The Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression is delighted to announce that Sonia Rocha has been appointed Readers at the University of Dundee.

Sonia Rocha is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression; her research investigates gene regulation during hypoxia. Born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, she studied for her undergraduate degree in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, Porto University and received her PhD from ETH Zurich in Switzerland investigating the mechanisms of ionising radiation-induced apoptosis where she became interested in Hypoxia.

In 2000, she joined the Perkins Group at the then Biochemistry Department at the University of Dundee. Her work focused on investigating the crosstalk between tumour suppressors and the NF-kappaB family of transcription factors.


Unusually in life sciences research, she decided to start her own Group at the same institution as her postdoctoral research with funding from RCUK to study the mechanism of hypoxia induced gene expression. In 2010 she was awarded tenure and in 2011 a highly prestigious Senior Research Fellowship by CRUK.