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Manasa is a Senior Investigator Scientist at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge. Her current research project titled “Transcription, Trafficking, Translation (TTT)” and has the ambitious aim of gaining a complete map of where proteins and their RNA partners live within a cell. She is also interested in how their location and function changes when the cell is subjected to oxygen deprivation, ultra-violet exposure and inhibition or excitation of growth.
Manasa did her BSc(Hons) in Bioinformatics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and her PhD in Cancer Genetics at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a postdoc at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute analysing whole genome sequencing data from breast cancers. Following this, she spent two years working at AstraZeneca analysing genetic and drug response data from colorectal cancers.