The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan, has appointed Professor Charlotte Deane as the new Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Professor Deane MBE is currently Professor of Structural Bioinformatics at the University of Oxford and Chief AI Officer at Exscientia plc . She is also a co-director of the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Research Centre for Doctoral Training which she founded in 2009.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Deane served on SAGE, the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Her appointment to EPSRC marks her return to UK Research and Innovation. When Deputy Executive Chair of EPSRC she acted as UKRI’s COVID-19 Response Director.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to COVID-19 research.

Professor Deane will remain affiliated with the University of Oxford, leading the Oxford Protein Informatics Group in the Department of Statistics.

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It will be a real privilege to lead the EPSRC at such an important time and I look forward to working with colleagues in UKRI and across the sector to help to build a more vibrant and powerful UK research and innovation system.

Professor Charlotte Deane, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford