Project Support

Maija Maskuniitty – operations manager

Maija completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry for Drug Discovery at the University of Bath in 2008 and after that obtained a PhD in chemical biology from the Institute of Chemical Biology (ICB) at Imperial College. Following from this, she worked as a project manager at the ICB, before moving to the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) of Imperial College in February 2014.

Since joining NHLI, Maija has been in several different project management and administrative roles. She started as ADVANCE project manager in July 2018 and her role involves operational and finance management, and coordination of staff recruitment and other HR processes. She also works as Centre Manager for the National Centre for Mesothelioma Research (NCMR).

Susie Schofield – medical statistician

Susie joined the Section of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) as a medical statistician in 2006. Since then she has worked on a wide range of studies including large birth cohorts and cross-sectional study designs. Before joining Imperial College, Susie undertook her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University, followed by an MSc in Medical Statistics at Manchester University.

Her role on the ADVANCE Study, as a medical statistician, is to undertake analysis of the information and data collected from the study participants, to provide statistical advice and training to members of the study team, and to assist in the writing of manuscripts arising from the study.

Lalji Varsani – database analyst

Lalji joined the ADVANCE team as database analyst in April 2019. As an IT professional for many years, he has a broad range of project management and technical skills specialising in relational database technologies such as Oracle and MS SQL Server hosted on Windows and UNIX platforms.

Danny Weston – database manager

Danny joined the ADVANCE Study in late 2015 as database manager. His responsibilities include developing and supporting the databases required for the study, as well as a wider range of technical support and development for the project.

Danny comes from a background of various technical roles ranging from working on electronic trading systems on trade floors to supporting online education systems. In 2016 he completed a PhD at the University of Greenwich in Philosophy and Computing. His PhD focused on combining actor-network theory and coherence theories in computational epistemology.

Tasarla White – research administrator

Tasarla joined the ADVANCE Study team in November 2018 as part of the administration team. She is a recent graduate in Psychology from Bangor University and provides both admin and recruitment support to the ADVANCE Study.

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