Science teams

Our aim is to improve health through the best research.

We do this through four core objectives.

Creating knowledge

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Andrew Chisholm

Head of Cellular and Developmental Sciences

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Naomi Kebby / Androulla Pieri

PA to Andrew Chisholm and Department Coordinator

Sarah Lloyd

Senior Portfolio Developer

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

Sheny Chen

Senior Portfolio Developer

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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.

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

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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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Shoshanna Isaacson

Science Portfolio Adviser

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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
  • Human Cell Atlas.

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. 

Susanna Belfield

Interim 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.

Pete Gardner

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • research proposals related to cellular and molecular immunology, including B cells, malaria, T cells, antibodies, inflammation, auto-immunity, ocular biology, and retinal gene therapy.

Phillip Price

Science Portfolio Adviser

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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

Giovanna Lalli

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Raliza Stoyanova

Senior Portfolio Developer

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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
  • Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.

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 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.

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

Howard Frumkin

Head of Our Planet, Our Health

Anisha Kotecha

PA/Team Coordinator

Saskia Heijnen

Portfolio Lead

Lukasz Aleksandrowicz

Portfolio Adviser

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.

Branwen Hennig

Senior Portfolio Lead

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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. 

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
  • Longitudinal Population Study Grants.

Elena Netsi

Science Portfolio Adviser

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Rachel Miles

Department Coordinator

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

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.

Oliver Wills

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

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

Jim Smith

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

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

Wellcome Global Monitor Questionnaire Development Report [PDF 939KB]

  • February 2018

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

Longitudinal population studies strategy [PDF 166KB]

  • July 2017

Our new strategy for funding longitudinal population studies.