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Carl Mayers Assistant Director, Head of the Improvement Analytics Unit

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Carl joined the Health Foundation in July 2023 as head of the Improvement Analytics Unit.

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Carl was a Deputy Director at the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which became the UK Health Security Agency in 2022.  Carl led the International Assessment Division, a large group of qualitative and quantitative analysts, epidemiologists, statisticians and clinical staff, tasked with understanding the changing risks to the UK from COVID-19 and other threats.

Prior to this, Carl led the Epidemiology Team on the COVID-19 SAGE secretariat at the Government Office for Science.  His team had a broad range of responsibilities, including publishing scientific evidence, briefing decision makers, communicating scientific advice to policymakers, evaluating interventions and commissioning new analysis.

Prior to the pandemic, Carl worked as a Civil Servant for twenty years in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).  He became a Fellow in 2012, leading work on bioinformatics, genomic analysis, forensic science and high-containment microbiology.  During this time he was a visiting lecturer at Cranfield and Kent Universities, a lecturer in infectious diseases for the Open University, and served on an advisory panel to the Forensic Science Regulator.  Carl was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2010.

Carl has a PhD and a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to the military.

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Patel, S., Cumming, F., Mayers, C., Charlett, A., Riley, S. (2023).  Global surveillance of novel SARS-CoV-2 variants.  Emerging Infections Diseases (in press: preprint at https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.04.10.23288358)

Mayers, C. N. (2021).  RNA virus detection method.  UK Patent, GB2589171A

Mayers, C. & Baker, K. (2020)  Impact of false-positives and false-negatives in the UK’s COVID-19 RT-PCR testing programme. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gos-impact-of-false-positives-and-negatives-3-june-2020)

Mayers, C. N. (2019).  Improved forensic methods and products for extracting and amplifying trace DNA for DNA sequencing.  European Patent, EP3850109A1, International Patent WO2020053538A1

Mayers, C. N., Murray-Jones, K., Fell, J. O., Swan, M. G. & White, P. J. (2019).  Forensic analysis of an object for chemical and biological materials.  UK Patent, GB2572862A, International Patent WO2019175527A8

Wood, Z., Mitchell, T., Gammon, K., Stanton, D. & Mayers, C. N. (2019).  Non-destructive means of sampling paper documents for generation of STR profiles.  Forensic Science International, 7(1), 755-757

Gammon, K., Murray-Jones, K., Shenton, D., Wood. & Mayers, C. N. (2019).  Touch DNA on objects can be analysed at low cost using simplified direct amplification methods.  bioRxiv, 8 February 2019, https://doi.org/10.1101/540823

Gammon, K. & Mayers, C. N. (2019).  Optimisation of rapid STR analysis using a standard DNA forensic pipeline.  bioRxiv, 13 March 2019, https://doi.org/10.1101/575357

Mayers, C. N. (2018).  Method for measuring optical brighteners in environmental water.  UK Patent, GB2576949A

Mayers, C. N. (2015).  Genomics in low-tech environments.  Proceedings on Science and Technology Facilities Council conference ‘‘Serious Infectious Disease: Challenges for Security and Defence’, ed. Cole, J., p81-86

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