Our team

A community of experts fostering collaborative work


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 mathematical 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 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 Moradigaravand


Dr Moradigaravand’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 Jiarui Zhou


Dr Zhou's research focuses on using interpretable machine learning and network modelling for the analysis of multi-omics "big" data. He aims to bridge the gap between computational and biological worlds to tackle the emerging data science challenges in environmental health research.


Senior Researchers


Dr Animesh Acharjee

Senior Research Fellow

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


Dr Saisakul Chernbumroong

Senior 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 techniques in healthcare application.


Dr Marc Haber

Junior Group Leader

Dr Haber's background is in population genetics, using sequencing data from modern and ancient populations to learn about the events that shaped the human genome. He investigates the effects of migration on disease and phenotype.


Dr Andreas Karwath

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 Žurauskienė

BRIDGE Fellow - Population Dynamics and Women’s Health

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

Research Fellows


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.


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.


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 potential knowledge discovery in electronic health records, social media, biomedical data and other types of text data.


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 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.


Joel Mitchell

Research Fellow

Joel Mitchell is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences with an interest in topology and how it may be used to gain novel insights into large datasets.


Dr Yi Pan

CRUK Birmingham Centre Biostatistician

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


Dr Anas Rana

Research Fellow

Dr Rana is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences where he is based at the Centre for Computational Biology.


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 Csilla Várnai

Research Fellow

Dr Várnai is a Research Fellow in bioinformatics. Her research is at the interface of experimental and computational biology, working closely with molecular biologists to understand the link between the 3D organisation of genome and its function in gene regulation. Her expertise is in method development for and application of statistical analysis of genomics data, molecular modelling, Bayesian inference, optimisation and machine learning.


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 complex and diverse behavioural phenotypes by modelling genomic, transcriptomic and clinical data.


Dr Yuanwei Xu

Research Fellow

Dr Xu is a Research Fellow in statistical computing. He studied applied mathematics and further researched computational chemistry. He has worked on TB outbreak reconstruction with bacterial genomics and epidemiology data, using mathematical modelling and Bayesian statistics. His research interests are computational biology, biomedical informatics and machine learning applications in healthcare.

PhD students

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

Previous CCB staff


Dr Christopher Yau

Reader in Computational Biology

Dr Yau was an expert in statistical methodologies for machine learning and data science and specialised in genomic science, particularly cancer.


Dr Alina Bazarova

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 was 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's expertise was in the 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. 


Dr Journi Kvist 

Research Fellow

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


Dr Wakil Sarfaraz

Research Fellow

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


CCB support team

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Centre Manager
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Research Software Engineer
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MSc Bioinformatics Programme Administrator
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