Researchers and HPC

My background is in epidemiology with interest in musculoskeletal health. I’m the Project Manager of the AUGMENT study which aims to explore relationships between the shape of bones and common age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis using data from the UK Biobank study. The HPC resource not only allows me to efficiently process large number of imaging data collected by UK Biobank and extract relevant data, but also perform a range of statistical analyses. More recently, as part of an international collaboration, I carried out genome-wide association study meta-analysis of bone mineral density, using the BlueCrystal4 cluster.

Monika Frysz, Senior Research Associate, AUGMENT Project Manager, Translational Health Sciences

Sarah Fowler is interested in material cycling within the Earth, from the shallow subsurface to depths where pressures and temperatures are extreme. The properties of subsurface fluids (aqueous fluid and magma) determine whether minerals precipitate or dissolve, enhancing or inhibiting flow and transport of heat and dissolved constituents. These processes generate diverse rock types, including ore deposits, and hinder stable operation of industrial installations such as deep geothermal systems. Sarah performs atomistic simulations on BlueCrystal 4 to describe subsurface fluid properties at conditions that are otherwise inaccessible.

Sarah Fowler, Senior Research Associate, Earth Sciences

My research explores emerging phase behaviour in complex systems, ranging from glasses to gels, from crystals to self-propelled, active systems. I employ state-of-the-art computational methods to understand the mechanisms underpinning the transitions from one phase to another (e.g. disorder to order) in equilibrium and nonequilibrium systems. The HPC facility in Bristol is essential to my work as it allows me to benefit from powerful parallelism (to study rare events in molecular dynamics), to perform large-scale simulations (to quantify finite-size effects), to exploit and test different architectures (to optimise the code efficiently).

Francesco Turci, Research Associate, School of Physics
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