Felix Jackson studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, staying on to complete a masters degree that included a research project in Computational Genomics. Before starting his DPhil Felix worked as a Data Scientist for a tech startup.

What’s your current research and how could it impact patients?

The best outcomes for cancer patients result from detecting the cancer at an early stage. However, without a surgical biopsy this is currently very hard to do. I work on non-invasive methods of detecting cancer early, focusing on easily collectable data types, such as a CT scan or a blood sample. By using advanced computer modelling algorithms, we can identify new patterns in this data which may help us diagnose cancer at an early stage, when it is easier to treat.

Why did you want to study in Oxford?

The interface between medical research and healthcare in Oxford is very strong. This allows us medical researchers to have direct access to the most useful data available, which is vital for meaningful research. This also allows us to keep our research grounded and aligned with actual healthcare needs.

What do you do outside of your studies?

I spend a lot of time playing in jazz bands around Oxford. When I have some time, I head to the coast for kitesurfing and surfing.