Dirk joined the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit in July 2015. Dirk’s research interests lie in the translation of genomic discoveries in cardiovascular and immune-related diseases into biological and clinical insights. Dirk is also a co-investigator at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, BHF Cambridge Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence and NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. Read more about Dirk here.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
David joined the Team in February 2016 to lead the functional annotation of genetic variants associated with cardiovascular risk factors. He also conducts recall-by-genotype studies to understand genome-phenome relationships. David trained in molecular psychiatry and is experienced in both experimental and computational approaches. Learn more about David here.
Lisa joined the Team in April 2016 to work on the functional investigation of genetic determinants of haematological traits as part of the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics. Her academic background is in synthetic biology and genetics. Lisa is a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Learn more about Lisa here.
Advanced Research Assistant
Maria joined the Team in July 2017 to establish cellular models of atherosclerosis using human induced pluripotent stem cell technology. She is also interested in defining the cellular diversity of atherosclerotic tissue using single-cell transcriptomics. Maria is based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. She trained in stem cell biology and was part of the Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Initiative.
Jonathan joined the Team in July 2019 to work on the integrative analysis of transcriptomic and proteomic data. Previously, Jonathan worked as a data analyst at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, focussing on the genetic analyses of complex traits. He obtained a PhD in statistical genetics at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Emily Li, Scientific Research Coordinator (January 2019–May 2019)
Jessica Middlemiss, Scientific Research Coordinator (August 2017–July 2018)
Christian Doreth, Rotation Student, BHF PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Research (January 2017–May 2017)
Dr Elena Vigorito, Research Associate (September 2015–January 2017)
Prof Nicole Soranzo, Department of Human Genetics, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Dr Daniel Gaffney, Department of Cellular Genetics, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Prof Willem Ouwehand, Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge
Prof Stephan Beck, UCL Cancer Institute, University College London