Windie completed in 2017 her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University College London (UCL) UK, where her interest in protein structure, function and localisation originates from. After her Bachelors degree, curious about how the biophysical environment influences in-cell processes and architecture, she embarked in a collaborative PhD in the research groups of Nicolas Tapon (the Francis Crick Institute) and Professor Guillaume Charras (London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL). Throughout her PhD, Windie investigated the dynamic localisation of the endogenous mechanosensitive protein YAP in epithelia at various mechanical conditions. Her work distinguishes the relative contributions of cell-cell junctions and focal adhesions in YAP mechano-localisation. Windie joined the Wickström lab in March 2023 and currently works on uncovering the role of cellular mechanics in the interconversion between the stem cells and more differentiated cells of the hair follicle stem cell niche.
Outside of her lab work, Windie enjoys organising and being involved in outreach events to bring science closer to the public, choreographing as well as baking.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org