Chair of Clinical Bioinformatics

University of Birmingham


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Professor Georgios Gkoutos

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Professor Gkoutos holds the chair of Clinical Bioinformatics a joint appointment between the University of Birmingham Medical School and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

He is a Faculty Affiliate Professor Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Associate Director of MRC Health Data Research UK, Co-Director of the WCH-Birmingham Research Institute and Alan Turing Fellow.

A biochemist by training, George was initially involved in the field of Computational Biology following a MSc degree by research on correlated mutations analysis on G-Protein coupled receptors which involved modelling class A G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) and drug design. He then proceeded to obtain a PhD in the areas of Chemoinformatics/Bioinformatics at Imperial College of London.

After the completion of his PhD, he was awarded a MRC Career Development Fellowship at MRC Harwell, Oxford. In 2005, he joined the Department of Genetics at Cambridge University and was part of various international consortia aimed at facilitating the translation of basic research findings to applications that aimed at the identification of the genetic underpinnings of disease mechanisms. In 2012, he became the head of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group at Aberystwyth University, an interdisciplinary group of bioinformatics researchers, working at the interface between computing, biology and medical applications and crossing the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS). George maintains an Aberystwyth University honorary Professorship in Bioinformatics.

In September 2015, George joined the University of Birmingham as the Chair of Clinical Bioinformatics. Professor Gkoutos splits his time between the Centre of Computational Biology, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, the Institute of Translational Medicine and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Professor Gkoutos’ research background lies within the areas of clinical and biomedical informatics, health data science, computational biology, and translational research aiming at the discovery of molecular origins of human disease and the precision medicine developments of novel disease diagnostic and intervention strategies. His expertise lies in the fields of integrative systems biology, biomedical knowledge formalization, standardisation and representation, multimodal large data harmonization, interoperability and integration, comparative phenomics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and multiomics integration and analytics.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Mr Sheikh Momin

Neurosurgery Academic Clinical Fellow
University of Birmingham

Mrs Victoria Cooper

Quality and Governance Lead
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Conor Price

Chief Information Officer
Herefordshire General Practice

Mr Glen Howard

Programme Manager Health Analytics and Informatics
Health Innovation East Midlands