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Dr Kate Downes

Dr Kate Downes

Research Associate


Research Interests

 My research looks to better understand the genetics of traits that alter an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease and that cause rare bleeding, coagulation and thrombotic disorders.

My work seeks to identifies common genetic variants that cause differences in platelet traits and platelet function in healthy individuals and in stroke and acute coronary syndrome patients in partnership with the Cambridge NIHR BioResource, the Stroke Research Group at Cambridge University Hospitals and the Department of Interventional Cardiology at Papworth Hospital.

I also lead the ThromboGenomics clinical diagnostic service for to identify rare variants that cause patients bleeding, coagulation and thrombotic disorders and am training as a Consultant Clinical scientist through Health Education England’s Higher Specialist Scientific Training program.

Keywords

rare diseases ; epigenetics ; genetics ; functional genomics ; platelets

Collaborators outside this directory

Key Publications

The Allelic Landscape of Human Blood Cell Trait Variation and Links to Common Complex Disease. Astle WJ, Elding H, Jiang T, Allen D, Ruklisa D, Mann AL, Mead D, Bouman H, Riveros-Mckay F, Kostadima MA, Lambourne JJ, Sivapalaratnam S, Downes K, Kundu K, Bomba L, Berentsen K, Bradley JR, Daugherty LC, Delaneau O, Freson K, Garner SF, Grassi L, Guerrero J, Haimel M, Janssen-Megens EM, Kaan A, Kamat M, Kim B, Mandoli A, Marchini J, Martens JH, Meacham S, Megy K, O'Connell J, Petersen R, Sharifi N, Sheard SM, Staley JR, Tuna S, van der Ent M, Walter K, Wang SY, Wheeler E, Wilder SP, Iotchkova V, Moore C, Sambrook J, Stunnenberg HG, Di Angelantonio E, Kaptoge S, Kuijpers TW, Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau E, Juan D, Rico D, Valencia A, Chen L, Ge B, Vasquez L, Kwan T, Garrido-Martín D, Watt S, Yang Y, Guigo R, Beck S, Paul DS, Pastinen T, Bujold D, Bourque G, Frontini M, Danesh J, Roberts DJ, Ouwehand WH, Butterworth AS, Soranzo N. Cell. 2016 Nov 17;167(5):1415-1429.e19.

Genetic Drivers of Epigenetic and Transcriptional Variation in Human Immune Cells. Chen L, Ge B, Casale FP, Vasquez L, Kwan T, Garrido-Martín D, Watt S, Yan Y, Kundu K, Ecker S, Datta A, Richardson D, Burden F, Mead D, Mann AL, Fernandez JM, Rowlston S, Wilder SP, Farrow S, Shao X, Lambourne JJ, Redensek A, Albers CA, Amstislavskiy V, Ashford S, Berentsen K, Bomba L, Bourque G, Bujold D, Busche S, Caron M, Chen SH, Cheung W, Delaneau O, Dermitzakis ET, Elding H, Colgiu I, Bagger FO, Flicek P, Habibi E, Iotchkova V, Janssen-Megens E, Kim B, Lehrach H, Lowy E, Mandoli A, Matarese F, Maurano MT, Morris JA, Pancaldi V, Pourfarzad F, Rehnstrom K, Rendon A, Risch T, Sharifi N, Simon MM, Sultan M, Valencia A, Walter K, Wang SY, Frontini M, Antonarakis SE, Clarke L, Yaspo ML, Beck S, Guigo R, Rico D, Martens JH, Ouwehand WH, Kuijpers TW, Paul DS, Stunnenberg HG, Stegle O, Downes K, Pastinen T, Soranzo N. Cell. 2016 Nov 17;167(5):1398-1414.e24.

Lineage-Specific Genome Architecture Links Enhancers and Non-coding Disease Variants to Target Gene Promoters. Javierre BM, Burren OS, Wilder SP, Kreuzhuber R, Hill SM, Sewitz S, Cairns J, Wingett SW, Várnai C, Thiecke MJ, Burden F, Farrow S, Cutler AJ, Rehnström K, Downes K, Grassi L, Kostadima M, Freire-Pritchett P, Wang F; BLUEPRINT Consortium., Stunnenberg HG, Todd JA, Zerbino DR, Stegle O, Ouwehand WH, Frontini M, Wallace C, Spivakov M, Fraser P. Cell. 2016 Nov 17;167(5):1369-1384.e19.

Epigenetic programming of monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation and trained innate immunity. Saeed S, Quintin J, Kerstens HH, Rao NA, Aghajanirefah A, Matarese F, Cheng SC, Ratter J, Berentsen K, van der Ent MA, Sharifi N, Janssen-Megens EM, Ter Huurne M, Mandoli A, van Schaik T, Ng A, Burden F, Downes K, Frontini M, Kumar V, Giamarellos-Bourboulis EJ, Ouwehand WH, van der Meer JW, Joosten LA, Wijmenga C, Martens JH, Xavier RJ, Logie C, Netea MG, Stunnenberg HG. Science. 2014 Sep 26;345(6204):1251086.

Transcriptional diversity during lineage commitment of human blood progenitors. Chen L, Kostadima M, Martens JH, Canu G, Garcia SP, Turro E, Downes K, Macaulay IC, Bielczyk-Maczynska E, Coe S, Farrow S, Poudel P, Burden F, Jansen SB, Astle WJ, Attwood A, Bariana T, de Bono B, Breschi A, Chambers JC; BRIDGE Consortium., Choudry FA, Clarke L, Coupland P, van der Ent M, Erber WN, Jansen JH, Favier R, Fenech ME, Foad N, Freson K, van Geet C, Gomez K, Guigo R, Hampshire D, Kelly AM, Kerstens HH, Kooner JS, Laffan M, Lentaigne C, Labalette C, Martin T, Meacham S, Mumford A, Nürnberg S, Palumbo E, van der Reijden BA, Richardson D, Sammut SJ, Slodkowicz G, Tamuri AU, Vasquez L, Voss K, Watt S, Westbury S, Flicek P, Loos R, Goldman N, Bertone P, Read RJ, Richardson S, Cvejic A, Soranzo N, Ouwehand WH, Stunnenberg HG, Frontini M, Rendon A. Science. 2014 Sep 26;345(6204):1251033.

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