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Geordie genes and the power of sequencing

  • 20 January 2022
  • 5.30PM - 6.30PM
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The Human Genome Project was an international scientific research project involving 20 groups from across the globe with a combined goal of determining the base pairs that make up human DNA. Importantly the sequence data was made available without restriction and access to this data has revolutionised our approaches to research – and has underpinned Prof Rand’s research career. The sequence of the human genome is a powerful tool which has enabled us to understand human evolution and unravel complex diseases.

In this lecture, Prof Rand will discuss how the Human Genome Project and the technical advances that developed from this ambitious project changed the research landscape.

She will also show how her own research has utilised this knowledge to understand different cancers and present how we can exploit weaknesses in cancer DNA to improve treatment and outcome for patients. Prof Rand will also describe some of the challenges we face through healthcare disparity in the UK and globally and how she is tackling this at Teesside University.

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Professor Vikki Rand is Professor of Biosciences. Prof Rand obtained her PhD in Genomic and Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD project was based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and her research contributed to The Human Genome Project. After her PhD, Vikki conducted two post-doctoral research positions at Johns Hopkins University, USA and the University of Nottingham working in collaboration with St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, USA. Prior to moving to Teesside University she held a prestigious Senior Bennett Fellowship from Blood Cancer UK at Newcastle University where she led a group focussing on improving our knowledge of paediatric lymphoma in the UK and Malawi. Prof Rand’s current research interests include early diagnostics of cancer and levelling up healthcare for children and adults across our region and beyond. Her research uses cutting edge approaches to unravel the biology of aggressive cancers to identify prognostic biomarkers and new therapeutic targets. Vikki has published research in high impact journals including Nature, Nature Genetics, PNAS, Blood, Molecular Cell and Leukemia.

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