Meet the centre team

The centre is directed by Prof Rob Read and brings together Southampton's leading nutrition, respiratory and cross-cutting theme researchers, alongside core laboratory and nursing teams.


Prof Robert Read, director 

Combining clinical and research expertise, Professor Read is director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, and interested in the biological mechanisms, treatment and prevention of lethal infectious diseases, with a particular focus on meningitis and influenza.

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Prof Keith Godfrey, lifecourse nutrition, lifestyle and health theme lead

With a personal commitment to better health and healthcare through evidence-based nutritional diagnoses, Keith directs our research into nutrition to advance health and wellbeing.

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Prof Ratko Djukanovic

Prof Ratko Djukanovic, respiratory and critical care theme lead

A respiratory consultant and researcher with a focus on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Ratko Djukanovic directs the Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research and leads our respiratory and critical care research.

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Prof Karen Temple, theme lead for data science

A clinical geneticist and researcher specialising in medical genetics, Professor Temple leads our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre’s research into the use of large datasets for personalised medicine.

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Prof Lucy Yardley, theme lead for behavioural science

With extensive experience developing digital interventions, Prof Lucy Yardley is leading our research into new ways to empower patients to change their behaviour and self-manage their condition.

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Dr Karen Phekoo, senior NIHR BRC programme manager

Highly qualified with over 20 years’ experience in strategically leading and influencing local, regional, national and international quality and research programmes in the healthcare sector, Dr Phekoo will manage projects and programmes to ensure they are delivered on time, on budget at our established world-class standard. 

Judit Varkonyi-Sepp, senior NIHR BRC project manager

Judit manages operations for the centre, ensuring that staff and projects have access to all of the unit's resources, facilities and support that they need. Judit works with pharmaceutical and health technology companies to develop new research across our key research areas.

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Mandy Fripp, Administrator to the NIHR BRC

Mandy provides a comprehensive, events planning and administrative service to the NIHR BRC Director and Senior Manager. 


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