Cath Brooksbank

Cath Brooksbank
Head of the EMBL-EBI Training Programme

Before joining EMBL-EBI in 2002, Cath spent a decade as an editor of scientific review journals, cutting her teeth with the Elsevier Trends Journals before launching Nature Reviews Cancer. A brief dalliance with medicine at the University of Oxford led her to seek solace in molecules in Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry under the guidance of Robin Irvine. Cath joined EMBL-EBI to develop the outreach programme, and extended her responsibilities to include user training in 2006. Her team now coordinates a wide-ranging portfolio of training and scientific outreach activities reaching tens of thousands of individuals each year. She contributes to a number of pan-European projects including RItrain, CORBEL, BioExcel and ENLIGHT_TEN, and is co-chair of the curriculum and competencies taskforce of the International Society of Computational Biology.

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9395-7001

Tel:+44 (0)1223 492 525 / Fax:+44 (0)1223 494 468


As part of EMBL-EBI’s mission to serve the research community, the Training Team coordinates EMBL-EBI’s training and scientific outreach activities. We work closely with our colleagues throughout EMBL-EBI, and with the broader bioinformatics training community, to deliver an extensive training programme. This includes courses at EMBL-EBI in our state-of-the-art training facilities, workshops outside EMBL-EBI and free, on-demand elearning at Train online.

EMBL-EBI's training programme is part of EICAT, the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training. We participate in a number of pan-European projects, including EMTRAIN and BioMedBridges.

Our team also organises conference exhibitions, open days and career days, where you can learn more about EMBL-EBI, its training programme and opportunities at EMBL-EBI.

Find out more

  • Visit our Training pages to learn more about our programme
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  • Find our courses in on-course®, the most comprehensive biomedical and medicines research and development postgraduate course portal in Europe.



Team members

  • Mohamed Alibi
  • Melissa Burke
  • Katrina Costa
  • Andrew Cowley
  • Derrin Crawte
  • Laura Emery
  • Piraveen Gopalasingam
  • Tom Hancocks
  • Alexandra Holinski
  • Claire Johnson
  • Johanna Langrish
  • Vera Matser
  • Brett McClintock
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Frank O’Donnell
  • Charlotte Pearton
  • Emily Rees
  • Lucie Smith
  • Ian Willis