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Dr Anagha Joshi

(Former employee or visitor)

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Education/Academic qualification

2006Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Division of Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB and Ghent University, Belgium
Computational Analysis of Regulatory Networks using Genome-scale Data
2001Master in Science, University of Pune, Pune, India
1998Bachelor of Science, University of Pune, Pune, India

Current Research Interests

Computational systems biology to understand transcriptional control during mammalian development using blood as a model system.

My research in a nutshell

Simply Speaking

Ever wondered how your body knows how to heal a cut with blood when you get hurt? Or how you manage to fight and recover from sickness bugs and infection? Well it’s all down to the DNA (secret code) in each blood cell that gives orders to the body on what type of blood to make to deal with these situations.

Anagha Joshi wants to know all about this and is a researcher into understanding more about this “secret code” in blood. She looks at how the body interprets this code in order to make the different types of blood cells our body needs, whether it’s clotting blood cells to heal a cut or white blood cells to battle with illness. Anagha is able to use computer programming to make sense of this code and investigate how it changes due to different factors such as age. Her masters degree in physics and PhD in bioinformatics means she is a whizz on computers, having developed programming to show how unspecialised blood cells change to become a certain type of blood and being able to makes sense of something that without computer programming would be humanly impossible.

Her work at the Roslin institute is extremely important to understanding more about the amazing way in which our body works.

Written by Molly Pace – s6 at Peebles High School

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