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Kirsten Ward : Project Manager for the EpiTwin project

Kirsten Ward : Project Manager for the EpiTwin project

Kirsten Ward is Project Manager for UK Biocentre and Consultant Project Manager for TwinsUK. Her scientific interests have expanded from being a geneticist who firmly believed that genetics was the answer to many of the diseases that we suffer from; to understanding that we are a lot more complex than we may appear at first.

Kirsten’s background is in laboratory based genetics where she gained experience within both an NHS, Phase I clinical trials and research environment. She gained her PhD in molecular genetics from the Peninsula Medical School and moved to The Pasteu Institute in Lille for a Post Doctoral Position as a Genetic Analyst.

Upon her return to working in the UK, she has been a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before joining TwinsUK at King’s College London as the Project Manager of the EpiTwin project.

During her time with TwinsUK, Kirsten has written for The Conversation, and assisted with articles for a number of newspapers as well as giving presentations and talks to research and civil society audiences about why twins are useful for research.

Kirsten has recently started to work as a Project Manager for the UK Biocentre, but has retained her contacts with TwinsUK and continues to work with them as a Honorary Consultant Project Manager for another of their large epigenetic projects.

Since the start of her career, Kirsten’s scientific interests have expanded from being a geneticist who firmly believed that genetics was the answer to many of the diseases that we suffer from; to understanding that we are a lot more complex than we may appear at first. She now appreciates that there are many influences, not only genetic, but environmental and lifestyle driven that in combination can affect our health for better or worse.

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