Thanasis studied Engineering for his undergraduate and MSc degrees and completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford (2012). He continued working at the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics (2012-2016), Stipendiary Lecturer in Engineering Science (2014-2016), and Lecturer in Statistical Research Methods (2016-2019). He joined the Usher Institute, Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh in January 2017 on a prestigious 5-year tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship, where he secured tenure a year early (December 2019) and was promoted to Associate Professor in Data Science (May 2020). Thanasis founded and leads the inter-disciplinary Data Analytics, Research and Technology in Healthcare (DARTH) group. He is Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact at the Usher Institute, and a Co-Director of Telescot, an inter-disciplinary academic programme focusing on telemedicine. He is Co-founder of the NHS Digital Academy, the world’s first national digital health leadership training programme, where he is the Theme Lead on ‘Actionable Data Analytics and Clinical Decision Support’.

Research interests

Broadly the development and application of time-series analysis, signal processing, and statistical machine learning algorithms, with applications in healthcare. For further details and research updates see:

Achievements and awards

Dr Tsanas received the Andrew Goudie award (top PhD student across all disciplines, St. Cross College, University of Oxford, 2011), the EPSRC Doctoral Prize award (2012) as one of only 8 Oxford PhD students across 11 departments, the young scientist award (MAVEBA, 2013), the EPSRC Statistics and Machine Learning award (2015), and the BIOSTEC/Biosignals award (2021). He received a ‘Best reviewer award’ from the IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics (2015) and an 'Outstanding reviewer' award from the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine (2015). He was a key member of the Oxford Biomedical Engineering team that won the annual 2012 Physionet competition on ‘Predicting mortality of ICU patients’. His research work has been highlighted in Renewable Energy and Global Innovations, HDRUK as publication of the month (9/2019) and in the media including Reuters. He sits on the Editorial Boards of JMIR Mental Health, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, and Frontiers in Neurology, and has served as Guest Editor for two special issues in other journals. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.