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Katherine Lawler


Department of Clinical Biochemistry




Post Doctoral

Research Summary

Leads the Computational Genomics in Prof Sadaf Farooqi’s GOOS team on obesity/thinness and rare diseases with a focus on rare genomic variants in hypothalamic dysfunction and dysregulated energy balance. We perform computational analysis of whole-exome sequencing, RNA-seq, metabolomics and integrative ‘omics of neuronal and adipose tissue.

Post-doctoral work on cancer genomics at King’s College London and a background in Mathematics (MA/Part III/MMath, Cambridge) and Computational Biology/Bioinformatics (PhD, Functional Genomics group at EMBL-EBI).

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Bioinformatics, Cancer, Computational Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Rare diseases, Systems Biology

Selected Publications

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Lawler K*, Huang-Doran I*, Sonoyama T, Collet T-H, Keogh JM, Henning E, O’Rahilly S, Bottolo L, Farooqi IS. Leptin-mediated changes in the human metabolome. JCEM (2020) [DOI][PMID:32392278]
*joint first author

Barber P*, Weitsman G*, Lawler K* et al. HER2-HER3 heterodimer quantification by FRET-FLIM and patient subclass analysis of the COIN colorectal trial. J Nat Cancer Inst (2019) [DOI][PMID:31851321]
*joint first author

Bochukova EG, Lawler K, Croizier S, et al. A transcriptomic signature of the hypothalamic response to fasting and BDNF deficiency in Prader-Willi syndrome. Cell Reports 22(13):3401–3408 (2018) [DOI][PMID:29590610]

Lawler K, Papouli E, Naceur-Lombardelli C, et al. Gene expression modules in primary breast cancers as risk factors for organotropic patterns of first metastatic spread: a case control study. Breast Cancer Res 19:113 (2017) [DOI][PMID:29029636]

Suh Y*, Lawler K* et al. Association between hypoxic volume and underlying hypoxia-induced gene expression in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Br J Cancer 116:8, 1057-1064 (2017) [DOI][PMID:28324887]
*joint first author

Irshad S, Flores-Borja F, Lawler K, et al. RORγt+ innate lymphoid cells promote lymph node metastasis of breast cancers. Cancer Res 77:5, 1083-1096 (2017) [DOI][PMID:28082403]

Marguerat S*, Lawler K*, Brazma A, Bähler J. Contributions of transcription and mRNA decay to gene expression dynamics of fission yeast in response to oxidative stress. RNA Biol 11:6, 702-714 (2014) [DOI][PMID:25007214]
*joint first author

Lawler K, Hammond-Kosack K, Brazma A, Coulson RMR. Genomic clustering and co-regulation of transcriptional networks in the pathogenic fungus Fusarium graminearum. BMC Syst Biol 7:1, 52 (2013) [DOI][PMID:23805903]