Chris Rawlings

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Head of Computational and Analytical Science, Rothamsted Research


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

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 (; ) 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 - 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.