My primary research interest lies in the epigenetics of human disease, therapy response and early life exposures.
I am currently a post doctoral research fellow in the Thirlwell lab at the University of Exeter researching the role of genetics and epigenetics in the increased incidence of cancer in people with diabetes. Before this I was a research associate in the Beck lab at UCL researching epigenetics in personalised medicine, particularly in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. I was also part of the Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK), and chaired the UCL Personalised Medicine Initiative Early Career Network throughout my time at UCL.
I completed my PhD at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics at The University of Manchester in 2015. My PhD focussed on identifying DNA methylation biomarkers of treatment response to biologics in rheumatoid arthritis, and investigating the epigenetic basis of rheumatoid arthritis through a discordant twin epigenome-wide association study. During my PhD I founded the ‘Northern Epigenomics Club’, organising biannual meetings to bring together researchers from the UK and Europe to present and discuss their epigenomic research.