Simon Tavaré

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Simon Tavaré

Born (1952-05-13) 13 May 1952 (age 66)[1]
EducationOundle School[1]
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield (BSc, MSc, PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisSome results for Markow processes with application to genetic models.
Notable studentsRebecca Doerge[citation needed]

Simon Tavaré FRS FMedSci (born 1952),[1] is the founding Director of the Herbert and Florence Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics at Columbia University.[4] Prior to joining Columbia, he was Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Professor of Cancer Research at the Department of Oncology and Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge.[5]


Tavaré was educated at Oundle School[1] and the University of Sheffield where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974, a Master of Science degree in 1975, and a PhD in 1979.[1][6]

Research and career[edit]

Tavaré is a computational biologist and statistician, with his research focusing on three main areas: statistical methods for the analysis of next‑generation sequencing data, evolutionary approaches to cancer and methods for the analysis of genomics data.[7]

Tavaré's research has been funded by Cancer Research UK, the Royal Society,[8][2] the European Union, Horizon 2020, the Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),[9] the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).[10] His former doctoral students include Thomas Hardcastle,[11][12] Ioanna Manolopoulou,[11][13] Vincent Plagnol,[11][14][15] Andrea Sottoriva,[11][16] and Douglas Speed.[11][17]

Awards and honours[edit]

Tavare was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2011[8] and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2009.[18] He held a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award from 2003 to 2009[2]. In 2018, Tavare was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society[19] and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences[20].


  1. ^ a b c d e Anon (2017). TAVARÉ, Prof. Simon. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.10000189. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2003). "Professor Simon Tavare FMedSci Research Fellow".
  3. ^ Simon Tavaré publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Herbert and Florence Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics
  5. ^ Tavaré, Simon (2017). "Professor Simon Tavaré FRS, FMedSci". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25.
  6. ^ Tavare, Simon (1979). Some results for Markow processes with application to genetic models. (PhD thesis). University of Sheffield. OCLC 500576479. EThOS
  7. ^ "Tavaré Group". Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  8. ^ a b Anon (2011). "Professor Simon Tavaré FMedSci FRS". London: Archived from the original on 2017-04-25. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-03-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  9. ^ Anon (2016). "UK Government research grants awarded to Simon Tavare". Swindon: Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19.
  10. ^ Tavaré, Simon (2017). "Funding in the Tavare laboratory". University of Cambridge.
  11. ^ a b c d e Tavare, Simon (2014). "Former Research Students". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18.
  12. ^ Hardcastle, Thomas James (2009). Model-driven analysis of high-throughput genomic data in late-stage ovarian cancer. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 885434395. EThOS
  13. ^ Manolopoulou, Ioanna (2009). A Bayesian approach to Nested Clade Analysis. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890153184. EThOS
  14. ^ Plagnol, Vincent (2006). Ancestral inference from molecular and paleontological data (PhD thesis). OCLC 77081866.
  15. ^ Marjoram, P.; Molitor, J.; Plagnol, V.; Tavare, S. (2003). "Markov chain Monte Carlo without likelihoods". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 100 (26): 15324–15328. doi:10.1073/pnas.0306899100. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 307566.
  16. ^ Sottoriva, Andrea (2012). Spatial cell ancestral inference: determining in vivo cancer dynamics from patient molecular data. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890152577. EThOS
  17. ^ Speed, Douglas Christopher (2011). Exploring nonlinear regression methods, with application to association studies. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 784565992.
  18. ^ Anon (2009). "Professor Simon Tavaré FRS FMedSci".
  19. ^ 2018 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2017-11-03
  20. ^ "News From the National Academy of Sciences".