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Office for Translational Research


Dr Anita Marguerie de Rotrou  
Dr Marguerie de Rotrou is Head of the OTR, strategically setting the vision of the OTR with stakeholders, managing the team and advising on how to handle difficult cases. Anita has oversight of the overall project portfolio handled by the office and leads trouble-shooting where necessary. With a PhD in developmental biology (UCL), a postdoc at Cancer Research UK, 10 years’ experience in SMEs at operational, management and scientific levels, her expertise notably includes: setting up start-ups from scratch, product development, fund raising from investors, government, EU, public and private sectors. She joined the OTR in 2015 and was appointed as Head two years later. Email:; tel: 01223 335650








Dr Estelle Bernard-Fichet 
Dr Bernard-Fichet is Translational Research Programme Manager. After being awarded a PhD in Electrochemistry applied to Biotechnology from UCL and a post-doctoral position at the former Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, she gained a 10-year-strong experience in MedTech industry. She worked at two multinationals companies: Unipath Ltd (now SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH) and Philips Corporate Innovation. Her work extended across a variety of functions in R&D, from science-based innovation ideation to proof of concept product. She developed innovative diagnostics tools for women’s health, cardiac, sleep and oral healthcare applications. She is also experienced in understanding market needs and running clinical trials for medical devices. She joined the OTR in April 2018 and her role is to support University and NHS scientists in translating their biomedical science innovations into healthcare applications through structuring and managing both collaborative projects with industry and publicly funded translational research projects. Email:; tel: 01223 760004








Dr Alex Samoshkin
After defending his PhD in 2006; Alex has worked in four different world class biomedical research laboratories, in cancer (at the NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA) and neuroscience biology (UNC, Chapel Hill, USA and McGill University, Montreal, Canada), where he mastered multidisciplinary projects on basic, translational and drug discovery sciences.  Alex moved to Cambridge in 2017 as a Translational Technology Manager, and currently works in the new Greater Cambridge Health Tech Connect UEZ initiative.  The main purpose of this initiative is to connect West (Physical Sciences and Technology) and South (Biomedical) hubs, bringing together a community with stakeholders from the Univesity, Research Institutes, NHS, industry, investors, government and beyond.

Email:; tel: 01223 336802


Dr Nicola White
Dr White is a Translational Programme Manager in the OTR, primarily looking after the Experimental Medicine Training Initiative and the Cambridge-Sunway Collaboration. She has first-hand experience of working collaboratively with and within academia and industry having previously worked in genetics research at GlaxoSmithKline and as a programme director delivering postgraduate research and education in clinical research at Cranfield University. Nicola’s current role draws extensively on her previous experience and she is happy to speak to anyone who would like further information on either of her current programmes. Email:; tel: 01223 748089


Ms Zoe McIntyre
Ms McIntyre is a Translational Project Manager in the OTR. She is involved in the establishment and management of several collaborative projects. With a background in biomedical science and five years’ experience in the coordination and management of academic clinical research, Zoe has particular expertise in the area of research study set-up and operational overview at all stages of the project life cycle. She is happy to help researchers with project planning and costing, document development, grant applications and submissions to Research Ethics Committees, as well as project management on an ongoing basis.  Email: ; tel: 01223 336934








Ms Ewa Czekaj
Ms Czekaj is Assistant Project Manager/Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead. She manages the AIM HY Consortium and co-ordinates PPI and PPE activities of the OTR’s projects. Previously, Ewa was providing administrative support for all members of OTR, managing websites, as well as taking care of the logistics for a portfolio of projects run by the OTR. She was also responsible for organising meetings and arranging events related to industry and academic collaborations. Email:; tel: 01223 760734



Ms Glenda Harden
Ms Glenda Harden is a Research Administrator in the OTR, managing secretarial and administration duties for the OTR’s events and projects.  She has much experience working as a PA/Secretary in academia and industry including the National Environmental Research Council, having worked as a Project Administrator with the British Antarctic Survey.  She has extensive experience organising meetings and arranging events at an academic level.  Glenda spent time abroad working as PA for BHP Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited which is one of the world’s largest mining companies located in Melbourne, Australia.  Email:; Tel: 01223 760684.


Office for Translational Research

School of Clinical Medicine

University of Cambridge

Box 111, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge CB2 0SP


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