Professor Emily Jefferson

HIC Director

Population Health and Genomics, School of Medicine

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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 since 2012, Emily has lead a team of 60 people 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 Professor of Health Data Science, Emily is involved with a range of projects in the fields of data science, clinical imaging, data linkage and machine learning.


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University of Dundee scientists and clinicians have secured £5 million in funding to aid research that aims to establish the causes of vulnerability to chronic pain and advance treatment

Published on 27 May 2021


We are using a collection of over 30 million clinical images and applying artificial intelligence to recognise warning signs which may mean a patient's health is at risk.

Published on 28 January 2021

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Vacuum cleaners that unblock brain vessels, super normal design for extraordinary bodies, and the ways in which our medical data can aid the COVID-19 fight are just some of the topics to be explored at the University of Dundee next week.

Published on 6 January 2021