Becca Wilson is a research fellow in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. Her research interests comprise interdisciplinary projects within health data science relating to the access, visualisation and sharing of big biomedical data.

Current Position – Newcastle University

Feb 2018-present UKRI Innovation Fellow (HDR UK), Institute of Health and Society

This fellowship will develop tools to help scientists and doctors make good use of sensitive health data, while minimising the risk of an individual or their health status becoming known. I will focus on the integration of DataSHIELD with two increasingly important areas of health data use: 1) information from medical text; 2) visual display of data, particularly in augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR).

April 2017-Jan 2017 Senior Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society

Continued work in the Data 2 Knowledge Group following the move to Newcastle University.

October 2013 – March 2017 University of Bristol

March 2016-March 2017 Research Fellow, School of Social and Community Medicine

I lead on DataSHIELD developing new software to facilitate the secure analysis of biomedical data. I was PI on the AMASED project exploring text analysis capability in DataSHIELD, and am the founder and Co-I on the Papers Metadata Augmentation project within CLOSER. I am a research Co-Investigator on the ALSPAC Seeing is Believing grant to utilise VR as a visualisation method for ALSPAC data.

October 2013-March 2016 Senior Research Associate, School of Social and Community Medicine

I am currently the lead on DataSHIELD developing new software to facilitate the secure analysis of biomedical data. I was PI on the AMASED project exploring text analysis capability in DataSHIELD, and Co-I on the Papers Metadata Augmentation project within CLOSER.

March 2009 – September 2013 University of Leicester

July 2013-September 2013 Research Associate, Health Sciences

I joined the Genetic Epidemiology group at the University of Leicester to work on DataSHIELD. I assisted in the development of new software to enable the secure analysis of biomedical datasets.

November 2010-September 2013 National Space Academy Project Scientist, Space Research Centre

I was the University of Leicester project scientist for the National Space Academy, a collaborative initiative set up by the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham and the National Space Centre, Leicester. The Space Academy develops and delivers G.C.S.E and A Level revision-focussed masterclasses in the sciences using space science as the context for teaching and inspiration. In 2012, this educational programme was nationalised across England, supported by the UK Space Agency, ESA, STFC and a consortium of space industry. It aims to encourage young people into a career in the space sector. My responsibilities included developing/delivering masterclasses and teacher CPD drawing on the wonderment of environmental and planetary sciences. I also worked with project stakeholders at space careers events.

Complementary to this role I was an outreach officer for the Physics and Astronomy department, with a focus on Space Research Centre science. In this role I initiated and managed @PhysicsUoL the department twitter account, tweeting research news stories and outreach to the general public. I have developed and delivered Earth observation and planetary science research-based and curriculum-linked outreach activities across KS1-5. I have been PI and grant writer of a number of successful outreach grants.

February 2013-July 2013 Web Content Manager, Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit

I redesigned the Leicester cardiovascular BRU website, an information point for staff, external scientists and patients recruited for trials. This involved sourcing and editing new content, updating existing content, linking to social media and liaising between audio-visual experts to create new images and film content for the website. Further information is available in my communications portfolio.

Nov 2011-July 2013 Project Scientist, Space Research Centre

I worked on a range of knowledge exchange projects including GSTEP – helping businesses access and use Earth Observation data for regional competitiveness. My work in GSTEP included developing a training course for educational businesses and services based on the visualisation of geotagged media (e.g. photos, video) and data. I also worked at the Space IDEAS Hub – a project offering regional businesses access to University expertise derived from over 50 years of space research. I conducted a variety of work as the project scientist – from product testing to geospatial data visualisation. I also contributed to the planning and delivery of industry exhibitions and business engagement events and developed/edited marketing materials (newsletters, case studies, event adverts and flyers). I redesigned and maintained the project website, @spaceideashub twitter account and flikr stream.

March 2009-January 2011 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry

I was employed as a post-doctoral research assistant in the Department of Chemistry. I worked on GEOmon (Global Earth Observation and Monitoring), an integrated project within the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union involving 38 participating institutes. I developed customized data analysis tools to analyse trace gas trends of European air quality data sets and global model outputs from the past 20 years. This provided an insight into the impact of European legislation on trace gas pollutants through the control of precursor emissions. I presented my research at international conferences, contributed to the final project report and written lead author articles, journal papers and conference proceedings.