Research IT Services



Chris Langridge - Departmental Administrator

Chris Langridge

I started working at UCL in 2009, providing admin support to Staff and Research Students at both CoMPLEX and CBER; I have recently joined RITS as Departmental Administrator to provide support to the Department. Prior to working in UCL I worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, helping to deliver non-clinical commissioning services for the NHS. My objective is to provide support to help deliver the academic vision of the University.




Research IT Facilitation

Jo Lampard - Senior Research IT Facilitator

Jo Lampard

I'm responsible for providing advisory, outreach and engagement services across all of RITS, and for coordinating related user training programmes. I have a chemistry and crystallography background with many years of experience supporting national IT services.

Tom Couch - Research IT Facilitator

Tom Couch

I have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and have previously worked for a radiation protection service. One of the things I really like about being a facilitator is being able to talk to researchers about their work.

Research Software Developmen

Jonathan Cooper - Head of Research Software Engineering

Jonathan Cooper

I am a research software developer with 12 years' experience as a researcher in computational biology at the University of Oxford. My work has included high performance simulation of cardiac electrophysiology, tool support for models defined using XML-based standards, and web interfaces for model analysis and comparison.

Raquel Alegre - Senior Research Software Developer

Raquel Alegre

I have been working as a Software Engineer for several years in both industry and academia in projects related to satellite remote sensing and visualisation of geospatial data. I have an MSc in Computer Engineering and further studies in Space Science and Technology.

David Pérez-Suárez - Senior Research Software Developer

David Perez-Suarez

I've been part of this amazing team since 2016. Before that I was a researcher in Solar Physics and Space Weather at various institutions around the world. I have always been a big advocate of open science (involving open access, open data and open source software) which have taken me to be part of SunPy, an open source project for solar physics; Software Carpentry, a community for teaching good practices in research software development; and Sunspotter a citizen science project.

Asif Tamuri - Senior Research Software Developer

Asif Tamuri

I am a software engineer with a background in computational biology and bioinformatics. I joined the RSDG in 2017 and focus mostly on projects in the life sciences. You can read more about my work here.

Sanaz Jabbari - Data Science Specialist


I joined in 2018 to lead the AI Studio, working with our Research Software Development team.  I am an applied Computer Scientist with main interest and expertise in developing Machine Learning models for solving various Artificial Intelligence problems such as Natural Language Processing and Image Recognition.  Working on AI/ML/NLP applications in both academia and industry, I did my PhD in Statistical Natural Language Processing and worked as a Research Assistant in the University of Sheffield.  In industry, I worked as NLP head in a feedback analysis start-up and also Microsoft Bing as a software engineer.

Ilektra Christidi - Senior Research Software Developer

Ilektra Christidi

I am a particle physicist by calling, having worked on the ATLAS experiment of CERN's LHC for 5 years. My research focused on background processes to Higgs searches, as well as developing and improving Data Quality Monitoring and detector trigger packages. Immediately before joining the RSDG, I was working in industry as a software engineer for the gas and oil sector, in geophysical exploration data processing.

Anastasis Georgoulas - Research Software Developer

Anastasis Georgoulas

I joined the team in September 2017 after completing my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. My previous experience includes both research and software support in the fields of formal methods and machine learning, especially applied to stochastic systems and systems biology.

Roma Klapaukh - Senior Research Software Developer


I am a computer scientist with a background in data visualisation.  Before joining I worked in university teaching and interdisciplinary research, as well as a short stint in the finance industry.

Roland Guichard - Research Softwarer Developer

Roland Guichard

In 2007, I graduated my PhD in Theoretical Quantum Physics in the field of ultrafast laser-matter interaction. In following, I have joined several European research groups in that area. In 2014, I worked at UCL on a project involving the computation of spin quits embedded in semiconductor environments. I made a 2-years detour in the transport industry, working on large-scale road traffic simulations and human-machine interaction for driverless cars and finally joined RSDG in August 2017.

Matthew Gillman - Research Software Developer

Matthew Gillman

After originally studying Physics I retrained in Computer Science. I have worked in the telecoms industry, transformed genetic read data and run microsimulation models to predict women's cervical cancer incidence and the effect of screening. I also created a generic microsimulation system called GENESIS. I joined the team in June 2018.

Jeremy Stein - Research Software Developer

Jeremy Stein

I have a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Bioinformatics.  Before joining RSDG I worked in population genetics and on a pipeline analysing DNA sequencing data.

