Omar El Garwany

PhD Student

I am a PhD student at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, with a medical background. After obtaining my medical degree at Suez Canal University in Egypt, I moved to the Netherlands to do my Master's in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.

During my Master’s, I worked on mapping eQTLs and fine-mapping causal variants of Coeliac disease using Mendelian Randomisation methods.Currently, my main focus is on understanding the functional consequences of genetic variation, with a more recently developed interest in autoimmune diseases. In particular, I integrate genotype, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and other type of molecular dataset to understand the downstream consequences of genetic variation.

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13 years ago, I emailed Dr. Fauci out of the blue to ask if I might interview him for my undergrad thesis. He invited me to his office, where he answered all my questions. When I sent him the thesis, HE READ THE WHOLE THING (see his overly effusive review below). Who does that?!