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Meet the Educators and Contributors team

The team of contributors to this course

We, your Educators on this course, will be present during the next three weeks of the course, following and joining in the discussions from time to time, and sharing our expertise with you. On this journey together, we will be helping each other to learn. We will also be looking at any feedback you provide us, which we will use to make any improvements to the course.

At the end of each week, we provide a written summary of the week’s learning. We will also email you with a round-up of the week’s learning. We are looking forward to learning with you.

Ana Filipe

Head of the Genomics facility at MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

Following a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I completed a PhD in gene therapy applied to vascular diseases. I joined the University of Glasgow in 2008 as a molecular virologist and gradually started to accumulate experience in viral genomics. Currently, I lead the CVR Genomics team, implementing sequencing solutions applied to viral systems.

Leigh Jackson

COG-Train Scientific Lead, United Kingdom

I’m a scientific project manager with the COG-UK consortium. I have a varied research background working in human genomics and cancer research. I have worked on several large pan-European, multi-disciplinary, projects alongside the preeminent clinical, ethical and social researchers in genetics. More recently I have begun using a big data approach in public health genomics. I have worked on numerous genomic education initiatives including as the Education and Training Lead for the South West Genomic Medicine centre as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the MedGen project developing training courses in Macedonia and Israel, and developing modules on the MSc in Genomic Medicine at the University of Exeter and for the Gen-Equip project, which provided an educational toolkit and modules for primary care professionals in 6 languages.

Moses Luutu Nsubuga

Biomedical Scientist at Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre, Uganda

My goal in life is to gain a better understanding of the human body. I admire people who devote their lives to assisting those in need and applying their knowledge for the greater good. Because I was born and raised in Uganda, I understand the importance of Biomedical Science, particularly in less-developed countries where health issues such as malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis have impacted the country. Being aware of this issue at a young age sparked my interest in Biomedical Science. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics, which has strengthened my computing skills and introduced me to how artificial intelligence may be used in conjunction with biomedical sciences to combat the current pandemic.

Rogers Kamulegeya

Coordinator Integrated Biorepository of H3Africa Uganda and Teaching Assistant Molecular Biology, Makerere University, Uganda

I am an Educationist in molecular biology, immunology, and Biomedical Researcher in stem cell biology, and biobanking science. I have taught and mentored students from high school to graduate level in Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biobanking. I also have worked in project management in various religious non-governmental organisations for over 10 years.

‘Follow’ us, Ana Filipe, Leigh Jackson, Moses Luutu Nsubuga and Rogers Kamulegeya and track our contributions to discussions by accessing our profiles.

In order for this course to provide you with the best content, we have consulted experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United Kingdom. You will also see our contributors from all over the globe in interviews, articles and many other exclusive learning materials in the following weeks:

Global contributors

Contributors pictures from right-left/top-bottom: Camila Romano, Collins ​​Otieno, Dodge Lim, Emmanuel Nasinghe, Faith Nakazzi, Gideon Nsubuga, Harper VanSteenhouse, Lei Lanna Dancel, Malebo Malope, Maria Magdalene Namaganda, Ma. Ricci Gomez, Newton Lwanga, Paúl Cárdenas, Rodrigue Bikangui, Sarah Mwangi, Senjuti Saha

Dr Camila Romano
Scientific Researcher
Hospital das Clinicas, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo and Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

Dr Collins ​​Otieno
Project Lead
African Society for Laboratory Medicine, Ethiopia

Dodge Lim
Science Research Specialist
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines

MD Emmanuel Nasinghe
Research Associate
Makerere University, Uganda

Faith Nakazzi
Research Assistant
Makerere University Biomedical Research Centre, Uganda

Gideon Nsubuga
Quality Manager
IRH3AU, Makerere University, Uganda

Dr Harper VanSteenhouse
BioClavis Ltd, the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Lei Lanna Dancel
Supervising Science Research Specialist
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines

Malebo Malope
Lecturer and Genetic Counsellor
Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Maria Magdalene Namaganda
Bioinformatics Scientist
Makerere University, Uganda

Ma. Ricci Gomez
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines

Newton Lwanga
Data Manager
Integrated Biorepository of H3Africa in Uganda, Makerere University, Uganda

Prof Paúl Cárdenas
Associate Professor
Instituto de Microbiología, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Rodrigue Bikangui
Head of Immunology and molecular Laboratory
Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné, Gabon

Dr Sarah Mwangi
Implementation Science Expert for Pathogen Genomics
Africa CDC, Ethiopia

Dr Senjuti Saha
Director & Scientist
Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh

Course Reviewers

Pictures of the reviewers: Cassandra Soo and Ricardo Khouri

Dr Cassandra Soo
Laboratory Courses Manager
Wellcome Connecting Science, United Kingdom

Prof Ricardo Khouri
Professor and Public Health Researcher
Universidade Federal da Bahia and FIOCRUZ Bahia, Brazil

Online Courses Developer

Dr Liã Bárbara Arruda.
Education Developer at Wellcome Connecting Science

Contributors from the COG-UK consortium

Prof Sharon Peacock
Executive Director and Chair at COG-UK and Head of COG-Train, University of Cambridge

Prof Alistair Darby
Co-Director of the Centre for Genomic Research, University of Liverpool

Dr Catherine Ludden
Director of COG-Train and Director of Operations at COG-UK, University of Cambridge

Dr Ewan Harrison
Director of Data Science and Deputy Director for COG-UK

Ellena Brooks
Project coordinator for operations at COG-UK

Kim Smith
Project coordinator at COG-UK

Angela Beckett
Specialist Research Technician at the University of Portsmouth

Prof Darren Smith
Associate Professor, Northumbria University

Prof Emma Thomson
Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

Hanna Pymont
Clinical Scientist in Microbiology at the United Kingdom Health Security Agency

Dr Kirstyn Brunker
Research Associate at the University of Glasgow

Prof Mark Webber
Group Leader at the Quadram Institute

Dr Muhammad Yasir
Researcher at the Quadram Institute

MD Nathan Moore
Molecular Scientist at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sam Robson
Reader in Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Portsmouth

Dr Sharon Glaysher
Biomedical Scientist at the University of Portsmouth

Stephanie Hutchings
Trainee Clinical Scientist at the United Kingdom Health Security Agency

Dr Sunando Roy
Research Associate at the University College of London

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