Centre staff appointed Kellogg College Junior Research Fellows

Centre staff appointed Kellogg College Junior Research Fellows

Dr David Johnson, Senior Research Associate and Dr Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Research Lecturer, have recently been appointed as Junior Research Fellows at Kellogg College Oxford. The fellowships are non-stipendary three year appointments starting in October 2016, aimed at local academics undertaking research and contributing to the intellectual life of the college.

Johnson and Gonzalez-Beltran both work with Oxford e-Research Centre Associate Director Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone on projects which focus on data capture, curation, representation, stewardship, sharing and publishing in the life, natural and medical science community. Dr Johnson's work includes Horizon 2020, which builds big data infrastructure for the storage and sharing of data on metabolomics, which helps medical researchers understand how the human body interacts with the environment.

Dr Johnson hopes to use the fellowship to organise talks as part of the Kellogg Colloquium, an informal seminar series, which has hosted seminars on a diverse range of topics including historical fiction and medical sciences. He also plans to further build links between the Oxford e-Research Centre and the college by encouraging other Centre staff to give talks or run short courses through the Continuing Education Department in their own areas of expertise.

Dr Gonzalez-Beltran will endeavour to increase the links between her team as well as the whole Oxford e-Research Centre and Kellogg College. She is keen to liaise with Kellogg members and students to create opportunities for research collaborations, promoting her interests in interdisciplinary research and applying computing skills to solve real problems in multiple domains. She also sees as important her role as a College adviser, helping students to navigate issues they might find during their studies. Last but not least, she would like to raise the profiles of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by organising seminars and engaging in outreach activities.

Read a recent Q&A with Dr Gonzalez-Beltran about her research activities and interests.