Edinburgh Scientific Academic Track

ESAT Alumni

The main objective of the ESAT scheme is to attract promising young scientists to the University of Edinburgh and enable them to transition to fully independent research leaders by providing start-up funding, world class facilities and appropriate mentoring. The programme has already resulted in some noticeable success stories.

Find out more about the ESAT Alumni and visit their research profiles to explore their work.

 

Biomedical students

Professor Martin Taylor

Martin joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Nick Hastie at the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

He passed through a successful ESAT formal review in 2015 to become an MRC University Unit Programme Leader at the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

Martin has made seminal discoveries about why and where DNA changes (mutations) arise, and what the functional consequences of those changes are.

Read more about Martin's work in his research profile.

 

Professor Ian Duguid

Ian joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Mike Shipston at the Centre for Integrative Physiology.

Having successfully passed his ESAT review in 2015, he now works as the Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

The Duguid lab aims to generate new insights into the neural computations that underlie different motor behaviours  by employing a multi-level cellular and systems neuroscience approach combining in vivo patch-clamp electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, viral-based manipulation techniques and quantitative behaviour.

Read more about Ian's work in his research profile.

 

Dr Pamela Wiener

Pamela passed her ESAT review successfully in 2015 and now works a Reader at the Roslin Institute.

Her research focuses on the genetics of domesticated animals. This involves the application of population and quantitative genetic approaches to dissect the genetic basis of phenotypic traits and to improve understanding of domestication and breed development. Her research group also exploits the wealth of historical information on domesticated species to develop and improve methods of analysis, which can be applied to a variety of species.

Read more about Pamela's work in her research profile.

 

Dr Finn Grey

Finn passed his ESAT review successfully in 2015 and now works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Roslin Institute.

His research has already led to novel insights into the role of viral miRNAs as well as the function of miRNAs in general (Grey et al PLoS Pathog. 2010 Jun 24;6(6):e1000967; 2007 Nov;3(11):e163). In addition previously unknown host virus interactions have been discovered through miRNA target identification. Because miRNAs can potentially target any cellular gene, and therefore any biological process, the research has the potential to impact on diverse aspects of virus biology and host virus interaction.

Read more about Finn's work in his research profile.

Dr Megan Davey

Having passed her ESAT review in 2015, Megan continues her work at the Roslin Instiute as a Group Leader.

Her research lab utilises a combination of classical genetics, anatomy, embryology and embryonic manipulation with modern molecular biology, genetic manipulation, gene expression profiling, proteomics and imaging techniques to investigate Hedgehog signalling and the role of cilia in development, with a focus on limb and neural tube patterning.

Read more about Megan's work in her research profile.

 

Dr Thomas Wishart

Tom passed his ESAT review in 2016 and continues his work at the Roslin Institute as a Group Leader.

Research in the Wishart laboratory is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular processes which underpin the development and stability of the nervous system in health and disease, with a more specific focus on the biology of the neuron.

Read more about Tom's research in hisresearch profile.

 

Dr Steve Jenkins

Steve joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Judith Allen and Professor John Iredale.

He passed his ESAT review successfully in 2016 and now works as a Chancellor's Fellow at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research.

The Jenkins lab investigates the functional diversity of myeloid cells in tissue homeostasis and immune regulation, with a major focus on the mechanisms that maintain tissue resident macrophages under steady state and inflammatory conditions.

Read more about Steve's work in his research profile.

 

Dr Anagha Joshi

Anagha passed her ESAT review successfully in 2016 and continues her work as a Group Leader at the Roslin Institute.

Her research focuses computational systems biology to understand transcriptional control during mammalian development using blood as a model system.

Read more about Anagha's work in her research profile.

 

Professor Harish Nair

Harish joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Aziz Sheikh.

He passed his ESAT review successfully in 2016 and is now a Chair of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics.

