Dr Iain StylesDr Iain Styles

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science (where I am the Head of Education) at the University of Birmingham. My research interests are in the development of new computational methods for understanding complex biological experiments.

I am the co-Director of the EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training "PSIBS" (Physical Sciences of Imaging for the Biomedical Sciences) and "Sci-Phy-4-Health" (Physical Science for Healthcare.

I am the Deputy Director (Birmingham) of COMPARE - the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors.

Contact Details

E-mail: I.B.Styles@bham.ac.uk
Address: School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8559
Twitter: @driainstyles
ORCID 0000-0002-6755-0299


My main research interest is the development of new computational and mathematical approaches to model and understand complex biological phenomena, combining principled models informed by domain expertise with data-driven methods. Problems in which I am currently interested include:

More details of my work in this area, including my publications, can be found on my Research page.

If you think you would like to study for a PhD with me, then please read my research page carefully so that you have some idea of what I'm interested in before contacting me. If you are a UK student (or an EU student who has been in the UK for at least three years) then I recommend you consider applying to the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Healthcare - Sci-Phy-4-Health. If you're a scientist or engineer who wants to do a PhD at the life sciences interface with a focus on developing next-generation physical science techniques to address major challenges in healthcare, then Sci-Phy could be for you - fully funded scholarships for four years of study are available.


I'm not teaching any classes at present, but I am available for project supervision for PG students in summer 2018 and UG students in 2018/19. A list of topics for prospective project students is available here.


Biographical Note

Prior to taking up my current appointment, I was an RCUK Academic Fellow from 2007-2011 and a research fellow with Ela Claridge on the EPSRC project "Physics-based image interpretation to aid the detection of early signs of retinopathies". I was awarded my PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2003, from the Theoretical Physics group in Birmingham, where I was supervised by Martin Long.