As Head of Science Sobia is responsible for the delivery of the scientific expertise and analysis that underpin our work. She also contributes to the development of our strategic partnerships with other organisations who have an interest in science and health policy. Before taking over as Head of Science, Sobia worked with us as a policy analyst specialising in data science at the PHG Foundation; she has also served as interim Head of Science. She leads our work on genomic data sharing and provides analysis and insight into a range of data-related topics - from examining the potential of big data, digital technologies, and data analytics, to assessing how policy can shape their use and impact in healthcare. Skilled in articulating technical concepts, Sobia engages with clinical, scientific and biomedical communities to explore issues around the effective use of data for healthcare.
Before joining the PHG Foundation, Sobia was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, where her research interests focussed on systems-level analysis and modelling of innate immune signalling pathways. Sobia also gained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. During this time she was awarded a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science-policy fellowship for a secondment to the Scottish Parliament as a Research Specialist, to provide independent insight into a range of science and health related topics, including healthcare associated infections.
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Luheshi L, Raza S. Big data or bust - realising the microbial genomics revolution Microbial Genomics. 18 December 2015; 10.1099/mgen.0.000046