Representative board

LeedsOmics representative board members are ambassadors from PhD students and postDoc researchers in the omics fields

Anthony Buckley (Leeds Institute of Medical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Anthony Buckley (Leeds Institute of Medical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health)

As a research fellow in the Healthcare-associated Infections research group, my research interests lie in the intestinal microbial ecology and the interaction of the microbiota with pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile. We use an in vitro human gut model to simulate the colonic environment and monitor changes to the microbiome using taxonomic and metagenomic analyses. Full profile

Nazia Ahmed (Leeds Institute of Medical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health)

I am an MRC funded PhD student based in the Stead Group, where we study intra-tumour heterogeneity in glioblastoma and its role in tumour recurrence. My research is computational, I am looking at identifying candidate drivers of treatment resistance to glioblastoma multiforme by using gene expression network analysis. Full profile

Euan McDonnell (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

Euan McDonnell (School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

I’m a 2nd year MRC PhD student based in the Whitehouse group, where we study host-virus interactions for large DNA viruses. My project is computational and focuses on using various RNA-Seq datasets in understanding the effects of perturbations to host ceRNA networks during reactivation of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus from latent to lytic cycles.

Huda Alfardus (School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences)

My research interests are in the fields of molecular biology and bioinformatics. In particular, I am interested in the use of omics-based approaches for biomarker and drug target discovery. I am currently working on a project that aims to use quantitative proteomics to identify proteins that can be used as biomarkers for the early detection of diabetic vascular disease (DVD) in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics. In my previous research, I used RNA profiling and metabolomics approaches to identify disease biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets for high grade brain tumours. Full profile

Cheukyau Luk (Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health)

I am a BHF-funded PhD student in the Kearney group, with a research focus on dissecting the role of endothelial IGF-1 signalling in obesity-associated diabetes. I am interested in applying metabolomics to study the cross-talk between the endothelium and various metabolic tissues. Full profile

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