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eResearch Domain Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs of the eResearch Domain are Professor Jonathan Tennyson (UCL Physics & Astronomy) and Professor Phil Luthert (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology).

Prof Phil Luthert

I am Professor of Pathology, non-executive Director at Moorfields Eye Hospital and former Director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (2006 - 2016). I trained in medicine and then Neuropathology at the Institute of Psychiatry. Initial studies there addressed the pathophysiology of the blood-brain barrier, particularly in experimental tumour models. Interests then shifted to neuropathology of neurodegenerative disease including movement disorders and dementia, the impact of HIV infection on the nervous system and the neuropathological substrate of autism. In 1994 I moved to the Pathology Department at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and spent a short time at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, training in ophthalmic pathology. Wide-ranging research interests since then include the pathogenesis of inherited retinal degeneration and novel approaches to photoreceptor rescue and more recently, the cellular basis of age-related macular degeneration and the pathology of orbital inflammatory disease. An increasing preoccupation is with addressing the challenge of the complexity of age-related degenerative through computational approaches, including a collaboration with UCL Mechanical Engineering on the modelling of ocular blood flow and bioenergetics of the outer retina.

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Prof Jonathan Tennyson, Massey Professor of Physics

I am the former Head of UCL Physics & Astronomy (2004–2011), and the leader of a large and successful research team studying a wide range of problems in the physics of molecules. I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and obtained a doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sussex. After periods working in the Netherlands and at Daresbury Laboratory, I came to UCL where I founded the Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics and Astrophysics research group (TAMPA), which currently comprises about 25 people. I am the author of over 600 scientific papers as well as number of popular articles and books. I have developed methods for computing the spectra of molecules to high accuracy and studying electron molecule collisions using first principle quantum mechanics. My group performs calculations on a wide range of computer platforms to address a variety of problems, including ones relating to astrophysics, atmospheric physics, plasma etching, the edge of fusion plasmas, neutrino mass determination and radiation damage in biological systems. I am co-founder and Chief Scientist of Quantemol Ltd, a UCL spin-out company that has sold software and consultancy since 2004. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009; I hold a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and an European Research Council (ERC) advanced investigator award for the ExoMol project. I am course director of the newly launched interdisciplinary MSc in Scientific Computing.

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