Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Dr Louise Pease

Research Associate

Background

My areas of particular interest are functional genomics, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomic medicine, health, pollution and toxicology.  Following completion of a PhD in toxicogenomics, I have completed an MSc in Bioinformatics which has developed my computing skills, and broadened the range of tools I can use in the analysis of high throughput biological data.    I would like to apply, and develop my expertise, and knowledge of molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics through functional genomic studies to lead the development of improved techniques for producing and analysing results from omic technologies

Research

Newcastle University 2004 (PhD, School of Biology)

PhD Industrial CASE NERC studentship with AstraZeneca: Toxicogenomics, a transcriptomic approach to assess the toxicity of 4-nitrophenol to Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  I secured £2,800 funding from the Consortium for the functional genomics of microbial eukaryotes (COGEME) to carry out a pilot study that would ensure high quality gene expression results could be obtained using pre-selected experimental conditions. Methods for the generation of transcriptomic data from S. cerevisiae were refined generating highly significant results and eliminating previously reported confoundersGene expression was measured using Affymetrix microarrays and the results analysed using GeneSpring.  The project identified that 4-nitrophenol treatment disrupts iron handling and increases osmotic stress leading to a reduction in respiration and cell growth inhibition.  The results were supported by physical and chemical investigations into the effects 4-nitrophenol treatment on cells.  Supervised by; Ian Singleton, Ian Head, Simon Avery and Jason Snape.  

https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/dspace/bitstream/10443/1142/4/Pease%2c%20L.%202011.pdf

Newcastle University 2009

I undertook a range of part-time research projects focused on using Ozone to reduce food spoilage by microbes, a technique used by major supermarkets.

Newcastle University 2015 (MSc, School of Computing Science)

MSc Bioinformatics (Distinction) my research proposal detailed extending analysis of experimental data to publicly available omics data to increase the available replicates and compensate for a gender imbalance.  The project analysed epigenetic, transcriptomic and proteomic data and identified age and gender related changes in Mesenchymal Stem Cells and derived cells that may contribute to the development of arthritis, tendonitis and other degenerative diseases. 

Newcastle University 2015 (Bioinformatician, Centre for Ageing and Vitality)

Working on a self-employed basis within the Centre for Ageing and Vitality I extended the analysis of RNAseq data from tissue-engineered tendon to publicly available microarray and RNAseq data from tendon.  The project identified the importance of gender considerations in the analysis of transcriptomic data.  

Newcastle University 2016 - 2017 (Genome Analyst, Institute for Genetic Medicine)

Working as a genome analyst within the Institute for Genetic Medicine (IGM) mitochondrial diseases research group my main role was re-analysing exome sequence data from patients with rare diseases that were genetically unsolved.  My work identified a range of limitations and proposed solutions to further the field of variant analysis.  Additionally I developed batch analysis techniques that implicated compound heterozygous mutations in the development of rare diseases.   I investigated the role of mitochondrial haplotypes in the regulation of gene expression and the development of Parkinsons disease using RNA-seq data. 

Newcastle University 2017 (Research Bioinformatician, NICR - INSTINCT)

Working as a research bioinformatician within the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) in the institute of cancer high risk brain tumours network.  The aims of the project are to use high throughput omics technologies to determine the underlying molecular causes of brain tumours and determine the most viable targeted therapies. 



Teaching

Whilst studying for my PhD I worked part-time as a demonstrator for microbiology and animal behaviour practical’s, as well as completing unpaid supervision of MSc Industrial Biotechnology project students.  

I have additional hands-on and observational teaching experience gained in 2009 during the course of a PGCE at Sunderland University. 

I was registered as in instructor on the first two modules of the Genomic Medicine MSc providing support to staff and students.