Dr Michael lay
Head of Project Information Science
- MRC PHRU Joint Director of Computing
- Information Security Coordinator and Information Governance Lead
Michael’s role encompasses strategic oversight over a number of programming and bioinformatics initiatives with NDPH, as well as responsibility for Information Security and Governance. Michael directs and supervises a large team of programmers working on a number of large scale projects, particularly UK Biobank, HPS3/TIMI55-REVEAL and ASCEND, but also a number of other large-scale clinical trials. He also manages the Information Governance team within NDPH which handles initiatives including the NHS Information Governance Toolkit and ISO 27000.
Michael takes the direct programming lead on a number of bioinformatics initiatives, particularly with respect to the use of registry data and other resources to enhance and streamline clinical trials.
Prior to joining CTSU in 1996, Michael graduated with a double first class Physics degree from Brasenose College in Oxford and subsequently obtained a doctorate from Oxford for his work on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory; the leader of the project was awarded Nobel prize for physics (2015). During this period he also held a junior teaching fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and moved on to work as a post-doctoral researcher in Oxford, continuing his work on computer simulations of the observatory.