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Cambridge Veterinary School

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Phil Palmer

Phil Palmer

Graduate Student: Supervisor Professor Jonathan Heeney


Phil Palmer is a PhD student in biology at the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics, supervised by Prof. Jonathan Heeney. He is currently working on using computational methods to predict and validate vaccine candidates, including those used for the development of a universal flu vaccine. Prior to this he worked for two years as an early employee and bioinformatician at the breakout start-up Lifebit. He also holds a first-class degree in Biology from the University of Southampton.

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

Using computational methods in bioinformatics and data science to help prevent future pandemics.


  • Influenza
  • Viral discovery
  • Machine learning
  • Vaccines
  • Bioinformatics