Since September 2010, I have been directing my own research group at the European Bioinformatics Institute, which focuses on the development of computational and statistical methods to answer pertinent questions in evolutionary and developmental biology. My group's research is motivated by a range of biological questions, ranging from understanding the evolution of the central nervous system in Bilateria (with Detlev Arendt), to understanding the genetic factors that affect susceptibility to infection with Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (work with Luis Barreiro).
Recent technological developments, such as next-generation sequencing, have led to enormous increases in the amount of data that can be used to help us answer these and other questions - with this in mind, our work focuses on the development of statistical methods that will exploit these data to the fullest extent.I was previously a post-doctoral scholar working with Matthew Stephens at the University of Chicago. I received my PhD, which focused on developing statistical tools for analysing data generated to examine copy number variation, in 2007 from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Simon Tavaré.
*** Please contact me if you are interested in joining the group as a postdoc or a trainee. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD, please apply to the EMBL PhD program.