Group Members


Jamie Blundell, group leader (2017 - present). [CV][Twitter][SCHOLAR]  

Jamie trained as a theoretical physicist at the Cavendish laboratory, University of Cambridge with Eugene Terentjev studying the statistical physics of polymers. He moved to Stanford University in 2012 as a postdoctoral scholar working on the dynamics of clonal evolution with Daniel Fisher, Sasha Levy, Dmitri Petrov and Gavin Sherlock. He joined the Cambridge Cancer Centre Early Detection program in July 2017. His research interests lie in quantitatively understanding somatic evolution in human tissues and using this understanding to detect cancer earlier.      

Caroline watson, clinical phd student (2017 - present)

Caroline qualified in medicine from the University of Oxford in 2010 and started training as a Haematology Specialist Registrar in Oxford in 2014.  From October 2017 she will join as a CRUK funded clinical PhD student working on tracking clonal evolution during hematopoiesis. Her project involves generating and analysing longitudinal blood data over a 20-year period. She is also a widely published scientific illustrator.

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Emma Wagner, Research assistant (2017 - present)

Emma received her BSc in Physiology from the University of Aberdeen in 2013 and recently journeyed to Stockholm, Sweden to complete her MSc in Biomedicine at the Karolinska Institute in June 2017. From September 2017 she will be a Research assistant working on in-situ lineage tracking with inducible DNA barcodes.

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Matt Bradley, Masters project (PArt III)

Matt is graduating from the four-year NST+MPhys course at the University of Cambridge in 2018. He is broadly interested in applying techniques from physics to biological problems. His project involves developing simple mathematical models of mutation acquisition in cancer to figure out how much positive selection is likely acting on pre-cancerous clones before they progress to malignancy.

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Past group members

Maria Tang, Post masters placement student (summer 2017)

Maria is graduating from the four-year Mathematics MMath at the University of Cambridge in 2017, with interests in mathematical and statistical modelling. Having found biology to contain many interesting and worthwhile quantitative problems, Maria worked on analyzing deep sequencing data sets and coming up with new ways to quantity genetic diversity from these.



Doug Easton

Professor, Director Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, University of Cambridge

Sasha levy

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University, SUNY

Daniel Fisher

Professor, Applied Physics, Stanford