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Green Templeton College | Oxford

GTC-Clarendon Fund Partnership Award

Manuel Rivas DPhil Clinical MedicineDuring the past year, I have been working on several efforts to map disease genes to the human genome related to breast cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, and coronary artery disease using next generation DNA sequencing technology.

I have been invited to present at several conferences including the American Society of Human Genetics 2010 in Washington DC, Genomics of Common Diseases held at the Sanger Institute in 2011 and the American Society of Human Genetics in Montreal 2011.

I have also been invited to give a seminar on next‐generation DNA sequencing application in a clinical setting at Glasgow by Illumina, based on a pilot sequencing project I am leading at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics research at Oxford.

The approach I have focused and worked on with my advisors Peter Donnelly and Mark McCarthy is currently being applied across various disease studies and will hopefully elucidate functional mechanisms fundamental to disease biology.

During the past year I have also been involved with initiatives as a member of the Oxford Entrepreneurship program and the Oxford Biotech Roundtable where we reach out to members of Green Templeton College and contributed a donation to the gymnasium initiative.

This coming year I hope to be more involved in College life by participating in more activities and am looking forward to planning more events with the College.

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