Professor Simon Tavaré   FRS, FMedSci

From February 2013 to February 2018 I was Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI); I have been a Senior Group Leader there since 2006 and Professor of Cancer Research (Bioinformatics) in the Department of Oncology since 2003. I retired from the University and became a director of research in October 2019.

Our research in the CRUK CI focusses on cancer genomics, primarily the statistical analysis of sequencing technologies to study e.g. gDNA, expression, methylation and transcription factor binding. We have a particular emphasis on analysis of data from Illumina platforms. We collaborate on two CRUK-funded International Cancer Genome Consortium projects, in prostate cancer and oesophageal adenocarcinoma, and we have ongoing projects in glioblastoma. A second theme is the development of statistical and stochastic methods arising in evolutionary approaches to cancer. We are part of the IMAXT CRUK Grand Challenge consortium, developing methods to study solid tumours in 3.5D.