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Dr Winston Lau
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  • Teaching Fellow
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
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Research Summary
My research encompasses the development and applications of bioinformatic tools for mapping of complex disease-gene association, and had worked on Crohn's Disease, T2D, myopia. This April I will be participating in a big study on Parkinson's at UCL. I construct the genome-wide linkage disequilibrium map, analogue to the linkage map but also reflect the historical recombination, and is utilised for gene mapping at much refine resolution. I am currently following up the publication of 111 novel loci on T2D (Lau et al., 2017), and conducting Multi-Omics analysis of regulatory (eQTL) for these loci, developing pipeline to automate the workflow for collating large data across diverse platforms (GTEx, GEO, epigenomic data), all these work would contribute toward our understanding of the genetic and regulatory complexity of the disease.
Teaching Summary

In parallel with my research, I gained experience on a wide range of teaching activities as either a postdoctoral researcher or a fixed-term Teaching Fellow also at UCL. I am heavily involved with the organisation of the 2nd undergraduate module (BIOL0010) ‘Introduction to Human Genetics’ for a number of years with preparing web-based teaching material for tutorials and quizzes for learning and assessment on Moodle. I have experience with problem-based learning and have been contributing with lectures, coursework assessment and exam marking not only for this course but also for other genetic modules. I have also led major tutorial sessions for the 2nd year medical students (>350) for MBBS Year 2 GDC (Genetics, Development and Cancer) where I acquired experience with the management of large student cohorts and with the design of problem-based learning material.

Recently I took on additional teaching responsibility on co-organise and contribute to a new module, Data Science Methods in Biology (BIOL0053), at 2nd year undergraduate level with large computation component on biological data. I deliver a 16-hour intensive course on Data Carpentry in analysing genomic data.

I co-supervised over 20 BSc/MSci/MSc projects, and provided training and mentoring including 2 PhD students. I was also a personal tutor to students while I was on a fixed-term contract as a teaching fellow.

Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy University of Southampton
2003   Master of Science University of London
2002   Master of Science Queen Mary College, University of London
2000   Bachelor of Science (Honours) Queen Mary College, University of London
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