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Team: Team Members
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Group Leader

Sarah Aitken is a Group Leader and Clinician Scientist at the MRC Toxicology Unit (University of Cambridge) and Honorary Consultant Pathologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. 

She trained in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, with an intercalated BMedSci in Experimental Pathology and postgraduate MSc in Translational Medicine. She undertook a mixed experimental-computational PhD at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, followed by an EMBO bioinformatics fellowship at the IRB Barcelona. She then completed her Histopathology training in Cambridge as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and subsequently NIHR Clinical Lecturer. Sarah joined the MRC Toxicology Unit in 2021 to start her first independent research group.

The lab's work focusses on the genetic and epigenetic basis of hepatocarcinogenesis, mechanisms of mutagenesis, and the consequences of genetic diversity on cancer evolution.

Follow: @S_J_Aitken



We are hiring: genomics postdoc

We are seeking a highly motivated wet lab (or mixed wet/dry lab) postdoc to join our new research group at the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge.

Closing date: 24 October 2022

Please get in touch if you are interested!

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Claudia Arnedo Pac is a postdoctoral researcher in computational biology.

Claudia undertook her PhD in Biomedicine and Bioinformatics with Prof. Núria López-Bigas at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) Barcelona, Spain.

Prior to that, Claudia completed her undergraduate studies in Biomedicine (University of Barcelona) and Masters in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain).

Follow: @clarnedo

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NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow

Jose Coelho-Lima is an Academic Clinical Fellow in histopathology at the University of Cambridge with an interest in cardiothoracic pathology. 

He undertook his medical education at the Federal University of Maranhao (Brazil), as well as an intercalated degree and PhD in molecular cardiology at Newcastle University. 

Jose's research project is using artificial intelligence to analyse whole-slide imaging/digital pathology of non-small cell lung cancer.

His ambition is to combine expertise in histopathology, molecular, and digital analyses to improve our understanding, diagnosis, and risk stratification of lung and heart diseases.



PhD student


Hashim Ahmed Nur is a PhD student at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge. In his PhD, he is exploring the molecular and genomic responses to DNA damaging agents in the context of liver toxicity.  

Prior to commencing his PhD, he completed a Masters by research in cancer biology at Imperial College London where he carried out two distinct research projects. 

Hashim’s research interests include drug development and how targeted therapies can be used to overcome chemotherapy resistance in the treatment of cancer.  

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PhD student


Malina Anghel is a PhD student at the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge. In her PhD, she aims to characterise 3D liver models for discovery toxicology and pathology. 

Prior to commencing her PhD, Malina completed her Masters in Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine (University of Manchester) and Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences (University of Sheffield). 

Follow: @malina_anghel

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PhD student

Wellcome Trust ECAT Clinical Lecturer

John Connelly is a clinician scientist undertaking his PhD at MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, Edinburgh, in the laboratory of Professor Martin Taylor.

He is working on machine learning to detect mutational processes in digitised pathology images of liver tumours. 

John's broad interests are in the applications of data science and machine learning to molecular and digital image data in the context of cancer pathology.

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MSci student 
University of Cambridge

​Áine McColgan is a Masters student at the University of Cambridge. She studied natural sciences and is now undertaking her Part III project (MSci) in Systems Biology.

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