Celebrating 30 Years of Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences

30 Year Anniversary Awards

Since 1988, we have been training scientists from all over the world in the latest biomedical techniques and data-analysis tools. To celebrate our 30 year anniversary in 2018, we awarded 30 free places on our Wellcome Genome Campus events. Thank you to everyone who applied for an award.

Below are a selection of comments from the awardees on their experience of the event and their time at the Wellcome Genome Campus:

Nidaa Ababneh (University of Jordan)

RNA Transcriptomics

Nidaa Ababneh (University of Jordan)

My research project involves the use of iPSCs and CRISPR technologies to generate the isogenic lines from patients with genetic hereditary disorders.The course has really broadened my horizons into understanding the RNAseq technology. The fact that it involved both lab work and data analysis was great combination to clearly understand the technique. The course was very useful and very well organised.

Juli Petereit (University of Nevada, Reno, US)

Proteomics Bioinformatics

Juli Petereit (University of Nevada, Reno, US)

My main research focus has been in data analytical approaches for genomic and transcriptomic data. I also plan on using the learned material to educate our graduate students and PIs by offering a lecture on the possibilities of proteomic studies. This course was exceptional and invaluable. The amount I learned within the week would have taken me months to gather and explain to myself. I now feel comfortable to take on our proteomics data processing and analysis.

Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Greece)

In Silico Systems Biology

Dimitris Konstantopoulos (Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Greece)

My project focuses on the development of bioinformatics tools to investigate the dynamics of transcription during DNA repair. I was really impressed by the structure of the course. It was a fantastic experience for me, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I have been given to participate in such an event, to discuss with some of the experts of the field, and to visit and stay in one of the most famous institutes in the world.

Silvia Kariuki (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya)

Single Cell Technologies and Analysis

Silvia Kariuki (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya)

My current research project involves characterising the mechanisms through which malaria-protective human gene polymorphisms confer their protective effects. I enjoyed my experience at the Wellcome Genome Campus where I was able to interact with many brilliant scientists with whom I hope to collaborate in the future. I had an overall great experience here, with the highlight being the tour of the sequencing facility, and the demonstration of the various automation techniques that enable high throughput processing of samples.

Isabella Ferreira (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Bioinformatics Resources for Immunologists

Isabella Ferreira (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

My PhD project focuses on understanding the lymph node HIV reservoir in the face of suppressive antiretroviral therapy. The single cell RNA sequencing tutorials were extremely useful as they gave a great outline of the analysis pipeline and I have already found this as a great guide to my own analysis. I had the most wonderful experience. I met such interesting people from all over the world and have made great connections with them. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone doing any immunological work.

Simon P. Castillo (University of Chile)

Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer Summer School

Simon P. Castillo (University of Chile)

My PhD project examines cancer using different tools: from analytic and numerical studies, spatial models and in vitro experiments, trying to obtain insights from ecology and evolution, to disentangle cancer ecosystems. This summer school gave me a flavor of what other colleagues are doing in the most prestigious institutes worldwide, and also it helped to broad my perspective about this interesting field. Moreover, also it helped to establish contact with prominent researchers in the field, to pursue future collaborations within my doctoral degree and in the long-term.

Diana Vieira (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal)

Drosophila Genetics and Genomics

Diana Vieira (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal)

The course was of great importance to deepen my knowledge in Drosophila genetics. I was able to learn genome editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and from all the lectures I also learned the techniques involved in genome sequencing and editing. All the knowledge acquired will allow me to evaluate and choose the most appropriate approach to analyse my own data. I’ll be applying what I learned on the course as I have recently obtained funding for my own research project. The experience at the Wellcome Genome Campus was wonderful.

Anna Klucnika (University of Cambridge, UK)

Science Policy: Improving the uptake of research into UK policy

Anna Klucnika (University of Cambridge, UK)

Scientific research is imperative for technological and economic development. However, basic science can often seem far removed from providing solutions with an impact for the public. The course has taught me how the process of policy making works and how to interact with policy makers more effectively. The panel discussion with the group of MPs was extremely enlightening. I enjoyed their open and honest conversation about the nature of politics and how to influence parliamentarians.

Esoh Kum Kevin (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya)

Genetic Analysis of Population-based Association Studies

Esoh Kum Kevin (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya)

The entire course content was very robust. Particularly interesting was Post-GWAS interrogation which covered subjects of special interest to me as polygenic risk scores, Mendelian randomization and fine-mapping of GWAS signals. I look forward to a high-quality data analysis and interpretation of results using the knowledge and skills from this course. Attending this course at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton has been a personal achievement and a goal accomplished. The hospitality was spot on!

Eyituoyo Okoturo (University Of Liverpool, UK)

Next Generation Sequencing Bioinformatics

Eyituoyo Okoturo (University Of Liverpool, UK)

My research is on the molecular biology of the malignant transformation of the pre-malignant lesion – Proliferative Verrucous Leukoplakia (PVL). The course helped in my interaction with my bioinformaticians in showing correlation between callings thresholds and tumour composition through the use of histology photomicrographs. My experience will remain memorable. A big thank you to all of the instructors. This course has inspired my 500 cancer genome project in Nigeria.

Elena Pahita (Imperial College London, UK)

Chromatin Structure and Function

Elena Pahita (Imperial College London, UK)

As my project focuses on understanding the variability of promoter architectures genome-wide, being able to study the chromatin environment around promoters of interest is crucial. At first the schedule of the course seemed a bit daunting to me, with a lot of things happening in one day, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow everything. However, the great organisation of the course, the expertise and willingness of the instructors to explain and answer every question we had, made this experience amazing.

Hüseyin Erdinç Beşikcioğlu (Gazi University, Turkey)

Derivation and Culture of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs)

Hüseyin Erdinç Beşikcioğlu (Gazi University, Turkey)

The course was organized perfectly. The theoretical and practical sections gave me exactly what I need for running hiPSC experiments in my study at the highest quality. Furthermore, the discussion sections and the presentations of invited speakers opened new horizons in my mind. I plan to use iPSCs for neural crest cell generation for my thesis experiments. This is the greatest course I have ever attended. I met scientists from all over the world and feel the power of science that breaks the borders and brings people together. Thank you very much to the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences family.

Lucas Luciano Maldonado (Research Institute of Microbiology and Medical Parasitology, Argentina)

Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of C. elegans and Other Nematodes

Lucas Luciano Maldonado (Research Institute of Microbiology and Medical Parasitology, Argentina)

My postdoctoral project is aimed at sequencing and analysing the complete genomes of the nematode Dioctophyme renale, the giant kidney worm, the biggest nematode parasite known so far! My research project is based on the analysis of genomic and NGS data; therefore the description of genomes of nematodes and genetic events that can occur were very helpful to me. My experience at the Wellcome Genome Campus was very good and the conference provided me valuable information to carry on my postdoctoral research project.

Marusa Novak (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Proteomics Bioinformatics

Marusa Novak (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Work in our group focuses on aegerolysin proteins that can bind various lipids. Currently, we are investigating the potential of these proteins to be used as pesticides. It was a pleasure for me to be part of Proteomics Bioinformatics Course at the Wellcome Genome Campus. The course was intense but very well organised. I have received the information that will now enable me to carefully design my experiments and analyse data with the use of numerous tools.

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