Mose Giordano - Research Software Developer

Mose Giordano

After completing my PhD in Physics studying exoplanets with gravitational microlensing, I got a postdoctoral position in Particle Physics as a member of the GERDA collaboration.  Before joining the RSDG in January 2019, I worked as software engineer in industry for a company in the defence sector.  I am an active supporter of free and open source and open science, and I am co-maintainer of GNU AUCTeX, as well as author of several packages for numerical computing in the Julia programming language.

Timothy Spain - Research Software Developer

Tim Spain

Before I joined the team in June 2019, I was a Data Analysis Scientist at Diamond Light Source, working on software to automatically process synchrotron diffraction data. Before that I worked as a researcher into atmospheric physics, completing my PhD on palaeoclimatology in 2007 and studying the ionosphere as a PDRA at UCL between 2007 and 2014.

Stefan Piatek - Research Software Developer

Stefan Piatek

During my PhD in molecular biology I realised that I was happier spending my time on computational analyses instead of the wet lab work. Since then I have been trained as a Clinical Scientist in Bioinformatics; I developed and maintained Next Generation Sequencing pipelines and created simple applications to help genetic scientists do their jobs more effectively.

Steve Roderick - Research Software Developer

Steve Roderick

My background is in commercial programming (Java) and data analytics, with clients in the banking, defense and telecoms sectors. 
I have an MSc in Physics and more recently in Telecommunications from UCL. I have conducted research in the field of LPWANs and propagation modelling. 
I am a licensed radio amateur with a lifelong infatuation with all aspects of radio technology and RF signals. I joined the team in August 2019.

Tuomas Koskela - Research Software Developer

Tuomas Koskela

After completing my PhD in plasma physics in 2015, I worked on the performance optimization of HPC physics applications at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After that I worked as a researcher in space plasma physics at the University of Helsinki. I joined RSDG in September 2019.

Sarah Keating - Research Software Developer

Sarah Keating

I have a degree in Physics and PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, but have spent a large part of my research life developing standards and the necessary software infrastructure for modelling in Biological Networks. I am passionate about using standards to facilitate the exchange and reuse of models in this arena and remain a member of the COMBINE (COmputational Modelling in BIological Networks) Coordination board.


Research Data Services

James Wilson - Head of Research Data Services

James Wilson

I joined UCL in 2016 having previously worked for many years in research IT at the University of Oxford. My academic background is in the humanities, making me a little unusual in the RITS team. Moving into the digital humanities after completing my doctorate, I have since led several software and service development projects and been involved in research data management planning and support since 2010.

Alastair Smith - Senior Research Data Systems Engineer

Alastair Smith

My job requires a jack of all trades approach to get our high end data storage system up and running and help our users to find the best way of using it. I'm generally interested in learning about and generating solutions involving cutting edge technology.

Boris Battistin - Research Infrastructure System Administrator

Boris Battistin

I joined UCL and the Research Computing Team in early 2018 after a few different international experiences in research environments, the IT sector and a few Engineering companies.
I currently help my team mates running and improving the HPC infrastructure : together we drive the Research forward.

Research Computing Services

Owain Kenway - Research Computing Applications and Support Team Leader

Owain Kenway

After completing my PhD studying ways to efficiently run molecular dynamics simulations on a distributed computational grid, I spent a brief period writing software for research before joining ISD. I regularly deliver our High Performance Computing course.

Brian Alston - Research Computing Analyst

Brian Alston

I've worked in UCL's central IT service for over 25 years, focusing on user account management and supporting academic applications software. I joined the Research Computing team a couple of years ago where I help staff the Helpdesk, support academic applications like R, Mathematica and Matlab and run software licence managers.

Ian Kirker - Research Computing Analyst

Ian Kirker

I joined the Research Computing team in 2012 after completing my PhD in computational chemistry (simulation of covalency and complexation in actinides) at UCL. I share responsibility for staffing the Research Computing helpdesk and also help deliver our High Performance Computing training.

Hillary Bunketi - Research Computing Analyst


After completing my bachelor's degree in Computer Science, I decided to join FDM as a part of their graduate scheme. I have currently been hired by UCL through FDM to provide support on the Research Computing helpdesk.

Heather Kelly - Research Computing Analyst


I began working for Research Computing Applications and Support as a full time external contractor in 2014 until I was offered a direct position in 2017. I help staff the Research Computing support board, build software applications and am the main contact on our team for the Tier 2 MMM Hub.

Werner van Niekerk - Senior Research Infrastructure Systems Administrator

Werner van Niekerk

I ensure the research clusters are available and operational at all times. This includes repairs, monitoring, installations and upgrades. The role comprises a broad mix of hardware and software skills for which my long background in IT Research and Development comes in handy.  Keeper of the magic smoke.