MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Business support

Professional services, including Design and Communications, Finance, Human Resources and Studentships support.


The IGMM Administration Team provides a variety of support services to staff and students across the Institute, including:

  • IGMM Seminar Series organisation
  • Scientific conference and event support
  • Visiting staff registration
  • Honorary status applications
  • Committee servicing


Sharon McDonald Administration Co-ordinator
Eilidh Guild Administrator

Administration enquiries can be sent to:


Design and Communications

In-house expertise, training and facilities enable researchers and students to communicate and engage diverse audiences with their research, whether through scientific illustration, photography, print materials, online content or face-to-face engagement.

An open-access workstation facility in the Design Studio provides all researchers with access to Adobe software and an on-hand graphics expert to assist with troubleshooting queries/skill expansion.


Craig Nicol IGMM Design & Publication Specialist, Photographer
Connor Warnock

IGMM Design, Publication & Digital Media Assistant

Cherry Martin IGMM Communications Manager
Dee Davison IGMM Engagement Manager
 Sarah Thomas Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre Research Engagement Manager

Media/press relations are facilitated by a team of University of Edinburgh, MRC and CR-UK Press Officers. Initial enquiries should be sent to



The Finance Team provides support to staff and postgraduate students across the Institute on all matters relating to the financial management of research grants and other budgets. Members of the team should always be the first point of contact for staff wishing advice on any finance-related issues.


Nicola Humphreys Finance Officer (MRC Human Genetics Unit)
Graeme Patterson

Finance Officer (Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine)

David Salvona Institute Finance Assistant
Marta Mishra Finance Assistant

Finance enquiries can be sent to:


Human Resources

The Human Resources Team provides advice, guidance and support for employees at all levels across the Institute. They operate an open door policy and a member of the team will always be available during working hours for advice on matters relating to or affecting employment.   


Nicola Goldie Senior HR Advisor
Sheena De Angelis HR Officer
Gemma Stevenson HR Administrator
Gillian Hislop

HR Administrator Assistant

HR enquiries can be sent to: 



The IGMM IT Group provides a range of services that help underpin and support the Business, Administrative, Teaching & Learning, and Research activities within the Institute.

Many of these services are provided in partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services Group.

These services include:

  • EDDIE3 - The High Performance Compute Cluster for processing and analysis of Research Data
  • RDM DataStore - The Bulk Data Storage Platform for secure storage of personal and group data
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) for secured physical and virtual computer server hosting
  • Software as a Service (SAAS) for providing software and data management systems within private cloud based solutions
  • Support partnerships for the hosting, configuration and maintenance of data acquisitions devices primarily used within Scientific Research Laboratories
  • Provision of SQL based Database Systems
  • Provision, configuration and support of a Secure Data Network
  • Delivery of Institute initiatives such as the CloudPrinting and VOIP telephony systems
  • Advice and procurement assistance for desktop and mobile computing devices
  • Provision and support of Meeting Spaces and their AV and Conferencing solutions.

The IGMM IT Team also work in partnership with Information Services to provide a second line User Support Service. This can be access via emailing, calling 0131 651-5151 or by using the self-service portal.

Consultations are available to individual researchers and groups with regard to your computing requirements.


David Perry Head of Scientific Computing
John Ireland Senior Systems Architect
Kenny Burn Computing Officer
Ewan McDowall Computing Officer
Stephen Cass Computing Officer
Andrew Comrie Computing Officer

For more information on the services provided within the group, please contact:

IGMM staff can also access more information on the IGMM intranet.


Studentship Support

The Institute provides an outstanding training environment, with a well-established IGMM Graduate Research & Training team supporting both the student and student supervisor experience.


Nick Gilbert

Director of IGMM Graduate Research & Training

Pauline McDonald Postgraduate Administrator
Alana Johnson Postgraduate Assistant

Graduate Research & Training enquiries can be sent to:

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