Blood diagnostics

DNA blood cell on scientific background. 3D illustration.

Our research is driven by the desire to translate our findings into clinical practice. 

We have developed blood group genotyping approaches that investigate the complete genes of the major blood group systems. By these approaches we have identified multiple blood group alleles critical for the development of software tools to genotype patients and donors using next generation sequencing platforms.

We are also investigating novel approaches to the non-invasive diagnosis of Down syndrome and to understand the pathology of this condition.

Other projects include the development of recombinant Rh antigens and understanding the mechanisms of red cell turnover, especially involving red cell CD47.

The group utilises the proteomic analysis facilities and expertise of the University of Plymouth Systems Biology Centre.

Blood diagnostics group

Dr Tracey Madgett (Lecturer in Molecular Biology)

Professor Neil Avent (Honorary Professor)

Wajnat Tounsi (PhD student)

Raed Garout (PhD student)

Past PhD students

Dr Amr Halawani (Jazan University, Saudi Arabia)

Dr Bing Li (Imperial College London)

Tara Miran (MRes)

Dr Kelly Sillence (Field Application Specialist for Bio-Rad North, UK)

Dr Malik Altayar (The University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia)

Dr Ibrahim Halawani (Taif University, Saudi Arabia)

Dr Mashael Alkhanbashi

Past staff

Dr Llinos Roberts (The Fetal Medicine Centre, London)

Dr Kelly Sillence (Field Application Specialist for Bio-Rad North, UK)

Dr Kayleigh Bassiri (Medical Writer, Elements Communications)

Dr Dyan Ankrett (University of Exeter)

University of Plymouth collaborators

Dr Kris Jeremy, School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Andrew Foey, School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Vikram Sharma, School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor Simon Jackson, School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor Genhua Pan, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Dr Michael Jarvis, School of Biomedical Sciences

External collaborators

Professor Ellen van der Schoot, Sanquin, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Professor Martin Olsson, University of Lund, Swede
Dr Jill Storry, University of Lund, Sweden
Dr Greg Denomme, Wisconsin Blood Centre, USA
Dr Cathy Hyland, Australian Red Cross, Brisbane, Australia
Dr Martin Pisacka, Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr Nuria Nogues, Barcelona Blood Centre
Professor Mike Merrick (emeritus), John Innes Institute, Norwich
Professor Peter Soothill (emeritus), University of Bristol
Dr Marion Reid (retired), New York Blood Center, USA
Dr Ross Welch (retired), University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Professor Lyn Chitty, Institute of Child Health, UCL.

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