Simon Tavaré

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Simon Tavaré

Born (1952-05-13) 13 May 1952 (age 70)[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]

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.[11] 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[12] and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.[13] In 2020 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, the College of which he had been a Fellow while a professor at Cambridge between 2004 and 2019.


  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. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (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 25 March 2016.
  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 6 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b Anon (2011). "Professor Simon Tavaré FMedSci FRS". London: Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. 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 11 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.{{cite web}}: 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 19 March 2016.
  10. ^ Tavaré, Simon (2017). "Funding in the Tavare laboratory". University of Cambridge.
  11. ^ Anon (2009). "Professor Simon Tavaré FRS FMedSci".
  12. ^ 2018 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 3 November 2017
  13. ^ "News From the National Academy of Sciences".