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Dr Marta Futema
G05
Paul O’Gorman Building
72 Huntley Street
London
WC1E 6DD
Tel: 02076796467
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Clinical Science
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Research Summary
In my research I find ways of harnessing the power of omics, mainly genomics data, for personalised medicine purposes.

I have been studying genetics of inherited cardiovascular diseases since my PhD project at the UCL Genetics Institute. In my thesis and later postdoctoral work I have been looking at the genetic architecture of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a disease of high LDL-cholesterol. My studies included analysis of the monogenic FH mutation spectrum, and investigation of the polygenic cause of hypercholesterolaemia using ‘gene score’ approaches. In collaboration with the Wellcome Trust UK10K project and more recently the 100,000 Genomes project, I have been investigating novel causes of FH using next generation sequencing (NGS) of whole exomes and genomes. I have also developed a targeted NGS assay as a routine method for diagnosis of FH in our lab.
More recently I have been applying my bioinformatics and statistical genetics skills to help understand the genetic causes of heart muscle diseases, mainly focusing on arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Teaching Summary

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; ATQ03 – Recognised by the Higher Education Academy as a Fellow. Examples of my regular teaching involvement include:

Presenting lectures at following courses: BSc Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (UCL) (1h/year), MSc Cardiovascular Science (UCL) (3h/year), MSc Genomic Medicine (UCL/QMUL) (2h/year).

Laboratory demonstrations for MSc Cardiovascular Science (20h/year)

MSc Cardiovascular Science Students’ grant writing and journal clubs presentations marking feedback (3h/year)

Managed and supervised students’ research projects (one BSc, one MSc and one PhD)

Appointments
01-JUL-2015 Research Associate Centre for Cardiology in the Young University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2013 – 30-JUN-2015 Research Associate Cardiovascular Genetics University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2019   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2010   Bachelor of Science University of East London
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