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UCL Genomics team

Dr Mark Kristiansen

UCL Genomics Facility Manager

After studying in Liverpool and Munich, I then completed a PhD and post-doc in Clinical Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology focusing on the molecular mechanisms of prion disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. My next project at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health used the latest genomic technologies to investigate the molecular mechanisms of neuronal apoptosis. I joined the UCL Genomics facility in 2010 where I am currently the Centre Manager. I am also the Programme Teaching Fellow for the MSc Cell and Gene Therapy course (and module lead in Applied Genomics) run from this institute.

Tony Brooks

Applications Specialist

Lead in Sequencing, Automation and Data handling

I joined UCL Genomics in 2009 and I am currently a senior applications specialist in sequencing, automation and data analysis.

Dr Paola Niola

Application Specialist

Lead in Sequencing and Quality Control

I studied at the University of Cagliari (Italy) where I completed a degree in Biology and a PhD in Neuroscience, focusing on the genetic role of microRNAs as peripheral biomarker in bipolar suicide patients. During my PhD, I had the opportunity to spend three months at the Advance Sequencing Facility at the Francis Crick Institute (London, UK) where I gained expertise in next generation sequencing. I joined UCL Genomics in April 2016 where I am a lead applications specialist in QC platforms and sequencing, mainly dealing with sample quality control and sequencing projects (library preparation and sequencing) using Illumina platforms.

Yasmin Panchbhaya

Applications Specialist

Lead in Microarrays (Methylation)

I am a Human Genetics graduate of the University of Nottingham. I joined UCL Genomics in 2016 from Illumina Ltd., where I was a subject matter expert in NGS for the UCAM pilot study - part of the 100,000 genomes project. I joined the facility at UCL to continue my scientific career and my role combines in-depth microarray work with a solid understanding of a vast array of laboratory robotic systems such as the Hamilton and Tecan. The ICH is a great place to work as part of a wonderful team and each day brings a new challenge.

Gaganjit Madhan Kaur

Applications Specialist

Lead in Microarrays (genotyping) 

I graduated from Imperial College London with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences and then undertook a Master's course in drug discovery and development from London School of Pharmacy, UCL. During my Master's course I had the opportunity to be part of an early drug discovery project at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). My project looked at biophysical characterization of ligand binding to epigenetic reader domains. Soon after graduation, I joined ICH under the HIGH-5 project, which aims to address a major challenge in the understanding of rare childhood diseases by integrating genomic, clinical and molecular phenotype information from patients. I joined UCL Genomics in 2016 as an Application Specialist (microarrays).