Conrad Bessant is Professor of Bioinfromatics at Queen Mary, University of London. After gaining a degree in physics and a PhD in machine learning for analytical science, he began working in bioinformatics in 2000. In additional to his academic career, Prof Bessant has worked as a software developer and freelance technical journalist.

Research interests

Professor Bessant is interested in leveraging the latest proteomics technologies to answer fundamental questions in biology and medicine. In particular, his lab focuses on the development of new and improved methodologies to analyse proteomic mass spectrometry data, and integrate proteomics data with other types of data in multi-omic studies. Current applications of our work include understanding the role of cell signaling in cancer (with Dr Pedro Cutillas, Barts Cancer Institute), studying protein expression during viral infection (with Dr David Matthews, University of Bristol) and large scale evidence-based genome annotation.

Key expertise in the lab includes statistics, machine learning, sequence analysis, proteome informatics and software development.