Team and Collaborators
Dr Martin Chapman
Research Fellow
Martin is a researcher working in Health Informatics at King's College London. He is currently involved in developing models and tooling for computational phenotypes, funded by Health Data Research UK and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.
Dr Vasa Curcin
Reader in Health Informatics
Vasa is a Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, leading the Biomedical Informatics Group at School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King's College London. His research focuses on the theoretical informatics foundations and resulting software infrastructures for the Learning Health Systems, specifically in the areas of clinical trials and decision support systems, together with the role of data provenance in delivering reproducibility and auditability to scientific tasks.
Prof Spiros Denaxas (PI)
Professor in Biomedical Informatics
Spiros is Professor of Biomedical Informatics based at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics. His lab's research focuses on creating and evaluating computational approaches for phenotyping in structured electronic health records, clinical and genomic data.
Natalie Fitzpatrick
HDR UK Phenomics Programme Manager
Natalie is the Phenomics Programme Manager for the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) National Phenomics Resource and National Text Analytics Implementation projects. She is based at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics and co-leads the Institute's Phenomics Group. Natalie has more than 20 years' experience managing complex research programmes involving large linked electronic health record data. She also leads on facilitating research collaborations for the CALIBER platform ( and leads on patient and public engagement for the Institute.
Dr Chuang Gao
Data Scientist
Chuang is a Data Scientist working in the Health Informatics Centre (HIC), University of Dundee. His research focuses on creating and evaluating novel models and tooling for Electronic Health Record federation system. He is also currently involved in UK national phenotypes portal development, guideline development of multimorbidity clinical trials.
Prof George Gkoutos
Professor in Clinical Bioinformatics
George is a Professor in Clinical Bioinformatics, a joint appointment between the University of Birmingham Medical School and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Faculty Affiliate Professor of Clinical Bioinformatics, Berkeley Lab, Associate Director of MRC Health Data Research UK, Co-Director of the WCH-Birmingham Research Institute and Alan Turing Fellow. His lab's research lie in the fields of translational research and integrative systems biology, biomedical knowledge formalisation, standardisation and representation, AI based multimodal large data harmonisation, interoperability, integration and analysis, comparative phenomics, genomics and multiomics integration and analytics.
Prof Emily Jefferson
Professor of Health Data Science and Director of Health Informatics Centre, Dundee
Emily is the academic lead and Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee and Chair of Health Data Science. She has a team of c.55 people providing research and services to over 1000 different research projects bringing expertise in health informatics, data science, data management, governance, machine learning and AI. She is responsible for an ISO27001 certified infrastructure and a Scottish Government accredited Safe Haven. Emily's main research interest is in innovative automated methods for the provision of sensitive linked data which meets both data governance requirements and those of the research community. HIC have provided >2000 linked data extracts for research utilising phenotype definitions. Her team will bring this expertise to the project and be able to utilise the portal to support reusable phenotypes at UK wide scale. Emily is also the Alleviate Pain Hub Director and will be incorporating detailed pain phenotypes into the portal.
Dr Andreas Karwath
Rutherford Research Fellow
Andreas is generally interested in research in and development of semantic-based "information commons for research" health care-related data frameworks. These frameworks should serve as fully integrated health research information platforms, with access to both deep clinical data and extensive unstructured and large data on individual patients and populations.
Dr Shahzad Mumtaz
Postdoctoral research assistant / Health data scientist at the Health Informatics Centre (HIC), University of Dundee
Shahzad has a PhD in computer science from Aston University, UK. His masters and BSc degrees are also in computer science from The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Just after PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for an 11 months project at Aston University, UK. His research interests are in machine learning models both in terms of their mathematical foundations and their application to health care and bioinformatics problems. He has worked on projects like: An analysis of protein family of major histocompatibility complex, demand forecasting for National Health Services (NHS) emergency departments of West-Midlands hospitals, UK, probabilistic modelling of blood glucose via eye parameters and development of Data Visualisation and Modelling System.
Dr Helen Parkinson
Head of Molecular Archival Resources, EMBL-EBI
Helen is Head of Molecular Archival Resources at EMBL-EBI. Helen's team manages, analyses, and distributes complex high-throughput phenotypic data from mammals and promotes phenomic data integration internationally. They also develop open-source software tools for managing data, developing and integrating ontologies and data, and integrating semantic web technologies.
Daniel Thayer
Senior Data Scientist
Dan leads a team of data scientists that support research with the SAIL Databank, a repository of anonymised Welsh population data. He is responsible for handling enquiries about SAIL, supporting all existing research projects, and developing tools and infrastructure to improve the research process, as well as sitting on the SAIL operations group.
Leandro Tramma
Application Development Technical Manager
Leandro is an experienced software developer with great passion for beautifully crafted software and a keen interest in Application Lifecycle Management and good Software Design. In 2013 he joined HIC as a Senior Software Developer. Leandro currently manages multiple projects within the ADP team, providing technical expertise and guidance for the team. He is involved in the design and development of the Research Data Management Platform for HIC Services. Leandro graduated in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and in 2007 he moved to Scotland from Italy.
Dr Susheel Varma
Director of Engineering, Health Data Research UK
Susheel is Director of Engineering (a.k.a Director of Possibilities) at HDR UK.
Prof Harry Hemingway (FFPH FRCP FMedSci)
Research Director at HDR UK, Institute Director at the Institute of Health Informatics, UCL Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Harry is Research Director at HDR UK, Institute Director at the Institute of Health Informatics UCL and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology. He has over 25 years of experience in leadership in using rapidly changing patient and population data resources for research and has contributed to establishing, growing and critically evaluating the field of data science for health nationally and internationally. The central focus of his research is to develop underpinning methods to exploit the scale and phenotypic resolution of electronic health records (EHR) to accelerate early and late phase translational research. He has published over 200 papers, has an h-index of 57 with 27,657 citations with research cited in seven major clinical guidelines and public health policies with implications for the health of millions. As Research Director Health Data Research UK (2017–), with £120m initial investment and long term (15+ years) horizons, he delivered an historic ‘first ever’ pan London research partnership in biomedicine around his science vision across London’s five universities (Imperial, King’s, QMUL, LSHTM and UCL) establishing governance arrangements and legal contracts. HDR UK London has influenced ministerial decisions to award the Digital Innovation Hubs Programme to HDR UK.
Hannah Davies
(Swansea University)
Dr Muhammad Elmessary
(Swansea University)
Ieuan Scanlon
(Swansea University)
James Welch
(University of Oxford)
Dr Tanmay Basu
(University of Birmingham)
Prof Jim Davies
(University of Oxford)
Prof Sinead Brophy
(Swansea University)
Prof Richard Dobson
(King's College London / UCL Institute of Health Informatics)
Prof Colin McCowan
(University of St Andrews)
Prof Ruth Gilbert
(UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health / UCL Institute of Health Informatics)
Dr Arturo Gonzalez-Izquierdo
(UCL Institute of Health Informatics)
Dr Harriet Forbes
(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Kristiina Rannikmae
(University of Edinburgh)
Dr Steve Harris
(University College London Hospitals)