Management board

LeedsOmics management board members provide advice and oversight for LeedsOmics activities

Julie Aspden (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Julie Aspden (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Julie is an RNA biologist and particularly interested in mRNA translation and long non-coding RNAs. Her group use a combination of Drosophila melanogaster and mammalian tissue culture to understand the regulation of translation and the function of lncRNAs. They employ a combination of Ribo-Seq, RNA-Seq, proteomics (TMT), RNA-IP-Seq and comparative genomics to understand RNA-protein complexes (e.g. ribosomes). Julie organised the Biochemical Society ‘Ribosome Profiling’ workshop in 2016. Full profile

Niamh Forde (Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Not available. Full profile

Martin Callaghan (Advanced Research Computing)

Martin Callaghan (Advanced Research Computing)

Not available

Simon Goodman (School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Not available. Full profile

Paolo Actis (School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)

Paolo Actis (School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)

My research  aims to develop new  techniques for single-cell analysis and manipulation to study the dynamic function of individual cells in heterogeneous populations with single molecule resolution.

David Westhead (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

David Westhead (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Westhead uses a variety of omics data (genomics, transcriptomics and epigenomics) in cancer prognostic and predictive modelling and computational models of genetic regulation. Full profile

Richard Cubbon (Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Richard Cubbon (Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

My research investigates the interaction between metabolism and vascular biology in health and disease. In conjunction with collaborators, my group uses approaches including genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics to study disease in humans and model systems. Full profile

Elizabeth Duncan (School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Elizabeth Duncan (School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Liz is an evolutionary developmental biologist and her lab uses a variety of techniques, including ‘omics approaches, to answer diverse research questions regarding insect reproduction and development.  Liz has used RNA-seq, whole genome bisulfite sequencing and ChIP-seq to understand how queen honeybees stop workers from reproducing and how a single genome can encode two different pathways for controlling early development in an aphid. In addition to these approaches Liz is interested in single cell/cell type specific RNA-seq, ATAC-seq to discover enhancer regions, as well as RAD-seq and amplicon sequencing to assess biodiversity and mechanisms of adaptation in response to environmental stimuli. Full profile

Colin A Johnson (Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Colin A Johnson (Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

My research uses functional genomics and transcriptomics to investigate the roles of primary cilia in health and disease. Currently, my group is investigating the links between primary cilia, pre-mRNA splicing factors and inherited retinal disorders using cellular model systems. Full profile

Caroline Chilton (Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Caroline Chilton (Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Caroline is a microbiologist who’s research focuses on Healthcare Associated Infections.  She is particularly interested in the use of omics technologies to investigate the composition and function of the gut microbiota, how the microbiota interacts with potential pathogens, and how these interactions are influenced by antibiotic exposure. Full profile

Bernadette Moore (School of Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences)

Bernadette Moore (School of Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences)

Bernadette is a Nutritional Scientist who employs a variety of genomic, proteomic, and systems biology tools alongside nutritional intervention studies. Her research is largely focused on the role of hepatic nutrient metabolism in healthy ageing, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Full profile

Stefan Kepinski (School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Stefan Kepinski (School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Stefan is a plant biologist working on the regulation of plant development by the hormone auxin. Projects range from the structural biology of auxin perception to the molecular and genetic basis of root and shoot architectural control. His interest in omics technologies are principally in whole genome resequencing for the identification of causal mutations from forward genetic screens and in single cell/cell-type-specific RNA Seq. Full profile

Dapeng Wang (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Dapeng Wang (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Dapeng is currently a Senior Bioinformatics Research Officer in LeedsOmics. His primary responsibility is to maintain the day-to-day running of LeedsOmics Institute and provide the data analysis and training for the researchers in terms of bioinformatics and other cutting-edge omics technologies. Full profile

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