Mentorship is a relationship in which an experienced or knowledgeable person helps to support and guide another colleague. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with experience and someone who wants to learn.

Mentoring provides: 

– Safe space to explore options and plan future action
– Impartial discussions
– Source of advice and guidance
– Place to be supported and challenged
– Training guidance and motivation
– Inspiration and help to achieve your goals

There are several mentoring schemes available to students/staff within the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Clinical Sciences.

– ICS/LMS In-house Mentor Scheme – details below
Faculty of Medicine Mentoring Scheme – after filling out a form detailing what you are looking for from a mentor, you will be sent a number of matches to choose from, all from within the Faculty.
Imperial College Student Mentoring Scheme – Students can apply for a mentor from Imperial College alumni volunteers.
– External Mentoring Schemes – The Royal Society, Academy of Medical Sciences and MentorSET offer their own mentoring schemes.

What to do if you want a mentor

Contact our mentoring champions Andre or Sam to discuss what scheme may be most suitable. Or contact one of the in-house mentors listed below directly.











ICS/LMS In-House Mentoring Scheme

A number of colleagues have volunteered to offer advice based on their own personal experiences. Their details and mini-bios are listed below. You can contact them directly, or through the mentoring champions Sam or Andre.

Natalia Artigas  

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I completed my PhD in Biomedicine at the University of Barcelona in 2017. During this time, I was a teacher in biochemistry practical lessons at the University. Afterwards, I decided to move abroad to start a postdoctoral position. After considering my options and preparing for the applications, I’m now working here in MRC-LMS with a Postdoctoral fellowship (Rutherford Fund Fellowship). For my new position, I’ve changed my field of research. I’ve needed to overcome the difficulties of being ‘lost’ and to become up-to-date in the field, in addition to the changes associated with starting a new life in a different country. I have had personal experience of completing a PhD recently, and I know the frustration that comes with science and research when things don’t go as expected. I’m particularly aware of the psychological challenges that a PhD involves. I am always happy to be contacted by those who need advice or just for a chat.

– Completing PhD
– Next step after PhD
– Dealing with frustration when nothing seems to work
– Relocating countries
– Changing fields
– Career planning

Novica Jevric  


I completed my MSC Mechanical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. I come to the UK for summer holiday before starting my postgraduate study in US. I was having too much fun in London and 20 years later I’m still here. In the meantime I managed to do an MSc Information Technology degree at South Bank University and become a Chartered Engineer. I’ve worked for 20 years in the construction industry as designer, team leader and as a client. I’ve trained quite a few engineers and some of them are today Charter Engineers and Project Managers/Team Leaders. Over last 20 years I managed to obtain some very positive experience either through my own or someone else’s mistakes and hopefully will be able to pass them to others. My wife works for Credit Swiss and we have 3 little kids. We struggled throughout last 13 years to find that right balance between work and family. I have had personal experience of struggling with work balance, career/sector change, doing additional degree and career progression so I am happy to help if I can.

– Work-life balance
– Combining studying and full time work
– Coaching and networking
– Working in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments

Fadri Martinez-Perez  


I started as an undergraduate student at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain and from there moved to the UK to do my PhD in chromosome biology at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. From there I did a postdoc at Stanford University, California and obtained a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to start an independent position at Sheffield University. Then in late 2009 I joined the LMS.




– Career Planning, Development & Networking
– People Management
– Teaching
– Promotion & Tenure
– Relocating Countries
– Starting a new lab
– Collaborations – academic and industrial
– Fellowship Applications – BBSRC David Philips Fellowship

Irene Miguel-Aliaga  


I left my native Spain for a PhD in Oxford where I discovered the joys of fly research and never looked back (much) since! I had (rather too) many house moves during my postdoc years, taking in stints at Harvard in the USA, Linkoping in Sweden and back to the UK to the MEC’s National Institute for Medical Research – now part of the Crick Institute.

I have set up a lab from scratch a few times, most recently while pregnant and/or looking after babies at the same time – I am still working out this work/life balance thing. I am aware of the confidence and childcare issues that affect many women in science – and also quite a few men, and I hope to contribute to creating a more inclusive environment.

I enjoy talking about science to anyone who is willing and I am interested in developing new ways to engage with lay audiences.

– Career Planning, Development & Networking
– People Management
– Teaching
– Promotion & Tenure
– Relocating Countries
– Starting a new lab
– Collaborations – academic and industrial
– Grant Applications – BBSRC & ERC Starter
– Pregnancy & Childcare
– Women in Science

David Rueda  

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I was the first person in my family to attend university, so I did a lot of figuring out from scratch and developed a very persistent approach – I don’t give up easily and this attitude has helped me succeed in my career. I have benefited from the advice of outstanding mentors and their poise inspired me to become a group leader and follow their example. Having been a group leader for over a decade I have had the opportunity to work with postdocs who are now building successful careers of their own. I believe it is my role to provide strong mentoring to help postdocs reach success in their careers and I am very happy to share my experience with mentees in need of advice.


– Career Planning, Development & Networking
– People Management
– Teaching
– Supervision
– Promotion & Tenure
– Relocating Countries
– Starting a new lab
– Becoming Independent
– Collaborations – academic and industrial
– Public Speaking