Research Associate in Intelligent and Adaptive Systems; Research Assistant to Head of Department
Research Area: Intelligent Systems Group
Areas of Expertise: Computational Immunology, Computational and Mathematical Modelling, Argumentation, Sensitivity Analysis and Statistical Methods
I am a Research Associate in Intelligent and Adaptive Systems at the University of York's Department of Electronics and York Computational Immunology Lab, alongside assisting Prof Jon Timmis' ongoing research activities during his term as Head of Department.
My research is interdisciplinary in nature, and principally lies in examining the engineering approaches by which models of biological systems are developed: building confidence in computational models that aim to further our understanding of biological systems and reduce animal experimentation, and examining the application of simulations in informing bio-inspired robotic systems. This includes examining frameworks to capture and assess biological information, through to creating, running, and analysing the resultant simulator, and understanding the link between this new tool and the real world.
I studied Computer Science at Royal Holloway, University of London before later completing a Masters of Research in Computational Biology at the University of York. I stayed at York to complete a PhD in the Department of Biology, jointly funded by the Centre for Immunology and Infection and Departments of Computer Science. Following my PhD I spent just over a year as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Biology at the University of Birmingham, funded by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Rsearch (NC3R's), before returning to York in March 2013. My return was funded by the YCIL consolidator grant awarded by York's Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, awarded to develop integrated approaches to modelling immunology. Since October 2015 I have worked for the Department of Electronics as senior postdoc in Jon Timmis' group, continuing to conduct my own research while assisting Jon to manage his ongoing research in the York Computational Immunology Lab and York Robotics Laboratory, alongside generating new grant applications and collaborations.
I also spent a short spell at Phil Bourne's lab at the University of California San Diego in 2008, and secured funding for a further brief spell in 2012. My work there focused on the development of software tools that assist research conducted by structural biologists.
I am lead developer and mainatiner of the SPARTAN Toolkit, developed here in York to help understand the relationship between a simulation and the biological system that it has been built to represent. I also continue to work with Phil Bourne's lab on dConsensus, a tool I developed while at UCSD, which is in the process of being migrated to services at the NIH.