Group Leader

Professor Julia Edgar
Julia did her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, spending 3rd year at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her PhD in David Price’s lab in at the University of Edinburgh, funded by a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship. Afterwards she joined Ian Griffiths’ lab at the University of Glasgow, where she was introduced to myelin research and electron microscopy. She obtained a Multiple Sclerosis Society Fellowship in 2005 and was appointed Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow in 2009. In 2011 she joined Klaus Nave’s lab at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Goettingen, Germany, where she spent two years as a staff scientist. She returned to the University of Glasgow and restarted her lab in 2015, in the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation.

University Profile

Postdoctoral Members

Dr Katie Chapple
Katie is a postdoc studying the role of the oligodendrocyte in axonal support. Her current project uses a mixture of cell culture, live imaging, and electrophysiology. Her PhD work, at the University of Glasgow, focused on the autoantibody response in multiple sclerosis. She is also passionate about science communication and public engagement. Katie is a member of the British Society of Immunology.


Dr Katja Muecklisch (née Thuemmler)
Katja is a senior postdoc with 10+ years experience in (neuro)immunology and analytical chemistry. Her current projects focus on the role of fibroblast growth factors and intrathecal antibodies in multiple sclerosis using a variety of cell culture, imaging and molecular biology methods. Katja is a member of the British Society of Immunology, the German Immunology Society (DGFI) and a Science Mentor for Frontiers of Young Minds.


PhD Students

Colin Crawford

Colin Crawford
Colin is in the final year of his PhD studies exploring how oligodendrocytes obtain their energy. He is also interested in how oligodendrocytes interact with astrocytes in the context of metabolic support and coupling. Colin is a member of the Royal Society of Biology


Lorna Hayden
Lorna is in the final year of her PhD investigating the anti-viral properties of sulfatide-reactive mouse monoclonal IgM in primary CNS cultures. Her work is carried out in the context of PML in multiple sclerosis.


Shazia Yazdani
Shazia is a first year PhD student. Her project aims to create an in vitro model of EAE using CNS and immune cells. She is interesting in studying the effects of myelin perturbation and secondary consequences for myelinated axons.

Erasmus Students

Lina Komarek

Lina Komarek


Dr Verena Shultz as postdoc, now postdoc in Murcia lab, University of Glasgow
Rebecca Smith as research assistant, now PhD Barnett lab, University of Glasgow
Gemma Thomson as MRes student, now Senior Scientific Officer at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research UK, University of Glasgow
Dr Fredrik Gruenenfelder as PhD student, now Risk Management MD, Boehringer Ingelheim
Dr Nicolas Snaidero as undergraduate student, now Principal Investigator, Technische Universität München
Dr Kalliopi Ioannidou as PhD student, now Pathobiochemist, Centre of Experimental Therapeutics, University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.