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Emma Tonkin

Dr Emma Tonkin leads the Genomics Policy Unit and is a founding member of the leadership team for the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance, an initiative that has brought together representatives from 19 countries to develop a roadmap and benchmarking tool to drive nursing and genomics forward internationally.

Her research centres on the delivery of genomic healthcare to improve patient, family and community outcomes globally. Primarily working with the nursing and midwifery professions, her work has focused on health professional education and engagement, and service development initiatives within the UK for mainstreaming genomics across health services. Dr Tonkin reviews for a number of journals and currently have active collaborations with Genomics Partnership Wales and Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme.

Dr Rachel Iredale_Genomics Policy Uni

Dr Rachel Iredale, Associate Professor, centres on improving public participation in health policy making and the future impact of genetics on health care. 

Her current research includes: Citizens' Jury on Designer Babies; European patient survey on adjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer; Discrimination against women and young girls in the health sector across the EU; Genetic Literacy and Family History: A study of young people in South Wales and The National DNA Database on Trial.


Prof Maggie Kirk, Genomics Research

Maggie Kirk is Emeritus Professor of Genomics. Her research focuses on genetics education, storytelling in education and consensus approaches.

Raising the profile of genetics in the education of health professionals has been an important goal for Maggie since she started her academic career in 1992. Prior to this Maggie practised in the coronary care setting, having made a career move to nursing from the field of mammalian genetics. 

Kevin McDonald works on research and education. His research interests include the use of high fidelity simulation for medicine dosage calculation.

Juping Yu_ PhD Genomics

Dr Juping Yu is interested in genetic healthcare; antenatal screening and qualitative research methods.

Research students

PhD by Portfolio student Saghira Malik Sharif is investigating: Enhancing inclusion of the British Pakistani Population in Clinical Genomics Research: Development of a Competence framework.

KESS PhD student Jo Swidenbank - Care Sciences

Nurse Joanne Swidenbank, a KESS PhD student, is looking at: Developing the health workforce in genomics: a longitudinal, cross-Wales, multicentre, interdisciplinary case study.  

Chamilka Thilakaratne

Visiting Fellows

Dr Rhian Morgan_ Genomics

Dr Rhian Morgan is the Senior Education and Engagement Officer at Wales Gene Park where she helps to deliver a busy genetics and genomics programme to the public, schools and colleges, health professionals and patients and families affected by rare and genetic conditions. She is working with Genomics Partnership Wales to help deliver engagement around Welsh Government’s Genomics for Precision Medicine strategy, launched in 2017.  Previously she worked with individuals and families affected by genetic conditions as the Project Officer for the Genomics Policy Unit’s Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics project.


Nicki is a GCRB Registered Genetic Counsellor working at the All Wales Medical Genomics Service and a Lecturer at the Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, Cardiff University where she jointly leads the Genetic and Genomic Counselling MSc. She is vice-chair of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors. Previously Nicki was a researcher on the Genetics and Merthyr Youth (GAMY) Project for the Genomics Policy Unit.