Our people

Institute Director

Professor Iain Styles is a computer scientist whose research focusses on the development of computational tools that help us to understand the location, role and function of biological molecules such as proteins and lipids in the body. He is especially interested in developing techniques for understanding image data from techniques such as optical microscopy and mass spectrometry imaging.

Iain works in close collaboration with scientists from chemistry, biology, medicine, and other disciplines to develop a deep understanding of the problem that he uses to develop the analysis.

Iain is the University academic lead for the partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, where he co-chairs the Training Steering Group. He is also the Director of the EPSRC-funded Baskerville Tier 2 High Performance Computing facility.

Turing Fellows

Since joining the Turing Institute in 2018, the University's Turing Fellows have been working on data science and AI projects covering a wide variety of academic themes and practical applications.

Turing Fellows

Professor Andrew Beggs

Professor Andrew Beggs

Co-Lead - Molecular Oncology, Pathology and Genetics, Professor in Surgery & Cancer Genetics
Head of West Midlands GI & Gynaecology Cancer Tumour Board
Cancer Research UK & RCSEng Advanced Clinician Scientist, Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences


Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Associate Professor in BioSystems and Environmental Change
Alan Turing Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Founder of EnviSion, University of Birmingham Enterprise

School of Biosciences

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Professional Services staff

Professional Services staff

Mr Nathaniel Byrne

Turing University Liaison Manager


Nathaniel (Nat) manages the administrative aspects of the University’s relationship with the Alan Turing Institute including all matters related to grants, contracts, and events. Nat is seconded part-time from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences Research Support Office, where he retains a 50% appointment.

Ms Kim Ekste

Data Study Group Project Manager


Kim is the project manager for the Data Study Group (DSG) that the Institute is running in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute. Kim is seconded part-time to this role from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Business Engagement Team. The DSG will bring together researchers from across the Turing network to work intensively on six challenges posed by industry partners.

Academic experts

The University of Birmingham is home to more than 140 data science and AI experts who are working together to address important challenges in areas such as sustainability, equality, health, and data-driven science. This group of interdisciplinary researchers bring together expertise in modelling, statistics, machine learning, linguistics, optimisation, behavioural sciences, ethics, law, and many other fields to advance data science and AI technologies, apply them in a broad range of applications, and understand their legal and ethical implications.

Arts and Law

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

English Language and Linguistics

English Literature


Modern Languages

Theology and Religion

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Computer Science



Chemical Engineering

Metallurgy and Materials


Physics and Astronomy

Life and Environmental Sciences


Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Medical and Dental Sciences

Applied Health Research

Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Cardiovascular Sciences

Clinical Sciences

Immunology and Immunotherapy

  • Professor Dylan Owen – Spatial Statistics

Inflammation and Ageing

Metabolism and Systems Research

Microbiology and Infection

Social Sciences

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