Anita

Anita Grigoriadis

 

Jelmar

Jelmar Quist

 

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Tom Hardiman

 

 

Radhika Kataria

 

Greg Verghese

 

Elena Alberts

 

 

Mengyuan Li

 

Hannah Lau

 

Mario Parreno

 

   
 

Victoire Boulat

 

Siyuan Chen

 

Isobelle Wall

 


Dr Anita Grigoriadis

Reader in Cancer Bioinformatics

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Anita Grigoriadis is a Reader in the School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences at King’s College London (KCL), the School Lead (International) and Training Lead for the CRUK KHP Centre, and holds a guest lecturership at Birkbeck College, University of London. Anita is the lead of “CAncer microBiome ImmuNology DAtascience” (CABINDA), a newly formed initiative between the School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Institute and Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.

After her Master’s degree at the Institute of Molecular Pathology, University of Vienna (Austria), she pursued a joint PhD between the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR), London, and Faculty of Natural Sciences, Salzburg (Austria). Anita conducted her postdoctoral training on breast cancer genomics at the LICR, and later moved to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Centre (London) with Professor Alan Ashworth. In 2008, she joined the Breast Cancer NOW Unit (formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research) at KCL under the leadership of Professor Andrew Tutt, where her bioinformatics interest in studying genomic instability and immune-related features in breast cancer started.


Dr Jelmar Quist

Postdoctoral Cancer Bioinformatician

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Jelmar received his undergraduate degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Applied Sciences Leiden in The Netherlands. After finishing his Master of Research in Bioinformatics with Systems Biology at Birkbeck, University of London, he obtained a PhD studentship in Translational Medicine from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’. In 2018, he finished his PhD in Cancer Bioinformatics, focusing on the identification of drivers and dependencies of genomic instability in TNBC. In his current work, he seeks to understand how ectopic expression of HORMAD1 influences the tumour immune microenvironment and DNA damage response sin TNBC, with the aim of optimising patient stratification.

 


Tom Hardiman

PhD Student

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Tom is an MRC-funded PhD student who started in October 2017. His project focuses on understanding the evolution of the premetastatic lymph node niche. He has completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at King’s College London, followed by a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology at Imperial College London.

 


Radhika Kataria

PhD Student

Radhika is a second year iCASE MRC-DTP PhD student at King’s in collaboration with her industry partner Cambridge Cancer Genomics (CCG). Her project focuses on investigating the presence of the microbiota at the tumour site and their downstream effects in genomic instability and immune infiltration. Prior to her PhD Radhika completed an integrated masters’ degree in Biology specialising in genetics at the University of York.


Ellie Alberts

PhD Student

Ellie is an MRC DTP student that started with the group in December 2019. She previously completed a Biochemistry BSc at the University of Leeds and a master’s in Infection and Immunity at UCL. Her project combines image analysis and transcriptomics to immunophenotype the premetastatic niche of draining lymph nodes in patients with invasive breast cancer.


Greg Verghese

Data Scientist

Greg joined the bioinformatics group after completing a MSc in data science and machine learning at King’s College London. He initially received a MSci in Physics from the University of Bristol and then worked in quantitative finance focusing on computational and statistical methods. In his current work, he aims to apply machine learning and computer vision techniques to digital pathology images to find early indication of transitions indicative of potential cancerous spread to lymph nodes.


Mengyuan Li

PhD student

Mengyuan Li is CSC-funded PhD student who started in October 2020. Her project focuses on integrative analyses of image and genomic profiling data to investigate metastatic development in lymph nodes. Prior to that she received her bachelor degree in Biotechnology at South China Agricultural University in 2018 and her master degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Then she worked as a research assistant focused on HPV-related cancer and virus integration at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University until 2020.

 


Hannah Lau

PhD student

Hannah Lau is a PhD student under the National University of Singapore-King’s College London (NUS-KCL) Joint Degree Program. The focus of her PhD project is to investigate the intratumour heterogeneity in breast cancer and its influence on the tumour microenvironment and stroma. Prior to this, Hannah completed her bachelor’s degree with honours in Life Sciences (specialisation in Biomedical Sciences) at the National University of Singapore.

      


Mario Parreno

Postdoctoral Cancer Bioinformatician

Mario received a B.Eng. in Telematics from Valencia Polytechnic University. At Manchester University, he received an MPhil on the computation of electromagnetic phenomena. In 2014 he obtained his MRes and PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data at Newcastle University. Mario was also an intern at the Alan Turing Institute (the UK’s research institute in Data Sciences and AI) ini 2018, working on computer vision models. During 2019 and 2021, he worked with the Department of Genetics at University College London as  a Research Fellow. His research involved modelling and integrating data from multi-omics sources to address various questions around systemic changes in cancer cells that may lead to cancer progression and resistance to therapies. Mario joined the cancer bioinformatics group at King’s College London in 2021. His current research interests include cancer imaging, multi-omics, computational intelligence and machine learning.

 

   


Victoire Boulat

PhD Student

Victoire Boulat is a first year Cancer Research UK City of London Centre PhD student who started in October 2021. Her project aims to understand the prognostic value and functional role of germinal centers in the lymph nodes of immunotherapy-treated breast cancers. Before her PhD, Victoire completed a Biological Sciences Bsc and a Molecular and Cellular Biosciences MRes at Imperial College London. 

 

  


Siyuan Chen

PhD Student

Siyuan Chen is a CSC-funded PhD student. She received her bachelor degree in Clinical Medicine at Fudan University in 2018 and a master degree in Oncology at Shanghai Cancer Center of Fudan University in 2021. She will start her PhD in October 2021. Her project involves image-based subtyping and molecular correlation analysis of triple negative breast cancers,  using deep-learning approaches.

 


Isobelle Wall

PhD Student

Izzi is a first year PhD student who started in October 2021. She received her BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Newcastle University and went on to complete a Research Master’s (MRes) in Translational Cancer Medicine at King’s College London. Her project is in collaboration with the WelcomeLEAP Delta Tissue project, specifically, combining spatial transcriptomics and nano-needle technology to map changes in tissue states in Triple Negative Breast Cancer before, during and after treatment.