Conference delegates

The team

Courses and Conferences

Michelle Bishop, Associate Director, Wellcome Connecting Science

Michelle Bishop

Associate Director, Learning and Training

Michelle leads the Learning and Training programme at Wellcome Connecting Science, overseeing the development and delivery of learning events, activities and resources for professional audiences across the life science research and healthcare sectors. Michelle has spent more than 15 years in genetics and genomics education, previously working at Health Education England. She has a background in molecular biology and genetic counselling and a PhD in the field of genetics education.

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Treasa Creavin

Head of Conferences and Online Training

Treasa’s main role is to develop the scientific programme. She leads the discussion-based courses, conferences and the online courses programme. She obtained her PhD in genetics from University College London and was a postdoctoral researcher at UCL Medical School and at AIST in Japan. Prior to joining the programme in 2010, she was the Editor of Trends in Genetics and the Reviews Editor of Genome Biology.

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Laura Wyatt

Conference and Events Manager

Laura has worked with the conferences team since August 2007, after graduating with a BA Hons degree in Event Management. Laura is responsible for the logistical organisation of up to 10 conferences, retreats, summer schools and workshops per year. In January 2015 Laura was appointed the conference and events manager.

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Jemma Hume

Conference and Events Organiser

Jemma has been a conference and events organiser since 2007. She is responsible for the logistical organisation of up to 10 events per year. Before joining the scientific conference team, she was the head receptionist at the Conference Centre at the Genome Campus.

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Lucy Criddle

Conference and Events Organiser

Lucy graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, with a degree in Hospitality Management. During her studies she spent one year working in Lapland with the Finnish Tourist Association. She previously worked at Cambridge University in the conference sales team, and has been working within the conferences team for the past 15 years as a conference and events organiser.

Zoey Willard

Conference and Events Organiser

Zoey has worked in event management since 1996 organising events in pharmaceutical, technology, finance, tobacco and economic development areas within large corporates, agencies and the public sector. Zoey has led more than 300 event projects in over 20 countries around the globe. She has a BA Hons degree in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sarah Heatherson

Conference and Events Administrator

Sarah has an extensive administrative background both within the private and public sectors.  She previously worked at Bank of America’s London Office for 10 years as Personal Assistant within the Technology Department. Prior to joining us she worked for NHS Mental Health Services as a Medical Secretary. She is responsible for managing the administration within the team.

Amanda Fletcher

Conference and Events Organiser

Amanda graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Event Management and has since worked for a number of event agencies, managing a range of conferences and events across the globe for corporate as well as pharmaceutical clients. Amanda has also coordinated a number of successful events whilst working in hotels and a large UK conference venue.

Jane Murphy

Scientific Programme Officer

Jane manages scientific aspects of conferences and discussion-based courses, in addition to developing ideas to expand the programme portfolio. She has a broad scientific background – her PhD focussed on vaccine development and she then worked on immunology as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Jane has since taught practical bacteriology at the University of Cambridge, where she also carried out research in virology and human genetics.

Nagehan Bahadir

Scientific Programme Officer

Nagehan joined the team in 2021 to contribute to developing scientific conferences and discussion-based courses. Prior to this, she worked at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and Veterinary Medicines Directorate, UK as a scientific coordinator. She has played a significant role in managing and organising various scientific events, such as science festivals and competitions since 2010. Nagehan holds a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Gazi University, Turkey.

Alice Matimba

A/Head of Courses and Global Training

Alice leads the computational- and laboratory-based courses and the global training programme. Key to this is developing strong links with international networks and centres in LMICs. Alice graduated with her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thereafter, she pursued a pharmacogenomics postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in USA, before joining the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences in 2012, where she focused on health education and research in non-communicable diseases, pharmacology, genomics and ethics.

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Karon Chappell

Course and Event Organiser

Karon joined the Genome Research Limited in August 2017 having previously worked in an Independent School for 10 years. She has also worked in both the Medical and Banking Sectors.

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Nicola Stevens

Courses Event Organiser

Nicola has been an Administrative Assistant since 2007. She has previously worked in the audit and risk management department of a large NHS Trust and prior to that worked in the banking industry for 13 years.

