People

Dr Eleanor Raffan MRCVS

Eleanor is a veterinary surgeon who worked in mixed (farm, equine and small animal) practice before settling on a career that could combine specialist clinical work with research.  She spent did specialist clinical training at the Universities of Liverpool and Cambridge before heading to the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Metabolic Science to do a PhD in the genetics of diabetes.  She now combines clinical work and teaching with research as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow.  She is a European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine.

She lives near Cambridge with her family and a charming cat called Loki.  She leads the GOdogs project and is the first point of call if you are interested in hearing more.  You can contact her using the details on this page.

Dr Marie Dittmann

Marie is a postdoctoral researcher on the project.  She has previously studied animal behaviour (with a focus on dogs) and investigated nutrition and metabolism, so is perfectly suited to take forward the GOdogs work studying how dogs’ genes affect their behaviour and metabolism.

She’s keen to hear from anyone who might like to get involved by volunteering their dog for our tests which will focus on how hard dogs will work for a food reward, or what types of food dogs prefer to eat. If you’d like to volunteer, visit this page for more information.

Prof. Sir Stephen O’Rahilly FRS, FMedSci

Prof O’Rahilly is Director of IMS-MRL and is a distinguished figure in the field of research into the genetics and consequences of human obesity.  He is sponsoring the project.  You can read more about his research interests here, and listen to him speaking about how different people have different fat biology in the video below.

Dr Gabi Lakatos

Gabi is an ethos200_gabriella.lakatoslogist – a specialist in the study of animal behaviour.  Gabi worked on the project from 2015-2017 to run experiments to learn more about how dogs interact with their food. She’s now moved on to a new job but still consults on the work we do.