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Academic staff

Health Professional Education and Engagement Lead

Dr Emma Tonkin, Senior Research Fellow & GPU Lead

Public Engagement Lead
Dr Rachel Iredale
, Associate Professor

Prof Maggie Kirk,  Emeritus Professor of Genetics Education

Kevin McDonald, Senior Lecturer

Dr Juping Yu, Research Fellow

PhD students

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

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

Chamilka Thilakaratne

Visiting appointments

Professor Dhavendra Kumar, Visiting Professor

Professor Dhavendra Kumar is a Visiting Professor, Genomic Policy Unit, Faculty of Life Sciences & Education, The University of South Wales and Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the University Hospital of Wales, Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom. He is one of the Consultants for the All Wales Medical Genetics Service and the lead Clinician for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics.

Dr Rhian Morgan, Visiting Fellow
Rhian 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.

Dr Nicki Taverner, Visiting Fellow
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.