Interdisciplinary team science is fundamental to our activities and ensures the Centre is an environment for sharing, learning, and developing.

Our members champion our work, promote our visibility, and drive an ethos that values contribution, encourages sharing of expertise, and celebrates success.


Deputy Director

Director for DaSH

Our Community

Senior Leadership Team
Associate Directors
Dr Jillian Evans

Jillian Evans is Director of NHS Grampian Health Intelligence, a data intensive health service team, with expertise and leadership in Learning Health System philosophy which forms a core pillar to NHS Grampian strategy. 

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Dr Heather Morgan

Heather May Morgan is a Lecturer in Applied Health Sciences. She is a multidisciplinary social scientist who focuses on the use of digital technologies (apps and wearables) to generate health-related data and manage health, both within and beyond formal healthcare.

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Professor Nir Oren

Nir Oren is Head of Computing Science, and a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen.

His research interests revolve around decision making in automated systems and the explanation of those decisions, as well as human-machine collaboration.

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Dr John Thomson

John Thomson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist, Clinical Lead for the Acute Electronic Record in NHS Grampian and the Digital Health Consultant for Scottish Government’s Modern Patient Pathway Program.  He has varied expertise and interests that coalesce around using health data well, making digital health great for the user and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

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Dr Gordon Waiter

Gordon Waiter is Director of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre and a Senior Lecturer in Computational Neuroimaging and MRI Physics at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests are in applying computational techniques, such as machine learning, to address clinical questions related to the developing and ageing brain.

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Institute Administration Coordinator

Gail joined the ACHDS team as the centre's Institute Administration Coordinator in December 2019.  She previously worked as an administrator for a Social Care Charity for over 20 years.  Gail supports the centre in everything Health Data Science, so please feel free to get in touch. Visit Gail's profile

Post Graduate Students

Ruoyo Bian PhD Student

Dr Luke Farrow PhD Student

Charlotte Kennedy PhD Student

Sandra Oluchi Igboabuchukwu Masters Students

Mr Bradley Scott PhD Student

Dr Arshi Shaikh, Masters Student

Regina Sumarlie Masters Student

Miss Emma-Louise Tarburn  PhD Student


ACHDS Members, Associate Members and Research Partners
ACHDS Graduate Associates

Dr Lina Altayeb, Lina trained as a pharmacist in Sudan where she undertook a master’s in Clinical Pharmacy in 2012. In 2016, she was awarded the Elphinstone scholarship by the University of Aberdeen and started her PhD with Dr Simon Sawhney studying the use, safety and effectiveness of medicines in kidney disease using routinely collected health data. Lina’s project has been funded by the NHS endowment grant on successful application. Her research interests include chronic diseases, patient safety, pharmacoepidemiology, drug utilization and health informatics.

Dr Dorota Chapko Dorota completed her PhD in 2016 and worked with Prof Alison Murray and Prof Corri Black as a Post-doctoral research fellow looking at age-related cognitive, emotional and physical functioning decline and investigating how occupational profile and childhood intelligence contribute to this triad of impairment in late life.

Jennifer Hove MPH PhD student at the University of Witwatersrand. Her PhD investigates the role of community participation in improving health using a participatory action research approach in rural South Africa. She previously worked as processing officer at Zimbabwe. Her career took a complete shift in 2009 when she moved to South Africa and worked for a Public Health organisation where she also obtained MPH. She has been working in rural South Africa and her quest is to advocate and promote equity in health.

Benon Karara is a Rwandan national and the CEO of Dataplus-Rwanda, a youth-led research organization. He has a research experience in areas like adult literacy, impact evaluation, gender studies, social economic development, and agriculture. Karara is passionate about youth empowerment and economic development through problem-solving research interventions.

Denny Mabetha BNutr Qualified dietitian currently working as a coordinator for VAPAR Project, serves as a link between Wits/Agincourt HDSS and Mpumalanga Department of Health and other Departments at Province and District levels. Denny is currently studying towards her postgraduate Master of Science in Field epidemiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr Oladapo B. Oladeinde MBBS MSc Medical doctor trained at University of Benin, Nigeria graduated 2008. Associate fellow of National Post graduate Medical College of Nigeria. MSc (distinction) Global Health and Management in 2019 University of Aberdeen.  Since 2011, clinician in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital rural Nigeria. Supports generation of quality data shaping policies to strengthen health systems in Nigeria and sub Saharan Africa at large.

Dr Shifa Sarica, Shifa completed her PhD in 2018 Evaluating the health burden of autoimmune disease with Dr Neil Basu and Prof Corri Black.

Deen Tissera BSc (Hons) MSc PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Aberdeen holds a Master’s degree in Global Health and Management. Vice Chair and Councillor for George St Community Council involved in a local community food initiative to tackle food poverty. Also involved in a number of health projects globally, including war zone volunteering and humanitarian disaster relief missions in Sri Lanka.

Dr Oghenebrume Wariri MBBS MSc FWACP (Paed) Medical doctor trained at University of Benin, Nigeria and Paediatrician Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe and Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Master of Science (MSc) Global Health and Management (distinction) University of Aberdeen. Wariri works the MRC Unit the Gambia at the LSHTM as a research Clinician on vaccinology research.

ACHDS Industry Partners