Bioinformatics is the application of computational methods in the representation and analysis of biological data. This is a discipline that has the potential to drive biological discovery, for example in understanding how diseases develop, discovering novel or more potent drugs and uncovering the design principles of biological organisms.
My research and teaching centres on Systems Biology and Computational Genomics: how can we develop efficient computational strategies to express and analyse the intricate details of disease mechanisms or the bewildering diversity of various life forms? To answer such questions, we use computational and mathematical methods, data on genome sequence and structure, and biological experiments that measure gene activities in various environments or conditions. Therefore, research and teaching in Bioinformatics requires a good background in computation and mathematics, as well as life sciences.
There is a strong and wide interest in Bioinformatics activities within King's that reflects the international interest in this discipline across academic departments and healthcare companies. Working at the interface of various academic disciplines and contributing in a rapidly developing research area is the challenge and the opportunity of a career in Bioinformatics.