Molecular Biology and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease


Luminita Paraoan 


Professor Luminita Paraoan, MSc (Biochem), PhD

Group leader Ocular Molecular biology and Mechanisms of Disease

  • Graduated from University of Bucharest (Biochemistry) in 1990; PhD in Genetics and Microbiology from The Romanian Academy of Sciences in 1996 and a further PhD in Biochemistry from The University of Liverpool in 1998.
  • Fulbright research Scholar at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 1992-1993 Wellcome Trust Prize studentship in The Department of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Wellcome Trust Prize Fellow at The University of Liverpool, UK, 1998-2000
  • Appointed Lecturer in 2003 in the Department of Medicine, Senior Lecturer in 2006 in the School of Clinical Science, Faculty of Medicine and Reader in the Department of Eye and Vision Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool.
  • Since 2016 Luminita is Professor of Ocular Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool.


 Joe Butler


Dr Joe Butler (Post-doctoral researcher)

Graduated from University of Cambridge (Natural Sciences BA) in 2002. My PhD at University of Leeds focussed on genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics and statistics. My current project involves analysing whole transcriptome genetic data to understand biological mechanisms of the retina with particular focus on the effects of ageing.

 Raheela Awais


Dr Raheela Awais (Post-doctoral researcher)

Development and application of advanced in-vitro experimental systems to unveil specific steps of molecular mechanisms mediating the cellular decision between cell life and death and to understand its regulation at transcriptional and post translational level.

 Umar Sharif


Mr Umar Sharif (PhD student)

Role of proteolysis in retinal pigmented epithelium in normal physiology and diseases. Study of proteolytic events that involve a network of proteases that mediate human retinal pigmented epithelial cell physiology and its interaction with its surrounding environment including photoreceptors and choroidal blood supply.

 Theresa Binder

International visiting Msc student. Bayreuth University, Germany. Modulation of apoptosis by PERP protein interactions.



Samantha McDonnell (PhD student)

Finished a MBiolSci in Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool in June 2014. Currently studying specific protein-protein interactions involved in cellular apoptosis, with particular interest in the p53-PERP-mediated pathway.



Nur Musfirah Mahmud (PhD student)

Graduated with Bsc (Hons.) in Biomolecular Science from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia in 2013. Currently working on "Investigation of the effects of ageing and oxidative stress response in retinal cells", in collaboration with University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.



Wasu Supharattanasitthi (PhD student)

MGraduated with BSc in Pharmacy from Mahidol University in 2013. My current research interest relates to the effects of ageing in retinal pigment epithelial cells.


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