Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director
Kate became Director of the Jean Golding Institute in August 2017 and leads the team in providing a strategic direction for the Institute. She is Professor of Biological Anthropology and affiliated to both the School of Arts and the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. Kate joined the University of Bristol in 1997 following her first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology and PhD in phylogenetics at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on how the hard tissues of the human body hold a signature of life history. She explores the microstructure of bone, dentition and soft tissues; innovating methodologies for the data capture, analysis and interpretation of material characterisation to address a range of challenges posed by anthropological, biomechanical, forensic, developmental and evolutionary applications.
Patricia Holley MSc, Manager
Patty is the Manager of the Institute and her main role is to develop, plan and support a range of activities in order to create avenues for multidisciplinary research, links with business, partnerships and community engagement. Patty has been working in Research Management and Administration for the past ten years and previously worked as a project manager for SPHERE, a flagship interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Bristol. This EPSRC-funded project is a £12M collaboration developing a sensor platform to support healthcare at home. She also worked in the Research and Enterprise Development (RED) department as a Research Development Associate promoting multidisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations. She has a Masters in Biology from Wake Forest University where she studied the foraging behaviour of Hawaiian albatrosses.
Dr Bobby Stuijfzand, Data Science Specialist
As data science specialist in the Jean Golding Institute, Bobby’s primary role is to support researchers throughout the University of Bristol. He provides advice, signposts to other experts and conducts work himself with regards to statistical methods, data processing and management as well as visualisation. Further activities involve engaging with researchers as well as the local community on topics involving data science, for example through presenting on events, the organisation of data challenges using open data and by organising workshops. Before taking on this role he completed a PhD here at the University of Bristol titled Advanced Statistical Methods to Interpret Eye Movements: On Time-Series and Individual Differences.
Liz Green, Research Institute Coordinator
Liz joined the team in August 2017 and her role in the Jean Golding Institute includes managing the website, social media and other communications, organising events and coordinating the administrative aspects of the Institute. Liz has a background in health and clinical research and worked as a nurse for many years. She has worked in many of the London hospitals in a number of specialities. She previously worked at King’s College London as a Research Unit Manager in Dermatology before joining the University of Bristol in 2016.