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As postdocs we are under increasing pressure to succeed, and facing the challenge to move on to tenured employment can lead us down many diverse paths. In order to have a competitive advantage we need to build networks with other researchers within and increasingly outwith our chosen field of research.

The Journey from Genes to Disease is a free one day symposium, held in central Oxford and organised by the Postdoctoral Training Fellows at MRC Harwell Institute. The theme is the influence of genetics and genetic regulation in modelling human disease – from molecular through cellular to whole animal level and encompassing developmental, environmental and behavioural interactions.

  • All invited speakers and talks chosen from abstracts will be by postdocs.

  • Career discussion panel session with former postdocs from a variety of career paths.

  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

  • £150 Poster prize donated by Mammalian Genome.

  • As part of this event, we aim to build a local network of postdoctoral researchers.

Register Here to Attend for Free


Call for abstracts

Are you a postdoc? Does your research involve genetic or epigenetic work? Are you developing new and interesting techniques as part of your research? Do you want to make new and interesting friends and potential colleagues and collaborators? …then this symposium is for you!

Submit your Abstract Here

Abstract deadline extended to 26th March 2018

Programme Outline  

8.30–9.00 Registration, tea and coffee, poster set-up

9.00–9.10 Welcome Address

9.10–10.40 Session 1: Manipulating genes and the consequences on phenotype

Invited Talk: Dr Gabriele Lignani (University College London): Promoterapy – increasing promoter activity to treat genetic and acquired intractable epilepsies

Short Oral Presentations

10.40–11.00 Tea and coffee

11.00–12.30 Session 2: Intrinsic and extrinsic regulation of gene expression

Invited Talk: Dr Magdalena Koziol (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge): Identification and characterisation of a novel DNA modification in eukaryotes, methylated deoxyadenosine

Short Oral Presentations

12.30–14.00 Lunch and Poster Session

14.00–15.30 Session 3: Upgrade your Arsenal! - Postdocs Pioneering New and Innovative Techniques

Invited Talk: Dr Lewis Mackenzie (Durham University): Optical biosensing techniques: a journey from astronomy to biology

Short Oral Presentations

15.30–15.50 Tea and Coffee

15.50–17.20 Session 4: Career Workshop. Interactive panel workshop with invited panel members from a variety of post-postdoc career paths.

Panel Members, in addition to invited speakers:

Dr Steven Spoel (Edinburgh University)

Dr Matthew Gallon (D Young and Co Intellectual Property)

17.20-17.30 Prize-giving and closing comments

17.30 Onwards Pub Social – venue tbc


The venue

Medical Science Teaching Centre
South Parks Rd

Travel advice

If arriving by car, parking is very limited so we advise to use one of the several park and ride facilities surrounding Oxford and the venue is a short walk from St Aldates or the High St:

If you have any special access requirements please mention this in your registration form.

If arriving by train, the venue is approximately a 20 minute walk from Oxford train station.