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I am a PhD student at the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge (iCase studentship in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline). My supervisors are Dr Chris Wallace and Dr David Wille and I am a member of the Wallace group and the Statistical Omics (SOMX) group.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a degree in Mathematics and Biology at Durham University (1st Class Honours). During my degree, I spent a year at the University of Calgary completing a variety of human genetics and statistics courses. During this time, I worked as a research assistant with Dr Ying Yan on the analysis of objectifying randomised clinical trials. I also interned at the Centre for Computational Biology at the University of Birmingham, working with Professor Jean-Baptiste Cazier to compare ovarian-breast cancer causing mutations between white British and Punjabi women. I am conscious of the Eurocentric biases of genetic studies and hope that more effort is placed on the under-represented non-European populations in the coming years.

Coming from a Natural Sciences background, I am interested in using Bayesian techniques to answer biological questions. My research involves determining the true coverage of credible sets in Bayesian fine-mapping genetic association studies. I also have interests in incorporating functional genomics data (such as genome segmentation data, Hi-C data and CRISPR data) with GWAS and fine-mapping results to improve our understanding of the biology of disease.

My Work

My current research involves investigating the true coverage of credible sets from Bayesian fine-mapping of genetic causal variants and deriving a “corrected coverage” estimate.

Pre-print available here:

See the R package webpage here:

Weekly summaries of my PhD work are posted here:

Conferences + Talks

  • SEGEG @ The Big Data Institute, Oxford – 6 November 2019
  • Quantitative Genomics (QG19) ** BEST LONG TALK AWARD ** – 10 June 2019

QG19 Slides

  • GSK Human Genetics Group Meeting – 6 June 2019
  • Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology (MASAMB) ** BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD ** – 26 April 2019


  • Building Bridges in Medical Science (BBMS) (Poster)- 8 March 2019
  • St Catharine’s College Graduate Symposium (Organiser) – 27 February 2019


I enjoy walking, travelling, board games (I am a ‘Settlers of Catan’ and ‘Splendor’ expert!) and meeting new people. I am a member of St Catharine’s College, where I enjoy my role as the MCR social secretary. I am also the PhD Student Rep at the MRC Biostatistics Unit.


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