Dr Elvina Gountouna

Dr Elvina Gountouna
Fellows 2021-2022, Fellowship Programme
Research Data Manager
University of Edinburgh


  • How research data management (RDM) principles can be effectively applied and maintained when working with large and complex datasets.
  • How to make RDM as transparent and painless as possible.
  • How to deliver hands-on training in a way that is grounded in people’s existing research practice.

 My work

During my postgraduate studies in human neuroimaging and postdoctoral career in biological psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh, I have worked extensively with different types of data, including health records, imaging, genetic sequencing, clinical, and behavioural data.

My current role is Research Data Manager for the¬†MRC Institute of Genetics and Cancer at the University of Edinburgh. I work¬†directly with genetic data and support research in¬†a wide range of disciplines including¬†population genetics, disease mechanisms and precision medicine.¬†The institute’s research utilises a variety¬†of data types including genetic¬†and RNA sequencing, imaging, spectroscopy,¬†human, animal and synthetic. Furthermore, I deliver training on good research¬†practices and am always looking for ways to¬†improve our way of working with¬†data.