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Research Data Management


Ryan Cronin

Assistant Research Services Librarian, Department of Engineering

Before joining the Engineering Library in 2017, I worked in a variety of roles around Cambridge, including supporting researchers with effective communication of their work. I currently support resource and training provision in areas including research skills, open access, reference management etc.

Areas of expertise: Information literacy, research communication, social media use for researchers.


Clare Trowell

Marshall Librarian, Faculty of Economics

As Marshall Librarian I have taken an active role in supporting the Faculty of Economics with research. I have experience of supporting Open Access and Copyright. I have also completed Masters level training in RDM in my previous role at University of Sheffield. Craig Peacock, IT Manager in Economics, and I are working together as Research Data Champions in the Faculty. We are exploring training opportunities for undergraduates and all new postgraduate students in RDM and we have also given advice on completing ESRC Data Management Plans to academic staff making grant applications.

Areas of expertise: RDM training, data management plans, altmetrics, Symplectic Elements, open access, copyright


Inge Loudon

Data Manager, Data Management Team, MRC Epidemiology Unit

I started off as a Human Genetics Research Scientist and over the years have worked as genetic research scientist for MRC Harwell, Department of Genetics at Oxford University, Department of Pathology at Cambridge University and at Incyte Pharmaceuticals. At Incyte I made the first move into data modelling and database design. At Amgen Cambridge I gained skills as a Clinical Research Associate and at Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury I managed the clinical database. I currently work as data Manager at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge where my expertise lies in data management, database design, data sharing, data entry guidelines, data cleaning, and data dictionaries.

Areas of expertise: Data management, data sharing, database design, CRF design, data entry, VBA, SQL


Alexia Cardona

Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology Unit

I am a Research Associate in the Growth and Development programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. In my postdoctoral research I am investigating the epigenetic/genetic, development and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. I was a Software Engineer before I moved to academia.

Areas of expertise: Population genetics, Epidemiology, Epigenome-wide Association Studies, Evolutionary Genetics, Bioinformatics


Anne Pajon

Senior Bioinformatics Developer, CRUK Cambridge Institute

10+ years of experience working with data modelling, database and software since my PhD at the ULB in Brussels then at the EBI in the PDBe group in collaboration with CCPN developing a Protein Information Management System and then working with genomics data, first at the Sanger Institute and currently at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, to manage and automatise the flow of data. My main motivation is supporting scientists with their data management needs, by writing simple robust free software solutions, working collaboratively and contributing to training materials accessible to everyone on GitHub.

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics, Data management, Data modeling, Database, Python, Software, Unix, Galaxy, and GitHub


Dr. Paola Finoia

Research Associate, Clinical Neurosciences

My current work combines neurobehavioral observation, fMRI and EEG in patients with Disorders of Consciousness. In particular, my research investigates which factors might predict patient performance, which technique (or combination of techniques), might be most sensitive in detecting residual conscious awareness, and which pattern of performance best classifies conscious state. I am also interested in the role of attentional mechanisms in conscious perception; specifically, I have been studying which temporal and spatial factors influence divided attention when stimuli in different sensory modalities compete for conscious access, leading to integration or interference. I strongly believe in the importance of open access and data sharing. I joined the Data Champions initiative at the University of Cambridge, aiming to increase awareness of the importance and benefits of sharing data, and to providing support within my department on how to share data through the university repository.

Areas of expertise: Attentional cognitive processes, Disorder of Consciousness


J. Melissa Scarpate

Research Associate, Faculty of Education

Melissa is trained in developmental psychology and family sciences. She is currently conducting a systematic literature review on play development and self-regulation in children. Her PhD focused on testing whether self-regulation continues to develop in children and adolescents (9.5-15.5 years) and whether parenting and puberty (from a neuroscience perspective) affect the development of self-regulation. Additionally, she is interested and experienced in conducting data analyses (Latent Growth Modelling, SEM, GLM, etc.) on very large, longitudinal data sets that include children, adolescents, and their parents. Prior to completing her PhD, she was appointed the Assistant Director of the Alabama Pre-Kindergarten program, in the Alabama Office of School Readiness, where she worked to ensure children received quality preschool education funded by the state.

