Research IT Services

Dr Jonathan Cooper

Dr Jonathan Cooper

Head of Research Software Engineering

RITS Software Development

ISD Research IT Services

Joined UCL
21st Nov 2016

Research summary

I am interested in the application of software engineering to computational biology, having worked mostly on the use of domain-specific languages to describe mathematical models of biology, and the tools required to make these usable for researchers. I now work as a Research Software Engineer more broadly, supporting researchers in developing high quality software to improve the reproducibility, sustainability and impact of their research.


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2004


I joined the Research Software Development Group in November 2016 after 12 years as a researcher at the University of Oxford. There I was joint lead developer for the Chaste computational biology software, and creator of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Web Lab. I also set up and led a cross-University network for Research Software Developers at Oxford, was co-Director of the Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre, and lectured XML for Oxford's part-time MSc in Software Engineering.