His research focuses on child pneumonia. He has received more than £31 million in grant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, World Health Organisation, UNICEF and Sanofi Pasteur. He has led studies that reported the first and most widely cited disaese burden estimates for RSV and influenza related child pneumonia.

Read more about Harish's work in his research profile.

 

Dr Sonja Vermeren

Sonja joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Adriano Rossi.

She passed her ESAT review successfully in 2016 and continues her work as a Chancellor's Fellow at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research.

Much of her current work centres around ARAP3, a PI3K and Rap regulated GTPase activating protein for Rho and Arf family small GTPases. ARAP3 was one of many PI3K effectors identified in a screen for PI3K effectors from pig neutrophils. The Vermeren lab already showed that ARAP3 regulates endothelial cell biology (angiogenesis).

Read more about Sonja's work in her research profile.

 

Dr Rodger Duffin

Rodger passed his ESAT review successfully in 2017 and continues his work as a Principal Investigator at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research.

His research interests are focused on the mechanisms controlling inflammatory processes from initiation to resolution and also understanding the potential toxicology surrounding environmental and occupational nanoparticle exposures.

Read more about Rodger's work in his research profile.

Dr Cecile Benezech

Having successfully passed her ESAT review in 2017, Cecile continues her work as a Principal Investigator at the BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science.

Her research aims to understand both immune and inflammatory functions of adipose tissues to develop new means of improving immunity in the context of airway infections, controlling inflammation and associated metabolic deregulation in obesity and improving cardiac repair post-myocardiac infarction.

Read more about Cecile's work in her research profile.

Professor Steve Pollard

Steve joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Margaret Frame.

He has been recently awarded a Personal Chair of Stem Cell and Cancer Biology at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine .

His research seeks to understand the molecular and cellular events that control neural stem cell fate in order to reveal new therapeutic strategies to treat glioblastoma.

Read more about Steve's work in his research profile.

Dr James Prendergast

Having successfully passed his ESAT review in 2017, James now works as the Group Leader at the Roslin Institute.

His main area of research is the study of genome and epigenome evolution and their relevance to disease.

Read more about James's work in his research profile.

Dr Emily Osterweil

Having successfully passed her ESAT review in 2017, Emily continues to work as a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

Her research follows the central hypothesis that de novo protein synthesis in neurons is a fundamental requirement for learning, and dysregulation of this process is a core contributor to autism and intellectual disability (ASD/ID).

Read more about Emily's work in her research profile.

Dr HongYan Zhang

HongYan passed her ESAT review successfully and continues to work as a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

Her research investigates the development of CPG neurons; how different rhythmic motor patterns are generated or modulated; and how spinal circuits recover following injuries.

Read more abour Hongyan's work in her research profile.

Dr Christos Gkogkas

Christos joined the ESAT scheme under the mentorship of Professor Matthew Nolan and Professor Mike Shipston.

After the successful ESAT review, he continues his work on the regulation of protein synthesis in neuropsychiatric disorders at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

Read more about Christos' work in his research profile.

Dr Karl Emanuel Busch

Having successfully passed his ESAT review, Karl continues his work at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.

His main area of research is the physiology of neural circuits and behaviour in C. elegans - in particular, how neurons sustain long-lasting responses.

Read more about Karl's work in his research profile.

Dr Saturnino Luz Filho

Saturnino passed his ESAT review successfully in November 2017 and has been offered the post of Reader at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics.

His research investigates inference in high-dimensional data sets, and employs machine learning and signal processing methods to the study of communication in medical settings such as multidisciplinary medical team meetings, doctor-patient consultations and telemedicine.

Read more about Saturnino's work in his research profile.

Dr Jose Luis Garcia - Perez

Jose Luis passed his ESAT review successfully in March 2018 and continues to work as a Principal Investigator at the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

His research focuses on repetitive DNA sequences from our genome that have the ability to move within our genome (Mobile DNA) and aims to understand how they impact both natural variability among humans and human disease.

Read more about Jose's work in his research profile.