The Healthy Lifespan Institute brings together a wealth of expertise in multimorbidity and healthy ageing. Our renowned team includes researchers who are considered leaders in their field and ranked among the top 40 researchers globally for the quality of their scientific outputs.

Core team and directors

Professor Alan Walker

Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology

Ageing, social analysis, social policy, social planning, social gerontology

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Professor Ilaria Bellantuono

Professor in Musculoskeletal Ageing

Multiple age-related disease, preventing or reversing ageing of stem cells, diseases of the musculoskeletal system

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Professor Sherif El-Khamisy

Professor of Molecular Medicine

DNA repair, topisomerase, mitochondria

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Gemma Stephens

Healthy Lifespan Institute Manager

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Executive board team leads

Professor Sheila Francis

Professor of Cardiovascular Biology

Modulating vascular cell function, experimental models of cardiovascular systems, coronary artery disease

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Professor Sarah Danson

Professor of Medical Oncology, Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology

Treatment of melanoma and lung cancer, early clinical assessment of new anticancer agents, skin cancer

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Professor Eleni Vasilaki

Chair of Computational Neuroscience & Neural Engineering

Computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, synaptic plasticity and learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning

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Dr Maria-Cruz Villa-Uriol


Computational imaging, modelling techniques, composition of scientific workflows, cardiovascular domain

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Professor Mark Wilkinson

Professor of Orthopaedics, Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Dr Elizabeth Williams

Senior Lecturer

Diet and intestinal health, biomarkers of colorectal cancer, the role of butyrate and folate on colorectal carcinogenesis, nutrition, health and wellbeing of older adults

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Professor Eugene McCloskey

Professor in Adult Bone Disease and Honorary Consultant

Metabolic bone diseases, osteoporosis, vertebral fracture definition, osteoporosis epidemiology, non-invasive assessments of bone strength and fracture risk

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Dr Enrico Dall’Ara


Musculoskeletal tissues, imaging, experimental and computational methods, bone strength, bone remodelling

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Professor Thomas Webb

Professor of Psychology

Self-regulation, behaviour change, motivation

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Professor Claudia Mazzà

Professor in Biomechanics

Mechanical engineering, human movement analysis, musculoskeletal modelling, biomechanics

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Dr Gareth Richards

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Professor Aline Villavicencio

Chair in Natural Language Processing

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Professor Paul Martin

Sciences Professor of Sociology

Epigenetics, science in social policy, novel biosocial concepts, genomics and personalised medicine

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Dr Tony Ryan

Reader in Older People, Care and the Family

Sociology of ageing, palliative and supportive care, dementia/stroke care practice

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Professor Elizabeth Goyder

Professor in Public Health and honorary consultant in Public Health at Public Health England

Public health, inequalities in health, physical activity, collaboration with practitioners and communities, knowledge mobilisation, evidence synthesis 

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Professor Steven Sourbron

Professor in Medical Imaging Physics

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