Cath Brooksbank

Head of the EMBL-EBI Training Programme, EMBL-EBI

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.

Andrew Cowley

Scientific Training Officer (e-learning), EMBL-EBI

Andrew Cowley worked as a Scientific Training Officer for e-learning in EMBL-EBI’s Training team until 2019. Previously he was the Bioinformatics training & support project lead for EMBL-EBI’s Web Production team which involved working on tools, training, and helping users with all kinds of questions via the EMBL-EBI help desk. He has particular expertise in sequence alignment tools and programmatic access to EMBL-EBI resources.

Andrew studied Biochemistry at Cambridge before moving to York University for post-graduate studies in Bioinformatics and then Structural Bioinformatics, in particular working on the identification of distinctive features in protein structure. He worked as a Bioinformatics specialist for BBSRC Bioscience IT Services from 2005 before starting at EMBL-EBI in 2010.