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Clara Eléonore Pavillet

BSc (Hons), MSc


DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student at the MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology in Prof. Koohy's group, under the supervision of Prof. Tudor Fulga and Prof. Francesca Buffa. I am fully funded by the Wellcome Trust Award.

I grew up in Europe, South America and North America, making me fluent in French, Spanish and English. After graduating from University of Toronto I pursued graduate studies at University of Oxford where I combined my passion for programming and medicine in a master's thesis supervised by Prof. Francesca Buffa. I modelled gene networks involved in cancer progression and created a software plugin to automate the simulation of deposited models from online databases.

Thereafter, I developed a deep interest in Machine Learning during my time with Prof. Ilan Davis (Department of Biochemistry), working in image analysis in collaboration with Prof. Ruth Baker (Mathematical Institute) and Prof. Andrew Zisserman (Oxford Robotics Institute, DeepMind).

Today I merge my wide range of interests in computer science, machine learning, mathematics and genetics to solve challenges in biotechnology and medicine. For my thesis project I aim to mathematically and computationally model tumour-immune dynamics using the plethora of available cancer data. Combining Agent-Based modelling, Network modelling, and Machine Learning, I am working on creating an interactive customizable environment to simulate this biological process. This work will provide an in-silico framework to help identify or engineer patient-specific treatments against cancer.