Cristina Pomilla | Scientific Manager

Pomilla, Cristina

Cristina provides scientific and operational support to the genomic projects of the Sandhu Group. This may include technical input to the projects as well as facilitating import of samples, smooth data production and timely achievement of milestones and deliverables.

My work encompasses various aspects of a project; starting from importing sample collections and associated data from various studies and ending with deposition and sharing of the genetic data that we produce in public or managed access archives. In between those stages I make sure that the samples are processed efficiently and any problems addressed in a timely manner, the relevant analysts are granted access to the data and the project progresses as expected.
To achieve this I liaise with the internal production pipelines and core services. I also keep up-to-date with the latest technological developments, liaise with vendors to discuss their products and work closely with the Research and Development team to develop ad-hoc protocols. For instance, currently we are working on implementing an assay for reliable 4-field HLA typing and we are developing a new protocol for preparing genomic libraries from ancient DNA samples.
I am a biologist and population geneticist by training. I graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Palermo in Italy and completed my PhD in Molecular Biology at New York University. My past experiences include extensive work in conservation genetics both as a postdoctoral fellow and as a consultant.


  • The African Genome Variation Project shapes medical genetics in Africa.

    Gurdasani D, Carstensen T, Tekola-Ayele F, Pagani L, Tachmazidou I et al.

    Nature 2015;517;7534;327-32

  • Open-source electronic data capture system offered increased accuracy and cost-effectiveness compared with paper methods in Africa.

    Dillon DG, Pirie F, Rice S, Pomilla C, Sandhu MS et al.

    Journal of clinical epidemiology 2014;67;12;1358-63

  • Discovery and refinement of loci associated with lipid levels.

    Willer CJ, Schmidt EM, Sengupta S, Peloso GM, Gustafsson S et al.

    Nature genetics 2013;45;11;1274-1283

  • Common variants associated with plasma triglycerides and risk for coronary artery disease.

    Do R, Willer CJ, Schmidt EM, Sengupta S, Gao C et al.

    Nature genetics 2013;45;11;1345-52

  • The association between circulating lipoprotein(a) and type 2 diabetes: is it causal?

    Ye Z, Haycock PC, Gurdasani D, Pomilla C, Boekholdt SM et al.

    Diabetes 2014;63;1;332-342

  • The general population cohort in rural south-western Uganda: a platform for communicable and non-communicable disease studies.

    Asiki G, Murphy G, Nakiyingi-Miiro J, Seeley J, Nsubuga RN et al.

    International journal of epidemiology 2013;42;1;129-41

  • Lipoprotein(a) and risk of coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral artery disease: the EPIC-Norfolk prospective population study.

    Gurdasani D, Sjouke B, Tsimikas S, Hovingh GK, Luben RN et al.

    Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology 2012;32;12;3058-65

Pomilla, Cristina
Cristina's Timeline

Current position and visiting worker in the International Health Research Group, Dep of Medicine, University of Cambridge


Research Programme Manager, International Health Research Group, DPHPC, University of Cambridge and visiting worker in Sandhu Group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


Career break, maternity leave


Scientific Coordinator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York


Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, New York

PhD in Molecular Biology, New York University