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.

Zoe Arena

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

Sheny Chen

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Danielle Cannon

Science Portfolio Adviser

Contact about:
  • Research proposals related to cell biology, including cell cycle; cell signalling; membranes and receptors; gene expression focused on the biology of cell function; and the extracellular matrix.
  • Cambridge Institute for Medical Research 
  • UK Biobank

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

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Joanna Lloyd

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

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  • Research proposals related to fundamental molecular biology, including chromosome biology; DNA replication and repair, gene expression and RNA biology.

Infection Biology

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

Mike Turner

Acting Director of Science and Head of Infection Biology

Contact about:
  • Strategic opportunities related to the Infection Biology 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; inflammation, allergy and auto-immunity; the immune response to infection; immunity and disease susceptibility/resistance; immunotherapies and the identification and early-stage development of vaccine candidates and adjuvants.

Josie Golding

Science Portfolio Adviser

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  • Research proposals related to bacterial, fungal and viral infections; the immune response to infection; immunity and disease susceptibility/resistance; immunotherapies and the identification and early-stage development of vaccine candidates and adjuvants.

Phillip Price

Science Portfolio Adviser

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Neuroscience and Mental Health

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

John Isaac

Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health

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

Naomi Kebby

PA to John Isaac and Department Coordinator

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.
  • The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging 

Giovanna Lalli

Senior Portfolio Developer

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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.

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.

Physiology, Immunology and Clinical Research

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

Sara Marshall

Head of Physiology, Immunology and Clinical Research

Contact about:
  • Strategic opportunities related to the Physiology, Immunology and Clinical Research
    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.

Ioannis Petropoulos

Senior Portfolio Developer

Contact about:
  • The clinical research portfolio.

Divya Shah

Senior Portfolio Developer

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

Population, Environment and 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, Environment and Health

Sinead Mathias

PA to the Head of Population, Environment and Health

Contact about:
  • General enquiries related to the Population, Environment and Health portfolio.

Branwen Hennig

Senior Portfolio Lead

Contact about:
  • Research proposals related to epidemiology and population health.

Sarah Molton

Strategic Partnership Manager

Bibi Oni

Portfolio Adviser

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Marta Tufet

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Contact about:
  • Strategic opportunities related to the Trust's Population Health Portfolio, Major Initiatives and Partnerships, research evidence into 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

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Basic science fellowship schemes and basic science PhD programmes 

Clare McVicker

Senior Portfolio Developer

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Clinical fellowship schemes and clinical PhD programmes 

Lisa Lazareck-Asunta

Project Manager

International Operations and Partnerships

The team oversees Wellcome’s research and capacity building programmes and coordinates the operations and governance of international initiatives.

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

Oliver Wills

International Operations and Partnerships Adviser

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

Science Directorate

Mike Turner

Acting Director of Science

Contact about:
  • Strategic Opportunities related to the science portfolio

Ellie Estchild

Executive Projects Manager

Contact about:
  • Queries related to the Science Director's office 
  • Science Researcher meetings

Jackie Homewood

Personal & 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 last 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.

Strengthening research ecosystems in Africa and Asia

We’re working with our partners to develop the next generation of research leaders and support the ecosystems they work in.

Our planet, our health

Understanding and tackling the threat to our health posed by a dramatically changing world.

Research in Africa and Asia

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