Luke Blackbourn

Software and Database Developer


Luke Blackbourn studied for an MPhys in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 2009 with a dissertation on the analysis of two-dimensional Navier-Stokes flows. This lead on to a PhD in Applied Mathematics, writing pseudo-spectral code to help analyse the behaviour of various two-dimensional fluid systems in the limit of vanishing viscosity. Completion of the PhD was followed by two years of postdoctoral research and teaching, before moving to Edinburgh to do an MSc in Computer Science, with a focus on high-performance computing, parallel processing and computer architecture.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Luke's primary responsibility is the running of the Research Group's development server, which holds large public health datasets in a secure environment. 

Alongside system administration and software development, Luke also ensures that data security and data governance procedures are clearly drawn up, communicated to and acted upon by the Research Group members.

Luke is also an internal technical adviser for eHealth data extraction and linkage applications to bodies such as NHS Digital or the PBPP.