Ang Davies graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bath, before completing a PhD in Molecular Biology at Warwick University. She then undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship at AstraZeneca and moved to Renovo, a biotech company in Manchester as Principal Scientist working in drug development analytics.
Ang is a Professor of Clinical Bioinformatics and Healthcare Science Education in the School of Health, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester.
Healthcare Science Education
Over the last 8 years I have worked nationally with Health Education England (HEE) and the Modernising Scientific Careers healthcare sciences agenda to create the new profession of Clinical Bioinformaticians (~ 150 trainees to date) and develop the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in genomic medicine, all of whom are now critical to the delivery of NHS England’s Genomic Medicine Service. I have contributed extensively to curriculum design at the request of HEE and have developed and delivered a Master’s programme to educate Clinical Bioinformaticians, involving students and lay representatives as co-creators to develop the curriculum to ensure teaching meets the needs of a rapidly changing clinical genomics landscape. Between 2019-20 I participated in the national apprenticeship trailblazer to develop a clinical scientist apprenticeship standard, approved in 2020 by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education for delivery.
Leadership in Digital Transformation
The development of digital technologies to support healthcare professionals and patients is happening at pace. We are rapidly moving from e-prescribing, to mobile health, with a suite of Apps available to help patients to monitor their own health, book appointments and view their GP records. By 2024, all secondary care providers are expected to be fully digitised, implementing electronic health records in plans laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan. This will mean that the utilisation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning methods will be enabled through collection of data through one system. AI can be used to augment clinical decision making and to also predict patient flow and staffing requirements, thereby giving precious time back to healthcare professionals to focus on patient care. Patients will also have much easier access to their own data than in the past, and will be empowered to ask questions regarding it and have opinions and expectations over who should and shouldn’t have access to it. In 2019 I was appointed by the School of Health Sciences as Director of Digital Transformation in Healthcare Education, in this role I am working with colleagues at HEE and Manchester to ensure that current and future healthcare professionals are equipped to deal with digital transformation in their workplaces.
Details of effective engagement with the community in the presentation and explanation of scholarly activity
- 2019: Delivery of talk to local U3A group to ~35 members, “Delivering the Genomic Revolution in Health”
- 2018: Delivery of talk to local SciBar, science delivered in a pub (~60 members of the public), “Delivering the Genomic Revolution in Health”.
- 2014: I have delivered a 2-week long science festival in Bollington, Cheshire focused on 50 years of biomedical discoveries. The festival incorporated a Fablab, a pop-up laboratory, which I led for 4 days including 3 different biomedical zones attracting over 800 members of the public during its installation; a trail of 20 biomedical scarecrows which I developed the themes for to explore with accompanying podcasts to explain the science behind them. I engaged with local schools and community groups to develop the scarecrows and record the podcasts. This work was commended by the University’s Making a Difference Award 2015 and by Wellcome Trust following their visit to the festival.
Representation of the University within the local, regional or national community.
- Judge for international European Society of Human Genetics DNA day essay competition (I judged 10 essay questions around genomics , biobanks and electronic health records, written by 17-18 year olds from across the world).
2010-Present: STEM Ambassador:
- I have delivered hands-on science on the topic of “cracking the code” to my children’s primary school and Cheadle Primary School STEM club, involving making DNA from sweets and DNA bracelets, I also ran activities based around DNA at the Pop up lab that I led and trained other members of the public to help run this event. I have also worked on the Institute of Physic’s Lab in a Lorry, delivering hands-on science to primary school children, delivered careers talks at Wilmslow High School for A-level students and delivered hands-on science on chemistry at primary schools with Dr Lorelly Wilson, of Chemistry with Cabbage.
Other promotion of medicine and or health science within the local, regional or national community
- 2014-2019: I have led workshops on the Clinical Bioinformatics programme at The Manchester Academy for HealthCare Sciences Open Day on an annual basis.
- 2018: I delivered a presentation on “Careers in Clinical Science” at the Royal Society of Biology “Careers in Bioscience” event at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- 2018-present: I have delivered several presentations at the Faculty Public Contributors induction events entitled “Public & Patient Involvement in Teaching”. Detailing my experience of working with members of the public to co-develop postgraduate education in the area of Clinical Bioinformatics & Genomics.
- 2009-2014: I led and chaired a SciBar, held in a pub in Bollington on a monthly basis, regularly attracting ~100 members of the public to listen to discussion focused on medical or health related topics.
2016 – 2017: PG Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Manchester
2016: ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
2015-Present: European Society of Human Genetics
2019-present: Associate member Faculty of Clinical Informatics
2010-2014: Member of the British Society of Genetic Medicine Council
2016-2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2017: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2017-present: Association of Clinical Genomic Science National Clinical Bioinformatics Network
2019: Associate member of Faculty of Clinical Informatics