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 a year’s internship at Liverpool vet school and had further specialist (‘residency’) training at the University of Cambridge Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital before heading to the IMS 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 Gabi Lakatos

Gabi is an ethos200_gabriella.lakatoslogist – a specialist in the study of animal behaviour.  She has years of experience working with dogs, studying their cognitive abilities and social behaviour, particularly how dogs interact with humans.  She’s also competed at a high level in dog agility for many years.

Gabi joined the project in 2015 to run experiments to learn more about how dogs interact with their food.  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 at solving problems 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 Giles Yeo

Giles is a serious geneticist running a research programme at the IMS (see his web page here) but also a brilliant communicator of the science of obesity – you might recognise him from recent BBC TV programmes or science festivals around the country.  Get a feel for that bit of his work by looking at the video below.  He’s been a key advisor on this project.  Giles tweets entertainingly: @GilesYeo.