People

The Brookeslab includes interdisciplinary expertise in genetics, computer science, biotechnology, mathematics and statistics. The group’s core activities are focussed on Health Data Science, including bioinformatics, statistics, network modelling and machine learning with computer vision. This is supported by extensive experience in full stack web development, software development, implementation and security. Privacy technologies and information governance provide a robust underpinning to our work.  

Professor Anthony Brookes

Bioinformatics Group Lead

ajb97@leicester.ac.uk 


Colin VealDr Colin Veal

Research Fellow

Qualifications

  • BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics)
  • BA Mathematics and Statistics
  • PhD Human complex disease genetics

Interests

Combining biology, computer science and mathematics to produce novel solutions in health care.

Learn more about Dr Colin Veal
cvd1@leicester.ac.uk 


Mehdi MehtarizadehMehdi Mehtarizadeh

Research Assistant

Qualifications

  • BSc in Computer Software Engineering
  • MSc in Advanced Software Engineering

Interests

  • Information Retrieval Image Processing
  • Inductive Transfer in Deep Learning
  • Model-driven engineering

Learn more about Mehdi Mehtarizadeh
ORCID ID
mm917@leicester.ac.uk 


Mehdi MehtarizadehFarid Yavari Dizjikan

Research Software Support Officer

Qualifications

  • MSc Cyber Security
  • MSc Cloud Computing
  • BSc Software Engineering
  • LPIC-1

Interests

Cyber security and DevOps.

Learn more about Farid Yavari Dizjikan
fyd2@leicester.ac.uk 


Spencer GibsonDr Spencer Gibson

Research Associate

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons.) Biotechnology (De Montfort)
  • Ph.D (University of Nottingham)  

Interests

Molecular biotechnology method development, information governance and ethics, multimedia communication of research.

Learn more about Dr Spencer Gibson
ORCID ID
spencer.gibson@leicester.ac.uk 


Umar RiazUmar Riaz

Research Software Support Officer

Qualification

  • Master in Advanced Software Engineering (University of Leicester)

Interests

  • Data discovery
  • Full-stack development
  • Designing reusable systems

ur13@leicester.ac.uk


Vatsalya MaddiVatsalya Maddi

Research Software Support Officer 

Qualifications

  • B.Tech (GRIET Hyderabad)
  • MSc (Leicester) 

Interests

Full-stack software development, data analysis and discovery, UI/UX designing, semantic RESTful APIs.

vm172@leicester.ac.uk 


Tom ShorterTom Shorter

Research Assistant

Qualifications

  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Medicinal chemistry

Interests

Animals and problem solving.

Learn more about Tom Shorter
ts339@le.ac.uk


Dr Tim Beck

Research Fellow

Qualifications

  • BSc (Leeds)
  • MRes (Leeds)
  • PhD (Sussex)

Interests

Semantics to connect health-related research big data.

timbeck@leicester.ac.uk 


Dr Adam Webb

Research Associate

Qualifications

  • BSc (Leicester)
  • PhD (Leicester)

Interests

  • Human molecular genetics
  • DNA variation
  • G2P data handling

Learn more about Dr Adam Webb
ajw51@leicester.ac.uk 


Marc Wadsley

Research Associate

Qualifications

  • BSc (York)
  • MRes (York)
  • MSc (Manchester) 

Interests

Clinical bioinformatics, healthcare data and variant analysis.

Learn more about Marc Wadsley
mkw12@leicester.ac.uk


Dr Alex Giavaras

Research Associate

Qualifications

  • BSc (Piraeus Greece)
  • MSc (Liverpool)
  • PhD (Nottingham)

Interests

High performance computing, mathematical modelling, embedded systems and robotics.

ag568@leicester.ac.uk


Gregory Warren

PhD Student

Qualifications

  • BSc (Keele)
  • MSc (Leicester)

Interests

Graph databases and big data.

gsw8@leicester.ac.uk 


Thomas Rowlands

PhD Student

Qualifications

  • BSc (Wolverhampton)
  • MSc (Birmingham)

Interests

A.I, NLP and machine learning.

tr142@leicester.ac.uk