Science teams

Our aim is to improve health through the best research. We do this through four core objectives.

1. Creating knowledge: we support the broadest range of research, that extends knowledge by testing and investigating ideas. In doing so, we will take risks.

2. Strengthening research capacity: we support the most able and dedicated researchers at every career stage and give them access to the best possible equipment and infrastructure.

3. Using knowledge effectively: we work to make the knowledge generated through Wellcome support readily available to be used by others and, where relevant, to improve health.

4. Promoting an environment in which research can flourish: we work with others to make sure the research environment is conducive to the flourishing of science and health research.

Find out more about the science team's strategy, Improving health through the best research [PDF 1MB]

Our Science Strategy Advisory Group helps us to develop and deliver our strategy.

A major part of our work is engaging with the research community about their research ideas, many of whom will go through our funding schemes.

Funding for large-scale research proposals that do not fit within our funding schemes, but help to deliver the science team's strategy, may be available through Science Strategic Support. Prospective applicants should contact a member of the science team to discuss their proposal.

Jim Smith is currently leading a review of how Wellcome supports science.

Until this is completed, Mike Turner is Director of Science.

Contacts for funding

If you have a question about the research content or scope of your proposal, then the remits of each team and relevant contacts are shown below.

If you have a question about your eligibility, the application process, funding policies or general queries about grants, please use our contact form instead.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Michael Dunn

Head of Genetics and Molecular Sciences and Acting Head of Cellular and Developmental Sciences

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Naomi Kebby / Androulla Pieri

PA to Michael Dunn and Department Coordinator

Sheny Chen

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Sarah Lloyd

Senior Portfolio Developer

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  • basic science fellowship schemes and basic science PhD programmes.

Johanna Roostalu

Senior Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to cell biology, including cell cycle, cell signalling, membranes and receptors, gene expression focused on the biology of cell function, cancer biology, and the extracellular matrix
  • Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Sara Marshall

Head of Clinical and Physiological Sciences

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Clinical Research and Physiological Sciences portfolio
  • clinical career advice.

Lorraine Holland

PA to Sara Marshall and Department Coordinator

Contact about:
  • initial queries related to Clinical and Physiological Sciences funding.

Ekin Bolukbasi

Portfolio Manager

Stephen Gray

Portfolio Manager

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to the Clinical and Physiological Sciences portfolio.

Maja Wallberg

Portfolio Manager

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to the Physiological Sciences portfolio.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Michael Dunn

Head of Genetics and Molecular Sciences and Acting Head of Cellular and Developmental Sciences

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Susanna Belfield

PA to Michael Dunn and Department Coordinator

Tom Collins

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Audrey Duncanson

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Katrina Gold

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to fundamental molecular biology, including chromosome biology, DNA replication and repair, gene expression, and RNA biology
  • Human Cell Atlas.

Luigi Martino

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to fundamental molecular mechanisms, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical biology, and protein science
  • iGEM competition.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Christiane Hertz-Fowler

Head of Infection and Immunobiology

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  • strategic opportunities related to the Infection and Immunobiology portfolio.

Annette Petidis

PA to Christiane Hertz-Fowler and Department Coordinator

Michael Chew

Portfolio Manager

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Divya Shah

Portfolio Manager

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Sumithra Subramaniam

Portfolio Manager

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  • research proposals related to cellular, molecular, experimental and translational immunology, including inflammation, allergy, neuroimmunology, immunotherapy, immunodeficiencies, and immune response to infection. 

Georgia Walton

Portfolio Manager

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  • research proposals related to bacteriology and virology.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Andrew Welchman

Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Neuroscience and Mental Health portfolio.

Naomi Kebby / Androulla Pieri

PA to Andrew Welchman and Department Coordinator

Matt Brown

Senior Portfolio Developer

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  • research proposals related to cellular and molecular neuroscience, including basic neurobiology, neural signalling and function, sensory neuroscience, the autonomic nervous system, neuro-immunology, and genetics with detailed phenotypic assessments at the cellular level
  • Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour.

Lindsey Caldwell

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to cellular and molecular neuroscience, including basic neurobiology, neural signalling and function, sensory neuroscience, the autonomic nervous system, neuro-immunology, and genetics with detailed phenotypic assessments at the cellular level.

