Our Fellows

The 2018-19 intake of GW4-CAT Fellows:

Dr Kate Burley

Clinical Specialty: Haematology

Kate is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in haematology, with a long-standing interest in genomic medicine. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009, having also completed an intercalated BMedSci funded by the Wolfson Foundation. Kate’s ACF has been based at University Hospitals Bristol and involved projects within the NIHR BioResource – Rare Diseases and NHS 100,000 Genomes Project. She has focused on the deep phenotyping of selected pedigrees with rare heritable bleeding and platelet disorders.

Kate hopes to maximise the opportunities available within the GW4 region to explore epigenetic mechanisms and their role in common complex diseases.

Dr Majd Protty

  Clinical Specialty: Cardiology

Majd is an academic-clinical registrar in cardiology with an academic interest in atherothrombotic disease.
His commitment to academia started at a young age, when he spent three gap years in a leading BHF-funded laboratory, generating a number of publications and presentations on platelet signalling in thrombotic and bleeding disorders. Following this, he completed his medical training at the University of Birmingham, graduating with honours, distinctions and several prizes including the prestigious Chancellor’s prize.

His clinical academic career continued with a cardiovascular-themed academic foundation programme in Wales where he also completed a Masters degree in therapeutics (awarded with distinction). Subsequently, he was appointed to the prestigious Wales Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) where he continued to refine his academic and clinical interests in “clotting cardiology” and to prepare for a PhD.

He is excited to join the ranks of the GW4CAT fellows to pursue his academic interests in inflammatory-driven atherothrombotic cardiovascular disease with leading experts.

Dr Emily Milodowski

Clinical Specialty: Veterinary Surgeon

Emily is a veterinary surgeon with an interest in immunology, particularly in understanding immune dysregulation in cancer and the potential to manipulate this for cancer therapy. She hopes to continue to investigate this during her GW4 CAT fellowship.

Emily graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Bristol in 2015, having previously undertaken an intercalated degree in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Following a year in general practice, Emily completed a small animal internship at the Royal Veterinary College, where she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Practice. Emily began her research career with an Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Clinical Primer at the University of Bristol, which provided the grounding for her on going interest in cancer immunology.

Dr Claire Salter

Clinical Specialty: Clinical Genetics

Claire is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Clinical Genetics, with a background in paediatric medicine. Her interests include understanding the biomolecular pathways underlying normal human development and the errors that can occur in these processes to result in childhood disease. This vital information can then be utilised to optimise and personalise disease management strategies for affected individuals and their families.

As a GW4-CAT fellow, Claire plans to undertake a collaborative PhD in developmental genetics, aiming to define the causes of uncharacterised rare developmental disorders in order to explore novel treatment options in these and related diseases.

  Dr Chantelle Wiseman

Clinical Specialty: Psychiatry

Chantelle Wiseman is a psychiatry trainee with research interests in the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chantelle graduated from the University of Leicester in 2012, and undertook an Academic Foundation Programme in the Wales Deanery. She has continued her clinical training there since, and developed her academic interests by being appointed to the Clinical Academic Mentorship Scheme at Cardiff University, and subsequently being awarded an Institutional Strategic Support Fund grant for a primer research project.

Chantelle is enthused that the GW4 CAT programme will allow her to focus primarily on her research interests for a few years, which she hopes will be an expansion of her primer research into the predisposing risk factors of PTSD.

The 2017-18 intake of GW4-CAT Fellows:


Dr Michael Ambler

Clinical Specialty: Intensive Care

Mike is an intensive care registrar, with an interest in the physiology of hibernation and torpor and its potential application in the setting of critical illness.

Before medical school, he completed a degree in physiology and psychology and is pursuing a neuroscience interest in his research, which aims to identify the neural circuits that control entry into torpor.

Dr Sarah Clarke

  Clinical Specialty: Paediatrics

Sarah is a Paediatrics registrar and her research interest is in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and its associated uveitis. She graduated from the University of Oxford Medical School in 2011, having previously completed an undergraduate degree in immunology.  Her NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellowship was spent within in the ocular immunology groups at the University of Bristol (UK) and National Institutes of Health (US).

Sarah is excited to be moving into a new field for her GW4 Fellowship and will be investigating population-based approaches to further risk stratify children with JIA.

Dr Rebecca Carnegie

Clinical Specialty: Psychiatry

Rebecca is an Academic Psychiatrist with a clinical and academic interest in mood and anxiety disorders. She began her research career with a Wellcome Trust Clinical Primer scheme at Bristol University, and subsequently was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry. During these posts, she developed skills in large scale quantitative data analysis and epidemiology.

Rebecca’s plan for the GW4 CAT Fellowship is to investigate the emerging field of Nutritional Psychiatry, undertaking her PhD on ‘Micronutrients and Mood Disorders’, with a particular focus on magnesium. As part of this work she aims to investigate the evidence for an association between magnesium and depression, and use genetic methodologies to explore potential causality.


  Dr Jude Harrison

Clinical Specialty: Psychiatry

Judith is a higher trainee in psychiatry. She studied Medicine at the University of Dundee and began psychiatry training on the Maudsley Hospital rotation. She was funded by the Cardiff MRC Clinical Academic Mentorship scheme and the Welsh Clinical Academic Training scheme before joining the Wellcome GW4-CAT. Judith is fascinated by the biology of neuropsychiatric diseases. Her other interests include improving physical health outcomes for people with mental illness. She is a Trainee Editor for the British Journal of Psychiatry, and tweets in a personal capacity as @drjudeharrison.

As part of the GW4-CAT she is undertaking a PhD on genetics and magnetic resonance imaging in Alzheimer’s Disease.



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