Areas of expertise: Developmental Psychology, play development, self-regulation, adolescent adjustment, parenting processes, longitudinal data management and analyses


Dr Lorinda Turner

Research Associate, Medicine

I am an immunologist with a background in host-pathogen interactions and microvesicles of both human and microbial origin. My current research focuses on immune system function and dysregulation in various psychiatric disorders. Using multi-colour flow cytometry I am investigating alterations in immune cell subsets, with the ultimate goal of identifying peripheral biomarkers in patients with depression, Alzheimer’s disease, antibody-mediated encephalitis, chronic treatment resistant schizophrenia and treatment naïve psychosis. Since starting my postdoc I have become interested in computational analysis of high dimensional data and the challenges involved with the management and sharing of such datasets.

Areas of expertise: Immunopsychiatry, flow cytometry


Quentin Peter

PhD Student, Chemistry

I am a Swiss scientist with a master degree from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. I travelled a bit during my studies, most notably one year in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and a Master Thesis from ETH, Zurich. I was a member of the university sailing club committee in EPFL and unoriginally I joined the CUYC committee when I arrived in Cambridge.

Areas of expertise: Solid state and Bio-Physics


Lee Pretlove

Polonsky Fellow, Outreach and Training, Cambridge University Library

I am one of the three Polonsky Digital Preservation Fellows based in the University Library, specialising in project outreach and training development and delivery. The project aims to scope the digital preservation needs of the University Library to enable to plan and implement systems and support for the permanent preservation of our unique digital collection materials. I am a qualified records manager and archivist and am Chair of the Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland’s Training Group.

Areas of expertise: digital preservation, arts and humanities data, archives, information governance


Crina Samarghitean

Research Associate, Haematology

15+ years experience in medicine and health informatics. Current and previous research works include digital health, bioinformatics services for communicable and non communicable diseases, global health, applied machine learning, genomics. Since April 2016 I have been working for the Haematology Department at University of Cambridge UK; supporting researchers and clinicians in the analysis and management of their data, developing pipelines for different platforms to process their data more efficiently.

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics, Databases, Data Analysis, R, Immunology, Machine learning


Sandra Cortijo

Research Associate, SLCU (Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University)

I am a PostDoctoral Researcher in the Group of James Locke at the Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University (SLCU). I worked in Vincent Colot’s group for my PhD (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France) to understand the role of DNA methylation on plants development. Toward the end of my PhD, I became interested in the potential role of chromatin in modulating plant development in response to the environment and joined in 2012 the Phil Wigge’s group at the SLCU. While I was conducting my PhD and Postdoctoral studies, I persistently felt I was missing an important aspect in the transcriptional regulation: transcriptional variability. To explore the importance of transcriptional variability in the response to environment I joined the group of James Locke in 2016.

Areas of expertise: Plant Science, Molecular Genetics, Transcriptomics and Epigenomics, NGS analysis, R


Matt Wayland

Imaging Facility Manager, Zoology

My background is in the biological sciences. Whilst studying for my PhD in parasitology I developed an interest in computational biology. After completing my PhD I worked as a bioinformatician, first at the Medical Research Council’s Rosalind Franklin Centre for Genomics Research and later in the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Since 2010 I have managed the imaging facility in the Department of Zoology.

Areas of expertise: Bioimaging, computational biology, cybertaxonomy, open hardware


Duncan Johnstone

PhD Candidate, Materials Science & Metallurgy

Technological performance of materials is dictated by underlying structures down to the atomic scale. My research develops scanning electron diffraction as a technique for characterizing nanoscale structure in materials, which involves the acquisition and analysis of datasets comprising hundreds of thousands of images (electron diffraction patterns). I am currently completing my PhD and prior to this obtained an MEng in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

Areas of expertise: Materials Science, Electron Microscopy, Python, Github, Data Analysis


Sudhakaran Prabakaran

Lecturer, Department of Genetics

He did his Ph.D. in schizophrenia and systems neuroscience in the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge-Nehru trust fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Fellow, and as a member of Fitzwilliam College. He continued working in systems biology for his postdoctoral research in Harvard Medical School. Before taking up an academic position in the genetics department as a lecturer, he was an adjunct lecturer in Tufts University, a professional scientific editor for the journal, Science Signaling, and cofounded a biomedical data analysis company in Cambridge, MA. His current research focuses on disease causing mutations in the regions of the human genome that do not code for proteins.

