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Benjamine Liu is a DPhil student and computational biologist under the supervision of Professor Simon Lovestone in the Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research Group. Ben is interested in leveraging big data, "omics", and machine learning to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. Ben's DPhil research project explores multimodal biomarkers (metabolomic, proteomic, transcriptomic, lipidomic, imaging-based markers) for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, with a focus on protein markers in the blood. Blood-based markers have the potential for widespread clinical adoption. Ben's DPhil is supported by funding from the Rhodes Trust.
Before Oxford, Ben received his MPhil in Computational Biology with Distinction from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University where he was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College. Ben graduated with an Intensive B.S in Biology from Yale where he was awarded the college's highest honor, the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize, the Goldwater Scholarship, and the Josephine de Karman Fellowship.
Outside of research, Ben is interested in enhancing public engagement and participation in research studies. Ben is CEO and co-founder at TrialSpark which uses big data, analytics, machine learning, and social media campaigns to expedite clinical trial recruitment and facilitate patient engagement.