Simone Webb

Simone Webb

PhD researcher in Bioinformatics and Immunology

Newcastle University, UK

I am Black in data because: coding provides me with both a science and an art.

Pronouns: she/her

I specialise in the fields of single-cell RNA sequencing, immunology and haematopoiesis. I work in the lab of Muzlifah Haniffa at Newcastle University and am fully-funded by the Barbour Foundation. My research contributes to the Human Cell Atlas Development initiative where I investigate haematopoiesis in the human fetal bone marrow.

I enjoy coding within the broad field of Biology, and have a personal interest in immunology and autoimmunity through my experience living with rheumatoid arthritis. Past bioinformatic projects have explored antibiotic resistance treatment and gene homology database curation.

I care deeply about equity in access to higher education, and as such, have been involved in community building and voluntary scientific outreach work since the beginning of my academic journey. I have almost 10 years experience in the charity sector and am an acting trustee for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

I have roots in London, come from a Jamaican family, and am grateful for the places my journey in academia has taken me so far. I am excited for the future of the BlackInData organisation, and for the amazing things I know we will achieve as a community.


  • Coding
  • Immunology
  • Autoimmunity
  • DEI