Maria Kokolaki is a DPhil student in the Structural Biology programme at the University of Oxford funded by the Wellcome Trust. She joined the Seiradake Lab in April 2019 for her second five-month project as part of the first-year scheme of her DPhil programme. Maria completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Thessaly in Greece. For her final year research project, she explored enzyme function via kinetic studies. Before starting her DPhil in Oxford, Maria did a traineeship working on the centriole organelles at the Biochemistry Department of the University of Oxford funded by the Erasmus+ programme.