Alliance Manchester Business School
Professor Computational &Systems Biology


Biology has become a data-rich science. Modern high-throughput experimental techniques can make simultaneous measurements of vast numbers of biological molecules and their interactions. These measurements can be taken at different times during some biological process, resulting in time-series data. My research group works on the interpretation of these datasets by building predictive models of biological systems using computer algorithms. We have developed methods to uncover the patterns underlying gene expression changes in time and to uncover the complex network of molecular interactions between DNA and proteins which regulate this process. We are also interested in how biological systems change and adapt over much longer evolutionary time-scales using phylogenetic models.


2012 - Present:  Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

2010 - 2012:  Professor of Statistical Bioinformatics and Machine Learning, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience and Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

1998 - 2010:  Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester

1996 - 1998:  EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Neural Computing Research Group, Department of Applied Mathematics, Aston University

1993-1996:  PhD Computer Science, University of Manchester

1989-1992:  BSc (1st class hons) Mathematics and Physics, University of Manchester

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