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Professor Joanna Bridger


I have been at Brunel University London since the start of this century. This is when I established my own independent laboratory - The Laboratory of Nuclear and Genomic Health. Our research concerns how the genome is spatially organised, influenced and manipulated within its environment, the cell nucleus. The group has had a number of major advances and is currently focused on aspects of genome behaviour in replicative senescence, the premature ageing disease Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, host:pathogen interactions and female cancers. We are wish to understand how structures such as the nuclear lamina, nucleoskeleton and nuclear motors influence the functionality of the genome.


HND BTEC Applied Biology 1985

BSc Microbiology and Genetics, UCL 1990 

PhD in Zoology, Chromatin Organisation by the Nuclear Lamina. The University Dundee 1994

PGCert in L&T, Brunel University London 2002

MA in Cult Film and TV, Brunel University London, 2010


Director of the Centre for Genome Engineering and Mainenance 

Centre for Genome Engineering and Maintenance | Brunel University London

Newest selected publications

Silahtaroglu, A., Bridger, JM. and Lei, EP. (2022) '3D genome organization'. Scientific Reports, 12 (1). pp. 1 - 2. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Link

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Barravecchia, I., De Cesari, C., Forcato, M., Scebba, F., Pyankova, O., Bridger, J., et al. (2021) 'Microgravity and space radiation inhibit autophagy in human capillary endothelial cells, through either opposite or synergistic effects on specific molecular pathways'. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 79 (1). pp. 28. ISSN: 1420-682X

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Federico, C., Bruno, F., Ragusa, D., Clements, CS., Brancato, D., Henry, MP., et al. (2021) 'Chromosomal Rearrangements and Altered Nuclear Organization: Recent Mechanistic Models in Cancer'. Cancers, 13 (22). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 2072-6694 Open Access Link

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Smith, M., Yadav, S., Fagunloye, OG., Pels, NA., Horton, DA., Alsultan, N., et al. (2021) 'Piwi silencing mechanism involving the retrotransposon nimbus orchestrates resistance to infection with schistosoma mansoni in the snail vector, biomphalaria glabrata'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 15 (9). pp. 1 - 28. ISSN: 1935-2727 Open Access Link

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Mehta, I., Riyahi, K., Torres Pereira, R., Meaburn, K., Figgitt, M., Kill, I., et al. (2021) 'Interphase Chromosomes in Replicative Senescence: chromosome positioning as a senescence biomarker and the lack of nuclear motor-driven chromosome repositioning in senescent cells.'. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 9. pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 2296-634X Open Access Link

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