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Francesca Buffa


Associate Professor

  • Group Leader, Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics
  • Principal Investigator, Cancer Research UK and European Research Council
  • Academic Lead for Bioinformatics

Research Summary

My research focuses on system biology approaches to search for integrated genomic blueprints that enable us to understand and predict how cancer will evolve and respond to treatment. My lab is funded by CRUK and ERC


After a Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Turin, Francesca completed her PhD in Physics and Mathematical Modelling at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London. She then undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship in Mathematical Modelling and Biostatistics at the Gray Cancer Institute, London, before joining the Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, first as a postdoctoral research fellow in Bioinformatics / Biostatistics, then as Group Leader of Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics.

In addition to her research work, she teaches at national and international Masters Courses and Advanced Schools, is a member of national and international panels, including REF-2021, and acts as bioinformatics and biostatistics advisor for genomics clinical research studies.

She authored over 130 publications, several in high impact journals, and she is the recipient of a Cancer Research UK programme and a European Research Council consolidator award.

Group Members

Alessandro Barberis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Philip Charlton, Clinical Research Training Fellow
Jagat Chauhan, Postdoctoral Researcher (based in Oxford Ludwig Institute)
Wei-Chen Cheng, Postdoctoral Researcher
Yueachan Chi, DPhil Student
Matteo Di Giovannantonio, DPhil Student
Ava Van Ess, DPhil Student
Giovanna Granata, Postdoctoral Researcher
Joachim Hagel, DPhil Student
Ben Harris, Clinical Research Training Fellow
Fiona Hartley, DPhil student
Sakura Maezono, DPhil Student (based in Tsukuba University, Japan)
Ana Miar Cuervo, Postdoctoral Researcher
Dawn O'Reilly, Postdoctoral Researcher
Jayathilake Pahala Gedara, Postdoctoral Researcher
Clara Pavillet, DPhil Student
Karen Sayal, DPhil Student
Charalampos Triantafyllidis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Pedro Victori, DPhil Student

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