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Christina Pagel

Christina Pagel
CORU's Director
Professor of Operational Research

Christina has a background in maths and physics. From being a post-doctoral physicist, she made the leap into mathematics applied to health care in 2005 and is now Director of CORU and Professor of Operational Research. Her recent work has focused paediatric intensive care and outcomes after children’s heart surgery. She was a 2016-17 Harkness fellow in Health Policy and Practice, based between Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, US where she worked on understanding politicians’ priorities for US health policy and on implementation of I.T. systems. She is passionate about using information to help people improve delivery of healthcare.
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Sonya Crowe

Sonya Crowe
CORU's Deputy Director
Associate Professor of Operational Research

Sonya has a PhD in physics and worked in the Government OR Services before joining CORU in 2009 from the Department of Health. She has worked on a wide range of projects relating to service delivery and innovation in health and social care, health protection policy and global health. In 2013 she was awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship. Her current interests include: combining quantitative and qualitative OR methods to improve services that span multiple sectors; linking national datasets to support quality improvement in services for congenital heart disease; and enhancing the effectiveness of OR in contributing to improvement.
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Martin Utley

Martin Utley
Professor of Operational Research

Former Director of the unit (2007-2017), Martin joined CORU in 1996 having gained a PhD in high-energy physics. Martin has experience of working on a wide variety of problems in health and health care, spanning many clinical areas. Actively involved in many aspects of CORU's current research, he is committed to assisting those planning, delivering or evaluating health services by developing, adapting and applying operational research techniques.
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Luca Grieco

Luca Grieco
Senior Research Associate

Luca has a background in Industrial Engineering and Operational Research techniques gained during his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2008 he moved to France where he earned his PhD in Genomics and Bioinformatics dealing with machine learning and dynamical modelling approaches to identify targets for cancer therapy. In 2014 he was appointed as Research Associate at CORU where he applies quantitative methods to support health protection policy and to improve performance of healthcare systems.
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Enoch Kung

Enoch Kung
Research Associate

Enoch graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with degrees in mathematics and electronic engineering, with his PhD thesis on cyber-physical system security. He joined CORU in 2017 as a research associate and is working on the development of mathematical models in the prediction of patient flow and resource demand.
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Ruksana Begum

Ruksana Begum
Senior Finance Administrator

Ruksana has a background in Education Finance. She graduated from City University in 2001 after gaining a honours degree in Management and Systems. She joined an accountancy firm BDO before embarking on a career at a Further Education (FE) College within their Core Finance dept. Ruksana has since held a variety of finance management roles within different FE institutions, joining CORU in 2017. She has a passion for working in the public sector and education finance services.

Recent members

Ann Raymond

Ann Raymond
Research Assistant

Ann has a background in economics, mathematics and statistics, and holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics. Previously, she worked with Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania on projects at the intersection of development and behavioural economics, researching the causes of poverty. At CORU, she works on evaluation of the Care City NHS England Test Bed.
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Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths

Jasmina Panovska Griffiths
Senior Research Associate

Jasmina’s background is in mathematics and computational biology, having obtained her BA, MMath and DPhil degrees in mathematical sciences at Oxford University. Upon completing her doctorate Jasmina was a Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University and a consultant for Unilever Corporate Research before joining UCL in 2007 as a Research Fellow in the Departments of Mathematics and Medical Physics. In Sep 2012 she was appointed as Lecturer in Infectious Disease Modelling at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Jasmina worked at CORU from February 2015 to December 2017.

Libby Rogers

Libby Rogers
Research Associate

Libby graduated from Warwick University in 2013 with an undergraduate Masters in Mathematics. During her studies, she focused on mathematical modelling and statistics. Libby worked for an actuarial consultancy for 18 months before joining CORU in April 2015 (until December 2017), where she worked on projects related to short and longer term outcomes of children’s heart surgery in the UK.

Ryan Palmer

Ryan Palmer
PhD student

Ryan completed his PhD in Mathematics (2014-2018) under the primary supervision of Prof. Martin Utley, funded by the Health Foundation. His work - entitled “Use of network analysis, and fluid and diffusion approximations for stochastic queueing networks to understand flows of referrals and outcomes in community health care” - involved working alongside the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) within the context of their community health care. In July 2014, Ryan graduated from the University of Bath having completed his masters in Mathematics.

Andrew Wilshere

Andrew Wilshere

Andrew worked at CORU from May 2014 to May 2017, having previously been employed at the University of Manchester as a research coordinator in academic and clinical settings. While at Manchester he was also awarded a PhD in the philosophy of justice and ethics. Andrew’s work at CORU included project management of the unit’s research portfolio, and provision of general administrative support to research staff.