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Robert Andrews

Dr Robert Andrews

Senior Lecturer

School of Medicine

+44 29206 87359
Sir Geraint Evans Cardiovascular Research Building, Room 1/14, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


My work addresses the challenges of Data Stewardship and building analysis workflow, in the Life Sciences.  I lead on training and bioinformatics, with an in-house analysis team, serving research leads within the Division of Infection and Immunity.  My role includes: omic analysis, analysis coaching, data clinics, establishing research networks and leading on infrastructure development.  Projects include SW2 Mental Health Plaform Reseach Hub (2024, £4.3M), BioFAIR preaward funds (2024, £34M), LIPID MAPS (2023, £1.4M) and Project Sepsis (2018, £2.4M).

I am a co-director of the Cardiff Systems Immunity Research Institute, a member of the management board of the Digital Transformation Innovation Institute and data lead for the Division of Infection and Immunity.

I am a board member of ELIXIK-UK which is the national Node of ELIXIR: an intergovernmental organisation that brings together life science resources from across Europe.  I lead the data management working group and a work package to build a pan-European Community of practice for training in research data management.

I am a member of the EOSC Long-Term Data Preservation task force, Alan Turing's People in Data working group and a member of the Cancer Vaccines Expert Working Group for the Commission on Human Medicines. 












I am an Advance HE Fellow and Carpentries Instructor, and have a long history of teaching data skills to researchers in the Life Sciences, including 13 years with the Wellcome Trust Advanced Courses.  Presently, I lead teaching and assessment for 3 modules on our MSc programmes in Bioinformatics, Applied and Experimental Clinical Immunology and Medical Genomics, specialising in omics and FAIR data.

Training awards include co-lead on the ELIXIR-UK DaSH Training Fellowship (2021, £0.7M) and module lead in Genomics Education and Training for Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) (2023, £0.9M).



Provision of Post Graduate Modules in Genomics Education and Training Services, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Derek Blake (1), Nigel Williams, Ann Taylor, Ric Anney, Tom Connor (2), Hywel Williams (3), Zara Poghosyan (4), Nicki Taverner (5), Robert Andrews (6). £0.9M April 2023 - April 2027

UKRI-MRC, Project Grant Protein tyrosine phosphatases as rheostats of Jak-STAT cytokine signals and determinants of disease heterogeneity. SA. Jones, NM Williams, GW Jones, R Andrews, B. Szomolay. £1.02,M. Sep 2022- Sep 2025

ELIXIR Curation of Lipid Pathways by Domain Experts to Generate Open Access Biology Resources. R Andrews (PI), V O’Donnell, M Conroy, E Willighagen €0.1M Jan 2022 - June 2023

UKRI Innovation Scholars. FAIR Data Stewardship Training Apr 2021 - Apr 2023. K Poterlowicz (coI), R Andrews (coI), C Goble, N Hall, S Sasone. £0.75M Apr 2021 - Apr 2023.

British Heart Foundation, Programme Grant Determining how bioactive phospholipids regulate development of abdominal aortic aneurysm and coagulation using multiomic approaches V O’Donnell (PI) P Collins, V Jenkins, K Channon, R Lee, Z Mallatt, N Mutch, R Andrews, J Watkins (Co-Is), £1.2M. Mar 2021- Mar 2026