Sobia was previously employed by the Foundation as Head of Science. Now as an associate she will continue to assist with the delivery of the scientific expertise and analysis that underpin our work.
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 led 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.