Dr Huppert grew up in the city of Cambridge, and became a prefect at The Perse before going on to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, staying on to do a PhD in Biological Chemistry on unusual structures of DNA. He was elected a Junior Research Fellow of Trinity in 2004, and became a fellow of Clare College in 2009.
Dr Huppert is now a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Scientific Computing at the University of Cambridge. He also set up a small award-winning biotech company. He researches various aspects of science and technology policy, including how evidence can be used to develop rational public policy positions. He is the Founding Director of Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum which covers a wide range of academic interests across the College.
From 2010-2015, Huppert was the Member of Parliament for Cambridge. As an MP, he focused on a wide range of issues, from civil liberties to the environment, and was made the ISPA ‘Internet Hero of the Year’ in 2013.
Dr Huppert is a Lay Member of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, a member of the Royal Society’s Science Policy Advisory Group, and a Trustee of DrugScience. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London.