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge

Zahra works on nucleosome-resolution chromatin coarse-grained modelling

Jerelle Joseph


Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-)

Doctor in Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Jerelle works on liquid-liquid phase separation of DNA/RNA-protein mixtures

Stephen Farr

PhD student (2017-)


EPSRC-funded PhD student of the CDT in Computational Methods for Materials Scholar (2017-2020)

MPhil in Scientific Computing (2016-2017)

Steve has now developed a high-resolution coarse-grained model of chromatin with near-chemical accuracy that is unique and very powerful....stay tuned! He also develops Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, and Hybrid Monte Carlo simulation codes.

Akshay Sridhar

PhD student (2017-)


Winton-funded PhD student in Physics (2017-2020)

MPhil in Scientific Computing (2016-2017)

Akshay investigates epigenetics mechanisms of chromatin structure regulation with atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations

Adiran Garaizar

PhD Student (2018-)


EPSRC and Winton-funded PhD student in Physics (2018-2021)

MPhil in Scientific Computing (2016-2017)

Adiran investigates liquid-liquid phase separation of chromatin with Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations

Our collaborators

Previous collaborators

Past Members

Sivapalan Chelvaniththilan

MPhil in Physics (2016-2018)

Gates Scholar

Co-supervised by Prof. Daan Frenkel


Miguel García Ortegón

MPhil in Scientific Computing (2015-2016)

La Caixa Scholar

Co-supervised by Prof. Ulrich Keyser