Dr Sebastian Ahnert

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Contact information

01223 337377

TCM Group
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue
United Kingdom


I obtained a BA in Natural Sciences at Cambridge before doing Part III Mathematics and then a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory. After a one-year postdoc at the Institut Curie in Paris I returned to Cambridge for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
I am also a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Research interests

My research focuses on interdisciplinary applications of algorithmic information theory and network analysis, primarily to biology, but increasingly also other areas, such as the social sciences and digital humanities.


About us

The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3) brings together researchers and expertise from across the academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of data science.

The Centre is funded by a series of collaborations with partners in business and industry which have an interest in using data science for the benefit of their customers and their organisations. Our founding partner is Aviva, the UK’s leading insurance company. We work with industrial partners to build a portfolio of collaborative research projects, provide professional development opportunities for their own staff and access to the full breadth and depth of the University’s talent pool in the area of data science.

With unprecedented access to increasing volumes of data, our research ranges from the underlying fundamentals in mathematics and computer science, to data science applications across all six University Schools of Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.

In parallel, our research addresses important issues around law, ethics and economics, in order to apply data science to solve challenging problems for society.

C2D3 supports collaboration and knowledge transfer in this growing field.

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