Robert Grant – Chair
Hi everyone! After one year on the committee as joint LINK co-ordinator I am now pleased to be stepping into the role as chair of LUMRS. We hope to build on the great work of last years committee to continue the promotion of medical research. We have been successful over the years linking students with researchers at UoL in addition to organising inspiring talks.

Before medicine I studied chemistry in the US. I have been involved in a few projects, most recently looking at cardiovascular disease risk prediction in CKD. Please contact me if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you all!


Vanessa Rodwell – Vice Chair & LINK co-ordinator


Eva Horvath-Papp – Treasurer
A LUMRS veteran, but in my final year I can’t keep away! LUMRS has done so much over the years, giving students the opportunity to not only get involved in research but also to present their work. We hope to continue to offer you a great service over the coming years.


Shonagh Flanagan – Secretary
Hi! I’m Shonagh, you’ll soon come to know me as one of the names clogging your emails bribing you to our events with free pizza/wine. I am a 4th year, having just returned from intercalating a research Masters in Belfast studying diabetes and cardiovascular disease using induced pluripotent stem cells.

I’m eager to help further LUMRS as I know the valuable opportunities it offers all students; so whether you’re in need of AFP interview practise, or want to hear inspirational talks from leading physicians and researchers, I will hopefully be able to point you in the direction of one of our many events.


Harry Dudson – SPARKS Co-ordinator


James Brosnan – SPARKS Co-ordinator
Hey! I’m James and I’m very excited to be on the committee this year. I developed a taste for research during my previous degree and am currently involved in LINK project too. I hope to attract some very interesting researchers to come in and deliver talks over the course of the year, but if anyone has any suggestions I would be delighted to hear from you.


Zarva Shahid – Webmaster
Hi, I am Zarva, very new to LUMRS as a committee member. My role will be the webmaster for the year and I am very excited to finally put my computing skills to some use. I will try my best to make the website easy to navigate and pleasant to use. I am looking forward to learning from my colleagues and expanding my knowledge and skills.


Alan Penney – INSPIRE Conference Chair
Hi, I’m Alan. I’m the chair of the organising committee for the 7th INSPIRE National Medical Research Conference. The event promises to be hugely exciting with keynote speakers from all the UK. If you’re interested you can register here:

Susil Pallikadavath – AFP Representative
Hi, I’m Susil and I am passionate about academic medicine and pursuing interest in the AFP program amongst my own and future cohorts. I am keen to widen participation and importantly and improve application success rates. I will do this through early exposure to research to early years and an alumni scheme whereby current applicants can contact previous successful applicants correlated by both geography and interest.