Kate Robson Brown, Director
Kate became Director of the Jean Golding Institute in August 2017 and leads the team in providing a strategic direction for the Institute. She is Professor of Biological Anthropology and affiliated to both the School of Arts and the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. Kate joined the University of Bristol in 1997 following her first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology and PhD in phylogenetics at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on how the hard tissues of the human body hold a signature of life history. She explores the microstructure of bone, dentition and soft tissues; innovating methodologies for the data capture, analysis and interpretation of material characterisation to address a range of challenges posed by anthropological, biomechanical, forensic, developmental and evolutionary applications.
Patricia Holley, Manager
Patty is the Manager of the Institute and her main role is to develop, plan and support a range of activities in order to create avenues for multidisciplinary research, links with business, partnerships and community engagement. Patty has been working in Research Management and Administration for the past ten years and previously worked as a project manager for SPHERE, a flagship interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Bristol. This EPSRC-funded project is a £12M collaboration developing a sensor platform to support healthcare at home. She also worked in the Research and Enterprise Development (RED) department as a Research Development Associate promoting multidisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations. She has a Masters in Biology from Wake Forest University, USA, where she studied the foraging behaviour of Hawaiian albatrosses.
Natalie Thurlby, Data Science Specialist
Natalie joined the Jean Golding Institute as the Data Science Specialist in August 2018. Her main responsibilities at the institute include helping researchers at the university with data science queries through the Ask JGI service, and carrying out data science projects. After completing her first degree in Maths and Physics at the University of Manchester, she moved to the University of Bristol to study for her PhD in Computational Biology, which she is currently finishing. Her research focuses on predicting human phenotype and protein function using clustering and outlier detection methodologies.
Elaine Young, Research Coordinator
Elaine works Tuesday to Thursday is responsible for reporting, mapping and promoting the impact activities generated by the Jean Golding Institute and data science research groups across the University of Bristol. Elaine has a background in Administration within the University of Bristol and has a degree in Psychology from the University of Cardiff.
Lily Rice, Administrator and PA to Director and Manager
Lily joined the team at the Jean Golding Institute in January 2020. Lily's main responsibilities include supporting Kate Robson Brown and Patricia Holley as a personal assistant and administration support for the Institute. She has a background in office management and has worked in the commercial property sector for several years.
Alastair Tanner, Research Software Engineer
Al arrived at the University of Bristol in 2009 studying evolutionary biology. This developed into a passion for bioinformatics and computational biology, being awarded a doctorate in phylogenomics in 2018 for work with the University of Bristol Palaeontology Research Group. Since then he has broadened his data skills through epidemiological research as a member of the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit. Al has wide scientific knowledge through collaboration across three faculties at Bristol (Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and the Medical School). As an experienced teacher and graphic designer, he brings a love of learning, science and communication to the JGI.
Matt Williams, Research Software Engineer
Matt works in the JGI as a Research Software Engineer (RSE). Matt joined the University in 2016, coming from the University of Birmingham where he provided support for the LHC's world-wide computing platform. He worked to support the synthetic biology community at Bristol as part of the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC). He has a strong background in Physics and computational modelling. He is especially interested in making research software more sustainable through the use of testing, version control and automation of processes. He leads the software engineering teaching team in the RSE group in the ACRC.
Emma Kuwertz, Data Science Specialist
Emma joined the Jean Golding Institute as a Data Science Specialist in December 2020. After completing her first degree in Physics with Astrophysics, Emma joined the particle and astroparticle group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for her doctoral studies in experimental particle physics. Emma has spent much of her career based at CERN as a member of one of the LHC experiments, where her research focused on searches for supersymmetry and other exotic phenomena. At the JGI Emma draws on her experience in software development and large-scale data analysis to help researchers with data science queries and collaborate on analytical and technical projects.
James Thomas, Data Science Specialist
James works as a Data Science Specialist at the Jean Golding Institute. He joined the university in December 2020, bringing over ten years of experience working in industry on projects for Government and clients in the energy sector. James’ work has focussed on experiment design, data analysis and project management, ranging from field trials measuring the real-world performance of low carbon heating technologies, to research enabling decarbonisation of the UK’s energy supply. This has included both modelling of interseasonal heat demand and practical safety trials of hydrogen in the UK gas network. James’ other interests are the development and delivery of training courses, reproducibility and uncertainty of measurement.
Chiara Singh, Institute Development Associate
Chiara became a member of the Jean Golding Institute team in January 2021. As Development Associate, she develops and promotes the Institute’s interdisciplinary research portfolio providing project management support. Chiara joined the University of Bristol in 2018 managing operations in the School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Maths. She has a degree in biology from Cardiff University where she studied the effect of climate change on parasites and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Management and Leadership facilitated by the Association of University Administrators. As a creative collaborator she brings an understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflective practice.