DTC Directorate

Professor David Gavaghan : Centre Director and LSI/SysBio programme Director

David has a wide range of research interests in the application of mathematical and computational techniques in medicine and biology and in the related basic sciences. He is Professor of Computational Biology in the Computing Laboratory and has been in Oxford since 1986.

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Professor Charlotte Deane : Centre Director and SABS CDT Programme Director

Charlotte has a wide range of research interests concerning protein structure prediction and protein interaction networks, combining both theoretical work and empirical analyses. Originally a Chemist she has moved across many traditional research disciplines and her research group is now based in Statistics. Charlotte completed her PhD in Cambridge and after a Wellcome trust fellowship in California she returned to Oxford as a University Lecturer in 2002.

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DTC Programme and Associate Directors

Dr Jonathan Cooper : Assistant LSI and SysBio Programme Director

Jonathan is a Research Fellow within the Computational Biology Group in the Computer Science department, and completed his D.Phil. through the LSI DTC in 2009. He is interested in the application of software engineering to computational biology - using technology well to enable better science. In particular, he looks at the use of domain-specific languages to describe both mathematical models of biology, and the experimental protocols under which they are investigated and compared. He also works to develop the tools required to make these approaches usable for researchers.

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Dr Joe Pitt-Francis : Associate Director

Joe has a background in writing software for computational science and in teaching maths, computer science and software engineering. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Computational Biology Group at the Department of Computer Science. His research interests are in parallel and high-performance computing, large-scale software engineering and computational geometry. He joined the DTC in October 2013.

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Dr Reyhaneh Esmaielbeiki : Associate Director

Reyhaneh takes part in the teaching and administration of the DTC training programme. She is also a postdoctoral researcher in the Oxford Protein Informatics Group investigating methods for membrane protein structure prediction. During her PhD at Kingston University London she had focused on protein complex prediction based on protein interface recognition.


Dr Lorenzo Santorelli : Associate Director

For his research Lorenzo uses an interdisciplinary approach involving evolutionary biology, genetics and molecular biology. In his research at the Department of Zoology he investigates the evolution of cooperative behaviours of macro and microorganisms. He completed his PhD at Rice University.


DTC Administrative Staff

Sam Miles: Centre Administrator

Sam is the Senior Administrator at the DTC, responsible for the administrative management of the Centre, including the programmes, finances and building facilities. She leads the administration team and is Disability and Harassment Advisor for the Centre. Sam worked for the University for a number of years prior to joining the DTC, primarily in the area of Graduate Admissions.

Lisa Bligh: Programme Administrator, ONBI

Lisa has spent the last five years running the SABS programme and is now transitioning to a new role as the ONBI administrator, where she will be in charge of all aspects of day-to-day administration.  She still has a foot in the SABS camp and has a lot of experience with DTC admin generally; if you have questions remember she works part-time: until 2.30pm on Mondays and until 12.30pm Tuesdays - Fridays.

Jo Burch: Finance Officer

Jo is the Finance Officer for the DTC. She has worked in finance for over 12 years and has been working at the DTC since August 2010 where she is responsible for all the day to day finances. She is ably assisted by Lorraine. Jo is part-time and does not work on Wednesdays.

Lorraine Damerell: Administration and Finance Assistant

Lorraine is one of the newest members of the DTC's administrative team, offering assistance to the admissions processes, general admin and finance, and working primarily with Francesca and Johanna.

Dr Eoin Malins: IT Manager

Eoin comes from a research background with an interest in algorithm optimisation for hardware implementations. Having worked at the New York Stock Exchange, APT (Audio Processing Technology), Queen’s University and the University of Ulster, Eoin is now responsible for the smooth running of the staff and student computer systems at the DTC.

Francesca Summers: Administrative Assistant

Francesca joined the team as the Administrative Assistant in September 2010. Prior to this she worked in the NHS as a clerical officer in the Cellular Pathology Department. Francesca assists Sam Miles with the day to day running of all DTC programmes and is primarily in charge of the admissions process.

Fajita Wheeler: PA to the Directors

Fajita is Executive Assistant to Prof David Gavaghan and Prof Charlotte Deane and is responsible for the administrative management of the Research Skills portfolio.  She has previously worked for the University at the Department of Chemistry. Fajita works part-time, Monday to Thursday.