Thomas Williams website picture 4I am a Wellcome Trust funded ECAT Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and joined the group in August 2016. My work focuses on the functional and mutagenic implications of ribonucleotides (RNA) incorporated into DNA, and is split between the Taylor and Jackson groups at the IGMM. You can watch a 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) summary of my work here.

From March to June 2020 I contributed towards the COVID-19 response at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I worked as an honorary Microbiology Registrar as part of a UK Government funded program sequencing the SARS-CoV-2 virus to better understand its spread across Scotland and the United Kingdom. You can read a short summary of the work I contributed to on the UoE College of Medicine website, or read our paper here.

I lead the DIVERGE (Diversity in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Genomes) consortium, which aims to improve our understanding of RSV genomic variability in the run up to the introduction of a widespread immunisation program. I sit on the laboratory technical committee for Phase II of the World Health Organisation Global RSV Surveillance Programme.

Prior to joining the group, I was a Paediatric Registrar in South East Scotland. My previous work includes research in  international child health, neonatology and human evolution. [more]

I hold a BA (1st class) in Archaeology and Anthropology from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, and a medical degree (MB BChir, with Distinction) from Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.   [Publications]

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