Meet the Team


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Dr Sarah Flanagan


Dr Sarah Flanagan is a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying genetic mechanisims of congenital hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia. Sarah leads the hyperinsulinism research being undertaken in Exeter. Her interests include analysing genotype/phenotype relationships and employing next generation sequencing technologies to search for novel hyperinsulinism genes (University profile).




Prof Sian Ellard

Prof Sian Ellard is Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter Medical School and also a Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where she heads the Molecular Genetics Department. Sian’s research focuses on understanding the underlying genetic mechanisms of monogenic endocrine disorders including congenital hyperinsulinism and neonatal diabetes. (University profile).




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Prof Khalid Hussain

Prof Khalid Hussain is the lead clinician on the hyperinsulinism genes research project. He is the Division Chief of Endocrinology and Vice Chair for Research based in the Department of Paediatric Medicine at the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. Khalid has treated over 500 patients with congenital hyperinsulinism from all over the world.




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Dr Thomas Laver

Dr Thomas Laver is a post-doctoral research fellow and bioinformatician  at the University of Exeter Medical School. His research focusses on the analyses of next generation DNA sequencing data to identify novel genetic aetiologies for congenital hyperinsulinism. (University profile).




Dr Jayne Houghton

Dr Jayne Houghton is a Clinical Scientist within the department of Molecular Genetics at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust. Jayne’s work focuses on the clinical interpretation of genetic variants residing in genes known to cause hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia, neonatal diabetes and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young.




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Dr Ana Molerhino

Dr Ana Molerhino is a Healthcare Scientist within the department of Molecular Genetics at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust. Ana is part of the monogenic diabetes team assisting in the genetic testing service for Maturity onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) and congenital hyperinsulinism.



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Kevin Colclough

Kevin Coloclough is a registered Clinical Molecular Geneticist based within the department of Molecular Genetics at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Kevin oversees the MODY genetic testing service and is involved in the routine genetic testing for UK patients with congenital hyperinsulinism.




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Rebecca Ward

Rebecca Ward is a genetic technologist working in the molecular genetics laboratory at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Becky is part of the team who perform the laboratory analysis for patients with congenital hyperinsulinism.



MSc in Genomic Medicine project students


Anna Bussell* (2016-17)







Individuals receiving a distinction for their project are marked with a star!

BSc in Medical Sciences project students

Nina Smaller

Nina Smaller (2017 -2018)