Richard initially studied Zoology at the University of Wales (First Class, 1996) and completed a PhD in molecular parasitology (Glasgow 2000). But then undertook post-doctoral positions at Oxford University and the Sanger Institute Cambridge developing bioinformatics and comparative genomics approaches to investigate the evolution of genes and genomes. He was subsequently awarded an MRC Fellowship in Bioinformatics to study molecular evolution at University College London. His research interests are in bioinformatics, comparative genomics and molecular evolution particularly in the fields of pathogen biology, epigenetics and neurobiology. He joined Nottingham University in 2009 and promoted to Professor of Bioinformatics in 2015.
Dr Tania Dottorini Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics
Tania was previously a research associate at Imperial College London (2011 – 2015). Her research themes include the development of novel bioinformatics solutions to understand and diagnose infectious diseases in animals and humans. She have extensive experience with vector-borne diseases, in particular malaria and the reproductive biology of Anopheles. She obtained her Laurea Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Perugia and a PhD degree in Structural Biology and Bioinformatics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Advanced Data Analysis Centre
Dr Philip Quinlan (ADAC Chief Technical Officer)
Dr Tom Giles (ADAC Analyst)
Dr Jo Moreton (ADAC Analyst)
Andrew Warry (ADAC Analyst)
Post Doctoral researchers
Dr Adam Blanchard Understanding inflammatory processes in ovine footrot to inform rational vaccine design. (BBSRC)
Dr Juan Xu Genetics of one-carbon metabolism in sheep in relation to productivity, fertility and health (BBSRC)
Post graduate students
Maqsud Hossain (PhD Student 2011-2015) – Bioinformatic analysis of pathogen genes and genomes.
Abril Izquierdo (PhD Student 2015-2018) – comparative transcriptomics and molecular evolution.
Kameswara Venkata Rama (MSc Student 2016) – De novo transcriptome assembly and annotation of the brain of common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus).
Previous Group Members
Dr Adam Blanchard (PhD Student 2012-2015) co-supervised with Prof Jamie Leigh SVMS – The use of random mutagenesis in the functional annotation of the genome of Streptococcus uberis.
Dr Sandie Choong Siew Shean (PhD Student 2012-2015) co supervised with Dr Nigel Mongan and Dr Lisa Yon SVMS – Comparative transcriptomics of adipose tissue.Frank Wessely (PhD Student 2010-2013). Currently Post Doc University of Oxford.
Ornampai Japa (PhD Student 2010-2013). Currently lecturer University of Phayao, Thailand.
Dr Tom Giles (Bioinformatics Intern 2012). Currently ADAC analyst.
Ishan Ajmera (Bioinformatics Intern 2012). Currently PhD student University of Nottingham.
Avnish Kumar (Visiting Scientist from National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources India). Detecting polymorphisms in animal genomes
Sarah Smith: PhD student SVMS Nottingham (2008-2012). Polymorphic variants of toll-like receptors. Currently Postdoc at Sheffield University.
Harry Clifford (Genetics Society Summer studentship 2011 and Bioinformatics Intern 2012) – Effect of anti-epileptic drugs on fetal DNA methylation. Currently PhD student, University of Oxford.
Libin Joy (MSc Student 2009) – A Bioinformatics approach to detect location bias in CpG island methylation related to maternal folate intake. Currently application scientist at Strand Life Sciences.
Satish Pendurthi (MSc Student 2011) – Clustering methods for epigenetic analysis.
Amelia Pollard (BBSRC Research Experience Placement 2011) co-supervised with Dr Lisa Chakrabarti SVMS – Does the mitochondrial proteome change according to tissue type and age? Currently PhD student, University of Nottingham.
Oliver Heygate (Wellcome Trust Summer studentship 2011) co-supervised with Dr Lisa Chakrabarti SVMS – Do changes occur in the mitochondrial proteome of the cerebellum as the neurons develop to maturity? Currently Year 4 Vet Med Student.