Professor Emily Jefferson is Chair of Health Data Science and Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee and also holds a role at the University of Glasgow. She is the Director of the HDR Alleviate Pain Data Hub and HDR Imaging Data Co-lead. Emily leads and collaborates on many HDR UK initiatives including Co-PI on CO-CONNECT, work package lead on the HDR UK Phenomics Portal and the HDR UK Phenotypes Library, and PI on the HDR Scottish Data Federation Project and the HDR UK Biorepository Project.

Emily’s main research interest is in innovative methods for the provision of sensitive linked data at pace and scale which meets both data governance requirements and those of the research community. She as a wide range of interests in Health Data Science. Emily is PI of the MRC PICTURES programme which is has built software and infrastructure for managing routinely collected clinical radiology data linked to health care records for the whole of the Scottish Population. She is work package lead on the ENS@T-HT EU project developing ML methods for stratifying patients with different types of hypertension

In her role as Director of HIC, Emily leads a team of c.60 providing services to over 700 different research projects over the past 5 years. HIC provides expertise in health informatics, data science, data management, governance, machine learning and AI. She is responsible for an ISO27001 certified Trusted Research Environment. HIC is a member of the HDR UK Alliance.

Emily 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. Emily then took a career break to solo cycle from New Zealand to the UK over 1 year.