30 January - 31 January 2018 | Excel London

Festival of Genomics

Gemma Chandratillake

Gemma Chandratillake

Education & Training Lead, East of England Genomic Medicine Centre, NHS

Gemma Chandratillake is a molecular geneticist and US board certified genetic counselor.  She completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, specializing in Genetics, at the University of Cambridge, going on to complete an M.Phil. at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Gemma completed her PhD in the department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, then a short postdoc in Keith Yamamoto’s lab at UCSF, before leaving the bench in search of a more applied role in genetics.  Gemma trained as a genetic counselor at Stanford and taught Human Molecular Genetics courses for genetic counseling students in both the Stanford and CSU Programs.  In Feb 2012, Gemma joined the Stanford spinout start-up company Personalis, Inc., with a vision to be amongst the pioneers making genomic medicine a reality.  There she 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, and coordinates the Masters course in Genomic Medicine at the University of Cambridge in addition to being the Education & Training Lead for the East of England Genomic Medicine Centre.


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