Research in Progress

IMPORTANT NOTE: During the COVID-19 extraordinary period, LeedsOmics will be organising and running remote events according to the following timetable. We would very much appreciate your participation!

Leeds Omics Remote Events – every Monday at 3 pm

20/04 –> RiP Seminar (Michael Agapiou & Abigail Byford)
27/04 –> Coding Club (16S-based Microbiome Analysis)
04/05 –> Methods Club (Antonio Calabrese)
11/05 –> RiP Seminar (Victoria Carr)
18/05 –> Coding Club (Open theme / Discussion on next topics to be addressed)
25/05 –> Bank Holiday
01/06 –> Methods Club (Mark Handley)
08/06 –> RiP Seminar (Robert Murphy & Eleanor Senior)
15/06 –> Coding Club (Dealing with NGS Data: Quality Control)
22/06 –> Methods Club (TBC)
29/06 –> RiP Seminar (Peter Mulhair & Euan McDonnell)

The sessions are streamed through either Zoom (hosted by Niamh Forde) or within our official LeedsOmics MS Teams account. We will let you know the proper links through a regular outlook calendar invite upon approaching each event date.

Leeds Omics Remote Events are now on a summer break. Please bear with us as we will keep you updated when our regular events are back in September.

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LeedsOmics Research in Progress (RiPs) sponsored by the Biochemical Society is a seminar series run in conjunction with the LeedsOmics Research Community at the University of Leeds. It is specifically aimed at providing a platform for students, postdocs and research technicians to present their research. The talks cover a diverse range of fields, all of which have (or plan to have) some element of Omics within their research. The format of these seminars is for two speakers to give 20-25 minute talks about their ongoing research. Generally, the first speaker is someone in the first half of their project, e.g. a first- or second-year PhD student, research technician or postdoc. The second speaker is usually someone who has more data and in the latter stages of their project.

The Research in Progress Seminar series was set up with several aims in mind:

  1. To showcase current, ongoing research from students (both undergraduates and postgraduates), research technicians, postdocs and independent research fellows.
  2. To generate discussions and interactions between these different career stage communities, both within the University of Leeds and between universities across the UK.
  3. To provide an opportunity for students and researchers to practice talks in a friendly and relaxed environment.
  4. To provide an environment for early career researchers to ask questions, develop skills in chairing talks and create potential collaborations.

If you think that your research is within the Omics sphere, and would like to get experience giving a talk, please get in touch with either of the RiPs organisers (Michaela Agapiou or Peter Mulhair) at: or

Michaela Agapiou is a PhD student studying how an RNA binding protein, held out wings, regulates translation during spermatogenesis in D. melanogaster. To understand both the mechanism and the physiological role of HOW she is using a variety of methods including RIP-seq, ribo-seq, structural biology and fertility assays.
Peter Mulhair is a final year PhD student in molecular evolutionary biology, studying the processes of new gene genesis by gene remodelling in animals. Research interests include comparative genomics, phylogenetics and evolution theory.

We also strive to create an inclusive environment where all researchers are comfortable and welcome to present. With regards to gender equality, in the first run we had 6 male researchers and 7 female researchers deliver seminars, and would like to be close to a 50-50 split in future series. For more information about why equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM is important visit:

The second RiPs series will run every other Monday 3-4 PM according to the following schedule:

DateRoomTalk 1InstituteTalk 2Institute
14th OctWorsley 8.49nDr Irene Malo EstepaUniversity of LeedsDr Luke DunningUniversity of Sheffield
11th NovGarstang 7.52Emily BakerUniversity of OxfordAmy StainthorpUniversity of Leeds
25th NovGarstang 7.52Dr Marilena ElpidorouUniversity of LeedsRobert CrawfordUniversity of Manchester
9th DecWorsley 9.58cVeronica DeJesusUniversity of LeedsOllie MannersUniversity of Leeds
10th Feb Wellcome Trust Brenner Building Ground Floor Seminar RoomAlex BuryNewcastle UniversityKatarzyna Szymanska University of Leeds (FMH)
9th Mar Astbury Meeting Room B (11.106b) Alan Rice University of Bath
Haidee Tinning

University of Leeds (FMH)
20th AprRemote Event
Michaela Agapiou
University of Leeds (FBS)
Abigail Byford 
University of Leeds (FMH)
Remote eventVictoria Carr (1 hour talk) Researchers Code, King’s College London
Remote event

Robert Murphy
University of

Eleanor Senior

University of Liverpool
29th Jun Remote event
Euan McDonnell
University of Leeds (FBS) TBC
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