ELRIG announces exciting new additions to general committee and board

ELRIG announces exciting new additions to general committee and board

ELRIG is dedicated to bringing the life science and drug discovery communities together to learn, share, connect and innovate, on an open access basis and we are thrilled to announce the latest appointments to our General Committee and Board. The expansion includes not only valued ELRIG contributors like Cassie Messenger, who transitions from the ECP Workgroup to the Board, but also seven dynamic Early Career Professionals (ECPs) who will contribute to various workgroups.

Cassie Messenger – ELRIG Board Member

Cassie Messenger, a senior cellular assay scientist at GSK in Stevenage, brings her passion for early career professionals to the ELRIG Board. Responsible for recruitment and ongoing training of industrial placement students, Cassie’s commitment to fostering talent and her recent completion of an MPhil degree make her an invaluable voice for ECPs on the Board.

Cassie expressed her excitement, stating, “ELRIG is an enormous inspiration for everyone, not just ECPs, and can offer so many opportunities to access high-quality science, engage in networking events, and learn from experts. I am thrilled to be part of shaping ELRIG’s future!”


New ECPs on the General Committee:

1. Alexander Kingdon – ECP Work Group

Alexander, a post-doctoral research associate at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, is eager to contribute to the ELRIG General Committee. With a background in drug repurposing and a focus on antimicrobials, he aims to give back to the drug discovery community.

2. James Farmer – Awards Work Group

Scientist III at Excellerate Bioscience, James brings experience from groups championing early career members. As part of the Awards Working Group, he aims to contribute to recognising excellence in the field.

3. Eve Stalker – ECP Work Group

Eve, a Ph.D. candidate investigating the impact of the epigenome on CRISPR toxicity, has been actively involved in ELRIG since her undergraduate years. She joins the General Committee, ready to contribute her insights and experiences.

4. Jeeven Singh – Innovation Work Group

A recent Biochemistry graduate, Jeeven, now a research Biochemist at Arctoris, is enthusiastic about refining drug discovery through a data-first approach. His role in the Innovation Workgroup aims to bring unique experiences to the General Committee.

5. Elaine Duncan – Engagement Strategy Work Group

Elaine, a Ph.D. student aiming to develop a 3D in vitro model of diabetic fat tissue, has been involved with ELRIG for several years. As part of the General Committee, she continues her commitment to advancing research and drug screening.

6. Jessica Evans – Vendor Outreach Group

With a mixed background in science and business, Jessica is a business development manager at Magnitude Biosciences. She looks forward to combining her interests in her role on the General Committee, promoting the intersection between business and biology.

7. Alicia Overall – ECP Work Group

Having been at Domainex for over a year working within the Assay Biology team Alicia completed a BSc and MSc at the University of Sussex, she has a keen interest in oncology and the use of 3D culture and spheroids within research. She is looking forward to helping others pave their way into this field, just as ELRIG has helped her through their conferences.

These talented individuals, representing diverse backgrounds and expertise, are set to enhance ELRIG’s initiatives and contribute to its mission of making drug discovery and life sciences accessible to everyone. ELRIG welcomes these new members and anticipates the valuable impact they will have on the organisation’s future endeavours.