Susana Roman Garcia



Enrichment Student

Cohort year


Partner Institution


Susana is a Computational Neuroscience PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, funded by Medical Research Scotland. Prior to joining The Alan Turing Institute as an Enrichment Student, she obtained an M.Sc. in Neuroinformatics in Newcastle University and before that obtained a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh. She has also worked as an Executive Assistant for Health Information Consulting Ltd. since 2018.

Susana's carrier landscape has been shaped by her love for learning how the brain works, and trying to embed this with computational approaches that move away from animal research. She believes that for efficient innovative research, collaboration across multidisciplinary fields is fundamental. She is interested in creating open access, reproducible and ethical research; as well as discussing what safe spaces could like in STEAM to discuss bias and oppression. 

Research interests

Susana's work revolves around creating computer models of molecules in our brains that are important for memory formation. Her work at the Turing will be around discussing ethical standards and reproducibility of computer models in Neurobiology.

To do so, we can ask questions such as "What’s the bias in the data used in my computational models of biological systems, how reproducible and open is my research and can we develop cross-community collaborative systems which analyse eco-social impact of datasets we use?”

By working with the Open Research Community Building group, Susana plans to host workshops and 
collaboration cafés where we can work through these topics with an intersectional and collaborative approach, offering different solutions to problems that arise.