Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cancer Genome Project

Cancer Genetics & Genomics

The Cancer Genome Project uses high-throughput genome sequencing to identify these somatically acquired mutations with the aim of characterising cancer genes, mutational processes and patterns of clonal evolution in human tumours.

Cancer is caused by the genetic changes acquired by our cells as we go through life. We use cutting-edge DNA sequencing methods to identify these genetic changes, known as mutations, from human cancer samples. Our aim is to discover the genes that are frequently mutated in tumours, since these provide important insights into the biology of cancer. We also study the patterns of mutations we see in cancer cells. These patterns represent a record of the cancer’s life history, and can illustrate the damaging factors the genome has been exposed to as the cancer has evolved from a normal cell.

Core team

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Elizabeth Anderson

Scientific Manager

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Dr Kathryn Beal

Senior Software Developer

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Mr Shriram G Bhosle

Principal Software Developer

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Dr Aikaterini Chatzipli

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Calli Latimer

Project Coordinator: Cancer, Ageing and Somatic Mutation Programme

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Emily Mitchell

PhD Student

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Laura O'Neill

Scientific Manager

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Rebecca Shepherd

Senior Bioinformatician

Previous team members

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Dr Nicos Angelopoulos

Senior Staff Scientist

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Graham Bignell

Senior Staff Scientist

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Dr Simon Forbes

Head of COSMIC

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Dr Anthony Fullam

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Stephen J Gamble

Research Assistant

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Dominik Glodzik

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Angela Macharia

Project Manager

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Dr Ultan McDermott

Honorary Faculty and Former Group Leader

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Mr Stuart McLaren

Project Manager

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Dr Tibor Nagy

Senior Bioinformatician

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Stanley Ng

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Serena Nik-Zainal

CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist and Former Wellcome Sanger Institute Group Leader

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Nikita Patel

Research Assistant

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Mia Petljak

Former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sanger Institute

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Nicola D Roberts

Former PhD Student at the Sanger Institute

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Lucy A Stebbings

Principal Bioinformatician

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