Computer science and big data

With the explosion of techniques that explore entire systems and our ability to gather data at an unprecedented scale, whether it’s the transcriptome, proteome or metabolome of a single cell or tissue, mapping of the entire individual’s immune system or entire population dynamics (whether mosquito or human), computational scientists, modellers and mathematicians will collaborate with disease and pathogen biologists, chemists and environmental scientists to bring order to the complexity of infection by numbers.

Our computer science & big data champions

  • Dr Becca Asquith

    Dr Becca Asquith

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    Dr Becca Asquith Professor of Mathematical Immunology

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    A novel combination of mathematical, experimental and bioinformatics techniques to investigate cell-mediated immunity and host-pathogen dynamics, particularly in the context of chronic viral infections. Developing a predictive model of the human CD8+ T cell response to understand and alleviate viral infection.

  • Professor Mauricio Barahona

    Barahona, Vincent

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    Professor Mauricio Barahona Chair in Biomathematics

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    Biomathematics, a field dedicated to the use of applied mathematics to questions of biological, physical and engineering systems and used as a predictive tool for the assessment of disease - in particular, the predictive assessment of biomarkers in the context of infection and precision healthcare provision.

  • Dr Lauren Cator

    Dr Lauren Cator

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    Dr Lauren Cator Senior Lecturer, Department of Life Sciences

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    Using laboratory and field experiments to understand mosquito behavioural ecology in order to improve the control of the diseases they transmit. Current work focuses on behavioural aspects of reproduction, host-parasite interactions, and the response of mosquito populations to land-use change.

  • Professor Faith Osier

    Professor Faith Osier

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    Professor Faith Osier Professor of Malaria Immunology

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    Vaccine development, with a particular emphasis on malaria. The group uses a myriad of immunological tools for understanding the immuno-epidemiological and immunological characteristics of blood-stage malaria infection and the future development of an anti-disease blood-stage vaccine.

  • Professor Vincent Savolainen

    Professor Vincent Savolainen

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    Professor Vincent Savolainen Professor of Organismic Biology

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    Combining field ecology, molecular phylogenetics, and population genomic approaches to address key societal challenges, from explaining the origin of biodiversity to its preservation. Focusing on population sensing of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in sewage, wildlife and the environment for monitoring the pandemic.

  • Professor Ed Tate

    Professor Ed Tate

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    Professor Ed Tate Professor of Chemical Biology

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    The interface between organic chemistry, life sciences and medicine, and using chemical biology and proteomics to understand and manipulate living systems. A key focus is in medicinal chemistry and chemical synthesis of proteins and peptides, including their use to combat infection.