Meet the Team

John Cassidy

Co-Founder & CEO

John has a background in cancer research in both academia (Cancer Research UK, University of Glasgow, and University of Cambridge) and pharma (MedImmune). His PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on understanding how tumors become resistant to therapy. He also has experience with multiple start-ups.

Harry Clifford

Co-Founder & CTO

Harry leads the development of CCG’s AI tech, cloud architecture, and tumor analysis pipelines. He has a background in cancer bioinformatics, completing his PhD at the University of Oxford and first postdoc at the University of Cambridge with Cancer Research UK. He also brings corporate experience in identifying and developing biomarker-based medical diagnostics.

Evaline Tsai

Co-Founder

Evaline oversees the design and delivery of services to cancer care providers and biopharmaceutical customers. She holds a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University. Evaline has corporate experience in the petrochemical industry as a process engineer at ExxonMobil and consulting experience within the biotech and nonprofit sectors. She has further experience with engineering and biotechnology through her PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Nirmesh Patel

Co-Founder & CSO

Nirmesh spearheads the clinical research and establishes experimental developments at CCG, sitting at the interface between clinical collaborators and the lab. He brings a deep understanding of the clinical applications of cancer biology, with a background in translational cancer medicine and novel therapeutic development through his PhD at King’s College London and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Hannah Thompson

Chief Product & People OfficeR

Hannah is a translational cancer biologist. She has a pharmacology masters degree which included a year of drug discovery with MedImmune and a PhD on the link between type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer from QMUL. Hannah is passionate about transforming clinical cancer care and will be using her colorectal cancer expertise to help us deliver our product.

Emil Hewage

Founding Advisor

Emil is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Alchera Technologies with an academic background as a PhD researcher in computational neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. He has extensive knowledge in developing and marketing medical devices and has held roles in finance and numerous technology startups.

Philip Beer

Head of Translational Medicine

Philip brings years of expertise in clinical cancer genomics in the NHS and commercially.

Geoffroy Dubourg-Felonneau

Machine Learning Team Lead

Geoffroy is an ML and AI lover. He is a full-stack engineer with experience in deep neural networks and cloud computing architecture. He has prior experience in the Silicon Valley start-up scene, and is now turning his attention to revolutionising cancer genomics.

Fergal Cotter

Machine Learning Researcher

Fergal is using ML to understand the attributes underlying cancer relapse. Fergal’s ML experience comes through his PhD in the Signal Processing group at the University of Cambridge, where he is looking at improving the understanding and performance of convolutional neural networks by applying signal processing methods. He has prior industry experience in Automation and Control and likes to spend time outside his PhD looking at applying ML in fun, different and/or useful ways.

Joe Sneath Thompson

Bioinformatician

Joe has a masters in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge. He also has experience in working with NGS data in the hospital and start-up setting. He uses his skills to maintain our variant calling pipelines.

Harry Dobson

Software Engineer

Harry is passionate about the application of engineering for data science data visualisation in medicine. He has previous experience with start-ups and uses his skills to help CCG develop their software.

Belle Taylor

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Belle is a talented science communicator and loves nothing more than conversing about science and its potential. She has a Masters degree in Chemistry from University College London, where she also carried out her PhD in Physical Chemistry. At CCG she uses her skills to develop partnerships and strategic alliances with interested parties all over the world as well as managing CCG’s public engagement strategy.

Olivia Edwards

Business Development Manager

Olivia has a masters in bioscience enterprise from the University of Cambridge. She is passionate about innovation, start-ups and making an impact in healthcare. Olivia is helping us to develop and maintain partnerships.

Sam Frost

Front End Engineer & Designer

Sam is an experienced front end engineer and user experience designer with professional experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Cambridge web agency. At CCG, Sam is leading the front end development of OncOS.

Dàmi Rebergen

Bioinformatician

Dàmi has a masters degree in bioinformatics from Wageningen University and Reasearch as well as a degree in biotechnology. At CCG he is combining his knowledge of machine learning and biology to improve our understanding of somatic mutation detection and is highly involved in our research and development.

Chris Parsons

Machine Learning Researcher

Chris has a master's degree in information engineering from Oxford University, where his thesis focused on the intersection of machine learning and optimisation to solve graphical inference problems. At CCG he is working on cutting edge research to advance cancer treatment with machine learning.

