Laura Fachal (Spain)

I come from one of the rare rainy parts of Spain, in the North-west, called Galicia. My undergraduate studies were in Veterinary Science, my masters was in the field of Biotechnology, and for my PhD I studied the Genetic Epidemiology of radiation-induced toxicity at the University of Santiago de Compostela. I came to the UK as a postdoc with a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the University of Cambridge within the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology (CCGE). My work there was to determine, through fine mapping approaches, how common variants increase breast cancer risk and radiation induced toxicity. For more info, have a look at my Google Scholar profile. Since then I have become particularly interested in understanding the biological mechanisms by which genetic variation affects complex phenotypes. I am looking forward to exploring this in greater detail and in a different disease within the Anderson team.

Outside of science, I love going to the cinema, reading and listening to heavy metal!