Areas of expertise: Proteogenomics, NGS analysis in the cloud


Kent Griffith

PhD Student, Department of Chemistry

I am in the final year of my PhD with Prof. Clare Grey, FRS studying the atomic and electronic structure of energy storage materials. My research is multidisciplinary between inorganic chemistry, materials, and condensed matter physics. I employ a wide range of techniques and handle data from experimental and computational investigations. My interest in Open Data is ensuring the reproducibility of science, enabling future analysis, and efficient use of scientific resources.

Areas of expertise: solid-state inorganic chemistry, periodic density functional theory, data from central facilities (neutron sources, synchrotrons, NMR facilities), general interest in data for science


Mark Dunning

Bioinformatics Training Coordinator, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

During my PhD I developed open-source software for analysis high-throughput data from microarray technologies. Since 2008 I have been working for the Bioinformatics Core at Cancer Research Uk; supporting researchers in the analysis and management of their data, and developing pipelines to process their data more efficiently. For the past couple of years I have also been responsible for developing and running training courses in all aspects of data analysis such as statistics, R, data visualisation and specialised applications such as RNA-seq. I make all my training materials available on github.

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics, Data Analysis, R, Bioconductor, software, github


Annemarie Hildegard Eckes

PhD candidate, Geography

I began my studies at the University of Heidelberg where I read Biological Sciences. I wrote my Bachelors dissertation on ‘the interactions between the grass Tall Fescue and a fungus’ during my exchange year to Canada at the University of Guelph, with Jonathan Newman, by developing a mathematical model. All data I used to feed the model I found during an extensive literature review. It would have increased my productivity appreciably if such data was more accessible - for breeders and researchers alike (repetitive). From there, I did my Masters in Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, where I worked in Thomas Mocks groupe and developed Ribosome Profiling on Diatoms. During a gap year, I worked on the Brassica Information Portal, a repository that hosts Brassica crop trait data. It is of interest for breeders and scientists alike, hoping to do crop improvement. My exposure to data in this area was profound: I was involved in deciding on use of ontologies to make data interoperable, minimal requirements to make data reusable, as well as developing the best workflow that makes data submission easy quick and straightforward, by asking for as much as possible data with as little as necessary effort from the user. Recently, I have started a part-time PhD in Geography with Andrew Friend, improving our understanding on terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in response to the global carbon cycle. Meanwhile, I am working part time at the Earlham Institute in Norwich, where I am currently developing an analysis pipeline for performing associative transcriptomics on brassica crops.

Areas of expertise: Plant phenotyping data, ontologies, minimal requirements for plant phenotyping experiments, Sequence data, getting more familiar with climte data formats such as netcds, dynamic global vegetation modelling.


Laurent Gatto

Senior Research Associate, Biochemistry

Laurent is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, where he heads the Computational Proteomics Unit. His research is motivated by robust research software development and reproducible research. He is also a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Software/Data Carpentry Instructor.

Areas of expertise: Computational biology, high-throughput biology, omics, proteomics, software, R


Sergio Martínez Cuesta

Postdoctoral research associate, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

My research involves developing computational methods to explore the chemical biology of the genome and investigating proteins catalysing chemical modifications in DNA.

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics, cheminformatics, computational biology/chemistry


Tomás Di Domenico

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gurdon Institute

I’m a computer scientist, with a strong interest in data management and analysis, now focused on sequencing technology and data analysis. I did my PhD in protein sequence and structure analysis, and I am now a postdoc at the Gurdon Institute. My main focus is the analysis of sequencing data, mainly non-coding RNAs and long-read genomic data.

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics


Dongfang Liang

University Lecturer, Department of Engineering

I am a University Lecturer in Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Engineering, and a Fellow of Churchill College. My main research interest lies in hydrology, hydraulics and environmental fluid mechanics. I am familiar with scientific computation. I have extensive experience on Departmental and College teaching, and have supervised many PhD and Masters students to completion.

