CIDCATS Student Profile


CIDCATS Student Tim Rozday

Tim Rozday

2014 entry


Background

A non-contact co-culture method for studying metabolic interactions in the human microbiome

Since school I have loved Biology as a field that has a never-ending ability to surprise. On top of this my interest in computer programming gave me a fascination with living systems because they are notoriously difficult to predict compared to other natural processes. Taking a mathematical and computational approach to understanding Biology and driven by a desire for experimental systems that are conducive to modelling I have become interested in equipment design and fabrication, both high-tech (such as microfluidics) and low-tech. Even low-tech solutions can be powerful since their accessibility and affordability lets a Biology researcher design and carry out the most creative of experiments. So far my work has left me with experience and training in Biology and Chemistry labs particularly in microbiology and working with anaerobes, as well training in computer programming and experience with electronics and some fabrication techniques.

I studied Computer and Information Science online while on a year out because it was something I was already interested in and good at. Afterwards I studied something that I have always found fascinating: Biology. As I learn't more in this degree I only found that the complexity and process of discovery in the subject to be more interesting.

I was told about this programme by my undergraduate supervisor and saw it as the perfect opportunity to use computational skills on a subject I wanted to dive into.


PhD title

A non-contact co-culture method for studying metabolic interactions in the human microbiome


Supervisors

Dr James Moir, Dr Steven Johnson, Dr Jon Pitchford