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Trainees' Sub-committee

September 2020

The trainees' sub-committee was created back in 2006 to represent the views of concessionary members. As such, the sub-committee would like to know what you want from the Society and how the Society can support you in your research, teaching and educational activities. Below is a list of the current sub-committee members. Please feel free to contact the chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Kate Marks 
Chair of the Trainees' Sub-committee

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I am an ST3 in Leeds, currently out of programme undertaking a post-doctoral research fellowship. I’m really excited to chair the trainee subcommittee and help to boost all the fantastic resources and opportunities Pathsoc has for trainees and hopefully expand these further. We’ve got some exciting changes planned for the website and social media pages so watch this space. I have benefitted enormously from being part of Pathsoc and I want to help all trainee members get as much out of the society as possible as well as promote the society to undergraduates and the next generation of pathologists!

I find research both challenging but also incredibly rewarding and I want to help encourage and support trainees from both ends of the spectrum; from those that want to do PhDs and beyond, to those that just want to dip their toe in the water. I also want to help provide support and resources for those with a less traditional background coming to academic pathology including those who might have previously done PhDs or had research careers followed by a substantial break. I’m always keen to hear new ideas so feel free to email me with any thoughts you might have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When I’m not studying early genetic changes in normal bowel, I can be found at my allotment, out on my bike in the Yorkshire hills, or watching a good Netflix series with my other half, 2 cats and ball python.

 
Seung Hyun Lee
Academic Trainee Network Meeting Co-ordinator

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I am currently an ST4 trainee in East Scotland. I was born in South Korea and lived in Canada. My adventurous path led me to Scotland. Interested in basic science and its application to clinical medicine, I entered straight into histopathology following foundation training. Along with my clinical work, I am undertaking a PgCert degree in molecular pathology and genomics. I am a motivated, approachable and forward-thinking trainee and I would like to share my passion, support and encourage other trainees to engage in teaching and research.

My strength is in identifying areas for improvement and implementing practical solutions. My management and teaching experience includes a role as the local lead trainee teaching and dissection. One of my main interests is in precision medicine and equipping the new generation of histopathologists with skills in molecular pathology. I come from a clinical background but with experience in basic research. I believe I can provide fair representation of a wide range of trainees interested in research. I will draw on my experience to communicate and engage with trainees, to promote opportunities in education and research, particularly in precision medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, philosophy, graphic design & contemporary art.

 
John Connelly
Academic Trainee Network Meeting Co-ordinator

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I’m a PhD student and Clinical Lecturer based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, part of the  University of Edinburgh. My project is funded by the Wellcome Trust within the Edinburgh  Clinical Academic Track (ECAT) programme. I’m working on using machine learning to  predict mutational processes from tissue pathology images. I’m also an Honorary Specialty  Trainee in Histopathology in NHS Lothian Laboratory Medicine. I teach cancer pathology on  both medical and biomedical science undergraduate courses. You can find out more about  me and my work here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-john-connelly  

In PathSoc, I am involved in organising the NATN meetings – let me know if you think of  specific topics you feel that these meetings should cover. 

Outside of work I spend most of my time cycling and walking my dogs in the Scottish  countryside. 

 

Luke Farmkiss
Case of the month coordinator, Social Media Officer

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I am an ST5 in Plymouth. I was dead-set on applying for the Acute Care Common Stem but always had an interest in anatomy and pathology. After my foundation training, I worked as an anatomy demonstrator in Melbourne, Australia at Monash University. I returned to the UK and took a trust-grade post in A&E in Plymouth which I held for a year before applying for my histopathology training. 

Once my histopathology training started, I was immediately drawn to the field of molecular pathology and took an MSc in Genomic Medicine at the University of Exeter. 

I became involved with PathSoc relatively late-on in training and hope that I can provide a better-late-than never example to other trainees who are also yet to get involved but would like to. Through my position on the trainees’ subcommittee I hope I can provide an accessible point-of-contact for those who are looking to speak to someone who has managed a transition into histopathology from an unusual starting point in terms of career aspirations. I also hope to act as an advocate for Peninsula trainees and raise awareness of the Peninsula region as an excellent place to live and practice histopathology. 

When I am not at the microscope, I enjoy climbing rocks, throwing frisbees and slapping the bass guitar. 

 
Clare McGenity
Education Subcommittee Representative

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I grew up in Yorkshire and I am currently an ST2 pathology trainee in Leeds.  Before joining the pathology training programme I was working in palliative medicine as a hospice doctor, and so I came to pathology and research through an unconventional route.  I am now out of programme as a digital pathology fellow with a pre-doctoral fellowship, and I have recently been appointed to an ACF role that is starting in 2021.  My research interests are liver disease, digital pathology and artificial intelligence.  