Areas of expertise: Civil Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Hydrology


Stephen J Eglen

Reader, Maths

I received my DPhil in Computational Neuroscience in 1997 from the University of Sussex. After two postdoc fellowships funded by the Wellcome Trust, I joined the math faculty in 2004. I am currently director of the MPhil in Computational Biology.

Areas of expertise: Computational neuroscience, data and code sharing.


Andrew Thwaites

Visiting Scientist, Psychology Department

Areas of expertise: bioinformatics, neuroscience data, data sharing, big data


Alastair Downie

Head of IT, The Gurdon Institute

I lead a small team of IT specialists that provides IT infrastructure, services and support for the Gurdon Institute - a research institution within the University of Cambridge undertaking basic research in developmental biology and cancer biology. High resolution/high throughput imaging, and DNA sequence analysis/bioinformatics are everyday activities in the Institute, and can generate many TeraBytes of data on any day. One of the key responsibilities of the IT team is to ensure the easy operation, movement, secure storage, and future accessibility of these large datasets.

Areas of expertise: data storage, infrastructure, scalability, sustainability, and cost


Russell Hamilton

Bioinformatics Facility Manager, Centre for Trophoblast Research

Providing bioinformatics support to ~30 research groups in the Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR)

Areas of expertise: Bioinformatics, Systems Admin


Claire Sewell

Research Skills Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication

I’m a qualified librarian and my current role is to train library staff in the area of Scholarly Communication.

Areas of expertise: copyright, RDM for librarians, presentation skills


Dr Rhys Morgan

Research Governance and Integrity Officer, Research Strategy Office

I did a PhD at Cardiff University and have been at the Research Strategy Office for five years. I work on research ethics and integrity matters across the University and serve as Assistant Secretary to the University Research Ethics Committee. Areas of expertise: Research ethics approval; research integrity.

Areas of expertise: Research ethics, research integrity


Dr Agustina Martínez García

Repository Integration Manager, Office of Scholarly Communication

I am one of the members of the Office of Scholarly Communication, which is part of the Digital Services unit within the University Library. My role, as the Repository Integration Manager, involves working with a range of information management systems used at the Library, as well as evaluating and integrating the institutional repository and related workflows for data and publication deposits into other systems, such as CRIS systems for research information management.

Areas of expertise: digital archiving, social sciences data, repositories, metadata standards, linked data


Kirsten Lamb

Research Support Librarian, Dept of Engineering Library

Areas of expertise: engineering data, data management plans, research ethics


Georgina Cronin

Research Support Librarian, The Betty & Gordon Moore Library

As Research Support Librarian at the Betty & Gordon Moore Library, I support STEM students and researchers across the whole University. I have worked in a variety of different roles over the years and have worked with different groups such as business students and polar scientists. I teach regularly on research skills topics and am studying towards an environmental science degree in my spare time with the OU.

Areas of expertise: research data management, social media use in research, research communication and outreach, public engagement, open access, altmetrics, data management plans, Creative Commons, open sharing


Jennifer Copic

Research Associate, Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School

I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Risk Studies focusing on modelling economic and insurance losses from cyber and other technological catastrophes.

Areas of expertise: big data analysis, data visualisation, SQL, advanced MS excel, social and economic data


Clair Castle

Librarian, Department of Chemistry

I have been managing the Chemistry Library for just over 3 years and for 15 years before that I managed the University’s Zoology Department library so I have experience of supporting biological and physical science researcher needs. At Chemistry I train all new postgraduate students in RDM and give advice on compliance with open access and data sharing mandates.

Areas of expertise: chemistry data, RDM training, data management plans, altmetrics, Symplectic Elements, open access


Dr Lauren Cadwallader

Open Access Adviser, Office of Scholarly Communication

Before joining the Office of Scholarly Communication in 2014 I carried out archaeological research on Peruvian mummies. As well as carrying out archaeological fieldwork I also carried out scientific work on the mummies (isotopic analysis). Now I am researching on altmetrics (online attention received by published work) and am once again working with both quantitative and qualitative data.

Areas of expertise: archaeology data, publisher’s policies, ORCiDs, open access publication, altmetric data


Dr Marta Teperek

Research Data Facility Manager

I did my PhD at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge and I would be delighted to help you share life sciences data.

Areas of expertise: life sciences data, data repositories, data management plans, funders’ policies