Confirmed speaker biographies


Hayley Sharpe – Principal Investigator at Babraham Institute

After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Hayley moved to California where she did a postdoc at Genentech. Five years later she returned to the UK to set up her own lab studying phosphatases at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. Recently, she moved her lab to the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.

Lucy Romijn - Career Advicer at University of Cambridge

Lucy holds a postgraduate diploma in Careers Guidance. She read Sociology at the University of Bristol and spent three years teaching adult and 16-19 learners in a Further Education college. She became a Careers Adviser in 2016 where she predominantly worked with current university students across Life Science, Health and Social Sciences courses and delivered careers guidance in schools and colleges across the Bristol region as part of the university’s widening participation strategy. Before joining the Careers Service, she coordinated widening participation projects in the Cambridge Admissions Office.

Henrike Resemann - Consultant at IQVIA

Henrike obtained a PhD in Pathology at the Univerisity of Cambridge focused on the role of the lysosomal system in breast cancer progression. She then worked as Analyst at Costello Medical for 2 years before starting as consultant at IQVIA.

Charlotte Guzzo - COO at Sano Genetics

After a business degree and an experience in investment banking, Charlotte became fascinated with the field of neuroscience. At the University of Cambridge, she specialised in neurodevelopment/embryology. She further pursued a PhD at the Sanger Institute where she researched the embryonic origins of childhood cancer. During her PhD, she cofounded Sano Genetics, a data-sharing platform that connects individuals to research institutions. She now works full-time at Sano Genetics as the COO, where she focuses primarily on strategy and business development

Jason Mellad - CEO and Co-Founder at Start Codon

Jason obtained his PhD in Medicine from the University of Cambridge, funded by a Marshall Scholarship. Previously, Jason was CEO of Cambridge Epigenetix and he is now CEO and Co-Founder of StartCodon, a company which aims at identifying and supporting translational innovations created by outstanding teams from across the globe

Katie Ridd - Senior Editor at Nature Communications

Katie obtained a PhD in in vitro toxicology at Liverpool John Moores University. She did a postdoc at The UCSF Cancer Center focused on understanding skin cancer genomics.

Katie joined Nature Protocols as a locum editor in 2008 and moved to Nature Communications in 2009, where she works now as Team Manager and Senior Editor

Vincenzo Garzya - Head of Operations Portfolio & Alliances, Data Science and AI at Astrazeneca

Vincenzo has a degree in medicinal chemistry with an international project management accreditation and an MBA in strategic management.

Vincenzo has contributed to several patented inventions, has led several projects at GlaxoSmithKline-UK in World Wide Business Development, in the Centres of Excellence for Drug Discovery, in Global Project & Portfolio Management and in Global Medical Affairs.

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About AGF


Who is behind AGF?

AGF is the brainchild of a group of life science PhD students from different institutes all on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus.

Why was AGF set up?

As PhD students on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus, we were fed up with a number of things but, more specifically: 1) all of the interesting talks and careers events were based in the town centre and 2) there was no real interaction between the researchers in different institutes on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus.

To overcome this, AGF was founded in 2015!

What is AGF trying to achieve?

We here at AGF are dedicated to ensure that YOU receive all of the necessary information for you to make a sound decision on a perfect future career. Also, to provide opportunities to network with potential employers and like minded individuals - previously absent on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus.

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