Professor Iain Styles

Dr Iain Styles

School of Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science

Contact details

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Iain Styles is a Professor of Computational Life Sciences in the School of Computer Science. His research interests are in the analysis of complex data from advanced imaging and analytical techniques to understand biological structures and processes, with particular interests in the analysis of single-molecule imaging experiments, automated analysis of mass spectrometry measurements, and image reconstruction methods for diffuse optical imaging. He uses a wide range of computational approaches to address these complex interdisciplinary problems, drawing on ideas from classical image processing, machine learning, computer vision, and topology.

He is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and the University’s Turing University Lead, and is the founding Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science.

For more information, please see Iain's homepage.


  • PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, University of Birmingham, 2003

  • MSci in Physics with Theoretical Physics, University of Birmingham, 1999


Following a short spell in the microelectronics industry, Iain Styles obtained an MSci with First Class Honours in Physics with Theoretical Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1999 and went on to complete a PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in 2003. He then moved to the School of Computer Science in Birmingham for a postdoctoral position in the area of medical imaging, moving to a full academic position in 2005.


Dr Styles teaches on a number of programs in the School of Computer Science, and on the postgraduate program in Physical Sciences for Healthcare.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Styles has supervised more than twenty PhD students to successful completion. They have gone on to a range of careers, including prestigious postdoctoral positions at UCL, EMBL, Harvard, Cambridge, NPL and others. He is interested in supervising students working on computational techniques for the analysis of complex biological datasets.


Dr Styles works in close collaboration with researchers from the chemical and biological sciences to develop novel methods for extracting information from large and complex datasets. Current research projects include:

  • Quantitative analysis of single molecule localisation microscopy datasets for the study of membrane proteins and receptors.
  • Information fusion in nanoparticle-enabled multimodal imaging
  • Automated sample classification from DNA optical maps
  • Developing novel latent representations for efficient inference in mass spectrometry
  • Interpretable machine learning techniques

Other activities

  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College (since 2018)


Recent publications


Pike, J, Simms, V, Smith, C, Morgan, N, Khan, A, Poulter, N, Styles, I & Thomas, S 2020, 'An adaptable analysis workflow for characterization of platelet spreading and morphology', Platelets. Abstract

Griffiths, R, Hughes, J, Abbatiello, S, Belford, M, Styles, I & Cooper, H 2020, 'Comprehensive LESA mass spectrometry imaging of intact proteins by integration of cylindrical FAIMS', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 92, no. 4, pp. 2885-2890.

Havlikova, J, May, RC, Styles, IB & Cooper, HJ 2020, 'Direct identification of bacterial and human proteins from infected wounds in living 3D skin models', Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 11900.

Hale, OJ, Sisley, EK, Griffiths, RL, Styles, IB & Cooper, HJ 2020, 'Native LESA TWIMS-MSI: Spatial, Conformational, and Mass Analysis of Proteins and Protein Complexes', Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 873-879.

Simmonds, A, Lopez-Clavijo, A, Winn, P, Russell, D, Styles, I & Cooper, H 2020, 'Structural analysis of 14-3-3-ζ-derived phosphopeptides using electron capture dissociation mass spectrometry, traveling wave ion mobility spectrometry, and molecular modeling', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 124, no. 3, pp. 461-469.

Pike, J, Khan, A, Pallini, C, Thomas, S, Mund, M, Ries, J, Poulter, N & Styles, I 2020, 'Topological data analysis quantifies biological nano-structure from single molecule localization microscopy', Bioinformatics, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 1614–1621.

Wand, N, Smith, DA, Wilkinson, A, Rushton, A, Busby, SJW, Styles, I & Neely, RK 2019, 'DNA barcodes for rapid, whole genome, single-molecule analyses', Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 47, no. 12, gkz212, pp. e68.

Banbury, C, Mason, R, Styles, I, Eisenstein, N, Clancy, M, Belli, A, Logan, A & Goldberg Oppenheimer, P 2019, 'Development of the Self Optimising Kohonen Index Network (SKiNET) for Raman Spectroscopy Based Detection of Anatomical Eye Tissue', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 10812.

Lu, W, Duan, J, Orive Miguel, D, Herve, L & Styles, I 2019, 'Graph- and finite element-based total variation models for the inverse problem in diffuse optical tomography', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 2684-2707.

Griffiths, R, Sisley, E, Lopez Clavijo, A, Simmonds, A, Styles, I & Cooper, H 2019, 'Native mass spectrometry imaging of intact proteins and protein complexes in thin tissue sections', International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 437, pp. 23-29.

Lu, W, Duan, J, Veesa, JD & Styles, I 2019, 'New nonlocal forward model for diffuse optical tomography', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 6227-6241.

Havlikova, J, Randall, EC, Griffiths, RL, Swales, JG, Goodwin, RJA, Bunch, J, Styles, IB & Cooper, HJ 2019, 'Quantitative Imaging of Proteins in Tissue by Stable Isotope Labeled Mimetic Liquid Extraction Surface Analysis Mass Spectrometry', Analytical Chemistry, vol. 91, no. 22, pp. 14198-14202.

Flight, R, Landini, G, Styles, I, Shelton, R, Milward, M & Cooper, P 2018, 'Automated non-invasive cell counting in phase contrast microscopy with automated image analysis parameter selection', Journal of Microscopy.

Lu, W, Lighter, D & Styles, IB 2018, 'L1-norm Based Nonlinear Reconstruction Improves Quantitative Accuracy of Spectral Diffuse Optical Tomography', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1423-1444.

Lighter, D, Hughes, J, Styles, I, Filer, A & Dehghani, H 2018, 'Multispectral, non-contact diffuse optical tomography of healthy human finger joints', Biomedical Optics Express, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1445-1460.

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