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Dr Gemma Chandratillake

Education and Training Lead, NHS East Genomics

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Bio: Gemma is trained as a molecular geneticist and genetic counsellor. She has a long-standing interest in rare genetic diseases, having used both fruit flies and worms to model alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and Niemann-Pick type C disease in the lab. In Feb 2012, Gemma joined the Stanford University spinout company Personalis, Inc., and developed a clinical genomic sequencing test for the diagnosis of individuals with rare disease.

Since moving back to the UK, Gemma has focused on healthcare professional education in genetics. She is Education and Training Lead for NHS East Genomics, and coordinates the Masters course in Genomic Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is Chair-elect of the British Society for Genetic Medicine. At CamRARE she is interested in working with stakeholders (clinical, academic, industry, and families) to find creative ways to mainstream genomics within the NHS for the benefit of patients with rare disease.

Find out more about NHS East Genomics by visiting their website.