Emily Jefferson

+44 (0)1382 383943
Director of Health Informatics Centre Services (HIC) & Co-Director of the Farr Institute of Medical Informatics @Dundee

Bio

Biography

Emily has a degree in Biochemistry, a PhD in Bioinformatics and was employed as a post-doctoral researcher in Bioinformatics following her PhD. She then left academia to work in the finance sector. In industry she gained extensive experience of using “Big Data” and leading the delivery of large software and hardware projects. Emily then took a career break to solo cycle from New Zealand to the UK over 1 year.

Emily chose to return to work in an area she feels passionate about. She now works to combine an understanding of medical research and academia with industry standard IT project management and software development experience and apply these skills to the field of Health Informatics and Data Science.

As the academic lead and Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee for the past 6 years, Emily has lead a team of ~35 providing services to over 600 different research projects providing expertise in health informatics, data science, data management, governance, and machine learning. She is responsible for an ISO27001 certified infrastructure and a Scottish Government accredited Safe Haven.

As a Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics, Emily is involved with a range of projects in the fields of data science, clinical imaging, data linkage and machine learning.

Research

As a Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics, Emily’s main research interest is in innovative methods for the provision of sensitive linked data which meets both data governance requirements and those of the research community. She is part of Health Data Research (HDR) UK.  

For the past 5 years Emily has been leading the development of the Research Data Management Platform (RDMP), an open source tool for the management of longitudinal cohorts of clinical data and computable phenotypes. This tool has now been used to provide over 2000 extracts of anonymised linked data for research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6041881/).

She is currently leading a software project, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and National Services Scotland, to enable safe and secure research access to linked, routinely collected radiological images stored within the Scottish National Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).

Emily is leading the informatics work stream of a Horizon 2020 EU project called ENSAT-HT using machine learning to stratify individuals with different types of hypertension from multi-omics markers (http://www.ensat-ht.eu/). A video about this project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VXdFClmxtg.

As part of the work of the Health Data Research (HDR) UK Scottish site, Emily leads a project to roll out a widely used software tool, the Biorepository Management Platform (BMP) developed by Health Informatics Centre (HIC), across all of the Biorepositories within Scotland. Working with the UKRI Tissue Directory Co-ordination Centre (TDCC), we are supporting interoperability and standards.

Through her work as the Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC), Emily is involved with a wide range of other projects some of which include the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) and SHARE.

Publications

The Research Data Management Platform (RDMP) : A novel, process driven, open-source tool for the management of longitudinal cohorts of clinical data
5/2018, Giga Science
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Mapping Local Codes to Read Codes
/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The power of using linked routinely collected data for research and issues of security and privacy
/2015
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Towards a process-driven platform to manage continuously accruing clinical datasets for use in genomics translational research
9/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Profiling clinical datasets for data quality assessment and improvement
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Conference contribution

Standardizing biochemistry dataset for medical research
/2014
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

The contrasting properties of conservation and correlated phylogeny in protein functional residue prediction
1/2008, BMC Bioinformatics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

A comparison of SCOP and CATH with respect to domain-domain interactions
1/2008, Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

SNAPPI-DB : a database and API of structures, iNterfaces and alignments for protein-protein interactions
/2007, Nucleic Acids Research
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Biological units and their effect upon the properties and prediction of protein–protein interactions
/2006, Journal of Molecular Biology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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