Doctoral Student at the
Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU
Throughout my studies, I have been constantly engaged in interdisciplinary research. As a consequence, I have become proficient in biomedical research, as well as programming and statistical analysis. I enjoy tackling complex problems by using high-throughput analysis and recently I became fascinated by predictive analytics. My recent work predicting forex trends using statistical algorithms usually used to facilitate biomarker discovery is just one example of this.
From a young age I have been drawn to research commercialisation, and in turn I developed an interest in entrepreneurship. I am currently working on my second start-up - an experience that has given me invaluable skills in presenting my ideas, time management, networking, and most importantly - transforming an idea into reality. I also learnt a great deal about corporate strategy and innovation during a programme where selected students spent one year working alongside Oxford MBA students on projects and assignments.
Despite my strong focus on research and entrepreneurship, I am also continuously involved in human rights activism. When I was a teenager I contributed to the Lithuanian LGBT community by establishing an online 'safe space' for youngsters, followed by the co-founding of a youth Human Rights NGO. After this, I moved on to training current and the future generation of human rights activists at the Council of Europe through various international organisations.
To sum up, I am a highly-motivated individual with a varied set of skills and a profound understanding of scientific, economic and social processes. I am graduating from my DPhil programme this year and so I am actively looking for the next challenge and opportunity which will allow me to develop my interests and skills further.
Currently I am in the final year of my DPhil which I am undertaking in Professor Udo Oppermann's group. My research focuses on the epigenetic regulation of inflammation, specifically the induction and the shift from a pro- to an anti-inflammatory state in macrophages. The latter processes are highly important in various auto-immune diseases such as Parkinson's or arthritis, to name a few.
My research methods mainly rely on high-throughput techniques such as single-cell analysis, next generation sequencing of the transcriptome and ChIP libraries. I am also engaged in computational work, such as image analysis using R, or high-throughput sequencing data analysis using a number of various pipelines for ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq.
Furthermore, I am involved in curating a comprehensive list of epigenetic targets, designing the experimental setup and screening of inhibitor libraries, based on the Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology, targeting those epigenetic modulators. I also contribute to the elucidation of the epigenetic and transcriptomic changes that take place upon treatment with other top-candidate epigenetic drugs.
In the future I am looking forward to employing my skills in programming and data analysis to tackle other challenging data sets, and hopefully shifting from the laboratory to mainly, but not exclusively, computational work.