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Rosie Davies

President

Rosie is a postdoc within UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health working as a genome analyst for GOSgene. Within her research, she works closely with clinicians at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to identify pathogenic variants in undiagnosed children with genetic diseases. Her work also involves multi-omic investigation of patients, implementing techniques such as whole genome sequencing, RNA-sequencing and mass spectrometry.

She was first inducted into the EUREKA family after attending the Translational Medicine Summerschool in Utrecht in 2016 and is the founding member of Apollo London. In her spare time, she enjoys trekking in the mountains and the occasional triathlon.

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Nazia Mehrban

Events Coordinator

Nazia is a tissue engineer working closely with surgeons in the repair and regeneration of several different types of tissues, such as neural tissue, skin and adipose tissue. She completed her PhD on engineering ligaments from University of Birmingham before moving to University of Bristol to learn more about protein design and the development of novel hydrogels for cell culture. Nazia is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at UCL where she is developing novel, implantable materials towards tissue engineering; either as cell-populated scaffolds or towards biocompatible medical devices. Her current role allows her to work with engineers, biologists, chemists and even roboticists in exploring the diversity of research in translational medicine from bench to bedside.

In her spare time Nazia enjoys travelling and hiking and can often be found in the countryside (national or international) trying to combine the two. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, especially as it almost always involves good food!

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Moustafa Khedr

Vice President/ Secretary

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.

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Letizia Vestito

Communications Officer

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.