Meet the Team

John Colbourne is Chair of Environmental Genomics (School of Biosciences), co-founder of the (i) Environment Care Consortium, the (ii) Solve Pollution Network and (iii) Michabo Health Science Ltd. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He is also the Project Coordinator of PrecisionTox.

Agata Ormanin is the Project Manager for PrecisionTox, working on the coordination and organisation of the contractual, administrative and financial aspects of the project. She is an experienced public funding project manager with an MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her knowledge and expertise lie in providing ongoing and extensive support to consortia in a variety of multi-partner grant-funded projects across multiple fields of research.

David Epps is the Financial and Administrative Manager for PrecisionTox, and the Project Manager for Phenome Centre Birmingham. David is a registered PRINCE2® Practitioner, with substantial project management and programme development experience within the higher education and charity sectors. David works across a range of projects, partnerships, and networks, providing comprehensive support whilst creating opportunities for development, increased presence, and project growth.

Aleksandra Cavoski is Professor of Environmental Law and Policy (Birmingham Law School). Her primary research interest includes the interface of science and law in EU environmental policy. Aleks worked as a consultant for the European Commission, OSCE and World Bank, and worked in both civil law countries and common law countries. She is a member of the European Coalition “Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation”.

Ferenc Mueller is Professor of Developmental Genetics (Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences) and coordinator of the international consortium for functional annotation of the zebrafish (DANIO-CODE) and member of FANTOM consortium for functional annotation of mammalian genomes. He is an expert in zebrafish comparative and functional genomics.

Luisa Orsini is Associate professor in BioSystems and Environmental Change (School of Biosciences). She is an Alan Turing Fellow, a member elect of the Royal Society of Biology, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Affiliate Faculty of the University of California Berkeley. Luisa is also CEO and founder of EnviSion, Environmental BioSequencing and BioComputing, inventor of a Daphnia-based biotechnology for water decontamination, and founder and CTO of Daphne Water Solution.

Ruth Roberts is Professor of Drug Discovery (School of Biosciences) and cofounder of ApconiX, an integrated nonclinical safety consultancy. Ruth was previously Global Head of Regulatory Safety at AstraZeneca.  She is former president of the British Toxicology Society, former president of EUROTOX, former secretary to the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and President of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Ruth was the recipient of the SOT Achievement award in 2002, the EUROTOX Bo Holmstedt Award in 2009 and the SOT Founders award in 2018 for outstanding leadership in toxicology. She is an established science professional bringing rigorous expert thinking to toxicology, drug discovery and drug development.

Mark Viant is Chair of Metabolomics (School of Biosciences), whose research focuses on the application of metabolomics to characterise toxicity. Mark is Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham at UoB, Past President and Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the International Metabolomics Society, former Director of the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility for Metabolomics. He was awarded the Joseph Chamberlain Award for Academic Advancement (2013) (UoB highest academic award). Mark is also co-Founder and CEO of Michabo Health Science Ltd.

Robert Lee is emeritus Law Professor (Birmingham Law School). He is former director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, former co-director of UK ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), and Fellow of the Academy of Social  Sciences and of the Royal Society of Medicine. Bob is also Honorary Life Member of UK Environmental Law Association, Adviser to  UN bodies such as UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO and consultant to the European Commission and European Parliament.

Ralf Weber is Director of Bioinformatics for the Phenome Centre Birmingham, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Metabolomics Society, co-founder of and trainer in the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre. Ralf specialises in the development, application and standardisation of computational metabolomics, including data processing, biostatistics and data mining, particular within the molecular toxicology realm and its relevance to human health.

Jiarui (Albert) Zhou is Lecturer in Environmental Bioinformatics (School of Biosciences). Albert specialises on using interpretable machine learning and network modelling for the analysis of multi-omics "big" data.