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 Branduff McAllister

Branduff McAllister

Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


Education and qualifications

  • PhD in Medicine, Cardiff University (2016-2019)
  • Biochemistry BSc (Hons) First-Class Honours, Lancaster University (2013-2016)

Honours and awards

  • The Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Academic Performance, Lancaster University (2016)
  • The Top Student Royal Society of Biology Prize, Lancaster University (2016)
  • Alan Wellburn Biochemistry Prize, Lancaster University (2016)
  • Academic Excellence in Biochemistry with Cell Biology Prize, Lancaster University (2015)
  • Academic Scholarship, Lancaster University (2013)
  • Guild of Freemen’s Prize for a Science Project, CLFS (2013)
  • M.W. Harris Prize for an Extended Project, CLFS (2013)
  • Worshipful Company of Gardeners’ Prize for Biology, CLFS (2013)
  • Sixth Form Exhibition Award (Scholarship), CLFS (2011-2013)

Travel grants and bursaries

  • Wellcome Trust Advanced Course Bursary (single cell technologies and analysis) (2019)
  • Gordon Research Conference Travel Bursary (for oral presentation) (2019)
  • ARUK Network Centre Travel Grant (2019)
  • Genomics of Brain Disorders Conference Bursary (2018)
  • Guarantor's of Brain Travel Grant (2018)

Oral presentations

  • CAG Triplet Repeat Disorders, Gordon Research Conference, Lucca, Italy (2019)
  • CAG Triplet Repeat Disorders, Gordon Research Seminar, Lucca, Italy (2019)
  • Genomics of Brain Disorders Conference, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK (2018)
  • Sequencing for Science and Impact. Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University (2017)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)
  • Member of the Deep Dementia Phenotyping (DEMON) Network

Speaking engagements

  • Speaker at Cardiff University Huntington's Disease Engagement day (2019)







Teaching overview

I am involved in the teaching of several master's level modules in bioinformatics and genetics, including 'Computing for Bioinformatics and Genetic Epidemiology' and 'Post-GWAS Genetic Epidemiology'. I additionally supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project students.

Current grant support

  • B McAllister, ... P Holmans, L Jones
    Using single-cell sequencing to investigate the cellular pathogenesis of Huntington's disease
    2019-2020 £4,800 (ARUK Network Centre Grant)

Previous grant support

  • B McAllister, T Massey, L Jones, D Monckton
    Somatic expansion of the CAG repeat in blood from HD subjects
    2017-2018 £5,000 (ARUK Network Centre Grant)
  • Student: B McAllister
    Supervisors: L Jones, T Massey, P Holmans, N Williams
    Identification and characterisation of genetic variation that modifies age at onset in Huntington's disease
    2016-2019 (Cardiff University School of Medicine PhD Studentship)


Current projects

  • Co-supervisor (50%) for Connor Madden, for MET584 - "Characterising the genetics of repeat expansions in Huntington’s Disease".

Past projects

  • Co-supervisor (50%) for Christopher Wills (MSc, 2019) - "Genetic Variance Influencing Anticipation in Huntington's Disease".

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