Fiona Calvert


Fiona’s PhD is focused on generating iPS based cell models for validating and investigating immune variants, with a particular focus on microglia (specialised macrophages of the brain). Outside of her PhD she likes to put her, sometimes excessive, organisational skills to good use and have joined almost every committee there is going. She’s really excited to be involved with eSCAMPs and cannot wait for what will definitely be a fantastic (and efficiently organised) conference.

Lindsay Pike


Lindsay is a first year PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in the Host-Microbiota Interactions department. She is studying the gut microbiome as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance and as a factor for acute water diarrhoea in Vietnam. In her spare time she enjoys reading, pilates, and putting herself on enough committees to always be organising at least one event.


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Jack Monahan


Jack is a first year PhD student in Anton Enright’s Lab at the EBI. Jack’s area of research encompasses the study of transcript evolution and epitranscriptomic regulation. He is Irish and fond of a pint.


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Sofia Chen


Sofia is Swedish, but originally from China, and currently doing a PhD in David Adam’s group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK. Her research is in cancer immunology, and she is particularly interested in NK cells. Before starting her PhD, she completed an M.Sc in Biotechnology Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, followed by a 2 year industrial research graduate programme (IMED) at AstraZeneca.

Tomás Pires de Carvalho Gomes


Tomás is a computational PhD student interested in T cell biology and differentiation, and which pathways and transcription factors regulate the cell fate decisions involved. For this he analyses different types of sequencing data, mainly RNA and ATAC-seq.

Gianmarco Raddi


Gianmarco is originally from Italy, although has lived for the last 10 years in the USA. He is in his second year of a PhD focused on the immune response of mosquitoes to malaria; basically trying to either wipe out mosquitoes, or make them impossible to kill! He joined Clare Hall and Cambridge in January, and in his free time plays volleyball, enjoys the sax, hiking, and being involved in college life.

Yan Zi Au


Yan Zi’s research aims to characterize the cell-essential genes in acute myeloid leukemia. She is co-supervised by Dr. Kosuke Yusa and Dr. George Vassiliou at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and completed her undergraduate studies in Human Genetics at University College London.


Nadezda Volkova


Nadia is a first-year PhD student in Gerstung group at EBI working on mutational signatures in cancer. She’s very keen on mathematics, trampoline jumping, organising amazing events and cookies.

Yan Shao


Yan is a first year PhD student in Trevor Lawley’s lab at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His project is to investigate the colonisation dynamics of the infant gut microbiota using metagenomic analysis, culturing and whole-genome sequencing. Outside work, he is an avid traveller and has visited 35 countries across five continents.

Aleksandra Lewicka


Ola is a third year PhD student at the Sanger Institute, working on skin stem cells and cancer in Prof. Phil Jones’s group. She is originally from Krakow, Poland, and did her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Outside of work, she loves travelling and getting to know new cultures and languages.


Gemma Turner


Gemma is a first year PhD student in Dr David Adams’ Experimental Cancer Genetics lab at the Sanger Institute. For my project she will be carrying out genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 screens in isogenic iPS cell lines, aiming to identify and then further investigate synthetic lethal interactions. Her overall goal is to find new ways to kill cancers that are driven by loss of tumour suppressor genes.

Lara Urban


Lara’s interests in biology includes genome biology, cancer genomics, computational ecology and conservation genomics. Currently, she is developing deep learning methods for statistical genetics.