Bio

Currently, I am Head of the Department of Computational and Analytical Sciences at Rothamsted Research. I began my Bioinformatics career at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1982 and since then I have published over 60 articles and edited several books on computational biology. For much of my career I have been involved in the development and application of bioinformatics software. I moved to Rothamsted Research in 2004. I now lead the department of Computational and Analytical Sciences https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/computational-and-analytical-sciences.

My personal research interests are the development and use of informatics methods for supporting network and systems biology and this research has produced open source bioinformatics software (http://www.ondex.org/; http://knetminer.rothamsted.ac.uk/ ) for data integration which has been used in the analysis of both crop and pathogen genomics data. In recent years, I have been increasingly involved in the use of informatics and data science methods in agriculture; going beyond molecular genotype to phenotypic and environmental data.

I co-lead the Informatics work package in the UK Cross-Institute Wheat Research Programme (Designing Future Wheat - https://designingfuturewheat.org.uk/). I have been involved in ELIXIR as vice-chair of the ELIXIR Board and also participate in the UK ELIXIR node. I have been a visiting Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and I was one of the founding members and former Vice President of the International Society for Computational Biology.