ELIXIR pleased to announce the appointment of Katharina Lauer as new Industry Officer and Jonathan Tedds as Technical Coordinator of the Compute Platform.
Taking up the role of ELIXIR Industry Officer, Katharina Lauer will lead the development and implementation of ELIXIR’s Industry Strategy, including the ELIXIR Innovation and SME programme. As part of the ELIXIR Hub External Relations team, she will also support communications and outreach to users across industry.
Kathi joins ELIXIR from the University of Cambridge where she worked as a research associate looking at the interaction of DNA damage repair proteins and viruses. She was also a member of the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, a group aiming to enhance the entrepreneurial potential of postdocs in academia.
Originally from Germany, Katharina Lauer received a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in vaccinology from the University of Manchester, UK. During her PhD she also volunteered for Public Health England in the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
As Technical Coordinator for the ELIXIR Compute Platform, Jonathan Tedds will drive the implementation of the Platform’s technical strategy and support the coordination of the Platform. A major focus of this role will be working with partners in ELIXIR Nodes to ensure integration of the compute resources run by ELIXIR Nodes into an effective portfolio across ELIXIR.
Jonathan joins ELIXIR from the University of Leicester where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow to develop integrated database solutions for biomedical research informatics. He led the £2m+ UK funded BRISSKit platform working with academic, NHS and industry partners to develop implementations in the 100,000 Genomes Programme, cardiovascular and respiratory disease. He is Editor-in-Chief of Open Health Data journal.
Jonathan received his BSc and Masters degrees in astrophysics at the Universities of Manchester, Sussex and a PhD in dynamical interactions in star forming regions at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, UK. Building on his experience working with European Space Agency and international scientists in X-ray survey science at Leicester, he helped develop the International Virtual Observatory Alliance research infrastructure for astronomy.