Dr Susheel Varma is HDR UK’s Chief Technology Officer (interim) and Director of Engineering to provide technology leadership and delivery of all technology infrastructure projects in HDR UK including the Health Data Innovation Gateway (Gateway) and the development of a network of federated Trusted Research Environments (TRE).

Currently seconded as the National Digital Research Technical Lead to DARE UK to develop the strategic and technical blueprints for an open, secure federated and interoperable ecosystem of TREs across UKRI investments. 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.

Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Lifetime Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. Member of the Association of Computing Machinery and Society of Research Software Engineers. He holds technology advisory board memberships at Our Future Health.

He is an influential thought leader in Trusted Research Environments & Data Science and has a broad operating range to convene high-level national and international policy & standards work and discuss technology and data engineering concepts in depth. He has over 17 years of experience in the health and life sciences sector and has published a number of research works and is an invited keynote speaker at national and international academic, industry, healthcare and inter-governmental conferences.

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. Completed an Executive MBA in the Management of Research Infrastructures from the University of Milan-Bicocca.

He subsequently pursued a post-doctorate career in healthcare informatics with a focus on medical physics and in-silico physiological modelling. He has been co-PI and work package leaders in numerous European Commission and Research Councils UK (UKRI) funded projects and was a core member of the VPH-Share project leading the development of scientific workflows in multiple clinical research domains. Lead architect of GIMIAS and the VPH-Dare@IT cloud-native platform for Dementia research and Translational Technology Officer (CTO) of CISTIB.

He was also the Human Genomics and Translational Data Platform Coordinator at ELIXIR, and International Strategic Technical Portfolio Manager at EMBL-EBI. He led 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 four international standards in Genomics & Healthcare.