Welsh Crucible 2021
Hywel gained his BSc degree in Genetics at Cardiff University where he went on to begin his career working on the genetics of schizophrenia within the Department of Psychological Medicine. It was here he completed his PhD and spent a further seven years working as a postdoctoral researcher on many large, international projects. In 2013 Hywel moved to the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London to lead the GOSgene group where he began using genomics to identify rare disease genes in children. In 2019 Hywel moved back to Cardiff as a Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics where his research is focused on using multi-omic techniques and big data informatics to better understand the biological basis of rare diseases and to translate this research into the clinic to increase the diagnostic rate and improve patient wellbeing.