We're very proud to announce that Carl has won the Best Practice for Supporting Equality and Diversity in Science prize. The prize was in recognition of "his work creating an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for everyone. Carl was also praised for his support of flexible working." We also delighted that Carla and Maya Ghoussaini (Team Leader, Open Targets) were rightly recognised for being the driving force behind the campus-wide Parent and Carers Network and their dedication and support to raising awareness, providing practical support and a platform for discussion and networking. It's great to have such awesome team members.
We are delighted to now be part of the Crohn's Colitis Foundation's Genetics Initiative, joining the labs of Ramnik Xavier at the Broad and Thad Steppenbeck at Wash U. We've been funded to build the ultimate eQTL map of the Crohn's disease gut. The map will be derived from single-cell RNA-sequencing of actively inflamed terminal ileum biopsies donated by 160 Crohn's disease patients. The grant also enables us to expand our team. Exciting times! We better get hiring!
We are delighted to be awarded a large project grant from Open Targets to build the ultimate eQTL map of the healthy gut. The map will be derived from single-cell RNA-sequencing of terminal ileum and rectum biopsies from 300 healthy individuals. We're very much looking forward to working alongside Open Targets and it's pharma partners: Celgene, GSK, Takeda and Sanofi. The grant also enables us to expand our team. Exciting times!
We had a really great team away day at King's College. Everyone outlined their plans for the year ahead and we challenged ourselves to think about big scientific questions.
Many congratulations Alex! Alex presented the results from one of his PhD projects. HLA-DQA1*05 carriage doubles risk of developing antibodies to anti-TNF therapy.
We're all obviously very sad to see Loukas leave his role as Senior Staff Scientist. But we wish him all the best for his exciting new position as Head of Bioinformatics Research Services at Genomics England and a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University, London. They don't yet know how lucky they are, Loukas
Well done Veli (fourth from right) on being award this prestigious fellowship. We're all so very proud of you! Together with a team of 5 other postodctoral fellows, she will be working on a project for delivery of mobile diagnostic labs in remote areas in Africa. Veli's team won the University of Cambridge Global Challenges Research Fund and will deploy their mobile lab in Sierra Leone in the summer of 2019.
We all had an amazing time in Sitges, Spain. Here we are in the coach on the way to our amazing beach-side apartment. The science was as hot as the weather and (some of us) even managed to dance the night away until 3am! Role on team retreat 2019!
Veli's PhD was approved. Congratulations, Dr Petrova. We never had a doubt!
Javier Gutierrez-Achury is graduating the Anderson Group to work on new, exciting things back in Colombia. We'll miss Javi's sharp mind, kind heart, and his incredible wit. Good luck, Javi!
Alex gave a plenary presentation at ECCO describing our work on the genetics of anti-TNF response (in collaboration with the awesome "IBD pharmacogenomics team" at Exeter, led by Tariq Ahmad). He did a great job and we're all very proud of him. After Loukas' plenary presentation last year, the pressure is on for the hat-trick next year!