Outside of pathology, I enjoy acrylic painting and I recently adopted two cats called Battenberg and Muffin.  I am also an oboist with a local orchestra and like running and yoga.  During the coronavirus lockdown, I spent a lot of time in the garden growing my own fruit and veg and I have had some success with home brewing. 

I am excited to be a member of the PathSoc trainee subcommittee and I am looking forward to getting involved with organising virtual events and making online educational resources.  With my experience so far, I hope to represent both my clinical and academic trainee colleagues, and especially any trainees interested in pursuing research through an unconventional route. 

 
Natasha Cutmore
Education Subcommittee Representative

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Hi there!  I’m Natasha, one of the education subcommittee reps.  I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2016, then moved up to Yorkshire for my foundation programme and histopathology specialty training.  I am interested in haematopathology and have worked on projects looking at Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and Rosai-Dorfman Disease.  Working on the latter taught me a lot about the challenges and frustrations that come with rare diseases research.

I have a broad teaching experience and am passionate about promoting educational opportunities.  I’m very chatty and approachable, so if you have any ideas or up-coming events you’d like to talk about and share, get in touch- I’d love to hear about them!

 

Badia Ahmed
Programme Subcommittee Representative

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I'm an ST4 in Histopathology, currently working at King's College Hospital in London at time of writing. I'm finishing an MSc in Genomic Medicine at QMUL. I'm also a regional representative at the STC for London and the South East. I established the www.histolase.co.uk website as part of this role. I'm hoping to do engagement work promoting pathology and academic pathology as a career. I also hope to support academic pathologists approaching from non-traditional routes as well as those who are ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and women. 

In my non-microscope life, I am obsessed with my FIV+ (but healthy) cats, a chocolate addict and complete nerd with interests such as tabletop gaming.  Please feel free to contact me for a chat, any support or mentorship regardless of where you are in your career from A-levels to junior pathology trainee.

 
Solange De Noon
Programme Subcommittee Representative

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Hi I'm Solange and I am currently an ST3 in London. I always wanted to pursue a career in pathology, however I only discovered my passion for research on entering the training program on meeting academic trainees from across the UK (through the Path Society) who were all very supportive. I am now beginning my PhD after completing a 6 month OOP Research placement, and I have really enjoyed the contrast between clinical and academic work. My goal upon completing training is to be a research active pathologist pursuing projects aligned with my specialties of interest. When not working, I enjoy outdoor sports, cooking and crafts.  

It has been my experience that many trainees are curious about getting involved in some form of research and I hope to encourage more people to get involved, regardless of their previous academic experience. I am keen to further the educational opportunities offered by the Society and ensure that they remain high quality, accessible, and relevant to the needs of trainees. In addition, I believe we can also increase the exposure of medical students and foundation year doctors to our wonderful specialty.

 

Ben Challoner
Research Subcommittee Representative

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I am a Clinical PhD Fellow (The Institute of Cancer Research) Honorary Registrar in Histopathology. I have background experiences in basic science and clinical practice; establishing a career in which I have been able to integrate these has been an important factor in my decision to undertake Histopathology Speciality training. Support from the Pathological Society in the form of a Leishman Grant provided a stepping stone to Molecular Pathology training opportunities as an NIHR/BRC fellow at The Institute of Cancer Research. The resulting work has formed the basis of my CRUK/Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD fellowship; I now aspire towards the integration of multi-omic data with traditional Histopathology. I have an openness to innovative methods and value intra- and cross-disciplinary collaborations; recognising the unique skills and perspectives individuals may contribute. As I have progressed through training, I have identified many of the challenges and molecular pathology opportunities available. I realise the importance of encouraging and supporting individuals at every stage of a career in pathology and the need to promote research. I am prepared to share my experiences, which may help equip trainees and individuals with an interest in pathology and research with the skills needed to progress in their own career area. My time outside work is dedicated to my wife and two daughters.

 
Mohammed Nimir
Molecular Pathology Subcommittee Representative

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Hello! I am Mohammed Nimir, an ACF/ST2 at UHCW in Coventry. I hail from Sudan; the land of the river Nile, and have started training in the UK in 2017.

I loved pathology during medical school but never considered histopathology seriously as a career, because of some misconceptions that I had around the speciality. A histopathology trainee friend of mine opened my eyes to the possibility of histopathology as a career. At the start of my FY2 year I looked into the requirements of histopathology training and applied. I was fortunate enough to get a post immediately after foundation training. 

I represent the molecular pathology subcommittee as part of the trainee subcommittee; however, I am also interested in research. I like listening to audiobooks about various topics, learning about astronomy and biology (especially anything related to genetics), and watching historical documentaries. I am passionate about research involving the use of digital pathology and artificial intelligence.

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to help.

 

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