Moustafa is a Stem Cells and Developmental Biology PhD candidate at University College London (UCL) where he is working on developing a disease modelling platform for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), employing the latest stem cells, gene editing and tissue engineering technologies. Through his project, Moustafa was exposed to the process of translation of medical research from bed to bedside; and having to interact with various stakeholders, he quickly realised the urgent need to provide support for early-career researchers in their translational journey.
Moustafa’s interest in clinically translatable biological therapies, and commercialisation of biomedical research led him to participating in the founding of Apollo London. In his spare time, Moustafa enjoys traveling, hiking, and working on architecture and product design projects.
Letizia is a PhD student at UCL. She collaborates with the 100,000 Genomes Project, a national research programme established to sequence the genomes of 100,000 samples from patients with Rare Diseases. Prior to this, she graduated from Sapienza University of Rome with an MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology and a BSc in Biology. After graduation, she was awarded the Unipharma Graduates grant and did an internship at Babraham Institute (Cambridge) where she improved her bioinformatics and programming skills. She strongly believes in a synergetic relationship between experimental and computational approaches and her research allows her to combine bioinformatics skills and wet laboratory skills and to pursue the functional analysis of selected novel potential disease-causing variants using facilities and expertise across the partnerships. She attended the Utrecht Summer School on Translational Medicine in 2018.