CCB People

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Professor Jean-Baptiste Cazier

Chair of Bioinformatics
Director of the Centre for Computational Biology

Professor Cazier has interests across the broad spectrum of Computational and Mathmatical modelling of natural phenomena. 


Professor Georgios Gkoutos

Chair of Clinical Bioinformatics

Professor Gkoutos has interests in the general areas of clinical and biomedical informatics, computational biology, and integrative & translational research.


Professor James Bentley Brown

Chair of Environmental Bioinformatics

Professor Brown’s lab works to link genome dynamics to ecosystem functions – to understand how the information encoded in genomes gives rise to complex and profoundly responsive systems.


Dr Christopher Yau

Reader in Computational Biology

Dr Yau is an expert in statistical methodologies for machine learning and data science and specialises in genomic science particularly cancer.


Dr Deena Gendoo

Senior Lecturer

Dr Deena Gendoo is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Biology. Dr Gendoo's research program focuses on translational bioinformatics and integrative approaches towards characterization of preclinical disease models (organoids, xenografts, GEMMs) and their application in personalized therapy. 


Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft 

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kreft lectures in Computational Biology.  Dr Kreft has a wet lab, which allows his group to measure parameters for their models or test model predictions.


Dr Krish Nirantharakumar

UKRI Innovation Clinical Fellow 
Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Dr Nirantharakumar has particular interests in developing novel digital tools that enable effective/efficient healthcare systems and expedite health care research.


Dr Danesh Moradi Garavand


Dr Moradi Garavand’s research aims to provide a better understanding of evolutionary dynamics of bacterial populations. 


Dr Ralf Weber

Director of Bioinformatics, Phenome Centre Birmingham (PCB)

Dr Weber is the Director of Bioinformatics for the Phenome Centre Birmingham. His research team’s interests include the development and application of data processing, biostatistics and data mining tools to facilitate biochemical annotation and interpretation of clinical and toxicological metabolomics data.


Dr Peter Winn


Dr Winn specialises in molecular modelling of biomolecules, including structural bioinformatics and analysis of protein amino-acid sequences.





Dr Animesh Acharjee

Snr Research Fellow

Dr Acharjee is a senior Research Fellow with interests in the biomarker discovery, omics and integrative data analytics aiming at the discovery of novel features to stratify population for personalised (or precision) medicine strategies.


Dr Andreas Kawarth

Rutherford Fellow

Dr. Karwath's main research areas are concerned with the application of Machine Learning and Data Mining to a variety of fields within the life sciences.



Dr Boris Noyvert

 Research Fellow in Bioinformatics

 Dr Noyvert is interested in genomics of human diseases and human health.



Dr Justina Zurauskiene

BRIDGE Fellow - Population Dynamics and Women’s Health

Dr Zurauskiene has expertise and research interest in mathematical modelling, statistical machine learning and method development with applications focusing on genomic data and women’s health.


Dr Saisakul Chernbumroong

Snr Research Fellow

Dr Chernbumroong has substantial experience in data analysis and modelling in medical application using AI and Machine Learning techniques. Her research interests include human activity recognition, sensor data analysis, and application of AI/Machine learning technique in in health care application. 


Dr Anas Rana

MRC Research Fellow

Dr Rana is a MRC Research Fellow at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences where he is based at the Centre for Computational Biology working with Dr Christopher Yau. 



Dr Chris Middleton

Research Fellow

Dr Middleton's research interests are in using next generation sequencing to investigate chromatin structure, transcription factor binding and gene expression during cell differentiation. This enables us to gain an insight into the changes that occur within the genome when cells go through differentiation.


Luke Slater

Research Fellow

Luke Slater is a research fellow with an interest in ontology and ontology accessories, and their combination with other interdisciplinary techniques to gain novel and practically useful insights into information.


Dr Wayne Croft

Research Fellow

Dr Croft's research background has focussed on cellular signalling, combining both ‘wet-lab’ experimental work with computational modelling to gain novel insights into how cells sense and respond to noisy and dynamic extracellular signals.


Dr Yi Pan

CRUK Birmingham Centre Biostatistician

Dr Pan is a Biostatistician based at Centre for Computational Biology, and he is responsible for for the design and analysis of bioinformatics/computational biology experiments across the CRUK Birmingham Centre, and the college of Medical and Dentistry Sciences.

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Dr Andrey Barsky

Research Fellow

Dr Barsky is a Research Fellow with interests in artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision. He currently works on multimodal representation learning in medical imaging and clinical datasets.

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Dr Tanmay Basu

Research Fellow

Dr Basu is a Research Fellow in biomedical informatics with interests in developing methods and tools using novel computational natural language processing, text mining, machine learning and sentiment analysis techniques for poetential knowledge discovery in electronic health records, social media, biomedical data and other types of text data.

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John Williams 

Research Fellow

John Williams is a Research Fellow in behavioural multiomics data integration and analysis. He works to understand the biological basis of comlex and diverse behavioural phenotypes by modelling genomic, transcriptomic and clinical data.

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Dr Furqan Aziz

Research Fellow

Dr. Aziz is a Research Fellow with interests in developing and applying novel graph-based algorithms and network-based mining approaches within biomedical and clinical settings. 

PhD Students

Agata Stodolna  Laura Bravo
Boping Deng  Monia Zidane
David Greenwood   Nabeela Malik
Dominic Russ Nadia Lipunova
Edwin Aponte Sam Benkwitz-Bedford
Efi Karakitsou Samantha Pendleton
Eleni Christidi  Tuge Oruc
Greg Papatzikas Victor Roth Cardoso
Joanna (Kim) Summers  Hayley Carr

Previous CCB Staff


Dr Alina Bozrova

Research Fellow

Alina was interested in applying various mathematical methods in Biology, Medicine and Economics as well as developing novel statistical tests based on the limit theorems in Probability Theory


Dr Archana Sharma-Oates

Research Fellow

Dr Archana Sharma-Oates' research interest is in large-scale transcriptome and genomic data analysis to identify the genes and pathways associated with a particular pathology, e.g. cancer.  This potentially permits the targeting of specific genes and pathways to aid diagnosis and develop treatment.


Dr Anshita Goel

Research Fellow

Dr Goel has expertise in application of next-generation sequencing technologies towards understanding how changes in genetic sequence across cell types or population cohorts, can be used to understand human health and disease. 

 Jouni Kvist

Dr Journi Kvist 

Research Fellow

Dr Kvist's research focused on role of epigenetic regulation in the emerging model species of water flea (Daphnia). He studied how genetic and environmental factor affect epigenetic regulation such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, and how these modification in turn alter phenotypic traits.


Dr Wakil Sarafaz

Research Fellow

Dr Sarafaz undertakes research on developing and simulating mathematical models that describe the spatiotemporal patterns observed in data acquired from Experimental Haematology. 



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