Professor Blanca Rodriguez
Professor of Computational Medicine; Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Basic Biomedical Sciences
My research interest is in the investigation of causes and modulators of variability in the response of the human heart to disease and therapies. We develop human-based computational modelling and simulation to expand and augment the information extracted from experimental and clinical methods. Our research is based on very close interactions with experimental and clinical scientists in academia, hospitals and industry. I am also very active in training junior scientists and in promoting diversity in science.
I work as a Fellow at St Cross College, a Wellcome Trust Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science and Professor of Computational Medicine in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oxford. I also serve as a member of the Board of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, and several committees at the European Society of Cardiology and the Academy of Medical Sciences. I provide expert advice on in silico methods for toxicology and pharmacology assessment to industry and organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. I was trained as an Engineer in the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where I also did my PhD in Bioengineering. Then I went for postdoctoral training at Tulane Univeristy in New Orleans, before joining the University of Oxford first a postdoc, and then with research fellowships with MRC and Wellcome Trust.