Benjamin Schuster-Böckler leads the computational biology research group at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Oxford. He is affiliated with the Oxford Big Data Institute, where his group is based. Previous to Oxford, Dr Schuster-Böckler spent time outside academia as the lead mobile software developer for “Papers”, a scientific literature management app that is now part of readcube. Since then, he has had a keen interest in open science and the reproducibility of computational research.
Dr Schuster-Böckler's research uses "omics" data to address both basic scientific questions and translational problems. In particular, his team studies the role of epigenetic changes in the development of tumours by combining multi-modal datasets using descriptive and predictive statistics. This has led to more applied projects, such as using epigenetic information in cell-free DNA to diagnose cancer from “liquid biopsies”.