Rafael is the Head of Informatics at Medicines Discovery Catapult.
He leads the bioinformatics and cheminformatics teams supporting UK SMEs to solve problems in medicines discovery by interpreting large amounts of data using novel informatics methods. Previously he was the Head of Research Informatics at Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Operations Director of the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases initiative (EDoN) leading data science projects focused on the validation of digital biomarkers for detecting diseases which cause dementia. He has extensive experience leading data management and data integration efforts especially designing and implementing strategies and data services in the areas of genomics, proteomics, molecular interactions and neurobiology.
For 5 years he was the CTO and Chief Data Architect of ELIXIR contributing to building a federated data infrastructure participated by more than 200 European service providers working together to better manage, sustain, integrate and harmonise research data resources in life sciences. He also led the development of well-known data resources like IntAct at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), contributed to defining the interoperability strategy of major initiatives like the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and played a key role in establishing community efforts like BioJS, Bioschemas, PSICQUIC and Biocontainers. He is also part of the Technical Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative (ADDI) aiming to improve data sharing and interoperability to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in dementia.