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Cancer Genomics Team

Professor Richard Houlston’s team works to identify cancer susceptibility genes and understand how these can cause cancer.

Team leader

Professor Richard Houlston

Professor Richard Houlston

Professor of Cancer Genomics

Professor Richard Houlston is Head of the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology. His research focuses on the identification and characterisation of genetic susceptibility to cancer.

ORCID 0000-0002-5268-0242

Team members

Dr Richard Culliford
Dr Richard Culliford
Postdoctoral Training Fellow

I come from a PhD background in applied statistics, with knowledge of both frequentist and Bayesian statistics, and our group is using a variety of methods to understand how the incidence of colorectal cancer is affected by both genetic and environmental variables. In particular, I hope to improve my skills in bioinformatics and systems biology within the application of cancer.

Andrea Gunnell
Andrea Gunnell
Higher Scientific Officer +44 20 8722 4658 ORCID 0000-0001-5162-5391

Dr Andrea Gunnell is a cell biologist working on the identification of new predisposition alleles for myeloma through GWAS analysis and molecular genetic functional studies to elucidate biological basis for genetic susceptibility.

Dr Sureyya Kose
Dr Sureyya Kose
Postdoctoral Training Fellow +44 20 8722 4674

Dr Sureyya Kose recently earned her PhD in Chemistry, investigating the interaction between microbial gene expression and host innate immunity to reveal processes that may lead to cholelithiasis. Presently, her work involves the identification of genetic susceptibility to childhood cancer.

Brittany Rex
Brittany Rex
Executive Assistant +44 20 3437 6419

I have worked at the ICR since 2016, providing PA support at senior executive level within the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology. I assist the Head of Division and teams to communicate, collaborate and maintain working relationships while focusing on the identification and characterisation of genetic susceptibility to cancer.

Charlie Saunders
Charlie Saunders

I am a Bioinformatician, currently working on evaluating genetic pre-disposition factors and environmental risk factors of multiple cancer types.

Dr Shalini Singh
Dr Shalini Singh
Postdoctoral Training Fellow ORCID 0000-0001-9300-3822

I am currently investigating the molecular mechanism of drug resistance in multiple myeloma using molecular and cell biology techniques.

Dr James Smith
Dr James Smith
Postdoctoral Training Fellow +44 20 8722 4093

Dr James Smith is a molecular biologist working on the integration of 3D chromatin data and epigenetic landscapes to identify non-coding regions if the genome involved in both colon and renal cancer predisposition and tumour development.

Dr Amit Sud

Dr Amit Sud is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Genetics and Epidemiology at the ICR and is completing his Haematology training at The Royal Marsden hospital.

Dr  Jayaram Vijayakrishnan
Dr Jayaram Vijayakrishnan
Higher Scientific Officer

Dr Jayaram Vijayakrishnan is a molecular geneticist investigating genetic predisposition to cancer. His work involves the use of molecular and cell biology techniques and subsequent bioinformatic analysis of data.

Dr Molly Went
Dr Molly Went
Postdoctoral Training Fellow +44 20 3437 6145

I'm in the first year of my postdoc after finishing my PhD in the Houlston Lab. I’m investigating inherited predisposition to multiple myeloma. My work involves the identification and characterisation of germline risk variants for myeloma with a view to improve our understanding of pathways relevant to the disease.

Peter Broderick
Senior Scientific Officer
Daniel Chubb
Bioninformatics Officer
Alex Cornish
Dr Ben Kinnersley
Statistician T +44 20 3437 6194
Dr Philip Law
Statistician/Bioinformatician T +44 20 8722 4635
Sam Lawrence
Postdoctoral Training Fellow T +44 20 3437 6639
Dr James Studd
Staff Scientist T +44 20 8722 4113