I earned my doctorate in bioinformatics in the Structural Bioinformatics Group of Prof. Mike J.E. Sternberg at Imperial College London. My thesis was entitled "Development of an Enhanced Fold Recognition Ensemble System for Protein Structure Prediction", which was used as the basis for developing a new protein structure prediction server called Phyre (Protein Homology/analogY Recognition Engine). Transcripts of my thesis are available for the printed version or the web version.
Since 2003 I have worked as a software developer and architect in academia, investment management, and the upstream oil & gas sector. I am a .NET specialist with a passion for robust full-stack system design in both Linux and Windows environments; I am currently a solutions architect at The App Business in London.
Here is a brief summary of my qualifications:
- MA (Cantab)/BA (Hons): Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) (University of Cambridge)
- MRes: Bioinformatics (University of York)
- PhD DIC: Bioinformatics (Imperial College London)
- MBA: High-technology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (Royal Society of Edinburgh in conjunction with University of Dundee)
You can view my full CV here.
I have a number of rather disparate hobbies and interests, including (in no particular order):
- I am a self-taught harmonica player, for which I have written a number of tutorials covering various aspects of harmonica music theory. They have been quite popular on the web over the past few years.
- I am a supporter and fan of Open Source/Free software, including: development; usage; and all related aspects of licensing and copyright law.
- I am a consummate extreme-chilihead with a rather unhealthy addiction to hot and spicy food.
- I am a member of Liberty and the National Secular Society.
- I am a supporter and ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, so I can legally perform weddings, baptisms and funerals in most US states and jurisdictions (despite living in the UK).
- I am a perpetual wearer of hats.