Georgina Mackenzie

Science Portfolio Adviser

Louise Marshall

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to cognitive neuroscience and mental health, including treatment approaches for neurological and mental health disorders, systems-based research including cognition and behavioural neuroscience, translational neuroscience including cognitive interventions, and genetics with detailed clinical phenotypic assessments.

Raliza Stoyanova

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to cognitive neuroscience and mental health, including treatment approaches for neurological and mental health disorders, systems-based research including cognition and behavioural neuroscience, translational neuroscience including cognitive interventions, and genetics with detailed clinical phenotypic assessments
  • Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging
  • Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging.

The team oversees Wellcome's priority area Our Planet, Our Health.

Find out what the team works on and who to contact.

Contact the team about the research content or scope of your proposal or to discuss initiatives in this area.

Mary De Silva

Head of Population Health

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Population Health portfolio.

Rachel Miles

Department Coordinator

Bruna Galobardes

Portfolio Manager

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  • research proposals related to clinical and population health, epidemiology, surveillance, statistical analysis and modelling, longitudinal/cohort studies, observational studies, health inequalities, and non-communicable diseases
  • work related to the Longitudinal Population Studies strategy, including Longitudinal Population Study Grants.

Sophie Hawkesworth

Portfolio Manager

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  • research proposals related to non-communicable diseases, nutrition, and maternal and child health
  • topics focused on upstream determinants and addressing complex systems. 

Branwen Hennig

Senior Portfolio Lead

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Elena Netsi

Science Portfolio Adviser

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Erica Pufall

Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to epidemiology, surveillance, modelling, longitudinal/cohort studies, observational studies, infectious diseases, and sexual health.

The team coordinates the operations and governance of international initiatives, and oversees Wellcome’s priority area research ecosystems in Africa and Asia.

Simon Kay

Head of International Operations and Partnerships

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  • queries related to strategic partnerships and opportunities.

Claire Fearn

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

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  • queries related to operations and governance of international initiatives.

Irini Pantelidou

Project Coordinator, Research Ecosystems in Africa and Asia – International Operations and Partnerships

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Annie Rolington

Programme Officer, Research Ecosystems in Africa and Asia – International Operations and Partnerships

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Mike Turner

Director of Science

Ellie Estchild

Executive Assistant and Project Manager

Contact about:
  • queries related to the Science Director's office
  • science researcher meetings.

Anne-Marie Coriat

Head of UK and Europe Research Landscape

Contact about:
  • training opportunities for researchers
  • basic PhD competition.

Kyra Bransom

PA to Anne-Marie Coriat

Our work

Research culture: let's reimagine how we work together

We want to help build a better research culture – one that is creative, inclusive and honest.

Wellcome science review

We’re carrying out a review of the way we support science. Our aim is to create a vision that sets out what we want to achieve and the impact we want to have.

Understanding health and disease

We support researchers across the world to explore fundamental questions about health and disease.

Research at scale

Over the past 25 years, we’ve made a number of critical strategic investments. These multi-million pound, long-term investments in people, resources and technology have helped transform key areas of science.

Research centres and institutes

We want researchers to work and train in environments where world-class research and translation can thrive. So we invest in the places where research happens.

Our programmes and initiatives in Africa and Asia

We invest in researchers, large programmes of research and co-funded initiatives in Africa and Asia.

Longitudinal population studies

Over the past ten years, we’ve invested more than £120 million in longitudinal population studies in the UK and low- and middle-income countries.

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Reports

Report 7 November 2019 Updated 7 November 2019

Transforming nutrition science for better health

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This report looks at the key themes from an international workshop co-hosted by Wellcome and the World Health Organization, that aimed to stimulate new collaborative nutrition research using cutting-edge techniques and technologies.

Report 1 February 2018 Updated 15 February 2018

Wellcome Global Monitor Questionnaire Development Report

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A report about how the questionnaire for the Global Monitor was developed to collect people's views about science and key health challenges.

Report 1 July 2017 Updated 6 July 2017

Longitudinal population studies strategy

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Our new strategy for funding longitudinal population studies.