Organising Committee 2018

Annie Miles – Committee Chair

Degree Program: PhD in Medical Science, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Annie is currently a third year PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. Her research focuses on understanding the regulation of oxygen sensing pathways and iron metabolism in cells. Annie holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from UCL and an MRes in Medical Science from the University of Cambridge.


Anna Dickson – Committee Vice Chair

Degree Program: PhD in Medical Science

Anna is currently a second year PhD student studying in the CIMR. Her research focuses upon protein quality control and understanding protein degradation pathways within cells. Anna holds an MRes from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Manchester, this included a year in industry which she spent working at AstraZeneca.


Max Stammnitz – Treasurer

Degree ProgramPhD in Cancer Genomics

Max is a PhD student and Gates scholar in Elizabeth Murchison’s Transmissible Cancer Group at the Department of Veterinary Medicine. His work is on the genetics and evolution of Devil Facial Tumour Diseases (DFT), contagious cancer clones that threaten Tasmanian devils, the largest carnivorous marsupials on the planet.



Elizabeth Seger – Start-up Coordinator, Webmaster

Degree ProgramMPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Human Biology and Society from UCLA. She is currently pursuing an MPhil  at the University of Cambridge. Her research deals with the ethics of emerging technologies primarily in regard to advances in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.



Brian Ortmann – Registration Coordinator

Degree Program: Postdoctoral Researcher, CIMR, Cambridge

Brian is a postdoctoral researcher at the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR) and holds an undergraduate and PhD from the University of Dundee. His works uses CRISPR screening and biochemistry to identify new regulators of the cellular response to hypoxia.



Alexander Mayorov Technology Coordinator

Degree Program: 3rd year Undergraduate in Chemistry

Alex is a 3rd year Chemistry undergraduate student. His studies are primarily theoretical chemistry, but he is also passionate about data science and machine learning.




Arunkumar Ramesh – Sponsor Lead

Degree Program: Postdoctoral Researcher

Arunkumar Ramesh is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics and works on the genetic architecture of variability in resistance to infection within a population.




Jeannine Hess

Degree Program: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry

Jeannine feels highly committed to fight parasitic diseases. Her first designated enemies were a range of parasitic worms, against which she developed organometallic agents with novel metal-based modes of action during her Master’s and PhD studies at the University of Zurich. For her postdoctoral work, she decided to tackle tuberculosis following a rational fragment-based approach to develop new drug candidates, which she is doing since end of 2016 as a Swiss NSF Fellow in the Abell lab in Cambridge.

Farah Alimagham – Social media campaign

Degree Program: PhD in Optical Biosensors

Farah has a growing passion and desire to push boundaries in biomedical technology and ultimately make a positive difference in the world. She completed her integrated MSc in Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Engineering at Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal during which she spent eight months conducting research at Purdue University, USA. She holds an MRes in Sensor Technologies & Applications from the University of Cambridge and is now in the second year of her PhD focusing on developing optical sensing devices to monitor patients suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury.


Matthew Ratcliff

Degree Program: PhD in Biochemistry

 Matthew is currently a second year PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge. His research focuses on the structure and function of human growth factors in collaboration with Medimmune/AstraZeneca. Matthew holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Immunology and an MRes in Biological Science from Newcastle University.


Lior Soday – Venue Coordinator

Degree Program: PhD in Medical Science

Lior holds an undergraduate and MRes degree from the University of Cambridge and is now a second year PhD student in Mike Weekes’ group at the CIMR.  She uses proteomic techniques to study changes at the cell surface both during immune responses and viral infection.