Emma L.E. Drummond

Emma has finished her studies and is no longer in the Lancaster Medical School


I am studying for an MSc in Research with Dave Clancy and Jo Knight. I am looking for associations between health outcomes (phenotypes) and genetic markers (genotypes) in humans using UK Biobank's data resource, focusing on the mitochondrial genome (mtDNA). The mtDNA is unusual in several ways and these require rethinking analysis before embarking on a search. This project has significantly extended my skills in data analysis, statistics and programming.

I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Cambridge and worked in their Genetics department for over five years, specialising in the genetics and development of Drosophila melanogaster. My role centred on "fly pushing", cell sorting and RNA and DNA analysis techniques, but also extended to project steering commitee meetings, teaching team members and students, and independent research projects.

Outside of work and study, I paint landscapes, support a Scouts group and look after my family.