Dr Samrina Rehman ,PhD, MRSC

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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Samrina studied Chemistry followed by MSc Cheminformatics at the University of Manchester, and then joined Inpharmatica Ltd, a former informatics-driven drug discovery company. Some of her work was integrated into what is now known as ChEMBLdb. She then completed a Ph.D. pioneering the application of systems biology methods to analyse Dupuytren biology, followed by postdoctoral research applying these methods to investigate liver disease (functional genomic data from patient-derived iPSCs), chronic myeloid leukemia, and urothelial cancer and later secured a fellowship sponsored by Unilever to investigate the metabolome of the human scalp. Samrina then joined Evotec SE bringing her expertise in systems biology, functional genomics data integration, and computational methods to complement and enhance Evotec’s drug discovery services. In 2019, Samrina joined the Medicines Discovery Catapult where she provides bioinformatics support to the UK life science and drug discovery SME community and supports a portfolio of immuno-oncology projects with a leading medical research charity. She is also leading an informatics collaboration on motor neurone disease with the charitable trust and is engaged in projects on healthy ageing and neuropathic pain. Samrina is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Manchester and a member of the American Dupuytren’s Foundation research committee.



  • PhD Systems Biology, University of Manchester, 2011
  • MSc Cheminformatics, UMIST / University of Manchester, 2005
  • MChem Hons. Chemistry, University of Manchester, 2004

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Royal Society of Chemistry, 2006-
  • Biochemical Society (a FEBS constituent society), 2007-
  • Duypuytren Research Committee, 2017-
  • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2019-
  • Data Science Foundation, 2020-
  • British Society for Research on Ageing, 2022-


  • In the news: Dupuytrens' Disease Maps
  • Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship (£salary)(Prof. A Masters, total value £5,400), Feb 2017 
  • In the news: Statification of the severity of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Unilever Sponsorship awarded (£salary) (with Prof. HV Westerhoff, total value £55,000), Dec 2014
  • Unilever Sponsorship awarded (£salary) (with Prof. HV Westerhoff, total value £180,000), Nov 2013     
  • Best poster award sponsored by Biocrates Life Sciences at the 2nd Metabolomics & Systems Biology conference, Chicago, USA, Apr 2013
  • Scoping Project funds extended (with Prof. HV Westerhoff), Unilever UK & Ireland, (£4,085), Mar 2013
  • Scoping Project funds (with Prof. HV Westerhoff), Unilever UK & Ireland, (£16,387), Oct 2012             
  • Invitrogen award to present at University of California, Irvine, USA ($1000), May 2010

External positions

Scientist, Infrastructure for Systems Biology Europe

Bioinformatics Data Scientist, Medicines Discovery Catapult Ltd

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, A Systems approach to understand Dupuytren's disease (2007 - 2011)

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