Bea Costa Gomes is a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester and an Enrichment Student at the Alan Turing Institute in London. She is developing machine learning software to analyse pathologies in the brain. But when she is not writing code, Bea performs stand-up comedy.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi! I’m Bea, or as my parents call me: the accident. See, this is my opening line and to be honest my only one liner on my sets! I’m a PhD student, doing Software Development and Image Analysis to study neurodegenerative diseases. A lot of words…


“Vithya, at the University of Waikato, New Zealand with her chief supervisor Professor Bernhard Pfahringer, who has been a huge encouragement and support for her success.”

Vithya is a vibrant lady who doesn’t let external circumstances decide her future. She is super organised and manages to establish a new style of work- life balance, as she pursues her doctoral degree as a mom. Here is a sneak peak into her story.

Why did you choose to become a Machine Learning Researcher?

I have worked in the health sector for almost a decade, with roles that included quality improvement, implementing government policies, management of financial systems, tax compliance, and risk minimization. I saw the challenges of the health sector at present and in the decades to come. I saw first hand the challenges the health sector faces…


Androula at CERN, in front of the Globe of Science and Innovation

Androula’s can-do attitude makes her stand out, she sees every moment as an opportunity to kick some ass as she walks into her office in the morning. Contrary to stereotypes, she redefines her lifestyle and is known as the physicist who teaches Kung Fu.


Interviewed, written and edited by Stephanie Ukpelukpe & Victoria Carr

Dr Anya Skatova is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Innovation at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol, and a Fellow at the Turing Institute. Dr Skatova shares with us her current research, which focuses on using large transactional data sets to study decision making, well-being and personality, and discussed Dr Skatova’s route into computer science.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your research?

I am a psychologist, and my educational background is purely Psychology. Initially, I did a combination of personality and social psychology…


Interviewed, written and edited by Flavia Flaviani, postdoctoral researcher at King’s College London

Flavia: Welcome to the second post dedicated to Researc/hers that code. As promised, with this series I interview amazing women and their coding career paths. In the last interview, I interviewed Rossella Rispoli, a computational researcher with a programming expertise, but with a different career path and background.

Dr Hayley Evers-King

In this post, I interview Dr Hayley Evers-King. She is an Earth Observation Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with a PhD in Bio-Optical Oceanography from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) where she worked on characterising the…


Interviewed, written and edited by Flavia Flaviani, postdoctoral researcher at King’s College London

Flavia: There are very different paths that will get a person into coding. With time I have realised that there is no “one way and one time”. It’s not a train that comes once in a lifetime and you are never too old to start coding. Many different backgrounds and educational paths will allow you to code and develop a career into coding. …


Dr Andrada Ianus is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL, developing novel data acquisition and analysis techniques for MRI which can be used to provide information about the tissue structure at the microscopic scale. Such imaging techniques will help doctors to better understand and diagnose various conditions such dementia, autism, tumours, etc. Andrada has a strong background in physics, mathematics and computing. After finishing high school is Romania, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Physics at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, followed by a Masters of Research and PhD in Medical and Biomedical…


Melanie Kölbel is a PhD candidate at University College London working at the Developmental Imaging and Biophysics group. Her PhD involves understanding the relationship between sleep and cortisol on neurocognitive function in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Laura Yoo interviews her about how she develops apps for her research and her journey into coding.

You are currently working towards a PhD in Developmental Neurosciences at the Institute of Child Health at UCL. Could you tell us more?

My PhD is on understanding sleep behaviour in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. A lot of them have sleep…

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