Danielle Sagar - DPhil

I am currently undertaking my DPhil here at MRC Harwell institute in association with the University of Oxford. I am based in the Greenfield lab studying Disorders of Sex Development, and my thesis is investigating ‘Functional analyses of candidate human testis-determining genes’. Using the mouse as a model organism my work is focused on characterising novel candidate testis-determining genes discovered via exome sequencing of patients with DSD of unknown cause. Alongside my academic work I have undertaken numerous other roles at MRC Harwell institute. Most significantly, for the last 3 years I have been sitting on the 4Rs ethics committee, and have been the Student Rep on site.

Prior to starting my DPhil I completed my BSc ‘Medical Genetics with a year in industry’ with a high 2:1 at the University of Leicester. Whilst completing my first degree I spent a year working for the global pharmaceutical company GSK, at their Stevenage location. During this time, I worked in their leading respiratory department and also with their cutting-edge therapeutic oligonucleotides team.