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Zandra Deans

UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr Sandi Deans is a Consultant Clinical Scientist and the Director of UK National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) for Molecular Genetics which is based in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The UK NEQAS scheme delivers assessment of molecular genetic testing, molecular pathology testing, newborn screening, prenatal diagnosis, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and is involved in the new technical next generation sequencing scheme.


Sandi is currently working as the National Laboratory and Scientifc Lead within of the NHS England 100,000 Genomes project implementaion unit and collaborates closely with Genomics Enlgand to deliver high quality sequencing for both the rare diseases and cancer programmes.


Sandi is a Senior Honorary Lecturer in the Medical School, University of St. Andrews and is a collaborator in the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews Molecular Pathology Node including the joint supervisor of one of the 2016 Masters students.


She sits on many committees including the European Molecular Quality Network Board, UK NEQAS Steering Committees for Clinical Cytogenetics, Cellular Pathology Techniques and Molecular Genetics, and has recently been appointed as Board member and Treasurer of the International Quality Network for Pathology (IQN Path). She is a past UK NEQAS Executive Director, Association of Clinical Genetic Science Executive Committee member and has been involved in the selection panels for MCADD extended mutation screening laboratories and the Cancer Research UK Stratified Medicine Technical Hub laboratories.