Our Researchers

Meet our team

Dr Natalie Chandler

Clinical Scientist PhD FRCPath

Dr Natalie Chandler is a Senior Clinical Scientist at the Rare Disease laboratory in the North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub (NTGLH). Natalie joined the laboratory in 2015 having previously done a PhD at the University of Manchester followed by Clinical Scientist training at Nottingham and Guy’s Hospitals. More about Natalie…

Jana Gurasashvili

Research Associate in Genomic Medicine

Jana has worked with the genetic research team at Great Ormond Street Hospital for several years.  Coming from a background in psychiatric nursing she went on to study first psychology and religious studies before gaining a masters in anthropology from University College, London. More about Jana…

Dr Melissa Hill

Senior Social Scientist & Research Genetic Counsellor

Dr Melissa Hill is a social scientist with a background in genetic counselling and health services research. She has a particular interest in facilitating best practice in the provision of genetic and genomic services. Her research centres on using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate stakeholder views and experiences of new tests and therapies. More about Melissa…

Rhiannon Mellis

NIHR GOSH BRC Clinical Training Fellow

Rhiannon is a Clinical Training Fellow in Professor Lyn Chitty’s team at the NHS North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub undertaking research for a PhD funded by the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre. The focus of her research is evaluating the implementation of rapid prenatal exome sequencing as a clinical diagnostic service within the English NHS. More about Rhiannon…

Kylie Montgomery

Clinical Scientist

Kylie Montgomery joined the Research team at GOSH in 2019. She has over ten years of experience in molecular genetics. She studied Biomedical Science at Victoria University of Wellington and has an MSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London. More about Kylie…

Ben Paternoster

Translational Technologist/Pre-Registration Scientist

Ben Paternoster began working at Great Ormond Street Hospital initially as an Assistant Genetic Technologist. During this time, he assisted in the delivery of the 100K Genomes Project for the North Thames area. More about Ben…

Dr Michelle Peter

Social Scientist

Dr Michelle Peter is an experienced researcher and has not long joined the North Thames Genomic team that is evaluating the implementation of the new fetal exome sequencing service (EXPRESS). More about Michelle…

Maureen Ramos

Genetic Technologist (MTO)

Maureen Ramos studied Biological Sciences with a Specialisation in Parasitology at King’s College London and Medical Molecular Biology at University of Westminster. She has worked in NHS for many years, starting at St. Thomas’ Hospital in 2004. More about Maureen…

Dr Elizabeth Scotchman

Clinical Scientist

Lizzie is a clinical scientist in the translational research team. She studied Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics, at Cambridge University and then went on to do a PhD in Paul Nurse’s lab at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. She trained and worked as a clinical scientist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2019. More about Elizabeth.

Joseph Shaw

Clinical Scientist

Joseph Shaw is a clinical scientist in the translational non-invasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD) team. Previously he studied Biomedical Sciences at Edinburgh University. More about Joseph…