Science teams

Our aim is to catalyse excellent science and maximise its health impacts.

We do this by:

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.

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 contact grantenquiries@wellcome.ac.uk instead.

Cellular and Developmental Sciences

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

Andrew Chisholm

Head of Cellular and Developmental Sciences

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Cellular and Developmental Sciences portfolio.

Davina Lee

PA to the Head of Cellular and Developmental Sciences and Department Coordinator

Sheny Chen

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:

Clinical and Physiological Sciences

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

Lindsay Keir

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to the physiology and pathology of tissues and systems relevant to health and disease, physiological processes at the cellular level, and the effects of clinical, pharmacological and environmental interventions on individual people
  • Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), Vietnam.

Ekin Bolukbasi

Science Portfolio Adviser

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

Genetics and Molecular Sciences

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

Contact about:

Susanna Belfield

PA to Michael Dunn and Department Coordinator

Tom Collins

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:

Audrey Duncanson

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:

Shoshanna Isaacson

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:

Katrina Gold

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to fundamental molecular biology, including chromosome biology, DNA replication and repair, gene expression, and RNA biology.

Infection and Immunobiology

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

Mike Turner

Head of Infection and Immunobiology

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Infection and Immunobiology portfolio. 

Mandy Dolling

PA to Mike Turner and Department Coordinator

Divya Shah

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to cellular and molecular immunology, including inflammation, allergy and auto-immunity, the immune response to infection, immunity and disease susceptibility and resistance, immunotherapies, and the identification and early-stage development of vaccine candidates and adjuvants.

Phillip Price

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:

Alison Wallace

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to cellular and molecular immunology, including autoimmunity, allergy, immunogenetics, cancer immunology, the immune response to infection, immunity and disease susceptibility and resistance, bacterial infections, and antimicrobial drug resistance.

Neuroscience and Mental Health

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.

Joanna Lloyd

PA to Andrew Welchman and Department Coordinator

Giovanna Lalli

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:

Matt Brown

Science Portfolio Adviser

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 Neuroimaging.

Georgina Mackenzie

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:
  • 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.

Ana Saraiva Ayash

Science Portfolio Adviser

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.

Our Planet, Our Health

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

Sarah Molton

Strategic Partnership Manager

Saskia Heijnen

Portfolio Lead

Sophie Tunstall-Behrens

Strategic Partnership Adviser

Lukasz Aleksandrowicz

Portfolio Adviser

Population Health

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

PA to Mary De Silva and Department Coordinator

Sophie Hawkesworth

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • 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

Contact about:

Erica Pufall

Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:
  • research proposals related to epidemiology, surveillance, modelling, longitudinal/cohort studies, observational studies, infectious diseases, and sexual health
  • Joint Global Health Trials scheme.

Marta Tufet

Global Health Special Advisor to Department of Health

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities related to the Population Health portfolio, major initiatives and partnerships, and applying research evidence to policy and practice.

Research Careers

Anne-Marie Coriat

Head of Research Careers

Contact about:
  • Wellcome research career frameworks.

Kyra Bransom

PA to the Head of Research Careers

Sarah Lloyd

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • basic science fellowship schemes and basic science PhD programmes.

Clare McVicker

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • clinical fellowship schemes and clinical PhD programmes. 

International Operations and Partnerships

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

Harriet Hall

PA to the Head of International Operations and Partnerships

Contact about:
  • general queries related to International Operations and Partnerships.

Claire Cunliffe

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

Contact about:
  • general queries related to International Operations and Partnerships
  • enquiries related to the research and capacity building portfolio.

Claire Fearn

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

Contact about:
  • enquiries related to operations and governance of international initiatives.

Nidhee Jadeja

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

Contact about:
  • strategic opportunities for partnership internationally
  • enquiries related to the research and capacity-building portfolio, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Oliver Wills

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

Contact about:
  • Enquiries related to the research and capacity building portfolio.

Science Directorate

Jim Smith

Director of Science

Ellie Estchild

Executive Projects Manager

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

Jackie Homewood

Personal and Administrative Assistant, Science Directorate

Contact about:
  • general queries related to the Science Division.

Our work

Understanding health and disease

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

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.

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.

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.

Reports

Longitudinal population studies strategy [PDF 166KB]

  • July 2017

Our new strategy for funding longitudinal population studies.

UK clinical academic training in medicine and dentistry: principles and obligations [PDF 477KB]

  • January 2017

This document sets out principles and obligations of all UK institutions and clinical trainees in receipt of nationally competitive funding for clinical academic research training.