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Wellcome PhD Programme Mathematical Genomics and Medicine - Alumni event

Saturday, 17 June 2023, 9.00am to Sunday, 18 June 2023, 5.00pm
Location: Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS), Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA; Online via zoom.

The Wellcome PhD programme on Mathematical Genomics and Medicine invites alumni of the University of Cambridge to its Alumni Event.


Participants register here.

Limited financial support may be available to assist alumni with travel/accommodation. Please use this separate form to request financial assistance.

We encourage attendees to join the MGM alumni Slack channel and LinkedIn pages. These can be used to co-organise travel/accommodation, network and stay in touch during or after the event.


You can download the full program booklet here.

Saturday 17th June 2023 (Day 1)

Morning session (9am-12:30pm) - Centre for Mathematical Sciences, MR2


Breakfast - Coffee/pastries




Overview of the MGM programme

  • Simon Tavaré (Columbia University)
  • Gos Micklem (University of Cambridge)

MGM alumni talks - Medical and cancer genomics

  • Lena Morrill Gavarró (University of Oxford) Detecting global changes in mutational process activity
  • Tim Coorens (Broad Institute) Somatic mutations in normal tissues
  • Matthew Clarke (UCL) Disease Forecasting and Therapy Design through in silico CRISPR Screening

Chair: John Todd (University of Oxford)


Coffee break


MGM alumni talks - AI and machine learning

  • Hong Ge (University of Cambridge) TBD
  • Jürgen Jänes (ETH Zürich) Using AlphaFold2 to study small-molecule binding sites

Chair: Gos Micklem (University of Cambridge)


Group photo outside CMS

Lunch break (12.30pm-1.30pm)  - Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Afternoon session (1.30pm-5.15pm)  - Centre for Mathematical Sciences


MGM alumni talks - Evolutionary and statistical genomics

  • Milan Malinsky (University of Bern) Evolutionary genomics and recombination
  • Oliver Crook (University of Oxford) Inferring residue level hydrogen deuterium exchange with ReX
  • Vagheesh Narasimhan (UT Austin) The genetic architecture and evolution of the human skeletal form

Chair: Richard Durbin (University of Cambridge)


Guest speaker - Greg Hannon (University of Cambridge) Impacts of Tumour Heterogeneity on Disease Progression and Therapy Response


Coffee break and poster session


Roundtable - Future directions of mathematical genomics and medicine

  • Richard Durbin (University of Cambridge)
  • Simon Tavaré (Columbia)
  • Gos Micklem (University of Cambridge)
  • John Todd (University of Oxford)
  • Jeff Barrett (Nightingale Health)
  • Greg Hannon (University of Cambridge)



Closing announcements

Dinner (7pm-late) - Westminster College




College dinner


Sunday 18th June 2023 (Day 2)



Darwin Island (Darwin College)



Leaving from Darwin College right after the BBQ

Cambridge City Centre

Instructions for presenters

Talks: Please provide your slides to the organizers via email one day prior to the conference ( For participants joining remotely, please be ready to share your screen during your session.

Posters: Please set up your poster on the boards available upon arrival on Saturday morning. This will provide opportunities for interaction with other participants during the scheduled coffee breaks throughout the day. The poster boards will accommodate a maximum poster size of A0: 84 cm (width) x 119 cm (height).

How to get here

The Centre for Mathematics (CMS) is located on Wilberforce Road (CB3 0WA), off Madingley Road. The centre may also be reached from Clarkson Road, off Grange Road.

Westminster College is located just a short walk north-west of the Cambridge City Centre, situated on the roundabout at the junction of Madingley Road, Queens’ Road and Northampton Street.


Contact email

Ignacio Vazquez

Daniel Keitley

Daniel Kunz