Sobia Raza is a Senior Fellow (interim) at the Health Foundation within the Data Analytics team. Her focus is on developments in data-driven technology and the evolving policy response to these within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. She is also an Associate of the PHG Foundation, where she assists with the delivery of the scientific expertise and analysis that underpin our work. She recently led our analysis on artificial intelligence for genomic medicine.
Prior to this, Sobia was the Head of Science at the Foundation, and before that our Senior Policy Analyst specialising in Data Science. In these roles she engaged with the clinical, scientific and research communities to examine issues around the effective use of biomedical and data-driven technologies for health, including; clinical genomics, data sharing, machine learning, citizen generated data, infectious disease genomics, and personalised medicine.
Sobia gained her PhD and MSc in Genomics at the University of Edinburgh, where she continued her academic research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Here she applied a combination of wet-lab and computational analysis techniques to investigate the innate immune response. During her time in Edinburgh she was awarded a science policy fellowship at the Scottish Parliament to provide independent insight into a range of science and health related topics including healthcare associated infections.