Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Genomic Epidemiology and Public Health Genomics

Student accolades

Find out more about some of our students’ achievements.

Lorna Wheaton

Lorna won First Place Poster Prize at the Royal Statistical Society conference in September 2023 and published her first paper in February 2024.

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Ritah Nabunje

Ritah won the “Patient’s choice for best presentation” at a pulmonary fibrosis patient and public engagement event. The “Meet the Scientist” event organised by the patient-led charity Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis brought together scientists investigating pulmonary fibrosis, charity members and patients who are suffering from this devastating lung disease. PhD student’s and post-doctoral researchers gave flash talks to describe their research and the patients chose Ritah’s project of “Investigating genetics of pulmonary fibrosis in multi-ancestry populations” as their favourite.

Harkeran Jandu

Harkeran was selected to receive the Young Investigator Innovation Award ahead of the 14th European Breast Cancer Conference in March 2024.

John Oketch

John has had an article published on BioRxiv.org entitled ‘A comparison of software for analysis of rare and common short tandem repeat (STR) variation using human genome sequences from clinical and population-based samples,’ which assesses the ability of the software to genotype known common STRs and to identify rarer STR expansions, and their application in large dataset suitable for biobank-scale data analysis with a view to identify an approach to investigate the role of STR in human diseases.

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Kathryn Sandilands

Kathryn came first in a postgraduate poster competition run by Leicester Law School in spring 2022. Her poster, entitled ‘The legal and ethical implications of direct-to consumer genetic testing’ was based on her PhD project.

Jasmine Blow

Jasmine came second in a postgraduate poster competition run by Leicester Law School in spring 2022. Her poster, entitled ‘A Global Approach to Genetic Disclosure’ was based on her research seeking to determine the knowledge to be gained from the approaches taken in different legal jurisdictions regarding the interests acknowledged and rights given to relatives when disclosing genetic information.

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