As Head of Science Sobia is responsible for the delivery of the scientific expertise and analysis that underpin our work. She also contributes to the development of our strategic partnerships with other organisations who have an interest in science and health policy. Before taking over as Head of Science, Sobia worked with us as a policy analyst specialising in data science at the PHG Foundation; she has also served as interim Head of Science. She leads our work on genomic data sharing and provides analysis and insight into a range of data-related topics - from examining the potential of big data, digital technologies, and data analytics, to assessing how policy can shape their use and impact in healthcare. Skilled in articulating technical concepts, Sobia engages with clinical, scientific and biomedical communities to explore issues around the effective use of data for healthcare.
Sobia gained her PhD and MSc at the University of Edinburgh, where she continued her academic research as Post-Doctoral Fellow. A biologist by training she applied a combination of wet-lab, bioinformatics and systems-biology approaches to research the innate immune system. During her time in Edinburgh she also seconded to the Scottish Parliament to provide independent insight into a range of science and health related topics including healthcare associated infections.
Luheshi L, Peacock S, Raza S. Moving pathogen genomics out of the lab and into the clinic: what will it take? Genome Medicine. 30 December 2015; DOI: 10.1186/s13073-015-0254-z
Luheshi L, Raza S. Big data or bust - realising the microbial genomics revolution Microbial Genomics. 18 December 2015; 10.1099/mgen.0.000046