Molecular Epidemiology Group

Postgraduate students

Our current postgraduate students are:

 

Katie Barnes

PhD Student; interested in the genetics of multiple sclerosis.

Katie Barnes

David Clark

PhD student and lead analyst for the ROHgen consortium, studying the effect of homozygosity on human complex traits.

Rachel Forster

PhD Student; interested in association between retinal vasculature characteristics and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in people with type 2 diabetes in order to stratify those at higher risk.

Rachel Forster

Dr Sheila Grecian

MD Student; interested in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the development of clinically significant liver disease in people with type 2 diabetes in order to stratify those at higher risk.

 

Dr Sheila Grecian

Dr Emmanuel Sandoval Garcia

PhD Student; interested in quantitative retinal traits. My PhD aims to further understand the association of the retinal vessel traits with cardiovascular disease (CVD). I am particularly interested in the genetic basis of these retinal traits which may provide new insights into aetiology of CVD.

Dr Emmanuel Sandoval Garcia

Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak

PhD student; interested in the genetics of food preferences.

Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak

Yazhou He

PhD student; student with research interests in colorectal cancer prognostic study.

Yazhou He

Zhe Huang

Zhe Huang

PhD student; particularly interested in the association between metabolomics data and incidence and prognosis of cardiovascular diseases among both diabetes and non-diabetes patients.

Zhe Huang

Dr Wardah Khalid

Wardah Khalid

PhD student; her focus is on the development and validation of diabetes specific dementia risk prediction model based on novel biomarkers.

Dr Wardah Khalid

 

Katherine Kentistou

Katherine Kentistou

PhD Student; interested in the genetics of cardiometabolic disease. I work on novel disease gene discovery, using imaging data on body composition from Scottish and other UK cohorts.

Katherine Kentistou

Justina Krasauskaite

Justina Krasauskaite

PhD student on a Precision Medicine Doctoral Training Programme; interested in biomarkers associated with declining kidney function and development of renal disease in people with type 2 diabetes.

Arianna Landini

Arianna Landini

PhD student and Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher; her research goal is to investigate the genetic regulation of N-glycomic traits, focusing in particular on low frequency and rare genetic variants.

Arianna Landini

Erin MacDonald-Dunlop

PhD student on the Precision Medicine DTP; interested in ageing and building models predicting biological age using various types of omics data.

Erin MacDonald-Dunlop

Sebastian May-Wilson

Sebastian May-Wilson

PhD student; interested in the usage of polygenic risk scores for the prediction of complex genetic traits and discovery of dysregulated and altered pathways for use in precision medicine.

Sebastian May-Wilson

Ines Mesa-Eguiagaray

PhD Student; interested in molecular epidemiology of breast cancer. My PhD aims to describe temporal trends in breast cancer by oestrogen receptor in Scotland and determine whether these trends differ by age, deprivation and mode of detection.

Ciara McDonnell

PhD student on the Precision Medicine DTP; interested in the functional characterisation of genetic variants influencing human food preferences using bioinformatics and animal models.

Ciara McDonnell

Stuart McGurnaghan

Stuart McGurnaghan

PhD student and analyst; studying the genetic epidemiology of type 1 diabetes and its complications such as kidney, eye and heart disease.

Stuart McGurnaghan

Linda Repetto

PhD student; interested in the genetics of human brain functions and structure. She is currently investigating the common underlying genetic basis of cardiovascular disease associated proteins, using multivariate analysis.

Linda Repetto

Paul R.H.J. Timmers

PhD student; interested in the genetics of human lifespan and the biological mechanisms that underpin mortality and morbidity. Using large-scale population data to identify targets that delay the onset of age-related disease.

Paul R.H.J. Timmers

Wei Xu

Wei Xu

PhD student; interested in colorectal cancer prognostic study, particularly in risk prediction and prognostic models.

Wei Xu

Tian Yang

PhD student; interested in exploring gene-environment  interactions in relation to colorectal cancer risk using data from UK Biobank, the SOCCS and Generation Scotland. 

Tian Yang

Xiaomeng Zhang

Xiaomeng Zhang

PhD student; whose research interest is molecular epidemiology of colorectal cancer risk.

Xiaomeng Zhang