Professor Iain StylesProfessor Iain Styles

I have now moved to the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast.

Until 30 April 2023 I was Professor of Computational Life Sciences in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. My research interests are in the development of new computational methods for understanding complex biological experiments.

I was also the Turing University Lead, providing the primary research link between the Institute and the university.

I remain a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

I was the Director of the Baskerville EPSRC Tier 2 High Performance Computing facility.

Contact Details

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.