Dr Rob Young Senior Research Associate

Rob is now an Academic Track Lecturer at the Zhejiang University – University of Edinburgh Institute and at Edinburgh University’s Usher Institute where he leads an independent research programme mapping the noncoding regulation of populations. [more]

Jonathan Moody. PhD student.

Jonathan Moody

Jonathan Moody PhD Student

Jonathan’s PhD project was focused on microRNAs. How natural genetic variation in them impacts their function. The identification of their regulation targets and working towards a better understanding of how miRNA are targeted. This work was carried out in close collaboration with the group of Dr Greg Kudla. Jonathan finished his PhD in 2016 and has taken up a post-doctoral research associate position at the RIKEN Genome Sciences Center in Yokohama, Japan.

Dr Sophie Marion de Procé Research Associate

Sophie is now working with Prof. Tim Aitman still at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. [more]

Mihail Halacev

Mihail Halachev

Dr Mihail Halachev Research Associate (joint with Andrew Jackson)

Mihail is now working with Prof Colin Semple in a translational bioinformatics post, still at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.

Niamh Ryan. PhD Student.

Niamh Ryan

Niamh Ryan PhD student

Niamh has submitted and defended her thesis in 2015 and expects to graduate in 2016. Here thesis title was “The design and application of SuRFR: an R package to prioritise candidate functional DNA sequence variants”. Niamh published the bulk of this project (Ryan et al, Genome Medicine 2014) and has made her software SuRFR and SAILR freely available. This project was primarily supervised by Dr Kathy Evans and secondarily by Martin. Niamh is now a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Genetic and Experimental Medicine in Edinburgh.


Sarah Rennie

Sarah Rennie PhD Student

Sarah has submitted and defended her thesis in 2015 and expects to graduate in 2016. Here thesis title was “Regulatory complexity in gene regulation” which included a significant contribution to the major international FANTOM5 consortium and authorship of the resulting main paper (Forrest et al, Nature 2014). She is now working as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr Robin Andersson in Copenhagen. Prior to joining the lab, Sarah obtained a master’s degree in Biometry from the University of Reading.

Joanna Pethick. PhD student.

Joanna Pethick

Joanna Pethick PhD student

Jo graduated from her PhD in 2015, here thesis title was “Detecting selection in the evolution of cancer genomes”. Prior to joining the lab Jo obtained a master’s degree in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis from the University of Edinburgh. She is now working as a Cancer Information Analyst at Macmillan Cancer Support and seconded to Public Health England.

Harriet Kemp. PhD student.

Harriet Kemp

Harriet Kemp PhD and MRes student

Harriet graduated from her PhD in 2015 and from her MRes in 2011 (distinction). Her thesis was “Lagging strand replication creates evolutionary hotspots throughout the genome” and some of the work in that formed the basis of an important publication from the group (Reijns, Kemp et al, Nature 2015). Harriet is now working as a Big Data analyst in the defence sector.

Sara Perricone. PhD student.

Sara Perricone

Sara Perricone PhD Student

Graduated 2015. Her thesis was “The role of DNA methylation in transcriptional regulation” and as co-supervised by Prof Richard Meehan. Sara is now working as a post doctoral researcher in bioinformatics at the Hubrecht Institute with Jop Kind.

Alison Meynert

Alison Meynert

Dr Alison Meynert Research Associate

Alison and Martin were the first members of the research group. Alison signed-up strait out of her PhD with Prof Ewan Birny at EMBL-EBI. She established herself as an authority of the analysis and interpretation of high-throughput DNA sequencing data, particularly tackling the quantification of missing variant calls. In 2014 Alison moved from a primarily research based role to be a team leader in the IGMM Bioinformatics core headed by Prof Colin Semple. We still actively collaborate with Alison and her team.