Team Leader Non-vertebrate Genomics
Organization: The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) - UK
After studying natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, I worked in Edinburgh for six years as a molecular biologist, using fission yeast as a model system to study the cell cycle. I began working in bioinformatics in 1999, and since 2009 have led the Ensembl Genomes project for EBI, in which we have extended use of the Ensembl software system for genome analysis and visualisation beyond the vertebrates to invertebrate animals, plants, and microorganisms. My team contributes to a number of collaborative resources targeted at particular communities (e.g. WormBase, VectorBase, PomBase) and have worked on a number of genome assembly and annotation projects, including butterflies, midges, and centipedes.