© Data Analytics Research and Technology in Healthcare (DARTH) group, 2019

Group members

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Athanasios Tsanas ('Thanasis')
Assistant/Associate Prof. (tenure-track) & DARTH group leader

Thanasis studied Engineering for his undergraduate and MSc degrees and completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford (2012). He continued working at the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science (2014-2016), and Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods (2016-2019); since January 2017 he is an Assistant/Associate Prof. in Data Science (tenure-track) at the Usher Institute, Edinburgh Medical SchoolUniversity of Edinburgh

He received the Andrew Goudie award (top PhD student across all disciplines, St. Cross College, University of Oxford, 2011), the EPSRC Doctoral Prize award (2012) as one of only 8 Oxford PhD students across 11 departments, the young scientist award (MAVEBA, 2013), the EPSRC Statistics and Machine Learning award (2015), and won a ‘Best reviewer award’ from the IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics (2015). He leads the development and delivery of the 'Clinical Decision Support and Actionable Data Analytics' theme in the NHS Digital Academy programme, an innovative leadership course jointly delivered with Imperial College. He sits on the Editorial Boards of JMIR Mental Health and JMIR mHealth and uHealth. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

 
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Elsie Horne
PhD student

Elsie comes from a Mathematics background from the University of Bristol, and has completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester. She was a research assistant through a pre-doctoral research methods fellowship at the University of Bristol before joining DARTH.

Her work is focused on mining electronic health records to better understand disease subtypes in asthma. She is affiliated with the AUKCAR and is co-supervised by Prof. Aziz Sheikh. Elsie is doing a PhD internship with Roche Pharma in Basel, Switzerland (September 2019 - February 2020).

Funding: Elsie is fully funded through Farr (full 3-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Holly Tibble
PhD student

Holly studied Mathematics at the University of Cardiff and has an MPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining DARTH she was a research fellow in Statistics at the University of Melbourne, and an Assistant Statistician at Roche.

She is working on asthma adherence and its implications as a causal factor for poor asthma control. Holly is affiliated with the AUKCAR and is co-supervised by Prof. Aziz Sheikh.

Funding: Holly is fully funded through Farr (full 3-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Dimitrios Doudesis
PhD student

Dimitrios studied Statistics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, and completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Southampton (2018). He has also completed an online micro-Masters program in Data Science offered by the University of California San Diego. He had previously worked as a Data Analyst at Predicta S.A.

He is working on the characterization of myocardial infarction using statistical machine learning algorithms capitalizing on routinely collected data in cardiovascular clinical practice. Dimitrios is affiliated with both the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics and the Centre for Cardiovascular Science and is co-supervised by Prof. Nick Mills.

Funding: Dimitrios is funded through the Medical Research Council (MRC) DTP Precision Medicine programme (full 3.5-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Filip Mendusic
PhD student

Filip comes from a Computing background (Zagreb, Croatia), and has completed an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh (2018). He has been passionate about computers since his childhood years.

 

His research focuses on developing novel and applying existing machine learning approaches to healthcare, in an effort to improve patient diagnosis and recovery. He is currently focused on clustering and feature selection techniques to tackle myocardial infarction. Filip is affiliated with both the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics and the Centre for Cardiovascular Science and is co-supervised by Prof. Nick Mills.

Funding: Filip is a British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded research student on the BHF PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh (full 3-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Evi Valavani
PhD student

Evi has completed her medical training (MBBS) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and has an MSc in Data analytics from the same university. In both her degrees she graduated as top student of her class. She has worked as an intern at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, specializing in paediatric gastroenterology. She has worked as a GP and towards her residency in Paediatrics (ST1 equivalent) at the County General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece. She has also worked as an intern at the Children's hospital of Philadephia in the Immunogenetics and Transplantation laboratory in the USA.

She is working on neonatal monitoring and childhood development by mining a wide range of questionnaires and additional signal modalities including MRI. Evi is co-supervised by Prof. James Boardman, Dr Donald MacIntyre, and Dr Richard Chin.

Funding: Evi is funded through CF funds from the University of Edinburgh (full 3-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Andres Gomez-Rodellar
PhD student

Andres obtained his degree in Electrical Engineer at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2016 (MSc. level). He spent the last year of his undergraduate programme as an Erasmus exchange student at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. During this period, he worked as an intern for Philips Research at the High Tech Campus. Before joining DARTH he had been with the research group of Signal and Image Processing at the Biomedical Technology Center (RGSIP-CTB) of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (2016-2019).  His main work involved the recording of speech and facial myoelectric surface signals in neuromotor degenerative disease for patients with cognitive diseases and language disorders.

Andres is working on speech signal processing algorithms applied to neurodegenerative disorders. He is co-supervised by Dr Saturnino Luz at Edinburgh, Prof. Victor Nieto Lluis (Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid) and Prof. Per Svenningson (Karolinska Institute).

Funding: Andres is funded through the Medical Research Council (MRC) DTP Precision Medicine programme (full 3.5-year scholarship covering fees+stipend).

 
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Minhong Wang
PhD student

Minhong studied Biomedical Engineering at Northeastern University in China (2015) and completed an MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh (2016). She also studied Computer Science at Inha University (South Korea) and finished her thesis at the University of Dundee as an exchange student. She is currently on her final PhD year.

Her PhD research is focusing on developing a predictive agent-based model for pattern formation in pluripotent stem cells. Minhong is co-supervised by Dave Robertson, Guillaume Blin and Saturnino Luz.

 

Her research interests are in computational biology and machine learning.