Meet our team
Hear more about the members of our team, from our researchers and analysts, to our opperations and PPI personnel.
Click on the names of our team members to see their biography and a link to their professional public profiles.
Aziz Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research and Development and leads The University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute. He has long been an expert in using routinely collected health care datato do public health related research.
Simon de Lusignan is our Lead Investigator for England. He is a senior academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics at the University of Oxford. He is also Director of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC).
Vahé Nafilyan is our Co-lead Investigator for England and works at the Office for National Statistics.
Declan Bradley is our Lead Investigator for Northern Ireland. He is a Clinical Lecturer at Queen’s Belfast University.
Lyndsey Patterson is our Co-lead Investigator for Northern Ireland.
Chris Robertson is our Lead Investigator for Scotland. He is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Strathclyde, and particular expertise in the analysis of linked health data and infectious diseases. He is also the Head of Statistics at Public Health Scotland.
Samantha Lycett is our Co-lead Investigator for Scotland. She is a Senior Lecturer and Group Leader in Pathogen Phylodynamics at the University of Edinburgh.
Mark Woolhouse is Professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. He works on emerging infections and preparing for epidemics, including mathematical and statistical modelling of epidemiological data.
Ting Shi is a Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Edinburgh. She is an epidemiologist with a particular interest in global respiratory epidemiology.
Ronan Lyons is one of our Senior Investigators for Wales. He is Clinical Professor of Public Health at Swansea University, and Co-director at the SAIL Databank.
Ashley Akbari is our Co-lead Investigator for Wales. He is Senior Research Manager & Data Scientist at Swansea University.
Ahmar Shah is one of our Lead Data Analysts. He is currently Director of Innovation at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh.
Mark Joy is our Core Researcher for England. He is a Senior Research in Applied Statistics in Healthcare and Population Health Modelling at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care.
Colin McCowan is one of our Lead Data Analysts. He is Professor in Health Data Science at The University of St Andrews.
Steven Kerr is one of our Lead Data Analysts, based at the Usher Institute, The University of Edinburgh.
Fasih Haider is one of our Data Analysts. He is a Research Fellow at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh.
Lu lu is one of our Data Analysts. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh.
Stuart Bedston is one of our Data Analysts at Swansea University.
Tristan Millington is one of our Data Analysts, and currently works at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh.
Utkarsh Agrawal is one of our Data Analysts. He is a Research Fellow in Data Health Science at the Univeristy of St. Andrews.
Communications, Operations & PPIE
*PPIE: Patient Public Involvement and Engagement
Gabriella is our project’s Communications and Engagement Officer, based at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute.
Lana Woolford is our Patient Public Involvement Lead. She works from the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute.
Natalia is our Project Manager at the University of Edinburgh. She is based in the Usher Institute.
Sneha is our Project Manager at the University of Oxford.