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Professor Simon Tavaré FRS, FMedSci

Professor Simon Tavaré, FRS, FMedSci

Director, CRUK Cambridge Institute

Room 109
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
Li Ka Shing Centre
Robinson Way

Cambridge CB2 0RE


Dr. Tavaré graduated from the University of Sheffield with BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Probability and Statistics. After more than 25 years in the USA, he was appointed Professor of Cancer Research (Bioinformatics) in the Department of Oncology at the University of Cambridge in 2003. He was appointed as a Senior Group Leader in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute in 2006, and as its Director in 2013. He was elected as a Fellow of  the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009.

He is also a Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, where he is co-director of the MPhil in Computational and Systems Biology and Director of the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD program in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Topic 1: Population genetics, in particular theory and inference for coalescent processes
  • Topic 2: Statistical analysis of microarray and sequencing technologies to study expression, aCGH, methylation, microRNAs, with a particular emphasis on analysis of Illumina  platforms.
  • Topic 3: Evolutionary approaches to cancer, and applications to stem cell biology.
  • Topic 4: Fly tracking and applications to behavioural genetics.
  • Topic 5: Stochastic computation in the biological sciences (MCMC, ABC and their relatives).
  • Key Publications

    A full list of publications and a CV may be found at my personal website here