Dr Emily Jefferson has a degree in Biochemistry, a PhD in Bioinformatics and was employed as a post-doctoral researcher in Bioinformatics following her PhD. She then left academia to work in the finance sector. In industry she gained extensive experience of using “Big Data” and leading the delivery of large software and hardware projects, successfully directing projects of £12M budget per year. Emily then took a career break to solo cycle from New Zealand to the UK over 1 year.

As the academic lead and Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee for the past 6 years, Emily has led a team of ~35 providing services to over 600 different research projects providing expertise in health informatics, data science, data management, governance, and machine learning. She is responsible for an ISO27001 certified infrastructure of ~300 servers and a Scottish Government accredited Safe Haven.

As a Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics, Emily’s main research interest is in innovative methods for the provision of sensitive linked data which meets both data governance requirements and those of the research community. She is currently leading a large programme grant, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and National Services Scotland, to enable safe and secure research access to linked, routinely collected radiological images stored within the Scottish National PACS system. She is also leading the informatics work stream of a large Horizon 2020 EU project using machine learning to stratify individuals with different types of hypertension from multi-omics markers.