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Excel in Science Undergraduate students win abstract presentations at national meetings for their presentations titled “Will you regret dumping your X? Sex as a biological variable in Asthma Genomics”

Congratulations to, Sara El-Toukhy and Olivia Iberi, Excel in Science Undergraduate students, supervised by Rachel Clifford, who recently won abstract presentations at national meetings for their presentations titled:


“Will you regret dumping your X? Sex as a biological variable in Asthma Genomics”.

The Excel in Science internship programme is a University of Nottingham programme of initiatives to inspire budding undergraduate researchers and address diversity challenges in academia, particularly Black representation.


Sara, a 4th Year Medical student, won the postgraduate prize for her oral presentation at the British Association of Lung Research Meeting.


Sara El-Toukhy Wins BALR Presentation
Sara El-Toukhy Wins BALR Presentation

Olivia, a second year Biotechnology student, won the Wendy Stannard best presentation prize at the Joint Nottingham Leicester Respiratory Research Day.


Olivia Iberi Awarded Wendy Stannard best presentation prize
Olivia Iberi Awarded Wendy Stannard best presentation prize

Wendy Stannard best presentation prize
Wendy Stannard best presentation prize

Both presented novel data looking at X and Y chromosome DNA methylation in publicly available data from asthma cohorts, data that is normally excluded from analysis as it cannot be analysed in conjunction with somatic chromosome data.


Well done both!

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