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The Centre for Translational Bioinformatics, within the William Harvey Research Institute is primarily based at Charterhouse Square, with an outposts at the Barts Heart Hospital, London.  Our group is focused on Drug Discovery and Translational Research in the main research themes of the WHRI, namely Cardiovascular disease, Endocrinology, Inflammation and Rheumatology. The group has active research projects across multidisciplinary fields and actively collaborates with industry reflecting the diverse backgrounds of our staff

Mike Barnes

Mike joined QMUL in January 2012 as the Director of Bioinformatics at the William Harvey Research Institute. With over 14 years of Pharma R&D experience, He previously led a computational biology team at GlaxoSmithKline focused on translational research for neuroscience drug discovery. In industry He championed pre-competitive collaboration between companies, and co-led a team from 8 pharma to gain €10M  Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) funding for the OpenPhacts project, which is building public bio- and cheminformatics resources for drug discovery. He continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory board for this project. Michael is an investigator at the London Farr Institute and also serves on the board and exec of eMedLab (emedlab.ac.uk), a ground breaking cloud computing facility funded by the MRC. He is also a co-investigator on several stratified medicine projects, including MRC PSORT (Psoriasis), MRC RA-Map (RA), MRC MATURA (RA) and MRC Target (Giant Cell Arteritis). He serves on the MRC Methodology Research Panel and the MRC Stratified Medicine panel and also advises on a number of project boards, including the MRC-eMedLab HPC facility, the IMI etriks project, IMI OpenPHACTS and the F1000 faculty (Bioinformatics). He has published widely and also edited the successful John Wiley text book, Bioinformatics for Geneticists.

Aaron Lee - Deputy Director Clinical Informatics

Aaron Lee is the Deputy Director of Clinical informatics in the NIHR Barts Biomedical Research Unit

David Watson

David is a Data Scientist who joined our team in 2016

Claudia Cabrera, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Claudia is a Postdoctoral Computational Biologist working in the NIHR Barts Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Centre. Claudia Joined QMUL in 2012, following a PhD at the Roslin Institute and Postdoc position at the University of Edinburgh.

Evan Tzanis

Evan is our Senior Software Engineer. He joined the team in 2015.

Daniel Rhodes

Daniel is a PhD Student funded by the London Farr Institute. He joined the team in 2016.

Katriona Goldmann

Katriona Goldmann has a BSc in Astrophysics and MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Edninburgh. Katriona joined the Center for Experimental Medicine & Rheumatology (EMR) in 2017.

Chris John

Dr Chris John holds a Phd in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Cambridge. He was previously the Lead Bioinformatics Analyst on the MRC RA-Map project at UCL. Chris joined the Center for Experimental Medicine & Rheumatology (EMR) in 2017.

Associate Members


Zhilong Jia, BSc (Visiting CSC PhD Student)

Zhilong, joined our team in August 2014, as a visiting PhD student funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC, 中国留学基金委). His interest is computational drug repositioning.

If you would like to join the team please get in touch. For more detail contact Dr Michael Barnes (m.r.barnes@qmul.ac.uk)

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