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Qualifications

1993 BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Birmingham

2009 MSc Science Open University

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Biography

I am Head of the Genetics Core at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility. This is a joint University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian facility for conducting multidisciplinary clinical research. My team of expert technicians provides support to studies investigating the role of genetics in disease and health. The laboratory provides sample processing, biobanking and high-throughput genomics with quality systems in place to ensure processes are conducted in accordance with clinical trial legislation. 

 

I am a member of the University Technician Steering Commitee leading on the development and implementation of the national Technician Commitment action plan. The University has over a thousand highly trained and experienced individuals with diverse skills working across all subject areas. These technical staff play an important, but often overlooked role in research, teaching and supporting our students.

 

Current Research Interests

  • Utilising genome technologies (sequencing, digital PCR, arrays) to understand health and disease
  • The ethical, legal and social aspects of genetics and biobanking

My research in a nutshell

I run a team of technicians providing genomics support to researchers. We provide help by biobanking samples from patients, extracting DNA and RNA and then analysing the samples using a variety of high-end analysis platforms including digital PCR, arrays and sequencing. Our aim is to provide equitable access to University researchers at all stages of their career to the very best equipment run by skilled technicians. 

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