Lab members

Andrew Beggs - Group Leader

Andrew is a dual qualified clinician scientist. He is a cancer geneticist, who undertook his PhD in the laboratory of Professor Ian Tomlinson at the University of Oxford, followed by a post-doctoral period as a Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham. He was awarded a Cancer Research UK / Royal College of Surgeons Advanced Clinician Scientist fellowship and promoted to Reader in 2016.

He is also a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Twitter: @adbeggs

Joanne Stockton - Senior Postdoctoral Scientist

Jo works as post-doctoral researcher using next generation sequencing technologies. Jo gained her PhD in Virology and worked for Public Health England for several years before joining Birmingham University. Her areas of interest include developing new methods, assays and implementing new technologies to a wide range of research questions.

Research interests: Next generation sequencing, neurological genetics

Celina Whalley - Research Associate

Celina worked primarily in Genomic Service Laboratories before coming to Birmingham University in October 2015. Her main focus here is overseeing the Illumina Microarray platform processing methylation and genotyping BeadChips. Other roles in the lab include DNA/RNA quality assessment, automated RNA-seq library preparation and operating the Illumina MiSeq and NextSeq sequencing systems.

Louise Tee - Research Technician

Louise has 20 years laboratory experience with 14 of those years being at Birmingham University having previously worked at The Sanger Institute and Cambridge University. Having spent most of her time in Birmingham in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, in 2015 Louise moved to Cancer Sciences. She is currently working as a Research Technician for Prof Gary Middleton and has been embedded into Dr Andrew Beggs’ group. Working with Gary and Andrew has given her the great opportunity to learn and implement a range of NGS Illumina technologies and also gain extensive experience of cell culture techniques.

Agata StoDOLna - Doctoral Researcher

Agata joined the lab in 2016 funded by a University of Birmingham/MRC PhD studentship. She is currently undertaking research into colorectal organoids as part of the CRUK-funded MOL-RSRC project

Tom Nieto - clinical research fellow

Tom is a General Surgery registrar who joined the lab in 2015. He is currently out-of-programme and is undertaking research into the epigenetics of oesophageal cancer and the Barretts-Adenocarcinoma transition.


Mark Dilworth - Clinical Research Fellow

Mark is a General Surgery registrar who undertook his MD in the lab in 2013-2015. His research centered around development of a biomarker for malignant progression in non-dysplastic Barretts oesophagus.