My research uses computational approaches to gather, integrate and analyse biological big data, including working extensively with next-generation sequencing data. I make use of existing computational biology techniques and develop novel methods where needed.
Yeast cause infection in many crops including rice and wheat leading to the loss of millions of tonnes of crops each year. This causes significant financial losses but with our growing population also represents a significant threat to global food security. I am currently developing tools to identify targets for new fungicide development.
Many yeast species are important human pathogens that cause recurrent treatable infections and life-threatening illness. My research includes studying the evolution of pathogenicity and the identification of disease-causing genes that could be targeted for treatment of infections.
EPSRC/BBSRC Innovation Fellow
Living Systems Institute
University of Exeter