Data Sciences, Tools and Technology Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to develop tools and technologies (physical or data), that have the potential to benefit health related discovery research to improve our understanding of health and disease. Proposals can be stand-alone and do not need to address their own specific biological question. 

Examples include: 

  • machine learning and artificial intelligence methods
  • statistical, and informatics techniques 
  • novel data collection methods and analytical techniques 
  • novel technologies and tools or substantially enhancing/improving existing technologies or tools (excludes maintenance of existing resources, where this is the primary purpose). 


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Professor Neil Hall (Chair)

Earlham Institute

Professor Bissan Al-Lazikani

MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

Professor Pavel Baranov

University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Richard Bowtell

University of Nottingham

Dr Alvis Brazma

European Bioinformatics Institute

Professor Mara Cercignani

Cardiff University

Dr Jyoti Choudhary

Institute of Cancer Research

Professor Mackenzie Mathis

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Andrew McAinsh

University of Warwick

Dr Ida Momennejad

Microsoft Research

Dr James Peters

Imperial College London

Professor Blanca Rodriguez

University of Oxford


Edward Barton

Wellcome Trust