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Dr Gabriele Migliorini



 The majority of regulatory variants identified by Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) occur in non-coding regions of the genome, often at considerable distances from the nearest gene.


Dr Hai Fang



The ULTRA-DD is a European-wide consortium comprising both academics and industry, aiming to validate new protein targets for drug discovery by generating chemical probes (and antibodies) in clinically based models of human inflammatory disease.


Bogdan Knezevic

My work focuses on using genomic data (e.g. GWAS and eQTL) to develop bioinformatic pipelines for drug target prediction and prioritization. I'm aiming to aggregate existing drug data- target, type, development stage, etc.- in order to understand the underlying genetic factors that may be predictive of successful drug development.


Julie Osgood

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation, new bone formation, and fusion of joints. Though much of its aetiology is unknown, our current understanding is that AS is largely a genetic disorder. Previous studies have associated it with the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) in the human genome, and more specifically with HLA-B27.


Dr Cyndi Goh

As a clinician in Intensive Care Medicine, I have a special interest in sepsis, a disease that represents a major public health burden worldwide. Community acquired pneumonia is the commonest cause of sepsis and current treatment options are limited by a complex, heterogeneous disease phenotype. Specifically, the diverse microbial aetiology of this disease remains elusive in the majority of patients and evidence suggests we underestimate the role of viral infection.


Dr Olga Mielczarek

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease causing arthropathy of the spine. The exact cause for the disease development in not known, but there are genetic components associated with AS including presence of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) gene HLA-27B. 


Alicia Lledo Lara

The field of research I am currently working for my DPhil involves the chronic inflammatory disease of the skin known as psoriasis. Psoriasis is influenced by environmental factors but an important genetic susceptibility has also been revealed by the different genome-wide association studies (GWAS) performed.



Félicie Costantino

Spondyloarthritis is a common chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease with a strong genetic component with over 50 susceptibility loci already identified. How these variants confer disease predisposition is however poorly understood. Convergent data suggest a role of regulatory variants in disease susceptibility.


Katie Burnham

Using a functional genomics approach to explore heterogeneity in inflammatory and infectious disease


Emma Davenport

Now (January 2018) a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Raychaudhuri Lab, Harvard University, Boston Functional genomics of the response to infection My research uses a functional genomics approach to identify genetic determinants...


Witold Czyz

DPhil awarded 2014  Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous herpesvirus which infects over 95% of adult human population. It has been implicated in aetiology of Infectious Mononucleosis and oncogenesis of lymphoid and epithelial...


Dr Antonio Berlanga

Now (January 2018): MRC Intermediate Research Fellow in Computational Biology and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College, London. Functional genomics of Vitamin D I am interested in...

Nicholas Hasle

MBiochem final year student


Dr Jayachandran Radhakrishnan

Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response to infection. The pathophysiology of sepsis is complex and poorly understood. This is reflected in the limited treatment options available for sepsis and the poor clinical...


Narelle Maugeri

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are single base changes that occur approximately once in every thousand bases in human DNA. These small changes are hypothesised to be responsible for 90% of the 1% variation in DNA...


Dr Eduardo Svoren

Cardiac surgery continues to be associated with a significant mortality and a considerable risk of postoperative complications. Much of this morbidity and mortality is related to a dysfunctional host inflammatory response...


Dr Claire Vandiedonck

My main research interest is the genetics of autoimmune diseases, focusing on their prime genetic factor, the human Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). My work is situated at the interface of mutifactorial genetics...

Rachael Dellar

MBiochem final year student


Dr Maxim Freidin

My central research interest is in the molecular genetic mechanisms of immune-mediated disease and phenomena in humans, with special emphasis on infectious diseases and allergic disorders. I am also interested in radiation...


Kate Wicks

Currently (January 2018): Research Associate, Division of Infection, Immunity & Respiratory Medicine, Manchester University The genes of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily in the class III region of the MHC are tightly...

Dr Peter Humburg

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Statistical Functional genomics of the MHC We are using functional genomic approaches to define genetic variants that are responsible for the association of genetic variation in the Major...


Dr Katharine Plant

I am working on the GenExpressID project, which aims to characterise gene expression in patients of various autoimmune diseases within different immune cell types.  We are hoping to determine unique expression signatures that ...


Seiko Makino

Currently (January 2018): Laboratory Associate, Eurofins Clinical Genetics KK, Tokyo Inflammation is dependent on a number of innate immune cell types. Transcriptome analysis on differentially developed primary lymphocytes will ...


Lawrence Petherbridge

Functional genomics of Type 2 Diabetes I am currently working with samples from Abu Dhabi trying to understand the underlying genetic reasons for a high incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in the Emiratis ...


Mark Smyth

Gene expression in sepsis. As part of my MBiochem degree, I am undertaking a research project looking studying the changes in monocyte gene expression in sepsis. Sepsis is abnormal inflammatory response in response to ...


Dr Irina Pulyakhina

Functional genomics of ankylosing spondylitis - We are using functional genomics to understand the mechanism of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a chronic imflammatory disease with strong genetic predisposition. Recent research ...


Nikhil Faulkner

Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) reveal that 90% of SNPs associated with disease are located in non-coding DNA, highlighting the importance of regulatory variants for disease. Establishing the ...


Molly McDonald

The Strep Gene Project. For my 4th year research project, I am investigating how certain SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) may affect susceptibility to bacterial infection by Streptococcus group A. SNPs represent small ...


Wharton Chan

HLA typing and its effects in expression patterns. My current project involves investigating the effects of HLA typing on gene expression across a variety of cell types; this involves using genotype and expression (microarray) ...


Dr Daniel Wong

Functional genomics of the MHC - We are using functional genomic approaches to define genetic variants that are responsible for the association of genetic variation in the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) with ...


Catherine Sutherland

I am in the final term of my MSc in Integrated Immunology and will be carrying out a 14 week project within the group, focusing on sepsis. Sepsis is defined as a dysregulated immune and inflammatory response to infection ...


Dr Wanseon Lee

Functional genomics and epigenomics of the MHC - My active interest is the characterization of genetic and epigenetic variation in the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) from high throughput sequencing for transcript ...


Michael Carter

Functional genomics of pneumonia and pneumococcal disease - The syndrome of pneumonia is the most common infectious cause of death in children under five years of age across the globe. A large range of organisms can ...


Sara Danielli

Functional Genomics - As a research assistant I am currently working with Dr Benjamin Fairfax. Our main project involves the analysis of methylation changes in specific cells under different conditions. I am also ...


Dr Benjamin Fairfax

I am supported by a Wellcome for MB PhD postdoctoral Fellowship. I am a clinical trainee in Medical Oncology and a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. I studied the molecular interactions and determinants of ...


Anna Sanniti

Currently (2018) working in medical communications at AMICULUM UK - Functional genomics of ankylosing spondylitis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis is vital in developing tailored ...


Rebecca Down

Understanding the role of regulatory elements in driving allelic associations with differences in gene expression in human leukocytes for different cellular contexts   Inappropriate immune activity and associated inflammation are ...