Joan Tanous

Administrative Coordinator

Joan is the backbone of our team, she uses her experience in administration to help our multiple projects run smoothly, organises our AI society, assists with our hiring process and anything else she can get her hands on.

Elena Zhel

Business Development

Elena has a Masters in Oncology from the QMUL and Barts Cancer Institute, combined with a medical degree and expertise in pharmaceutical industry. Elena is passionate about the potential of genomic technologies to transform cancer care and improve patient outcomes. She brings her entrepreneurial expertise to help to shape CCG’s business development strategy.

Adnan Akbar

Data Scientist

Adnan integrates machine learning algorithms into bioinformatics pipelines to deliver a range of analyses, and to help CCG answer novel biological questions. He has a PhD in electronics engineering and professional experience as both a development engineer and a data scientist.

Dominic Magirr

Medical Statistician

Dominic carries out data synthesis and statistical analyses in order to best interpret the implications for cancer patients. He has a PhD in Statistics and professional experience at the Medical University of Vienna and at AstraZeneca, where he worked on clinical trial design.

Bobbie Dousa

Patient Experience Researcher

Bobbie investigates the patient’s experience of undergoing cancer treatments and patient reception of AI informed treatment strategies. She situates original ethnographic research against public debates concerning genomic data privacy, precision medicine, and the use of AI within health care. Bobbie holds degrees in anthropology and literary criticism from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cambridge.

Jacob Bradley

Computational Biology Intern

Jacob is a PhD student working with CCG, based in Edinburgh's School of Mathematics and Institute for Genetic and Molecular Medicine. He studied maths and systems biology in Cambridge. He uses statistical learning techniques to understand what it means to be a cancer driver mutation

Kris Linton-Reid

Data Science Intern

Kris is a precision medicine-focused Data Science MRes student with a specialisation in pharmacology and disease heterogeneity.

Aurora Diamante

Business Development Intern

Aurora has a Masters in Molecular Biotechnology and she is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she is developing a new biotherapeutic platform. Aurora is passionate about entrepreneurship and she is helping the business development team to manage potential clients.

Areeba Patel

Cancer Informatics Intern

Areeba has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and is currently a MRes Cancer Informatics student at Imperial College London. She is working on her masters thesis at CCG where she applies her engineering skills to cancer research. She is building an improved mutation caller that can be integrated with CCG’s core tech.

Laura Martens

Computational Biology Intern

Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Bremen and is currently working towards her MPhil in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge. At CCG, she is working on mathematical models to predict the evolution of cancer subclones.

Andrey Solovyev

Bioinformatics Intern

Andrey holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCL and is currently studying towards an MSc in Bioinformatics at Edinburgh Uni. At CCG, he is working on his master’s thesis where he combines his biological and computational skills. He is developing a machine learning pipeline for prediction of patterns of cancer subclonal evolution.

Yasmeen Kussad

ML Intern

Yasmeen has an undergrad in Industrial Engineering, and is currently doing an MSc in Data Science at Lancaster University. At CCG, she is working on developing an unsupervised machine learning model to compress genetic profiles that mark somatic mutations in cancer patients.

Denizhan Akar

Software Development Intern

Denizhan is an undergrad studying Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Manchester. At CCG, he is working on improving OncOS, building GenomeTracker for live data visualization, and conducting dimensionality reduction on DNA sequence reads for SomaticNET.

Ergi Laze

Software Intern

Ergi is an undergrad studying Computer Science with Business Management at University of Birmingham who is passionate about web development. At CCG, he's working on building the front end of our product.

Nitesh Reddy

UX Intern

Nitesh has a Bachelors in Engineering, and is currently a Masters student doing Integrated Product Design at Politecnico Di Milano, Milan. Nitesh is helping CCG with all things design.

Owen Tutt

Bioinformatics Intern

Owen is going into his third year of Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge where he is specialising in cancer and virology. He has a strong interest in both biology and maths throughout school and university, and is now looking forward to returning to maths over the summer having studied pure biology in his second year. Outside his degree, he's very involved in college rowing as well as learning Spanish alongside his course.

Want to join our team?

We are always interested in prospective applications from those enthusiastic about transforming cancer care through machine learning.