Faculty members

  • Dr Paul Barton

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    Dr Paul Barton Honorary Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests

    Genetics of Inherited Cardiac Conditions, gene-environment interactions and enhancing international collaboration, currently through research partners based in Florence, Madrid and the Aswan Heart Centre in Egypt.

  • Professor Stuart Cook

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    Professor Stuart Cook Professor of Clinical & Molecular Cardiology

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    Head of the Myocardial & Vascular Biology Division at NHLI, group head of the Cardiovascular Genetics & Genomics Unit, Director of the Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disorders Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, and Director of the National Heart Research Institute of Singapore.

  • Dr James Ware

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    Dr James Ware Clinical Senior Lecturer in Genomic Medicine

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    Appointments

    Group head with Cardiovascular Genetics & Genomics Unit and practices clinically as a Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals, also a cardiac lead for the West London Genome Medicine Centre.

Team members

  • Mona Allouba

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    Mona Allouba PhD student

    Research interests

    Mona is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Research Medicine in collaboration between Imperial College London and Aswan Heart Centre. She is interested in defining the genetic architecture of cardiomyopathies in the Egyptian population.

  • Dr Mian Ahmad

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    Dr Mian Ahmad Research Associate in Machine Learning & Data Mining

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    Post-doctoral Computer Scientist with specialization in software automation. His interests include machine learning, data mining, data analysis and visualization. He maintains and administers group IT infrastructure, including cloud resources and our high performance compute cluster.  

  • Rachel Buchan

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    Rachel Buchan Honorary Research Officer

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    A molecular biologist with an interest in the genetics of inherited cardiac conditions.  Rachel oversees the wet-lab based projects in the Cardiovascular Genetics and Genomics Group at the Royal Brompton. 

  • Ben Corden

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    Ben Corden NIHR Post-doctoral Academic Clinical Fellow

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    An NIHR Post-doctoral Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialist Registrar training in cardiology. Ben is currently investigating genetic influences on arrhythmias in dilated cardiomyopathy. 

  • Liz Edwards

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    Liz Edwards Post-doctoral Bioinformatics Project Manager

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    A post-doctoral Bioinformatics Project Manager working on multiple translational research projects for the Cardiovascular Genetics & Genomics Group. Liz's research interests are in translational genomics and analysing big data.

  • Dr Leanne Felkin

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    Dr Leanne Felkin Research Associate

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    Early features of cardiomyopathies and in particular the factors released by the heart muscle into the circulation which could be used as biomarkers to personalise medicine allowing early disease detection, support risk stratification and monitor disease progression.

  • Risha Govind

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    Risha Govind Bioinformatician

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    Research interests

    Gene-environment interactions and genotype-phenotype studies. Responsible for the initial bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data for the team and also has several project roles, such as contributing to development of cardioclassifier.org.

  • Francesco Mazzarotto

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    Francesco Mazzarotto Honorary Research Associate

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    Current research is mainly focused on dissecting the genetic architecture of cardiomyopathies and on variant interpretation.  A post-doctoral bioinformatician based in Florence, working with both the University of Florence and the group at Imperial, where he obtained his PhD.  

  • William Midwinter

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    William Midwinter Laboratory Technician

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    A laboratory technician performing next generation sequencing (NGS) and Sanger sequencing for research into the genetic basis of inherited cardiac conditions.  

  • Hanna Najgebauer

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    Hanna Najgebauer Post-doctoral scientist

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    A postdoctoral scientist currently leading a number of gene discovery projects, initially through whole exome sequencing in families and carefully selected cohorts.  

  • Dr Upasana Tayal

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    Dr Upasana Tayal Cardiology Registrar

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    Research interests

    Undertaking a PhD in the genetics and imaging of dilated cardiomyopathy. Upasana is working on integrating genetic, imaging, and multiparametric phenotyping data to improve risk stratification and prediction of remodelling in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.  

  • Konstatinos Vanezis

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    Konstatinos Vanezis Post-doctoral laboratory scientist

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    Currently focused on cardiac physiology and identification of novel genetic targets using stem cell and CRISPR technologies in both hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy.

  • Roddy Walsh

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    Roddy Walsh Research Postgraduate

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    Research interests

    Genetics of cardiomyopathies, with a particular focus on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This includes identifying the genes that cause these conditions, developing techniques to improve the interpretation of genetic variants and assessing how a patient's genotype affects phenotype and disease progression.

  • Dr Nicola Whiffin

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    Dr Nicola Whiffin Honorary Research Associate

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    Research interests

    Postdoctoral bioinformatician for the large-scale analysis and interpretation of our sequencing datasets, with particular focus on clinical variant interpretation. Creator of cardioclassifier.org a web tool to support genetic variant interpretation in the context of inherited cardiac conditions.

  • Alicja Wilk

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    Alicja Wilk Senior Research Technician

    Research interests

    A senior research technician with experience in Next Generation Sequencing with particular interest in inherited cardiac conditions, mitochondrial genetics and multiple sclerosis.

  • Xiaolei Zhang

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    Xiaolei Zhang Research Assistant

    Research interests

    The statistical learning methods to facilitate variant interpretation in cardiovascular disease. Xiaolei is now working on new statistical models to predict variants pathogenicity.