Susheel Varma joins HDR UK as the Director of Engineering to provide technology leadership and delivery of all technology infrastructure projects in HDR UK. He also provides alignment to HDR UK’s international strategy across HDR UK’s portfolio of research hubs, (meta)data alliance, training and infrastructure projects.

He graduated from Pondicherry University with a degree in Information Technology and a Master’s in Advanced Software Engineering and a doctorate in Computational Systems Biology from the University of Sheffield.

He subsequently pursued a post-doctorate career in healthcare informatics with a focus on Medical Physics and In-silico modelling. He has been part of numerous European Commission and Research Councils UK funded projects and was a core member of the VPH-Share project leading the development of scientific workflows in multiple clinical research domains. He was the lead architect of GIMIAS and the VPH-Dare@IT platform for Dementia research and Translational Technology Officer (CTO) of CISTIB. He is also a lifetime Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and a member of the Society of Research Software Engineers. He has published a number of research works and invited keynote speaker at academic and international conferences.

He was also the Human Genomics and Translational Data Platform Coordinator at ELIXIR, he leveraged his broad operating range to lead the development and operations of a portfolio of core infrastructure activities in EMBL-EBI to align with European Research Infrastructures – EMBL, ELIXIR & EOSC and international activities – GA4GH, where he continues co-lead three Cloud Computing standards in Genomics & Healthcare.