Martin Aslett

IT Manager

Martin joined the courses team as IT manager in March 2016. Prior to this, Martin worked in the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for 14 years, providing software support for both internal and external users. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from Leeds University and an MSc in Biological Computation from York University.

Mark Sheppard

Informatics Developer

Prior to joining the courses team, Mark worked in a variety of research, laboratory management/ project management roles, primarily in the fields of biomedical science, developmental science and pathogen research. This experience was gained Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust/ Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University. Mark also has a strong background in IT Systems and Networking and has a PhD in Neuroscience.

Dusanka Nikolic

Senior Education Developer

Dusanka joined the online courses team in the role of Senior Education Developer.  She focuses on the design and development of online courses and the associated online education and training programme, within the current online programme, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, such as the scientific developers and educators, and our online Partner, FutureLearn.  Dusanka has MSc in Computer Science from Imperial College London. She worked in software development and taught in Higher Education.  She has an MA in Education from the Institute of Education, University College London, where she also worked on application of ICT in education.

Jacqui Brown

Assistant Laboratory Manager

I gained a Bsc (Hons) in Applied Biology at University of East London. I have worked at Guy’s Hospital and Murex Diagnostics before joining the Sanger Centre in 1998, working on various projects, in different teams. Prior to my current role I worked in the Bespoke Team in DNA pipelines.

Rachel Berkson

Education Manager

Rachel is Education Manager for the online courses programme, focusing on the partnership with FutureLearn. She joined the team in 2019. Rachel has broad experience building communities to promote education. Most recently, she worked on an Office for Students project at Anglia Ruskin University, to address disparities in higher education through promoting Active Collaborative Learning. Rachel holds a PhD in Molecular Oncology from Dundee University, and researched cancer cell fate genetics at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Keele University in the UK. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Isabela Malta

Global Training Assistant Manager

Isabela has a biomedical science background. She worked at the microbiology laboratory of the Oxford University Hospitals, for the NHS, prior to completing her MPhil at the Biochemistry department of the University of Cambridge. Her research focused on gene regulation in a gram-negative pathogen. Isabela joined the team to help coordinate the Global Training Programme. The Programme focuses on building capacity in scientists from Latin America, Asia and Africa, providing them with scientific and personal skills, and the creation of self-sustaining regional networks. Being originally from Brazil, Isabela strongly believes that by empowering LMIC’s scientists with the skillset needed for R&D, we accelerate progress in the global south.

Aaron Dean

Lab Assistant

Prior to joining the courses team as lab assistant Aaron spent 3 and a half years working as an MLA at Broomfield Hospital’s microbiology department. Aaron also obtained a BSc Hons Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Portsmouth in 2016.

Jorge Batista da Rocha

Education Developer

Jorge joined Wellcome Connecting Science in October 2021 as an Education Developer working on COG-Train courses. Jorge’ role is to create and coordinate virtual courses and remote classrooms on all aspects of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and analysis.  Jorge is a PhD candidate in Human Genetics and Bioinformatics at the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience. His research focuses on pharmacogenomics in African populations and the interpretation of genetic variants which could be used for precision medicine strategies. He enjoys community outreach and engagement, and loves sharing how genomic knowledge can be used to enrich the world.

Liã Barbara Arruda

Education Developer

Liã has a background in molecular virology and global health, with significant experience in laboratory capacity development in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). In December 2021 she joined Wellcome Connecting Science as an Education Developer working on the COG-Train project. She will develop Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aiming to improve SARS-CoV-2 surveillance capacity in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Liã holds a PhD in Tropical Medicine from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.


Alumni/Former Team Members

Pamela Black – Education Manager

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Darren Hughes – Head of Courses and Global Training

Rebecca Jones – Conference and Events Coordinator

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Julia Ormond – Laboratory Manager

Nicole Schatlowski – Senior Scientific Programme Officer

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Yvonne Thornton – Courses Event Manager

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Rebecca Twells – Head of Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences


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Katherine Waite – Assistant Laboratory Manager


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